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by | Sep 17, 2013

The most striking line in Vladimir Putin’s New York Times column was its final sentence: “We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.” It brought to mind…

by | Sep 9, 2013

In his 2010 memoir, Decision Points, former president George W. Bush describes how, as he struggled to decide whether to attack Saddam Hussein, he sought out the advice of scholars, Iraqi dissidents in exile, and others outside his administration: One…

by | Aug 30, 2013

Bayard Rustin: Troubles I’ve Seen: A Biography
By Jervis Anderson
 (HarperCollins, 418 pages, $30) Besides being a brilliant political strategist and organizer, Bayard Rustin was one of the civil rights movement’s most vivid and original personalities. A close aide to Martin…

by | Aug 21, 2013

I don’t often agree with a top Egyptian diplomat, but I thought Egypt’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, Ashraf el-Kholy, was right on target when he compared Egypt’s Moslem Brotherhood to the Nazis. As he told the Telegraph on August…

by | Jul 1, 2013

LESZEK KOLAKOWSKI WAS a philosopher and historian of ideas. He received his doctorate in 1953 for his study of Spinoza. Under different circumstances, he might have led a satisfying but obscure academic life, publishing dense scholarly works that hardly anyone…

by | Apr 1, 2013

President Obama’s recent two-day visit to Israel surprised everyone. Instead of the surly, pro-Palestinian, Netanyahu-bashing leader that Israelis have come to know and dread, Obama presented himself as a warm friend of the Jewish State, a close ally of Benjamin…

by | Jan 30, 2013

Like most bibliophiles, I was saddened by reports that Islamic militants fleeing Timbuktu had set fire to a library containing irreplaceable medieval Islamic manuscripts. I don’t know whether Michael Covitt, chairman of the Malian Manuscript Foundation, is right to claim…

by | Jan 16, 2013

Prof. Robert Aumann is an Israeli-American game theorist who won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2005. In an interview with an Israeli newspaper in 2010, he described “the blackmailer’s paradox,” and its impact on Arab-Israeli negotiations: “Someone offers Reuven…

by | Dec 28, 2009

As the Democrats begin their final push to pass a health care bill that the American people don’t really want, that they themselves haven’t read (let alone understood), and that is bound to hurt them very badly in upcoming elections,…

by | Sep 10, 2009

The Conservative Turn: Lionel Trilling, Whittaker Chambers, and the Lessons of Anti-Communism by Michael Kimmage (Harvard University Press, 419 pages, $45) On the face of it, no two American intellectuals in the late 1940s were more dissimilar than Lionel Trilling…

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