To make sense of Ukraine's political turmoil, one has to understand events, and "elections" outside the USA. Few Americans can stay focused for long when countries with too many U's and K's in their name quarrel. We just change the channel to ESPN.
So here's my attempt to sum it up.
Ronald Reagan's steadfast stands for liberty and against repressive, Soviet-style regimes has, over the decades, led to a widespread yearning for freedom. Aided by the flow of information from the Internet and the example of free-market capitalism's ability to raise the standard of living for all who are willing to give up socialism's false promises, more countries are pushing for free-market democracy. more >>
The New York Times has finally found a victim of Islamic aggression in Nigeria worth reporting on: homosexuals. In a big spread complete with pictures appearing last week, the NYT's Adam Nossiter wrote "Wielding Whip and a Hard New Law, Nigeria Tries to 'Sanitize' Itself of Gays."
While it's all well and good to expose the persecution of any group, why does the NYT remain silent about the much more endemic and savage jihad to "sanitize" Nigeria of Christians-a jihad that has seen countless Christians butchered and countless churches destroyed?
A 2012 meeting of Nigerian church heads concluded that "the pattern of these killings [of Christians] does suggest to us a systematic ethnic and religious cleansing." more >>
If five years of the Obama administration has taught us anything, it is that presidents do not need Congress to further their agenda. All they need is to surround themselves with "yes men" who share similar disrespect for the Constitution and its founders. It also helps to have a trusty pen and phone, as President Obama brags.
There is something to be said, though, about precedence. Shortsighted Republicans who handed on a silver platter to the executive branch unparalleled power by way of the Patriot Act and TARP, should stop whining about what Obama is doing. What one administration does in moderation, the next will do in excess, especially if they are liberal.
Of course, there is a vast difference between executing the Patriot Act after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and Obama mass-producing executive orders in the name of social justice and social engineering like a president, gone wild. more >>
News in the Middle East is rarely uplifting. On a daily basis, a roiling brew of fanaticism, insurgency and hatred boils over into country after country, yielding death and destruction.
In a region beset with such turmoil, it is highly unusual to come across someone who rises above the fray and – without a trace of cynicism – offers a message of hope. Thankfully, just such a voice was heard in Jerusalem this past weekend.
Reverend Canon Andrew White is an Anglican priest from Great Britain who is affectionately known as the "Vicar of Baghdad." A large silver cross graces his chest; he walks with a cane and speaks with a faint impediment because of his personal battle with multiple sclerosis. more >>
A recent hearing on Capitol Hill dealt with an ongoing problem within our armed forces. As the hearing took place the day after the State of the Union Address, political analysis of the speech overshadowed the purpose of this crucial hearing.
Over the last year, there have been an increasing number of stories reporting the encroachment and infringement of the religious liberties of many in our armed forces. The problem has risen to such a level that the House Armed Service Subcommittee on Military Personnel held a hearing to investigate what is being done to protect the rights of conscience of all those who serve in the military.
Among the list of witnesses called to testify was Virginia Penrod - Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy, as well as the Chiefs of Chaplains for the Army, Navy and Air Force. In what can only be described as willful ignorance, the witnesses denied discrimination against Christians in the Armed Forces. more >>
She's described as "the top U.S. diplomat for Europe." And so, when her indiscreet telephone call goes viral on the Internet, it ought to be big news. Victoria Nuland was promoted from her post as State Department spokesperson following the 2012 elections. Now, she holds the coveted post of Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. The specific quote being circulated has an unmistakable Nuland saying "F--- the [European Union]!"
Well, now, isn't the kind of thing you would expect a seasoned diplomat to be saying? We know she is seasoned because we watched her seasoning. She might have won the Gold Medal for ice dancing around a simple question: Is Jerusalem the capital of Israel?
Last year, she went to extraordinary lengths to avoid stating the obvious fact that Jerusalem is the undivided capital of Israel. Interestingly, there has never been a time when Jerusalem was the capital of anyone else's country or empire. The Muslim Ottomans controlled Jerusalem for more than half a millennium, but they did not name it as their capital. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan controlled East Jerusalem from 1948 to 1967, but never made it their capital. This should not have been a hard question. more >>