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  • Federal Government vs. the West - A Century of Conflict

    05/03/2014 7:29:44 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 31 replies
    The New American ^ | 03 May 2014 | William F. Jasper
    America's Founders intended for the federal government to transfer the Western lands to the states. Failure to do so has led to more than a century of conflict. Feds vs. the West The New American 03 May 2014 The Nevada cattle rancher in the white cowboy hat and his supporters had massed in defiance of federal policies and agencies that threatened to drive them into extinction. To the cheers of locals, the rancher climbed aboard a Caterpillar bulldozer and plowed open a county road that had been closed by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). Are we talking about Cliven Bundy...
  • Vladimir Putin's message to the west: Russia is back

    03/18/2014 6:34:03 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 46 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 18 March 2014 | Simon Tisdall
    Vladimir Putin likes to take his kit off in public. But Tuesday's exhibition of naked power by Russia's president at a joint parliamentary session in Moscow was delivered fully clothed before a conservatively suited audience of officials and adoring, applauding fans dressed up as MPs. Speaking at a white rostrum amid flags, flourishes and gold leaf, a dapper-looking Putin's message was clear: after years of being cheated and dissed by the western powers, Russia is back. The US and friends could like it or lump it. But as the Ukraine crisis showed, Russia would no longer take it lying down....
  • Why Russia No Longer Fears the West

    03/03/2014 7:25:43 PM PST · by annalex · 107 replies
    Politico ^ | March 2, 2014 | Ben Judah
    Why Russia No Longer Fears the WestBy BEN JUDAH March 02, 2014 Western leaders are stunned because they haven’t realized Russia’s owners no longer respect Europeans the way they once did after the Cold War. Russia thinks the West is no longer a crusading alliance. Russia thinks the West is now all about the money.Putin’s henchmen know this personally. Russia’s rulers have been buying up Europe for years. They have mansions and luxury flats from London’s West End to France’s Cote d’Azure. Their children are safe at British boarding and Swiss finishing schools. And their money is squirrelled away in...
  • Researchers say Western IQs dropped 14 points over last century

    05/26/2013 8:06:05 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 104 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | May 24, 2013 | Eric Pfeiffer
    A new study from researchers in Europe claims that the average IQ in Western nations dropped by a staggering 14.1 points over the past century. "We tested the hypothesis that the Victorians were cleverer than modern populations using high-quality instruments, namely measures of simple visual reaction time in a meta-analytic study," the researchers wrote in the study, which was published online in the journal Intelligence on Thursday. "Simple reaction time measures correlate substantially with measures of general intelligence and are considered elementary measures of cognition."-snip- The results were measured using data from 1889 to 2004 and were analyzed by Michael...
  • How the West Really Lost God

    05/10/2013 3:30:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 84 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 10, 2013 | Austin Ruse
    A few weeks ago Mitt Romney spoke at a college commencement exercise and encouraged the graduates to marry early and have a lot of children. He used the words “quiver full” taken from the Old Testament.The comment was unremarkable, particularly for a Mormon to make. They are known for marrying early and having quivers full of children. Contra the contraceptive culture, even among Evangelicals, the notion of a quiver full from the Psalms is gathering steam among orthodox believers.Here is what he said, “You only live one life. Don’t spend it in safe, shallow water. Launch into the deep. If...
  • The West must guard against infiltration

    07/29/2012 12:47:18 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 12 replies ^ | 27JUL12 | Cal Thomas
    According to many commentators, the spirit of commie-hunter Joseph McCarthy has inhabited Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. In several letters to high-ranking government officials, Bachmann has raised questions about Huma Abedin, a Muslim-American who is deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Bachmann’s concern is Abedin’s relatives in the Middle East, some of whom — such as Abedin’s mother — she claims “are connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations.” Abedin’s job, according to Bachmann, “affords her routine access to the secretary and to policy-making.” And, as a result of that access, says Bachmann, “The State Department, and...
  • 'Existential threat' to Western U.S. states (FedGov wants water rights)

