As the fallout from the Bowe Bergdahl swap for five Taliban prisoners of war continues to reverberate, there's a fascinating statement from one MSNBC host on the subject.
On June 4, "Now with Alexander Wagner," the MSNBC host said she hoped the swap may lead to "broader negotiations" with the Taliban.
"Broader negotiations" with the terroristic Taliban? Reasoning with those who have proven themselves incapable of humane reasoning? more >>
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now making the media rounds promoting her new book. Initial reports are not very favorable as the price has already been slashed at outlets such as Books a Million and on Amazon; the Green Smoothie Cleanse is topping it in sales.
Mrs. Clinton is obviously gearing up for a 2016 presidential campaign and using this new book to energize supporters and hone her message. Even though Clinton is a political veteran, she has plenty of work to do on her messaging. In one of her first interviews, Hillary has already made a major mistake and taken the focus away from her book and her attempt to revise history.
When Diane Sawyer of ABC News asked Clinton about her $5 million in speaking fees, the former First Lady tried to elicit sympathy. According to Clinton, "Well, if you -- you have no reason to remember, but we came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt." She claimed that their family faced mortgages and tuition costs for their daughter Chelsea. Remember, this is the same woman who grew a measly $1,000 investment in cattle futures into $100,000, thanks to great connections. She sat on corporate boards and was a high priced attorney prior to becoming First Lady. Her husband also collected $200,000 as President of the United States. Their legal defense fund raised millions to fight the impeachment charges and both Hillary and Bill Clinton earned millions from book deals. In other words, the Clintons were anything but "dead broke." more >>
Overlooked in the midst of all the celebrations in Egypt concerning the presidential victory of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, his predecessor, President Adly Mansour-who very much shares in Sisi's worldview and politics-made a strange comment about the place of the nation's Christian minority, the Copts. (Sisi installed Mansour as acting president of Egypt on July 4, 2013, after ousting former President Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood party during the June 30 Revolution, which was supported by the Coptic Church.)
In a televised speech delivered a few days ago, Mansour addressed the Copts in a very inclusive way, one much welcomed and appreciated by Egypt's Christians. Among other things, he indicated that they were equal citizens, "brothers" to the Muslims; that they have been an integral part of Egypt's history; that both Copts and Muslims are victims of and enemies to "terrorism" (a reference to the Brotherhood and other Islamist organizations).
Then he said: more >>
As America looks on in a state of paralyzed shock, Muslims are slaughtering Muslims in Iraq, with reports that the heads of those decapitated are literally piling up in the streets.
A headline to an article in the Daily Mail reads, "'They lined the streets with the decapitated heads of police and soldiers': Iraqi refugee reveals the horrors of the jihadi takeover as Baghdad vows to fight back."
In response to this report, and with sarcastic guns ablaze, Robert Spencer quotes the Quran and then adds his comments, "'So when you meet those who disbelieve, strike necks…' (Qur'an 47:4) But of course any Muslim who takes such a verse at face value is misunderstander of Islam, unduly influenced by greasy Islamophobes. Somehow this aggressive organization of misunderstanders of Islam has been able to gain sufficient support and power to wreak havoc in Iraq." more >>
Neurosurgeon and notable conservative speaker Dr. Ben Carson's most recent book has made it to the No. 1 spot on the New York Times' best sellers list.
Dr. Carson's One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future, debuted on the "Hardcover Nonfiction" list at No. 1 last week and remains so this week.
In the Hardcover Nonfiction category, One Nation is trailed by French economist Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century at No. 2, and Mariano Rivera's memoir, The Closer at No. 3. more >>
Dr. Cornel West is a leading liberal public intellectual. He gave an interview to NewsOne immediately following the 2012 Election that was nothing if not provocative. Dr. West said he was happy Romney didn't win, but far from satisfied with the Obama record and especially with the just-ended presidential campaign:
So we end up with such a narrow, truncated political discourse, as the major problems-ecological catastrophe, climate change, global warming. So it's very sad. I mean, I'm glad there was not a right-wing takeover, but we end up with a Republican, a Rockefeller Republican in blackface, with Barack Obama, so that our struggle with regard to poverty intensifies.
Say that again? If one of my conservative colleagues had dared to say anything remotely like that, he (or she) would have been charged with racism of the worst sort. Still, it is worth considering the merits of Cornel West's argument. more >>