Omar Ali: Islam vs. Western liberalism; only one can win

"No democracy we want just islam."

Summary: The clash of Islam and West has just began and none can see its end -- or its consequences for us all. Here Omar Ali looks at Islam's effect on the West, and draws some fascinating conclusions. "Is Islam the rock on which the liberal order broke?" By Omar Ali at Brown Pundits, 5 December … Continue reading Omar Ali: Islam vs. Western liberalism; only one can win

Ali Shihabi explains what the media won’t about Saudi Arabia

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Summary: This is the best analysis I have seen of the recent events in Saudi Arabia, which will shake the region and perhaps the world. It is by someone with deep knowledge of that nation. It is a perspective seldom seen in the US news media -- but which matches the known facts and is … Continue reading Ali Shihabi explains what the media won’t about Saudi Arabia

Urine tests show America’s wealth being pissed away

Leeches are modern medicine

Summary: Economist Ed Dolan points to an amazing example of our mad health care system at work. It is one of the least discussed of America's most serious problems.   This week I had a cardiovascular workup at a hospital. I got a physical exam, blood tests. chest x-ray, and treadmill EKG. The results were … Continue reading Urine tests show America’s wealth being pissed away

“Thor: Ragnarok” is a passionless apocalypse, but revealing

Summary: Thor: Ragnarok is a fun, shallow, passionless film. Good to fill an empty afternoon, but a waste of potentially great mythic material. Like all our blockbuster films, it provides a mirror in which we can more clearly see how the West is evolving. Thor: Ragnarok is a fun film. Like most recent blockbusters, the … Continue reading “Thor: Ragnarok” is a passionless apocalypse, but revealing

Vital but lost history: how we overthrew Iran’s democracy

END THE WAR IN IRAN

Summary: As Trump prepares to wreck the deal with Iran, let's remember our first engagement with Iran -- when we helped overthrow their democracy. We have forgotten about this; they have not. Remembering is the first step to learning.   Excerpt from "A Prize from Fairyland" By Andrew Bacevich. London Review of Books, 2 November 2017. … Continue reading Vital but lost history: how we overthrew Iran’s democracy