A Rare Talent, a Lingering Absence
The 2014 death of Philip Seymour Hoffman left a hole in American movies.
The Lord And Lady Thatcher
interview with Charles Moore via Uncommon Knowledge
In 1997, Margaret Thatcher asked Charles Moore (also known as Lord Baron Moore of Etchingham) to write her biography, under two conditions: that she would never read the manuscript and that the work would appear only after her death. Twenty-four years later, Moore has just published the third and final volume of Herself Alone: The Authorized Biography. In this conversation, Peter Robinson and Moore discuss Thatcher’s final years as prime minister and her life out of office.
George Melloan Editorial of The New York Sun | October 1, 2020
Just as we were sitting down to tap out an editorial on the homestretch of the presidential campaign, word reached us of the death of George Melloan. He had spent 54 years on the Wall Street Journal, including a long stretch as deputy editor of its editorial page. It included the climactic years of the Cold War, when we had the honor and joy of being edited by Melloan. He was one of the greatest newspapermen of his, or any, time.
An Incipient Mutiny
By John Abbatiello, Strategy Bridge: “How should junior officers in the field deal with inept commanders and incompetent management from higher headquarters? How do military institutions organize, train, and equip forces employing new technologies? What is the role of the press in highlighting mismanagement of military organizations?"
Can We Keep Our ‘Grey Zone’ Edge Over Our Enemies?
By Seth Cropsey, The Hill: "Chinese fighter jets crossed the Taiwan Strait’s “mid-line,” the unofficial boundary between Taipei and Beijing, on Feb. 10. Since then, Chinese military exercises have become increasingly bellicose."
Will the U.S. Really Go to Zero Troops in Afghanistan?
By Jonathan Schroden, Lawfare: “. . . The agreement calls for the United States to withdraw all of its troops from Afghanistan within 14 months, but given Trump's sharp criticism of a similar, previous course of action in Iraq, it is unclear whether a full U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan will really happen."
A Guide to North Korea’s Crisis Playbook
By Khang Vu, The Diplomat: "The current “crisis” in inter-Korean relations follows a similar pattern from Pyongyang."
What Should Come After Trump’s Failed China Policy? by Philip H. Gordon
Horns of a Dilemma Podcast: What’s the Role of America in American Foreign Policy? with Daniel Bessner, Fredrik Logevall, and
Sarah Stern on Reforming Title VI-Funded Middle East Studies Centers
by Gary C. Gambill
June 1, 2020
Image: Transpolar Railway between Salekhard and Nadym, bult by gulag slave labor.
Our So-Called Foreign Policy: Long Overdue Curbs on U.S. Financial Investment in China Seem at Handby Alan Tonelson
Democrats' Bid To Topple Trump Owes To Post-Reagan FailuresBy CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun | May 13, 2020
As the unprecedented effort of the elders of the Democratic Party to use the Justice Department and intelligence services to manipulate and then undo a presidential election collapses, their response is a study in the corruption of unchallenged incumbency. The reason the country is in its present impasse is inadequate post-Reagan presidential leadership.
Paul Wolfowitz and Max Frost in an AEIdeas blog. China’s lack of transparency about even basic data, much less the source of this virus, is not just a question for the future. It may still affect present assessments about how best to fight this pandemic and whether China can be a trustworthy partner in doing so. Read more here.
John Yoo and Ivana Stradner in a National Review op-ed. Seizing Chinese property would allow the US to use international law to make China pay for the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue here.
FIXING THE IMPERIAL PRESIDENCY
In a new Atlantic op-ed, Kori Schake argues that Trump’s hands-off approach to the coronavirus is in keeping with the founders’ original vision of a tightly constrained executive. But the imperial presidency should lose power over time--just not be abandoned abruptly when hundreds of thousands of lives are at risk. Finish here.
'Present at the Creation' -- the Sequel
Editorial of The New York Sun | April 12, 2020
The best piece we've read during the current crisis is Henry Kissinger's warning that the corona pandemic "will forever alter the world order." Writing in the Wall Street Journal, the Nobel laureate acknowledges that America must protect its citizens from disease. Yet he reckons the time has already begun for "starting the urgent work of planning for a new epoch."
The Earning Curve: Labor-Market Outcomes by Education Level
Connor Harris, Manhattan Institute
3,000-year-old talking mummy creates dispute in Egypt
Egyptians are arguing among themselves on a new study that has recreated the voice of a 3,000-year-old mummified Egyptian priest.
Egypt alarmed over Sudan's siding with Ethiopia in Nile water dispute
Sudan's rejection of an Arab League resolution supporting Cairo in negotiations with Addis Ababa over the filling of Ethiopia's Renaissance Dam has caused alarm in Egypt, already at odds with Ethiopia over construction of the multibillion dollar dam.
Ebola, SARS, AIDS, and something called Hendra killing horses and people in Australia - but those reports miss the big truth that such phenomena are part of a single pattern. The bugs that transmit these diseases share one thing: they originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover.
The Ghost of Dickens Past
By Cicero Bruce on Feb 06, 2020 09:00 pm
Critics have well acquainted us with Charles Dickens the sentimentalist—lover of the oppressed, defender of childhood innocence, decrier of England’s industrial sweatshops. But seldom have they given readers a glimpse of the Dickens with whom Myron Magnet deals in “Dickens and the Social Order”: Dickens the philosophical traditionalist. Dickens and the Social Order, by ...
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The Muslim World's Inferiority Complex by Raymond Ibrahim
February 1, 2020
Hassan Rahimpour Azghadi, a member of Iran’s Supreme Council for Cultural Revolution, said in a January 23, 2020 lecture aired on Ofogh TV (Iran) that Jihad and violence are a form of mercy to the world. Explaining that mercy for mankind had been the heart of Prophet Muhammad’s mission, Azghadi said that bloodshed through Jihad is merciful in the same way that surgery is merciful when compared to execution. – Middle East Media Research Institute
Noah Rothman writes: America’s political class has never had enough faith in the voting public to level with them about what’s at stake. But Western interests in Syria did not cease to exist. Indeed, those interests seem increasingly imperiled by unabated violence and political chaos in the Levant. If Syria’s trajectory continues along its present course, Americans are going to be hearing a lot more about it. And soon. – Commentary Magazine
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