    05/15/2012 7:45:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies ^ | May 14, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    The Obama administration has launched a new battle over water rights that threatens not only the the economies of arid Western states, which largely voted against him in the 2008 election, but their very existence. WND reported last month that the federal government was creating obstacles for Tombstone, Ariz., to restore its water supplies following last years forest fire and monsoon-triggered floods in the nearby mountains. The federal government said crews could not use machinery to rebuild pipelines and spring-water collection systems. Now, a letter contradicting longstanding federal practice asserts a claim to water in arid Western states, such as...
  • West has betrayed Christianity, Russia will save it

    05/14/2012 3:14:43 PM PDT · by risen_feenix · 9 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 5/14/2012 | RIA Novosti/Sergey Pyatakov
    Countries of the Russian world are capable of changing the globe within ten years, believes top cleric of the Russian Orthodox Church Vsevolod Chaplin. By the Russian world he means states with a historically strong tradition of Orthodox Christianity which, apart from Russia, include Ukraine, Belarus, Greece, Romania and several others. Our Orthodox civilization may not be that large, but today it has a key role in the world as it knows how to find a way to a better life for the whole world and especially Europe, Chaplin said on Monday during a videoconference between Moscow, Kiev and Minsk....
  • America not yet down and out, or how the West is still winning

    03/01/2011 7:14:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 03/01/2011 | Jeremy Warner
    It's nearly one hundred years since Oswald Spengler penned his best selling "Decline of the West". Its theme has been a favourite among writers, historians and economists ever since. Yet the one certainty in this century of Western angst has been that despite repeated war and economic crisis, the West has remained supreme throughout. Admittedly, there is rather more reason for thinking advanced economies are about to be toppled today than there has ever been before, but even so, it is with considerable scepticism that I've begun reading the latest example of the Spengler genre Dambisa Moyo's "How the...
  • Saving Saving (In the West, people simply do not save enough. The question is why)

    10/07/2010 6:46:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Nationa Review ^ | 10/07/2010 | Andrew Stuttaford
    Here’s a piece from the Economist’s Buttonwood blog on the West’s savings problem: people simple simply do not save enough. That’s true enough. With striking exceptions in certain countries, they don’t. There are plenty of reasons for this, but the author passes too lightly over the disincentive role played by taxation, simply noting:   The tax system varies from country to country, but it is quite common for interest payments to be tax deductible while interest receipts are not. Indeed, it is hardly surprising that many people view their houses as their nest eggs, since in addition to interest deductibility (in...
  • How radical Islam might defeat the West: A reprise

    04/19/2010 4:38:10 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 15 replies · 768+ views
    Asia times ^ | Spengler
    A decade ago I argued that radical Islam might horrify the West into submission through the mass sacrifice of Muslim lives. During the past two weeks Iran has virtually invited a nuclear exchange with the West, in a series of statements that blend a deranged sort of bluster with malevolent calculation. Iran's Kayhan press service warned last week, "If the US strikes Iran with nuclear weapons, there are elements which will respond with nuclear blasts in the centers of America's main cities." Meanwhile, Behzad Soltani, the number two man at Iran's Atomic Commission, proclaimed last week, "Iran will join the...
  • Civilizations Lies [Victor Davis Hanson on the West embracing noble lies not squaring with reality]

    02/08/2010 6:53:14 AM PST · by Tolik · 32 replies · 1,231+ views ^ | February 5, 2010 | Victor Davis Hanson
    One of the sad characteristics of contemporary Western society is the tendency to embrace noble lies. These are assertions and acts that dont square with reality, with what we see and hearand are voiced for apparently noble social purposes. Here are a few politically-incorrect examples.1. Debt and Deficits. At our current rate we will very soon pile up between $18 and $20 trillion in accumulated national debt. We use the euphemism stimulus, talk of massive borrowing in terms of percentages of GDP, and casually pontificate about inflating our way out of the debt. Thefact is that the borrowing is now...
  • The West Is Choked by Fear [Der Spiegel Editorial defends "the right to offend"]

    01/06/2010 10:11:47 AM PST · by Tolik · 16 replies · 958+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | January 04, 2010 | Henryk M. Broder
    ... It was like listening to the blind talk about art, the deaf about music or eunuchs discussing sex based on hearsay. Because with the exception of the left-wing Die Tageszeitung, the conservative Die Welt and the centrist Die Zeit, every German newspaper and magazine followed the advice of Green Party co-leader Claudia Roth, who said "de-escalation begins at home," and erred on the side of caution by not republishing the cartoons. Prominent German psychoanalyst advised: "The West should refrain from any provocations that produce feelings of debasement or humiliation." Of course, ... left open the question of whether "the...
  • After Attack on Danish Cartoonist, The West Is Choked by Fear

