• Trita Parsi – Rebecca Costa

    Trita Parsi – Rebecca Costa

    Trita Parsi is the founder and current president of the National Iranian American Council, professor, and a successful award-winning author. His book Treacherous Alliance won the $200,000 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order in 2010 as well as the Council of Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Award in 2008. Earlier…

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  • Excusing—and Celebrating—Savagery

    Excusing—and Celebrating—Savagery

    In efforts to explain the savage, senseless butchery of the Jerusalem synagogue massacre, left-leaning commentators referred to “provocation” and a so-called “cycle of violence” involving both sides. Even the president of the United States strained to sound even-handed in the face of a shameless display of Islamist barbarity. “Too many…

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  • Mrs. Bennett’s Basic Table Manners

    Mrs. Bennett's Basic Table Manners 1. Napkin in the lap. 2. Drink from the glass or glasses to the right over the knife. 3. Your bread and butter plate and salad plate is to the left over the fork. (The memory trick for this is “BMW”: Bread, Meal, Water.) 4.…

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  • We Have a Moral Divide, Not a Racial One

    As we await protests and riots scheduled for Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere if a grand jury in Missouri does not indict the white officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, a black teenager, a little moral clarity is called for. For decades now, we have been told that there is…

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    President Obama's proclamation of executive amnesty for illegal immigrants amounts to an outrageous power-grab and sets a dangerous trap for the GOP. Republicans can't come across as stubborn defenders of the dysfunctional status quo: even if they rolled back every detail of the new White House initiative, our broken immigration…

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    Islamic extremists in Kenya complain about harsh treatment from the government, even as they perpetrate horrific attacks that make such discrimination logical and necessary. In late November, militants fired on a bus with bullets and rocket propelled grenades. They then separated non-Muslim passengers and forced them to lie on the…

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  • Ivo Daalder – Rebecca Costa

    Ivo Daalder – Rebecca Costa

    Ivo H. Daalder is currently the President of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Prior to this, he was appointed United States Permanent Representative on the Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary by President Barack Obama in May 2009.…

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    Beyond the unspeakable brutality of the crime itself, the most shocking aspect of the Jerusalem synagogue massacre involved the reaction of Palestinian mobs throughout Gaza and the West Bank. Crowds surged into the street in celebration, handing out candies, setting off firecrackers, and wielding axes to honor the killers who…

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