• Islamic Jihadists boo Paris Terror Attack Mastermind for still being Alive!

    As if you needed more evidence of the bloodthirsty nature of true Islam, Muslim jihadists in France have just provided that proof for you.

    Paris terror attack mastermind Salah Abdeslam was transferred to France from Belgium last week, and his arrival to the Fleury-Mérogis prison was not exactly the warm reception he may have hoped. Apparently, Abdeslam’s fellow imprisoned Muslims were not happy that he, the “mastermind” of a terrorist attack, was still alive after the attack was carried out! READ MORE...

  • Trump on U.S. Foreign and Economic Policy

    Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump laid out a foreign policy approach that—not surprisingly—“would put America first”. In his carefully scripted (and read) first serious foray into American global issues, Trump called for a major build-up of the military, a rejection of “one-sided” trade pacts, a reconsideration of the strained relationship with Russia, and a turn away from “nation-building” in troubled spots in the world. Unusual for the candidate, Trump stayed largely “on script”, reading carefully from a prepared speech that seemed to reflect more input from his political advisors than national security experts (indeed, if he has any!). READ MORE...

  • Was Sykes-Picot a bad thing?

    Sykes-Picot was a blessing for many in the Middle East.

    May 16 marks the 100th anniversary of the Sykes-Picot Agreement, a secret deal which divided up the heart of the Middle East (and would have divided up Turkey as well, had it not been for the intervention of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk). Robin Wright, a frequent writer on the Middle East, recently penned an article calling Sykes-Picot “a curse.” Nonsense. Sykes-Picot was a blessing for many in the Middle East.

    To look at the map of the Middle East might be to conclude that Sykes-Picot, the agreement which led to the drawing of so many contemporary borders, also created artificial countries. But just because a border is artificial does not mean that the resulting county is. READ MORE...

  • Tennessee: Campus Carry Recognizes Staff and Faculty Rights, Ignores Rights of Students

    Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has signed new legislation that recognizes faculty and staff have the right to arm themselves while on public colleges and campuses.

    In April, Guns in the News reported that the House and Senate campus carry bills, which were introduced by state Representative Andy Holt (R-76) and Senator Mike Bell (R-9), passed both the House and Senate.

    At that time, Governor Haslam had ten days to sign the bill. He did so on May 2.

    ABC reports:

    Gov. Bill Haslam said in a statement that he disagreed with the bill for not allowing institutions “to make their own decisions regarding security issues on campus.”

  • When It Comes to Politics, Corruption Is Subtler Than You Think

    In the now infamous case of Citizens United v. FEC, the Supreme Court corrected a 20-year-old mistake that, if allowed to continue, threatened to consume the First Amendment. The mistake was made in Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce in 1990, when the Supreme Court upheld a Michigan restriction on corporate spending to independently run ads supporting or opposing a candidates for state office.

    In Austin, the court endorsed a stunningly broad theory of corruption. In the words of Justice Thurgood Marshall, corruption was expanded to include “the corrosive and distorting effects of immense aggregations of wealth that are accumulated with the help of the corporate form and that have little or no correlation to the public’s support for the corporation’s political ideas.” READ MORE...

  • The Tuesday The Rabbi Saw Red

    A reader who describes himself as a “pretty left-wing guy, a Bernie-voting vegan” who is also a rabbi has hit the wall with his liberal co-religionists. He sends in this statement by Rabbi Rick Jacobs, head of the Reform Jewish community in the US, saying that one of the lessons of the Holocaust is that cross-crapping must be permitted. Excerpt:

    The coming days will see somber commemorations, as we remember the six million Jews who died in the Shoah. The pain we feel as we remember all those unfinished lives is still numbing. The Jewish people have learned well that intolerance and bigotry undermine the sacred core of our communities, and so, wherever we see bigotry and hatred in our world, we are commanded to stand for acceptance and love. READ MORE...

  • #ModinomicsAtTwo debate: Is it working for India?

    Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Washington next month, AEI will host an event on the Indian economy titled Modinomics at two: Is it working for India and its citizens? Our panel will discuss how Modi’s economic leadership has fared against the high expectations set when he took office two years ago, and what to expect during the remainder of his term in office.

    India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates ‘Make In India’ week in Mumbai, India, February 13, 2016. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui. READ MORE...