    01/04/2010 10:10:29 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 14 replies · 588+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | January 4, 2010 | Henryk M. Broder
    The attack on illustrator Kurt Westergaard wasn't the first attempt to carry out a deadly fatwa. When Muslims tried to murder Salman Rushdie 20 years ago, the protests among intellectuals were loud. Today, though, Western writers and thinkers would rather take cover than defend basic rights.
  • Developing nations emerge from shadows as sun sets on the West

    01/03/2010 11:59:51 AM PST · by FromLori · 13 replies · 588+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 1/3/10 | Liam Halligan
    How bad was the last decade? Across the Western world, there's near universal agreement that 2000-2009 has been awful. After all, the "Noughties" were plagued with financial instability and plunging asset values, beginning with the "dotcom" collapse and ending with "sub-prime". Yet that's not the entire story. Not by a long way. You can only conclude the last decade has been disastrous by viewing the world through a narrow lens. Yes, the so-called "advanced economies" have performed terribly. But, then again, they have been subject to self-imposed policy blunders in terms of fiscal and monetary profligacy and the removal...
  • China will soon have the power to switch off the lights in the West

    01/03/2010 11:49:05 AM PST · by FromLori · 46 replies · 1,600+ views
    At a stroke the cold reality of China's attitude to the outside world was laid bare for all to see. Rather than being a partner that can be trusted to work with the West on issues of mutual concern, the Chinese have demonstrated that their default position is that Beijing's only real priority it to look after its own interests, whether it is enforcing its zero tolerance policy on drug abuse or refusing to cooperate with global efforts to reduce carbon emissions. China's self-centred approach to international affairs should come as no surprise to the British government. American President Barack...
  • The West has 'lost' Iran and Turkey, with an assist from Russia and to China's benefit

    12/11/2009 1:35:31 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 529+ views ^ | 12/07/2009 | Dr. Assad Homayoun, Gregory R. Copley, and Yossef Bodansky
    Iran is already a nuclear weapons power, with externally-acquired nuclear weapons. Iran's present geo-strategic position is also transformed in importance by the end of the Great Game (or at least the component of it which began with the Russo-Persian Treaty of 1813, transformed with the Anglo-Russian Convention of 1907, and arguably concluded with the new Russo-Iranian understandings of the past few years). ShareThis Effective 2010, Iran is part of the Russian-dominated Central Asian energy and strategic framework, as is Turkey. In a parallel, and overlapping, dynamic, the China-Iran historical link has returned to the fore, especially given the PRC's position...
  • Shooting Raises Fears For Sanity Of Entire Western World

    11/06/2009 8:07:22 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 19 replies · 933+ views
    National Review's "The Corner" ^ | November 06, 2009 | Mark Steyn
    The Headline of the Day, from the BBC: "Shooting Raises Fears For Muslims In US Army" Really? Right now the body count stands at: Non-Muslims 13 Muslims 0 I was reading from some of this kind of coverage on the Rush Limbaugh show today. Even if you are concerned that it would be terribly unfair if all Muslims were to be tarred by Major Hasan's brush, it is, to put it at its mildest, the grossest bad taste to default every single time within minutes to the position that what's of most interest about an actual actrocity with real victims...
  • Polanski and Eurabia, Failure of Feminism, Europeanism: A Frantzman triple-play

    10/22/2009 12:56:58 PM PDT · by pango · 1 replies · 433+ views
    Terra Incognita Journal ^ | Oct 1,2009 | Seth J, Frantzman
    "...what is wrong with a continent of people who support the rape of 13 year old girls. Does that continent have something in common, morally, with Somalia where a 13 year old girl was recently stoned to death for being raped?" Next up: "...Black African women in 1800 had good enough sense to run from the slavers in West Africa who desired to take them in chains to the new world. But white women born today in Moscow, London or New York..." And, finally, "Freeing ourselves from Europeanism: How is it that the committers of the Holocaust are the ones...
  • Iran blames west for deadly suicide bombing

