Here are the Blogs in the Geoffrey Clarfield
Sunday, 28 December 2014
Gary Rosen reviews Leo Strauss: Man of Peace by Robert Howse:
IN RAVELSTEIN, his last novel, Saul Bellow paid tribute to his friend and longtime University of Chicago colleague Allan Bloom, the political theorist whose Closing of the American Mind remains one of the great polemical tracts of the ...Read More...
Posted on 12/28/2014 6:28 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Friday, 26 December 2014
Egypt has banned a Hollywood film based on the Biblical book of Exodus because of what censors described as "historical inaccuracies".
The head of the censorship board said these included the film's depiction of Jews as having built the Pyramids, and that an earthquake, not a miracle by Moses, ...Read More...
Posted on 12/26/2014 10:05 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Thursday, 25 December 2014
This is what happens when Americans stop reading the Great Books of Western Civilization.
Posted on 12/25/2014 10:25 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Sunday, 21 December 2014
From New Voices:
Holly Bicerano, a student at Boston University and the former Campus Outreach Co-Coordinator for Open Hillel, made waves in the Jewish world after publishing an op-ed in the Times of Israel called “Standing athwart lies,” explaining why she decided to leave the organization. Chief ...Read More...
Posted on 12/21/2014 2:29 PM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Thursday, 18 December 2014
Schuyler Moore writes in Forbes:
Sony takes a bold move and exercises its First Amendment rights – rights that don’t exist in most of the world – to make a comedy about an assassination attempt on Kim Jong-un. In return, it suffers an outright attack from North Korea – no different than if North ...Read More...
Posted on 12/18/2014 11:37 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Thursday, 18 December 2014
JR McNeil writes in Public Books:
December 1, 2014 — Neither Thucydides, Gibbon, von Ranke, nor Braudel ever cited a paper appearing in Geophysical Research Letters. They did not worry themselves about fluctuations in the Siberian High or the Southern Oscillation. The vast majority of more recent ...Read More...
Posted on 12/18/2014 10:21 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Channukah, the Festival of Lights, in one (actually more than one) of the great Apocryphal books of the Bible that tells the story of a fight for freedom, was celebrated by the late great Woody Guthrie who must have composed this marvelous Channukah song which he sings with all the power and pathos ...Read More...
Posted on 12/16/2014 7:12 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Sunday, 14 December 2014
From Al Arabiya:
Some local newspapers in the UAE are pondering whether a ban on the Islamic face veil would enhance security after the stabbing of an American woman by a burqa-clad suspect seen on surveillance camera.
On Wednesday, an English-language newspaper, Gulf News, asked: “Should niqab ...Read More...
Posted on 12/14/2014 11:26 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Thursday, 11 December 2014
Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi has an important brief here.
Posted on 12/11/2014 6:15 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Sunday, 7 December 2014
David Berstein writes in the Washington Post:
Former AP journalist Matti Friedman wrote an article this past Summer about how the media frames the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians for an online magazine called Tablet. To his surprise, it went viral, with almost one hundred thousand Facebook ...Read More...
Posted on 12/07/2014 6:02 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Tuesday, 2 December 2014
Last month, the Turkish government hosted a group of Latin American Muslim leaders at a summit in Istanbul. On the closing day of the summit, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a televised speech, where he told the assembled delegates that, “The introduction of Islam into the American continent ...Read More...
Posted on 12/02/2014 7:02 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Sunday, 30 November 2014
From the BBC:
An investigation into corruption in the Iraqi army has revealed that there were 50,000 false names on its payroll.
Known in the military as "ghost soldiers", they either did not exist or no longer reported for duty, however their salaries were still paid.
A statement from the ...Read More...
Posted on 11/30/2014 2:53 PM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Sunday, 30 November 2014
At its best, not only is the Alliance Française a private institution that promotes French language and culture, but it is also an umbrella organization that provides a haven for all that remains true, good and beautiful in France and among French speaking countries, a cultural entity that the French ...Read More...
Posted on 11/30/2014 2:41 PM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Saturday, 22 November 2014
Arthur Krystal writes in Chronical Review:
When, in 1942, Lionel Trilling remarked, "What gods were to the ancients at war, ideas are to us," he suggested a great deal in a dozen words. Ideas were not only higher forms of existence, they, like the gods, could be invoked and brandished in one’s cause. ...Read More...
Posted on 11/22/2014 2:37 PM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Thursday, 20 November 2014
Posted on 11/20/2014 11:48 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Brian Lilley reports:
We’ve told you on this program in the past about the Tides Foundation. No, this foundation has nothing to do with laundry soap and everything to do with washing up piles of US money on Canadian shores and influencing Canadian politics. They, and their US backers, have been active ...Read More...
Posted on 11/19/2014 11:18 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Sunday, 16 November 2014
A pagan came to Rabbi Hillel saying that he would convert to Judaism if Hillel could teach him the whole of the Torah in the time he could stand on one foot. Hillel replied, “What is hateful to yourself, do not do to your fellow man. That is the whole Torah; the rest is just commentary. Go and study ...Read More...
Posted on 11/16/2014 4:41 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Friday, 14 November 2014
The Red Mosque makes a comeback in Pakistan. BBC:
A hardline cleric in Pakistan is teaching the ideas of Osama Bin Laden in religious schools for about 5,000 children. Even while the Pakistani government fights the Taliban in the north-west of the country, it has no plans to close schools educating ...Read More...
Posted on 11/14/2014 5:38 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
This is how today's America treats its democratizing allies in Africa - BBC:
Nigeria's ambassador to the US has criticised Washington for refusing to sell his government "lethal" weapons to fight militant Islamists.
Nigeria needed support to deliver the "killer punch", not "light jabs" against ...Read More...
Posted on 11/12/2014 5:00 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Thursday, 6 November 2014
“Yitgaddal veyitqaddash shmeh rabba.”
This is the first line of the Jewish prayer called Kaddish and which translates from the Aramaic, “May his great name be exalted; sanctified is God’s great name.” It is one of the most common prayers in the Jewish liturgy. I have heard it spoken and sung on a ...Read More...
Posted on 11/06/2014 5:55 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield