9:42 AM, Jun 4, 2011 • By JOSEPH A. BOSCO
Today is the anniversary of the earthshaking election victory of Solidarity in Poland—and the Tiananmen Square massacre.
12:37 PM, Mar 21, 2011 • By AUSTIN BAY
Where the political shockwave inspired by Tunisia's democratic rebellion will lead we don't yet know. We do know what set Tunisia's revolt in motion: the end of Arab fear. When an oppressed people snap fear's psychological bonds, they shatter the tyrant's most potent weapon.
Mar 28, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 27 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
And so, despite his doubts and dithering, President Obama is taking us to war in another Muslim country. Good for him.
The Internet isn’t necessarily freedom’s friend.
Feb 21, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 22 • By LUKE ALLNUTT
The Net Delusion
The Dark Side of
7:52 PM, Oct 19, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
The Chronicle of Philanthropy writes up the boss's remarks at a philanthropic conference:
Making the case that philanthropic dollars do good and benefit society isn’t going to be enough to convince lawmakers and the public that foundations deserve the freedom and tax benefits they now enjoy, William Kristol, the conservative commentator, told an audience at the Philanthropy Roundtable’s annual meeting.
Muslims are not under attack in America.12:00 AM, Oct 1, 2010 • By GARY BAUER
Perhaps the most basic measure of a country’s character is whether people, when given the chance, flood into the country or risk life and limb to escape from it. By this measure, Muslims are flourishing in America. Meanwhile, though Christianity predates Islam by centuries in the Middle East, intensifying persecution has prompted a mass Christian exodus from that region.
We're not traumatized.11:30 AM, Aug 14, 2010 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Penetrating commentary on President Obama's remarks last night on Islam, 9/11, and Ground Zero is already available.
The Obama administration won't help dissident Yu Jie.4:51 PM, Jul 14, 2010 • By KELLEY CURRIE
Last week, Chinese novelist Yu Jie was taken into custody and interrogated by the State Security Bureau after announcing that he would soon be publishing a book, titled China's Best Actor: Wen Jiabao, about China's premier.
What hides behind the "Great Firewall" of China?7:30 AM, Jun 18, 2010 • By KELLEY CURRIE
Last week, the Chinese government issued a new propaganda piece in the form of a policy paper on its Internet control policies. It serves as a typical example of Beijing's Orwellian use of language and formalism to dress up its authoritarianism as legal and rational.
Can we use technology to pry open closed and semi-closed societies?8:20 AM, Jun 16, 2010 • By GABRIEL SCHOENFELD
Over in the New Republic, Jack Goldsmith has an essay that cuts through the fog surrounding the subject of cyber warfare. The piece's occasion is a new book on the subject by Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake that sounds the alarm about the danger we might face one day from a concerted attack on the computer systems that underpin our economic and military infrastructure.
New force, old mission.9:47 AM, Mar 6, 2010 • By JOHN NOONAN
Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, recently detailed a new approach to warfare that's worth a look. In two speeches at Kansas State University and Fort Leavenworth, Mullen talked up a massive doctrinal shift in America's approach to warfighting.
5:20 PM, Mar 2, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
So says Newsweek:
Bush's rhetoric about democracy came to sound as bitterly ironic as his pumped-up appearance on an aircraft carrier a few months earlier, in front of an enormous banner that declared MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. And yet it has to be said and it should be understood—now, almost seven hellish years later—that something that looks mighty like democracy is emerging in Iraq. And while it may not be a beacon of inspiration to the region, it most certainly is a watershed event that could come to represent a whole new era in the history of the massively undemocratic Middle East.
The elections to be held in Iraq on March 7 feature 6,100 parliamentary candidates from all of the country's major sects and many different parties. They have wildly conflicting interests and ambitions. Yet in the past couple of years, these politicians have come to see themselves as part of the same club, where hardball political debate has supplanted civil war and legislation is hammered out, however slowly and painfully, through compromises—not dictatorial decrees or, for that matter, the executive fiats of U.S. occupiers. Although protected, encouraged, and sometimes tutored by Washington, Iraq's political class is now shaping its own system—what Gen. David Petraeus calls "Iraqracy." With luck, the politics will bolster the institutions through which true democracy thrives.
In case you missed it, veteran David Bellavia recently wrote a moving piece on the fight for Iraq and democracy.