    10/18/2009 1:23:31 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 16 replies · 672+ views ^ | October 18, 2009 | Robert Tait
    Iran's Revolutionary Guards today vowed to take revenge after blaming Britain and the US for a suicide bombing that killed six of its commanders and 37 others in one of the country's most unstable provinces. The attack, which killed the deputy commander of the guard's ground forces, General Noor Ali Shooshtari, and Rajab Ali Mohammadzadeh, the provincial commander for Sistan-Baluchistan, inflicted Iran's worst military casualties in years and raised questions of intelligence and security failures in a region long blighted by a violent Sunni insurgency.
  • Al-Qaida releases new 9/11 video predicting Obama's downfall at the hands of Muslims

    09/22/2009 4:04:02 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 40 replies · 1,527+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 9/22/09 | PAUL SCHEMM and HADEEL AL-SHALCHI , Associated Press
    Al-Qaida on Tuesday released a new 106-minute long video predicting President Barack Obama's downfall at the hands of the Muslim world. The Arabic-language video, entitled "The West and the Dark Tunnel," is part of series of messages by the organization marking the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Bin Laden released a short message of his own on Sept. 14. Like similar long messages on previous anniversaries, it featured testimony from several leading al-Qaida figures intercut with news footage from the past year.
  • Islam, the West and Our "Shared Cultural Heritage"

    09/18/2009 11:24:46 AM PDT · by Nikas777 · 57 replies · 868+ views ^ | 03 September 2009 | Fjordman
    Islam, the West and Our "Shared Cultural Heritage"Global Politician 03 September 2009 By Fjordman Just yesterday at the Coalition to Stop Shariah press conference in Washington, an Al-Jazeera reporter dismissed Shariah finance as innocuous largely because it was, he said, based on the shared values of the "Abrahamic faiths." Fjordman deals with that assumption here. Hardly a week goes by without somebody claiming that Muslims and Westerners have a "shared cultural heritage." I strongly object to this claim. The only "shared history" Europeans have with Muslims is being at the receiving end of more than 1300 years of Jihad warfare....
  • West returns to pre-Sept. 11 thinking

    09/12/2009 2:39:26 AM PDT · by Clive · 10 replies · 861+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | 2009-09-12 | Salim Mansur
    Eight years after the events of Sept. 11, 2001 that unleashed the "war on terror" and brought regime changes in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Islamist (or Islamofascist) beast remains alive. The "war on terror," as former president George W. Bush defined it, is over and President Barack Obama's "overseas contingency operations" mean returning to the pre-9/11 world. This return to Sept. 10 thinking was anticipated. No democracy can wage any sort of war indefinitely and the "war on terror" went well beyond the duration of America's decisive engagements in the two world wars of the last century. Setting aside for...
  • Will The West Turn Their Backs, Again?

    09/04/2009 7:08:08 PM PDT · by RightSideNews · 10 replies · 1,003+ views
    Right Side News ^ | September 4, 2009 | Right Side News
    Christian Convert, beaten, raped and India Will Deport her to Iran to Face possible Death unless case can be reopened by petition. Exclusive: RightSideNews Interviews Marzieh Hosseinpoor Imagine, if you can, being Iranian, being a young woman, being an educated young woman. Now imagine being that educated young woman, working to complete a higher degree in her education and conducting research in order to do so. Got the picture? Good, now add to that picture, that this woman's area of research is related to something so taboo, considered so unseemly by the Islamic regime, if discovered, as to be an...
  • Infidel-o-phobia In the Name of Allah?!??!?

    08/14/2009 7:18:58 AM PDT · by chaimke · 186+ views
    Freedom's Cost ^ | 08/14/2009 | Chaim
    Ah, but I can hear you gentle reader if the whole world becomes Muslim, peace will surely reign universal. Will it? Well that would depend whether the world is all Sunni, or all Shiite and even then It was me AGAINST my brother, Me and my brother AGAINST my father, My family AGAINST my cousins and the clan, The clan AGAINST the tribe, The tribe AGAINST the world, And all of us AGAINST the infidels. So, why would peace loving Muslim organizations fail to condemn their extremists?!?!? Care to venture a guess, gentle reader? Shall we just stand idly by...
  • A Warning For America From South Africa [Excellent! Must read!]

