Thursday, April 01, 2010

Hanson and Arquilla on Uncommon Knowledge

Part 2 of the newest installment of Uncommon Knowledge with Victor Davis Hanson and John Arquilla on modern warfare and the classics.

New Joshua Muravchik

Two new pieces from Joshua, at World Politics Review. Requires a subscription to access the complete articles.

U.S. Foreign Policy: Shooting Ourselves in the Foot

America's Ideals as an Antidote to Foreign Policy Partisanship

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Justice for Du'a Khalil

Finally, some justice on the murder of Du'a Khalil. From Worker’s Liberty:
According to official sources at Ninawa Criminal Court, the four people charged with the stoning of Du'a Khalil Aswad on 7 April 2007 have been sentenced to death. The decision was made on 27 March, just three weeks before the third anniversary of Du'as murder.

It is reported that two of the convicted men are Du'a's brothers. Du'a was stoned to death in front of almost 2,000 men; with Iraqi police maintaining "law and order" while the stoning took place. The authorities knew about the atrocity, but did not prevent it.

The International Campaign against the Killing and Stoning of Women in Kurdistan has campaigned tirelessly for the killers to be brought to justice. Our campaign was the first to expose Du'a's murder, and brought great pressure to bear on the Iraqi government and Kurdistan regional government through demonstrations, seminars, conferences and a petition to the Kurdish parliament signed by 16,000 people across the world. We demanded not only the bringing of Du'a's killers to justice, but an end to so-called 'crimes of honour'.

But the decision to execute the killers is no justice and not what we want.”

They are better folks than I am. I for one, am happy to know these assholes will soon be dead.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Social Democracy, Music, and ex-Leftism

Pitchfork Media has an interesting piece on the role of the state in financially supporting musicians and its local cultural industries, specifically in Scandinavian countries. It’s an interesting piece that does bring in some good questions about the role government handouts play in supporting the arts and the health of a society.

I don’t agree with every point he makes, but David Swindle at Front Page Magazine has a two pieces about his move from “progressivism” to working at David Horowitz’s neoconservative Freedom Center. Also worth a look.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Hitch on Real Time with Bill Maher

On recent Church child rape scandals.

Christopher Hitchens: The great Catholic cover-up at the National Post and Slate.

And another video, where Hitchens provides us with The New Commandments.

Here is an interview with Hitch on Foreign Policy.