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Spain’s centrist party is struggling to stay that way

Spain’s centrist party is struggling to stay that way

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IN IMPROBABLY WARM weather some 500 people gathered on February 23rd in Plaza de la Villa, one of Madrid’s oldest squares, to launch the election campaign of Ciudadanos (Citizens), one of Spain’s newer political parties. A year ago Ciudadanos, which describes itself as a centrist, liberal party, was leading the opinion polls, with around 27%…
Why Binyamin Netanyahu should step down

Why Binyamin Netanyahu should step down

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IN THE WORLD of Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, his own preliminary indictment on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, announced on February 28th, is nothing but a witch-hunt. Closet leftists in the deep state plot against him. The supreme court sacrifices Jewish values on the altar of universal ones. The generals running…
Skirmishing between India and Pakistan could escalate

Skirmishing between India and Pakistan could escalate

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THE LAST time that Indian and Pakistani jets bombed one another’s territory was in 1971, during an all-out war. In that conflict more than 10,000 soldiers died, over 100 planes were shot out of the sky and Pakistan was torn asunder, as the new state of Bangladesh took shape. But then neither side had built…
Spain needs a coalition of the sober

Spain needs a coalition of the sober

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LOOKED AT FROM outside, Spain appears to be doing pretty well. Its strong economic recovery from the euro crisis continues, albeit at a slower pace than in the past. Unemployment, though still high, is down to almost half its peak. Bars and restaurants heave with tourists and with Spaniards who once again have cash to…
“Green Book” overshadows a surprisingly diverse Academy Awards

“Green Book” overshadows a surprisingly diverse Academy Awards

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AT THE post-Oscars press conference, having drunk six glasses of champagne, Spike Lee commented on the night’s big award. “Green Book” had just been named Best Picture (pictured), beating his film, “BlacKkKlansman”; “Every time somebody’s driving somebody,” Mr Lee quipped, “I lose.” His point was that “Green Book” was comparable to “Driving Miss Daisy”, a…
We Live In Rieff World

We Live In Rieff World

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If you read nothing else today, make it Carl Trueman’s short essay on Philip Rieff and cultures of the Third World. Rieff is not talking about underdeveloped countries. He’s talking about people like us, who live in a world without absolutes. It’s a (very) short course in the basics of Rieff’s cultural analysis. Excerpts: In Sacred…
The Promise in This Week’s ‘Failed’ Trump-Kim Talks

The Promise in This Week’s ‘Failed’ Trump-Kim Talks

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No matter what happens in the coming days between the United States and North Korea, Washington has only one objective: avoiding military conflict with the hermit kingdom—at nearly all costs. What about denuclearization, you ask? No offense, but the 1990s want their garbage foreign policy ideas back. While getting rid of the North’s nukes should…
‘My Once Beautiful Daughter’

‘My Once Beautiful Daughter’

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Parents of kids who think they are transgender speak out — and it is gripping. Excerpts: At age sixteen, my daughter ran away and reported to the Department of Child Services that she felt unsafe living with me because I refused to refer to her using male pronouns or her chosen male name. Although the…
Michael Cohen’s Flip Was a Flop

Michael Cohen’s Flip Was a Flop

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With the president of the United States practicing nuclear diplomacy 8,000 miles away in Vietnam, Americans at home got to watch former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen stand up on his hind legs and beg for a reduced jail sentence. Cohen, testifying on Wednesday before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, told Americans who think…
Willing ISIS Brides Should Be Tried for Treason

Willing ISIS Brides Should Be Tried for Treason

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Hoda Muthana, the American ISIS bride. Credit: ABC News/YouTube Screenshot In liberal circles, a wave of empathy is building for the “foreign fighters” of ISIS who desire to return to their Western lives. The tip of this iceberg is the very publicized case of Shamima Begum, the 19-year-old former Londoner who flew from Gatwick four…