    08/09/2009 8:51:32 AM PDT · by upchuck · 62 replies · 3,490+ views
    The National Messenger ^ | January 2005 | Gemma Meyer
    NOTE: This article was written in January, 2005. But it is actually more applicable and prophetic today than it was then. It is a little long but well worth your time. By Gemma Meyer (Gemma Meyer is the pseudonym of a South African journalist. She and her husband, a former conservative member of parliament, still reside in South Africa.) People used to say that South Africa was 20 years behind the rest of the Western world. Television, for example, came late to South Africa (but so did pornography and the gay rights movement). Today, however, South Africa may be the...
  • Global Warming a Fact in Three Western Countries

    08/01/2009 12:23:36 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 50 replies · 2,499+ views
    Angus Reid Global Monitor ^ | August 01, 2009
    A majority of adults in Canada, the United States and Britain believe global warming is a fact and is mostly caused by emissions from vehicles and industrial facilities, according to a poll by Angus Reid Strategies. At least 51 per cent of respondents in the three countries agree with this statement. Conversely, 21 per cent of Britons, 19 per cent of Canadians and 17 per cent of Americans believe global warming is happening but is mostly caused by natural changes. Also, 20 per cent of respondents in the U.S., 16 per cent in Canada and 16 per cent in Britain...
  • Obama, Iran and a meaningless phrase

    06/29/2009 5:18:13 PM PDT · by FromLori · 5 replies · 303+ views
    Its time to kill the international community. The phrase, that is. Usually shorthand for the governments of the West, the phrase is over-used (a Google search produces 447 million hits) and under-thought. It is often misleading and sometimes plain wrong. The United States and the international community have been appalled and outraged by the threats, beatings and imprisonments of the last few days. Which international community? Certainly not one that includes the worlds most populous country, China, where there were no signs of outrage. Instead, the Foreign Ministry endorsed the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the choice of...
  • Western media abandons Iranian revolt news ....

    06/24/2009 7:40:11 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 51 replies · 1,008+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 at 3:23 pm | MataHarley
    The fickle and tunnel-visioned western media apparently has had its fill. For days the nation watched mesmerized as Iranian demonstrators, under physical and police assault, smuggled out news via the New Age Internet media even professional journalists couldnt match.Yesterday and today sans any shocking bloody videos to show US news has turned its eye away from Iran and the citizens fight for fair elections and the right of free speech.Just because the medias eye isnt focused, doesnt mean Iran is quiet and banking on the Ayatollahs five day election review extension. In fact, since they certified Ahmadinejad as the winner...
  • The U.S.: Always Making Trouble For China

    06/20/2009 9:10:41 PM PDT · by vivi · 8 replies · 986+ views
    Forbes ^ | 06.18.09, 06:00 PM EDT | Gady Epstein
    A Chinese commentator says his country needs to stand up stronger to the West. This week we're turning the tables at Beijing Dispatch: Instead of offering the usual foreign-correspondent musings about China, Forbes invited an outspoken Chinese essayist to take a few shots at the U.S. and the rest of the West. Wang Xiaodong, 53, is one of the co-authors of Unhappy China, a controversial nationalist (Wang prefers "patriotic") tome that seeks to prod the nation into a much more aggressive posture in international relations. Unhappy China has received some harsh reviews from China's media and intellectual elite but has...
  • Gorbachev calls for perestroika in West

    06/07/2009 5:05:55 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies · 603+ views
    AFP ^ | June 7, 2009
    Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev called for a perestroika, or top-to-bottom reform, in the West, arguing that its current economic model was "unsustainable" and needed replacement. Commenting on the current global economic crisis, the ex-Soviet president who presided over the collapse of his country, said that it was now clear to him "that the new Western model was an illusion that benefited chiefly the very rich. "The model that emerged during the final decades of the 20th century has turned out to be unsustainable," Gorbachev wrote in an op-ed piece in The Washington Post. "It was based on a drive...
  • Multiculturalism, Anticulturalism

    02/22/2009 2:11:01 PM PST · by chaimke · 7 replies · 466+ views
    Celebrating and coexisting with other cultures besides one's own is very laudable... on paper! For multiculturalism to succeed, all sides must be interested and open to each other, the moment one side uses multiculturalism to weaken the other, multiculturalism is not only bound to fail, but will result in the destruction of the Western way of life. [...]Towards the end of Orwells Animal Farm the animal are shocked to see that certain rules have changed, a new one says: All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others. Every ethnic group, every religious group that ever came...
  • "Clash of Civilizations" author Samuel Huntington dies

