THE SEARCH FOR THE ORIGINS OF HOMO SAPIENS & MYSTERIES OF VANISHING NEANDERTHALS
Egypt continues at profound risk: Motherland Lost: 1 of 2: The Egyptian and Coptic Quest for Modernity (Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on Islamism.) by Samuel Tadros.
In Motherland Lost, Samuel Tadros provides a clear understanding of the Copts—the native Egyptian Christians—and their crisis of modernity in conjunction with the overall developments in Egypt as it faced its own struggles with modernity. He argues against the dominating narratives that have up to now shaped our understanding of the Coptic predicament--their eternal persecution, from the Roman and Byzantine emperors to the rule of Islam, and the National Unity discourse--asserting rather that it is due to the crisis of modernity.
Linking the Egyptian and Coptic stories, the book argues that the plight of Copts today is inseparable from the crisis of modernity and the answers developed to address that crisis by the Egyptian state and intellectuals, as well as by the Coptic Church and laypeople. The author asserts that the answers developed by Egyptian intellectuals and state modernizers to the challenge modernity poses revolved around the problem of Islam. The Copts, then, although affected, like their fellow Egyptians, by the challenge of modernity, were faced with a separate crisis: a specific challenge to their ancient church and the need for a new orientation and revival to be able to deal with modernity and its discontents. Tadros concludes that the prospects for Copts in Egypt appear bleak and are leading to a massive Coptic exodus from Egypt.
“A kink in Europe’s climate during the fourteenth century indirectly triggered a seven-year cataclysm that left six million dead, William Rosen reveals in this rich interweaving of agronomy, meteorology, economics and history.... Rosen deftly delineates the backstory and the perfect storm of heavy rains, hard winters, livestock epidemics, and war leading to the catastrophe.” --Nature
BEETHOVEN'S GENIUS & CREATIVITY
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was a composer of universal genius whose popularity, extraordinary even during his lifetime, has never ceased to grow and now encircles the globe. His most famous works are as beloved in Beijing as they are in Boston. A lifelong devotee, Edmund Morris, the author of three bestselling presidential biographies, brings the great composer to life as a man of astonishing complexity and overpowering intelligenceâ€”a gigantic, compulsively creative personality unable to tolerate constraints. But Beethoven's achievement rests in his immortal music, whose grandeur and beauty were conceived "on the other side of silence."
THE YEAR OF FOUR EMPERORS
https://www.amazon.com/69-AD-Year-Four-Emperors/dp/0195124685/ref=mthardcover?encoding=UTF8&me= The Year of Four Emperors, so the ancient sources assure us, was one of the most chaotic, violent and frightening periods in all Roman history: a time of assassinations and civil wars, of armies so out of control that they had no qualms about occupying the city of Rome, and of ambitious men who seized power only to lose it, one after another.
THE TRAGEDY OF HINDU PERSECUTION OF ISLAMIC NOMADS, INDIA'S BIGGEST ELECTION YET & A REVIEW OF MODI'S LEADERSHIP OF INDIA
Karnataka poll reveals how Modi can be beaten
BY M.K. BHADRAKUMAR
If the Congress party is capable of the pragmatism to forge alliances with regional parties on a broad-based secular, social-democratic platform, the 2019 poll can be turned into a battle of “BJP-versus-the-Rest”, which the BJP cannot win
Karnataka elections: BJP’s gain is Congress’ loss
BY SAMEER CHOUGAONKAR
It is likely the BJP will form the government in Karnataka. Crucial losses in key constituencies considered party bastions contributed to Congress’ defeat
KANYE WEST GOES WEST
Kanye Tweets Right
A hip-hop icon dares to question the liberal narrative.
OIL, EURASIA & CONNECTIVITY
The great Russian oil game in Iraqi Kurdistan
(Reuters) Last October, at the height of a political crisis in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, a letter arrived at the Iraqi oil ministry in Baghdad from Igor Sechin, head of Kremlin oil major Rosneft (ROSN.MM). The Baghdad government was showing a “lack of constructive position and interest” about Rosneft’s offer to develop southern Iraqi oilfields, Sechin wrote in the letter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters. Kurdistan, a region of about 6 million people in northern Iraq, had just tried and failed to break away from the rest of the country.
Caspian games: Central Asian ‘stans’ vie for connectivity market
BY PEPE ESCOBAR
'Pipelineistan' has a long history, but with its Belt and Road Initiative, China is set to be the top game-changer
China’s Belt and Road, and implications for ASEAN connectivity
The ASEAN Master Plan for Connectivity (AMPC) and China’s Belt and Road Initiative have major commonalities. Both envisage transport connectivity as a way of bringing countries closer to one another, facilitating better access to trade, investment, tourism and people-to-people exchanges. Similar to the BRI project, AMPC calls for a system of roads and railways to link contiguous members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations with one another, as well as a system of ports for...
Family of slain nomad girl reject payout, say killers must hang
BY UMAR SHAH
Mother of the 8-year-old girl raped and murdered near Jammu, tells how her life has come to a standstill; stunned at how her 'wise and witty daughter' could be subject to such unspeakable horrors; 'How could they do this to a little girl?'
