Featured Articles — October 23, 2007

Interesting Takes from Home and Abroad:

Russia and China’s challenge for the west — Gideon Rachman
Dmitry Peskov, official spokesman for the Russian president, likes a joke. Visitors to his Kremlin office last week noticed that the screensaver on his computer is a series of revolving quotes from George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four: “Big Brother is watching you”, “war is peace”, “freedom is slavery”, “ignorance is strength”.

Winning the Catholic Vote — Seth Gitell
In an election where most of the attention has been on the Evangelical vote, the group that could help determine the result in the general contest is American Catholics.

The War for the Constitution — Gary McDowell
The anniversary of Robert Bork’s failed nomination reminds us what’s at stake in the coming election. 

A Kurdish Lesson: Terrorist groups often have nine lives — Bret Stephens
A debate among U.S. military brass over whether to declare victory over al Qaeda in Iraq coincides with threats by Turkey to strike terrorist camps in northern Iraq belonging to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. Note the irony: The PKK, which in recent days has killed scores of Turkish soldiers, was itself declared dead as a terrorist group in 1999.

Giuliani’s War — Richard Cohen
Hizzoner’s rhetoric on Iran is scary — perhaps more to reasonable Americans than to the Iranian regime at which it is directed.

Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week Already a Success — David Horowitz
The focus was on the violent oppression of Muslim women as thousands of students campuses across the country on attended and in some cases protested against speeches and panel discussions marking the first day of Islamo Fascism Awareness Week.

Prestige Versus Education — Thomas Sowell
High school seniors who want to go to a selective college in the fall of 2008 should already be making arrangements to take the tests they will need before they apply ahead of the deadlines for such schools, which are usually in January or February.

Conflict of Interest: Buson-Marsteller and Hillary Clinton’s Alliance — Dick Morris and Eileen McGann
“Running a presidential campaign is good for business.”  Mark Penn, Hillary Clinton’s chief strategist and the Worldwide CEO of international public relations/ lobbying firm Burson-Marsteller, wrote those telling words in his confidential internal corporate blog.

How America Treats Its Military — Chuck Colson
One of the really formative experiences in my life was serving as an officer in the Marine Corps. I thought military service was an honorable profession, so much so that I urged my sons to consider military service—even though that was during the Vietnam War.

“No News” Is Bad News? — Cal Thomas
Last week, ABC’s Charles Gibson introduced a segment about Iraq on “World News Tonight” with this curious remark: “The news is (pause for effect) that there is no news. The police told us today that, to their knowledge, there were no major acts of violence. Attacks are down in Baghdad and today no bombings or roadside explosions were reported.”

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