    12/27/2008 6:43:54 PM PST · by rmlew · 22 replies · 1,212+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 27, 2008 | Muralikumar Anantharaman
    BOSTON (Reuters) - Political scientist Samuel Huntington, whose controversial book "The Clash of Civilizations" predicted conflict between the West and the Islamic world, has died at age 81, Harvard University said on Saturday. Huntington, who taught for 58 years at Harvard before retiring in 2007, died Wednesday at a nursing facility in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, the university said on its website. In his 1996 "The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order," which expanded on his 1993 article in Foreign Affairs magazine, Huntington divided the world into rival civilizations based mainly on religious traditions such as Christianity, Islam,...
  • The Crystallization of the West and the Election of 2008

    10/11/2008 7:44:00 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 1 replies · 386+ views
    The Long View ^ | 2008.10.11 | John J. Reilly
    No doubt the current emergency discussions among the finance ministers of the developed countries to remedy the financial crisis will fail, if they do not fail, then no doubt they will arrive at a counterproductive solution. The problem is monetary and capital-gains tax policies designed to generate financial bubbles. Now that the last bubble burst with the force of a mid-range nuclear warhead, the Great and the Good can think of no better recourse than to pump up the power of the bubble-blowing machine. No matter: these pratfalls are not important. At the beginning of such episodes, no one really...
  • Russia may cut off oil flow to the West

    09/26/2008 4:44:50 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 44 replies · 987+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 22 Sep 2008 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Fears are mounting that Russia may restrict oil deliveries to Western Europe over coming days, in response to the threat of EU sanctions and Nato naval actions in the Black Sea. Any such move would be a dramatic escalation of the Georgia crisis and play havoc with the oil markets. Reports have begun to circulate in Moscow that Russian oil companies are under orders from the Kremlin to prepare for a supply cut to Germany and Poland through the Druzhba (Friendship) pipeline. It is believed that executives from lead-producer LUKoil have been put on weekend alert. "They have been told...
  • Third World crushes its entrepreneurs

    09/20/2008 11:43:37 AM PDT · by billorites · 38 replies · 253+ views
    Firmas Press ^ | September 2, 2008 | Carlos Alberto Montaner
    Why isn't a Bill Gates or a Steve Jobs born in Honduras? I mean, why is it that creative people don't emerge in the Third World, capable of developing innovative products and building companies that market those products, create jobs, generate large profits and influence decisively the fate of this planet? What we know about human intelligence and character features is that they're disseminated more or less equitably. The Finns who created Nokia and live in an opulent paradise in northern Europe are no more intelligent than the Dominicans or the Ecuadoreans who are crushed by poverty. On the other...
  • 500 years ago, Protestantism became a world power thanks to commanders like these

    09/07/2008 1:11:27 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 32 replies · 691+ views
    09/07/2008 | WesternCulture
    World history, as most Westerners interprets it, very much revolves around nations like France, Russia/Soviet, Britain, Italy and USA. These corners of the Earth, undeniably, have played major roles in the development of mankind. BUT, there seems to be a gap in the historical knowledge of several, otherwise well educated, Westerners concerning what took place during the period of approximately 1620-1720 on European soil. A lot of people seem aware that Britain at that time was not really, yet, the world's leading power and that France, Spain, Austria and Holland excersised much of influence over world affairs. However, during this...
  • Does military history hold the key to Western ascendency?

    12/28/2002 7:04:13 PM PST · by chasio649 · 35 replies · 491+ views
    In a recent article in the New York Times, Thomas Friedman wrote that NATO is essentially irrelevant. It had been replaced by what he tongue-in-cheek calls NASTY: Nations Allied to Stop TYrants. NASTY is made up of what he calls three "like-minded English-speaking allies", America, Australia and Britain, with occasional French involvement. He claims "what these four countries have in common is that they are sea powers, with a tradition of fighting abroad, with ability to transport troops around the world and with mobile special forces that have an 'attitude'." All four nations, he notes enjoy playing either rugby or...
  • Madrasses, Breeding Terrorists. A Muslim Response: It's All Our Fault