SELF DEVELOPMENT, SELF DIRECTION: LEARNING NEWS SKILLS FOR BATTLEFIELD LEADERSHIP
Self-Development Requires Self-Direction:
Recommendations to Improve the Army Leader Development Model
By Franklin C. Annis, Small Wars Journal: “As the complexity of war increases and training time remains finite, the U.S. Army will be increasingly depended on self-directed learning to maintain dominance of the modern battlefield.”
WHAT SHOULD STUDENTS STUDY: A CAREER COUNSELOR SPEAKS ON TRENDS IN GLOBAL ECONOMY
Choose A Major In Line With Growing Global Industries
quoting Niall Ferguson via Chicago Tribune
My role as a college admissions consultant has increasingly become that of a career adviser. Students today want to know not only where to study but what to study as they prepare for a career. The globalization of the economy and the shifting of our manufacturing base means that those students who are left in the wake of this transition are concerned about their future. They want to know where they fit in.
HOW EVERY REPUBLIC IN HISTORY FAILS; THE CRIMINALIZATION OF POLITICAL DIFFERENCES: THE LIBERATION OF SCOOTER LIBBY BY JUDITH MILLER
JEFFERSON'S WAR ON THE UMMAH
PAUL RYAN BY THE NYT & EPPC
Ryan Found Himself On The Margins As The G.O.P. Moved Right
quoting Lanhee J. Chen via The New York Times
Paul D. Ryan took the helm of the House two and a half years ago, not because he wanted it, but because he was seen as the only lawmaker who could keep Republicans from devouring themselves. They had shut down the government, nearly precipitated a debt crisis and toppled a speaker, John A. Boehner.
From the archives: Kings of the Hill
Karlyn Bowman and Joseph Kosten | AEIdeas
MR. RYAN LEAVES WASHINGTONBy EPPC Senior Fellow Henry Olsen
Paul Ryan is what we often say we want from our elected officials: a man of public and personal virtue. We must, therefore, seek to explain why his departure is seen as a tacit admission of failure. Read More
MYTHOLOGY OF EQUAL PAY GAP EXPOSED
KAY S. HYMOWITZ
Equal Pay Myths
Activists for wage parity ignore stubborn truths.
The Tricky Challenge of Understanding China’s Economy
Over the last two years, commentators and Chinese economic observers have expressed concern over “excessive” credit growth in China, which also led to downgrades of China’s ratings and warnings by some financial institutions. Standard and Poor’s downgraded China’s sovereign credit rating last year...
Political reckoning for BJP in India’s northern states
BY SRINAND JHA
Known as the 'Hindi Heartland', the northern states could throw the BJP's plans for 2019 into total disarray
Bharatiya Janata Party’s 12 percent dilemma
Sadanand Dhume | Times of India
Southern India challenges BJP’s divisive politics
BY T.M. VEERARAGHAV
Unhappy with Hindutva politics, progressive states in the south called for a greater share of central funding
America Has A Lot To Learn From South Africa
by Jim Hoagland via The Washington Post
The death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at 81 brings a timely if grim reminder of the human costs of white- nationalist rule and intolerance inflicted on South Africa in the 20th century — a reminder that may be particularly useful for Americans right now.
"To Change the Church" With Ross Douthat
interview with Ross Douthat via Uncommon Knowledge
Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism.
MAKING A DIVERSE COLLEGE OF CARDINALS WORKBy EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel
A college of strangers is not, presumably, what Pope Francis wanted to accomplish with his diversification of the world cardinalate. But unless he begins gathering the men who will choose his successor on a more regular basis, the cardinals will enter a future conclave as strangers who will likely rely on the world press for information about men they really should know from personal experience. Read More
BASEBALL AND SYNOD 2018By EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel
John Paul II never asked young people to take up any challenge he had not accepted, or bear any burden he had not borne. That was palpable, and young people, who have very good baloney detectors, sensed it. Synod-2018 should reflect on that. Read More
INDIA'S ANTIQUATED MILITARY
INDIA: 68% of Indian Military Equipment Is 'Vintage'
By George Allison, UK Defence Journal: “Indian officers and officials expressed concerns before an Indian parliamentary committee on defence, service chiefs revealed dire shortfalls in equipment and investment."
INDIA: India's Next Fighter?
By Daniel Darling, RealClearDefense: “While acquiring new combat aircraft has proven particularly difficult for India, servicing existing stocks has also proven problematic, as evidenced by the Navy's 45 Russian-sourced MiG-29K/KUB fighters whose operability rates are well below 50 percent – often falling as low as 16 percent in availability.”
EXAMPLE OF SUCCESS IN U.S. FOREIGN POLICY ACE VENTURA
PAUL RAHE: REALISM IN FOREIGN AFFAIRS, SPARTA
CONSCIENCE & TEMPORAL AUTHORITY
POSITIVE LAW vs. CONSCIENCE