International Affairs

War, Women, and the Taliban

War, Women, and the Taliban

It’s only dire necessity That’s taking me to war; And if I were a moneyed...

Idiocracy

Bastille Day is Bunk

Bastille Day is Bunk

The American civil calendar is not alone in being festooned with holidays...

Trade Unions

Awkward Truths About the Awkward Squad

Awkward Truths About the Awkward Squad

As the cooling winds of austerity move in across superheated Britain, one gallant...

Obamunism

The War on Arizona

The War on Arizona

Not since President Eisenhower sent troops to Little Rock and JFK sent U.S....

Racial Politics

Finding a Racist in a Haystack

Finding a Racist in a Haystack

The Freedom Riders did black Americans a great service by calling Kennedy on his...

Race and Supremacy

‘Justice’ Department Lets New Black Panthers Roam Free

‘Justice’ Department Lets New Black Panthers Roam Free

I’m a big fan of black hate groups, at least from a theatrical perspective. And...

Public Nuisances

Spies Like Us

Spies Like Us

Well, well, well, now it appears that even the Soviet—strike that!—Russian prime...

Political Truths

Robert Byrd, Democrats, and the KKK

Robert Byrd, Democrats, and the KKK

Robert Byrd, after living nearly as long as Methuselah and having served in the US...

Europe

A Bridge Too Far—Turkey & Europe

A Bridge Too Far—Turkey & Europe

The ongoing attempt by Europe’s present sorry crop of leaders to permit Turkey to join the European Union is almost incomprehensibly irresponsible. Even the briefest examination of what Turkish accession would entail for Europeans suffices to show how foolish clever people can be. Turkey has a rapidly growing population of nearly 80 million, 99.8% of whom are Muslims, many of those adhering to ultra-conservative views (for instance on women’s rights) that have not been common in Europe since the early 19th century. Its citizens on average are much poorer and less well-educated than even the poorest and least-educated Europeans. Much of its economy consists of unsustainable subsistence agriculture and increasingly uncompetitive manufacturing, often using child labor. Its infrastructure, from roads to schools to healthcare, is almost completely of Second World status. It is a politically volatile country, split between an army-backed secular state and aggressive Islamist political parties, with a murderous Kurdish separatist insurgency, and bordering such desirable neighbors as Georgia, Iran, Iraq and Syria. It is a country whose troops occupy part of the territory of an existing EU member state (northern Cyprus), where police torture and press censorship are commonplace, and where it can be a criminal offence to mention the estimated 1.5 million Armenians slaughtered by the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. If permitted to join the European Union, huge numbers of its citizens would immediately relocate to join already large, already marginalized Turkish communities in western Europe—while billions and billions of Euros would flow the other way, to upgrade the roads of Cappadocia or provide Kurdish-language broadcasting in Diyarbakir. It is a country whose historical relationship with its European neighbors has more often than not been as an aggressor and oppressor—and which manifestly does not come within a scimitar’s distance of the ostensibly non-negotiable Copenhagen Criteria on democracy and human rights.

Planet Earth

Climate of Here

Climate of Here

Is a conservative climate consensus possible? If hard cases make bad law, soft...

Politics

Where Does Rand Stand?

Where Does Rand Stand?

Starting shortly before noon last Wednesday, the curly-haired and elfin-faced...

Uncle Sam

Having Trouble Maintaining an Election?

Having Trouble Maintaining an Election?

Ooh, that smell! Can’t you smell that smell? Pew! It’s the latest report from...

Uncle Sam

Having Trouble Maintaining an Election?

Having Trouble Maintaining an Election?

Ooh, that smell! Can’t you smell that smell? Pew! It’s the latest report from...

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