    08/22/2008 6:06:53 PM PDT · by Roger W. Gardner · 6 replies · 96+ views
    Radarsite ^ | 8/22/08 | Roger W. Gardner
    "the incubator of personalities that later lead Muslim society to extremism and violence." Islam's Fortresses Reprinted from MEMRI A note from Radarsite: Earlier this week Radarsite posted an article, reprinted from Memri on the unquestionable dangers of madrasses, both in Pakistan and here in the West. Today we received the following comment. This reply may be one of the most telling examples of Muslim thinking we have yet to see. For this reason, we are posting it here again in its entirety. If anyone wants to try to fathom the Muslim mind, and their take on the enormous problems currently...
  • The Jewel of Medina: More Cowardice in the Wwest

    08/21/2008 4:16:17 PM PDT · by Roger W. Gardner · 206+ views
    Radarsite ^ | 8/20/08 | Gary Fouse
    Wednesday, August 20, 2008 by Gary FouseAdd Random House Publishing House to the list of cowardly Westerners who are submitting to the threat of Islamic anger. Now the esteemed publisher has announced that they are suspending publication of a controversial novel by Sherry Jones entitled; The Jewel of Medina-an account of the marriage of the Prophet Mohammed with an 11-year-old bride, Aisha. The author's Serbian publisher has also pulled the book. In the case of Random House, the decision was made upon the protest of a non-Muslim US professor. The Serbian publisher made the decision in response to the protest...
  • How the West Fueled Putins Sense of Impunity

    08/15/2008 10:08:16 PM PDT · by libh8er · 19 replies · 240+ views
    The Other Russia ^ | 8/15/2008 | Garry Kasparov
    Russias invasion of Georgia reminded me of a conversation I had three years ago in Moscow with a high-ranking European Union official. Russia was much freer then, but President Vladimir Putins onslaught against democratic rights was already underway. What would it take, I asked, for Europe to stop treating Putin like a democrat? If all opposition parties are banned? Or what if they started shooting people in the street? The official shrugged and replied that even in such cases, there would be little the EU could do. He added: Staying engaged will always be the best hope for the people...
  • John Bolton: "After Russia's invasion of Georgia, what now for the West?"

    08/15/2008 9:29:43 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 46 replies · 179+ views ^ | 15 Aug 08 | John R. Bolton
    Russias invasion across an internationally recognised border, its thrashing of the Georgian military, and its smug satisfaction in humbling one of its former fiefdoms represents only the visible damage. As bad as the bloodying of Georgia is, the broader consequences are worse. The United States fiddled while Georgia burned, not even reaching the right rhetorical level in its public statements until three days after the Russian invasion began, and not, at least to date, matching its rhetoric with anything even approximating decisive action. This pattern is the very definition of a paper tiger. Sending Secretary of State Condeleezza Rice to...
  • Russia's War is the West's Challenge (WaPo Op-Ed by President of Georgia)

    08/13/2008 5:49:48 PM PDT · by kristinn · 75 replies · 247+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, August 13, 2008 | Mikheil Saakashvili
    TBILISI, Georgia -- Russia's invasion of Georgia strikes at the heart of Western values and our 21st-century system of security. If the international community allows Russia to crush our democratic, independent state, it will be giving carte blanche to authoritarian governments everywhere. Russia intends to destroy not just a country but an idea. For too long, we all underestimated the ruthlessness of the regime in Moscow. Yesterday brought further evidence of its duplicity: Within 24 hours of agreeing to a cease-fire, Russian forces were rampaging through Gori; blocking the port of Poti; sinking Georgian vessels; and -- worst of all...
  • Georgian conflict leaves west reeling and Russia walking tall

    08/12/2008 6:47:40 PM PDT · by a_Turk · 45 replies · 220+ views
    Guardian ^ | 8/12/2008 | Ian Traynor, Ian Black
    The Kremlin's decision today to call a halt to its five-day assault on Georgia leaves Russia calling the shots in the energy-rich Black Sea littoral and Caspian basin. (Snip...) Nato and the EU The Russians see the Caucasus test as a zero-sum game and have won. That means lose-lose for the west. A key objective for Putin was to destabilise Georgia to invalidate its aim of joining Nato. He may have succeeded. The Americans suffered a rare defeat in April at a Nato summit when George Bush argued strongly for starting Georgia towards alliance membership and was defeated by Angela...
  • The Pipeline War: Russian bear goes for West's jugular

