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Churchill
Winston Churchill and the Crisis of American Leadership

Throughout his presidency, Obama has appeared profoundly uncomfortable with the qualities most often associated with Churchill: martial resolve, moral clarity, and supreme confidence in the transcendent ideals of Western Civilization.

Obama, Cromwell & Royal Bows

The pics of the Obamas meeting little Prince George, British royal heir, in his bathrobe were very cute. More distressing…

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Moral Courage, Obama-Style

As the Obama White House sees it, much of the D.C. foreign policy “establishment” is “doing the bidding of their Arab and pro-Israel funders.” Translation: foreign policy experts who disagree with the president do not have the best interests of the United States in mind. This week some members of the so-called foreign policy establishment fired back.

Zuma Nkandla Homestead
Chopping Ugly Heads off Stiffened Necks

“Constitutionalism, accountability, and the rule of law constitute the sharp and mighty sword that stands ready to chop the ugly head of impunity off its stiffened neck.” Thus the Constitutional Court of South Africa wrote in what is known as The Nkandla Case.

Obama, Kissinger & Argentine Tango

President Obama danced the Tango literally and figuratively while in Argentina.  The figurative dance was his “apology” as some described…

Republican Party Convention
The Conservation of the Republican Party

My hope is that responsible citizens of your United States will respond to this dismal state of affairs not by abandoning the Republican Party or, more generally, abandoning participation in the democratic process, but instead by staying in or joining the Republican Party.

Post-Protestant Nirvana

The latest World Happiness Report ranks all the world’s countries by happiness, based on polling of residents plus levels of GDP, life…

Tunnel at the End of the Light: Slovakia’s Democracy on Trial

The rise of right-wing extremism is one of the indicators that despite many successes on their road to democracy, Slovakia may still be in the tunnel Havel referred to over 20 years ago.

Occupied
Bear Lurking in the Fjords: Review of TV2’s Occupied

Last fall, Norway’s TV2 released Occupied, a show about Russia occupying Norway that is now on Netflix with English subtitles. Providence readers would likely enjoy this window into a European perspective.

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