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  • If Trump wins, a coup isn't impossible here in the U.S.

    07/20/2016 6:09:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 199 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 19, 2016 | James Kirchick
    Americans viewing the recent failed coup attempt in Turkey as some exotic foreign news story -- the latest, violent yet hardly unusual political development to occur in a region constantly beset by turmoil -- should pause to consider that the prospect of similar instability would not be unfathomable in this country if Donald Trump were to win the presidency.
  • Hughes Drops Jews

    01/29/2013 8:40:29 AM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | January 28, 2013 | staff
    The New Republic has quietly dropped at least five prominent Jewish writers from its masthead in a move that may signal the publication’s continued drift away from a staunchly pro-Israel standpoint. The magazine has launched an aggressive new editorial direction under the ownership of wealthy socialite Chris Hughes, who is best known for sharing a room with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard University. The names of several prominent Jewish writers from both the left and right of the political spectrum were dropped from TNR’s masthead in the latest issue. They include: Daily Beast reporter Eli Lake, longtime TNR columnist...
  • Wall Street Journal Fails to Identify GOP-Bashing Author as Gay Activist

    09/15/2008 4:54:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 197+ views ^ | September 15, 2008 | Robert Knight
    Note: Brian Fitzpatrick contributed to this articleThis past Tuesday (Sept. 9), The Wall Street Journal allowed a homosexual activist to criticize GOP “gay-bashing” on the top of its op-ed page – but didn’t let readers know the author has a dog in the fight. In his lengthy article, “The GOP Should Kiss Gay-Bashing Goodbye,” James Kirchick is identified simply as “assistant editor of The New Republic.” But Mr. Kirchick is not just another opinion writer. Kirchick was named the 2007 Journalist of the Year by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA). In 2006, he won the NLGJA’s Excellence...
  • Blogger Conference Calls: McCain Invites Critics From Right & Left

    06/04/2008 3:08:33 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 16 replies · 72+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    With the traditional media admitting they find it hard to curb their enthusiasm for Barack Obama, John McCain demonstrated again today that he is reaching out to the new media, giving blogging critics from the right and left the opportunity to participate in the blogger conference calls he has been regularly conducting. The Washington Times noted the phenomenon in an article of May 16, McCain widens dialogue on blogs, reporting that three of the seven questions in the May 15 conference call were posed by liberal-leaning bloggers. Of the half-dozen or so questions McCain took in today's blogger call [in...
  • Fear of Western Medicine

    08/10/2007 11:44:58 AM PDT · by Contentions · 9 replies · 382+ views
    contentions ^ | 8.10.2007 | James Kirchick
    Last week, the New York Times published a curious op-ed entitled “Why Africa Fears Western Medicine,” by Harriet A. Washington. The piece was published days after the Libyan government’s release of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor, who had been falsely accused of injecting hundreds of children with H.I.V., and then sentenced to death (the release was arranged, with much fanfare, via a $426 million ransom paid by European governments). Washington writes that “to dismiss the Libyan accusations of medical malfeasance out of hand means losing an opportunity to understand why a dangerous suspicion of medicine is so widespread...
  • Misreading Christopher Hitchens

    08/09/2007 11:42:20 AM PDT · by Contentions · 3 replies · 584+ views
    contentions ^ | 8.9.2007 | James Kirchick
    Say what you will about Christopher Hitchens—his views on Israel, most exhaustively rendered in a book he co-authored with the late Edward Said, leave much to be desired—but he is the most eloquent and passionate opponent of Islamic jihadism writing today. He is also a passionate critic of all forms of religious hucksterism, and offers the most concise and devastating rebuke of Al Sharpton in the current issue of Vanity Fair: “A man who proves every day that you can get away with anything in this country if you shove the word ‘Reverend’ in front of your name.” Anyone who...
  • A Failing UNIFIL

    08/08/2007 9:51:31 AM PDT · by Contentions · 6 replies · 226+ views
    contentions ^ | 8.8.2007 | James Kirchick
    Noah Pollak of Azure has an informative summary of the problems with UNIFIL, the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, whose ostensible mission is the disarmament of Hizballah and the pacification of southern Lebanon. UNIFIL was expanded to 14,000 troops last summer, but, as Pollak writes: "The new UNIFIL has of course done nothing. Actually, worse than nothing: In the year since the end of the war, Iran and Syria have been rearming Hizballah at a torrid pace, this time with better weaponry than before, and UNIFIL has barely even pretended to be interested in disrupting the arms flow. UNIFIL’s...
  • Where Is Nelson Mandela?

    08/07/2007 11:02:54 AM PDT · by Contentions · 14 replies · 542+ views
    contentions ^ | 8.7.2007 | James Kirchick
    Over the weekend, the New York Times published an open letter from the Elie Wiesel Foundation, originally released July 11, signed by 51 Nobel laureates, including Wiesel, the Dalai Lama, and a host of other luminaries, decrying the various British boycotts of Israel. These boycotts, the statement read, “glorify prejudice and bigotry.” But there is one man, reputed to know more about the horrific effects of “prejudice and bigotry” than anyone on earth, missing from the collection of signatories. The absence of his name is made even more conspicuous by the presence of another name: that of Frederick Willem de...
  • Why I'm on the decent side of the left - "Leave Chomsky, Fisk, & Barbara Lee in the dustbin"

    04/23/2003 10:58:06 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 104 replies · 493+ views
    Yale Daily News ^ | dnesday, April 23, 2003 | JAMES KIRCHICK
    Why I'm on the decent side of the left I still consider myself a liberal. I am pro-choice, pro-union (except when it comes to grad student nonworkers), pro-gay marriage. I support progressive taxation and the estate tax, I am an environmentalist and an advocate of government funding of elections on the national, state and local levels. I even believe in single-payer (government-funded) health care. Political pollsters would consider me a pretty left-wing liberal. Yet at Yale, I am at best a centrist, but most identify me as a conservative. How is this possible? I am considered a right-winger at...