    08/09/2008 5:24:46 PM PDT · by melt · 26 replies · 347+ views ^ | 8/10/08 | Svetlana Skarbo and Jonathan Petre
    The war in Georgia escalated dangerously last night after Russian jets reportedly bombed a vital pipeline that supplies oil to the West. After a day of heightening international tensions, Georgian leaders claimed that the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, which transports oil from the Caspian Sea to Turkey, had been attacked. But it is thought the bombs missed their target. Their claims came after Russian jets struck deep into the territory of its tiny neighbour, killing civilians and completely devastating the strategic Black Sea port of Poti, a staging post for oil and other energy supplies. Georgian economic development minister Ekaterina Sharashidzne said:...
  • Iraqi MP Blasts Neighboring Countries and Declares: "Iraq Will Be an Ally of the West"

    08/05/2008 5:25:11 AM PDT · by SJackson · 19 replies · 147+ views
    MEMRI ^ | 8-5-08
    Iraqi MP Mithal Al-Alousi Blasts Neighboring Countries and Declares: "Iraq Will Be an Ally of the West" The following are excerpts from an interview with Iraqi MP Mithal Al-Alousi, which aired on Al-Salam TV on July 17, 2008.To view this clip on MEMRI TV, visit "Iran Has Clear National Expansionist Ambitions [Which] Can Only Be at the Expense of Iraq"Mithal Al-Alousi: "Some people want to keep Iraq weak. They do not want Iraq to have powerful friends. They do not want Iraq to have room to operate on the international level. They do not want Iraq to receive economic...
  • How China's taking over Africa, and why the West should be VERY worried

    07/20/2008 6:01:47 AM PDT · by NRG1973 · 79 replies · 168+ views
    This is London ^ | July 20, 2008 | N/A
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Reminiscent of the West's imperial push in the 18th and 19th centuries - but on a much more dramatic, determined scale - China's rulers believe Africa can become a 'satellite' state, solving its own problems of over-population and shortage of natural resources at a stroke. With little fanfare, a staggering 750,000 Chinese have settled in Africa over the past decade. More are on the way. The strategy has been carefully devised by officials in Beijing, where one expert has estimated that China will eventually need to send 300 million people to Africa to solve the problems of over-population and...
  • How China's Taking Over Africa, And Why The West Should Be VERY Worried

    07/18/2008 10:15:55 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 51 replies · 822+ views ^ | July 18, 2008 | Andrew Malone
    On June 5, 1873, in a letter to The Times, Sir Francis Galton, the cousin of Charles Darwin and a distinguished African explorer in his own right, outlined a daring (if by today's standards utterly offensive) new method to 'tame' and colonise what was then known as the Dark Continent. 'My proposal is to make the encouragement of Chinese settlements of Africa a part of our national policy, in the belief that the Chinese immigrants would not only maintain their position, but that they would multiply and their descendants supplant the inferior Negro race,' wrote Galton. 'I should expect that...
  • The Bad War?

    06/05/2008 3:57:08 AM PDT · by Nony · 14 replies · 155+ views
    Primetime Politics ^ | June 5, 2008 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Normandy, France Questioning the past is a good thing, but rewriting it contrary to facts is quite another. In the latest round of revisionism about the Second World War, the awful British and naive Americans, not the poor Germans, have ended up as the real culprits. Take the new book by conservative pundit Patrick Buchanan, Churchill, Hitler and The Unnecessary War: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World. Buchanan argues that, had the imperialist Winston Churchill not pushed poor Hitler into a corner, he would have never invaded Poland in 1939, which triggered an unnecessary...
  • Bin Laden's strategy for dividing the West

    05/22/2008 5:25:24 AM PDT · by SJackson · 12 replies · 108+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5-22-08 | EVELYN GORDON
    Osama bin Laden released a new audio message last week in which he termed the Palestinian issue the "core reason" for al-Qaida's war against the West, and a major impetus for the 9/11 attacks. This is the second time in less than six months that he has tried to put Israel center stage: In December, he issued an audiotape threatening to "expand our jihad" to Israel in order to "liberate Palestine, the whole of Palestine, from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea." Yet in reality, Israel has never been of much interest to al-Qaida. Thus it is crucial to...