Pope Benedict XVI will visit Cuba in March. Two of Italy’s top newspapers are reporting that Fidel Castro will avail himself of the visit to confess his sins and be accepted back into The Catholic Church, which excommunicated him in 1962.
“During this last period, Fidel has come closer to religion,” says Castro’s estranged daughter Alina who lives in Miami. “He has rediscovered Jesus at the end of his life. It doesn’t surprise me because dad was raised by Jesuits.”
A baptized and confirmed Catholic, but lifelong layman, I don’t claim expertise in ecclesiastical matters. But before granting absolution the Catholic Church, I’m fairly sure, still requires contrition—sincere contrition.
On his 1998 visit to Cuba, Pope John Paul II remarked that he was “reserving judgment on Che Guevara who had served the poor.” Upon greeting the Cuban ambassador to the Holy See in 2005, this same Pontiff hailed Cuba’s “gains in health care and education.” The above makes patently obvious that, on matters Cuban, the Vatican references the same media and academic sources gleefully bestowed Havana bureaus and visas by the Castro regime. Heaven knows the Vatican is not alone on this.
It has become glaringly apparent that the college tuition bubble is about to burst. At a time of financial exigency, the cost of $250,000 for a four-year education at a private college is beyond the means of most middle class parents. That story is now very much front page news. What may not be front page news, but is itself a related bubble, is the excessive commentary surrounding the liberal arts.
If one speaks to an academic immersed in the academic culture, he is likely to glorify the virtues of the liberal arts curriculum. The liberal arts, however, have been injected with foreign steroids that have ballooned the number of offerings and weakened the meaning of the curriculum. If one were to rely on the Matthew Arnold standard of “the best that is known and thought as a guide,” the current curriculum is anything that will fit, or whatever you can get away with.
The absurdity of the offerings, from the Occupy Movement to Film Noir, represent little more than outcroppings of the contemporary imagination. So absurd are many of the college level courses that it is even impossible to caricature them. The university has let itself become a feast for those bursting with “expression.” Rather than distinguish between the worthy and the ridiculous, scholars refuse to distinguish at all.
EVEN THE “SUPREME” RUTH BADER GINSBERG HAS “DISSED” THE CONSTITUTION SUGGESTING THAT EGYPT NOT USE IT AS A MODEL…..SEE:
“Is the U.S. Constitution dying? It isn’t dying because it was never alive — it’s a document. What is apparently dying is the constitutional mindset in America, the mindset that says, “Leave me to my own devices, and I’ll succeed. I just need the right to be free.” The rest of the world has relied on America’s constitutional mindset to support it through trials and tribulations for well over a century. Who will support us when we abandon the philosophy that has stood for American freedom for centuries?”
According to The New York Times, the American Constitution is losing popularity with people around the world. “The Constitution,” writes Adam Liptak, “has seen better days … its influence is waning.” Liptak points out that in 1987, over 160 of the 170 countries on Earth had cribbed from the Constitution — but today, few countries do. Why? Liptak suggests, quoting Professor David Law of Washington University in St. Louis, that our Constitution is “Windows 3.1.” It’s difficult to amend, and it doesn’t guarantee so-called “positive rights,” such as healthcare, housing and education. Justice Michael Kirby of the High Court of Australia said that he relies more on the legal framework of India, South Africa and New Zealand than on that of the United States.
Syria: I Really Do Want To Care More… by Gerald A. Honigman
But my fears and some nasty facts of life get in the way. May G_d forgive me.
A good friend, Sherkoh Abbas, President of the Kurdistan National Assembly of Syria, is also Secretary General of the Syria Democracy Council. He wrote the Foreword to my own book which gets into the very issues we’re seeing unfolding right now in the Middle East…events involving the quest for justice for all peoples in the region. His organizations have been meeting in Washington and elsewhere regarding the recent upheavals.
You see, while dubbed the “Arab Spring,” the quest for human and political rights goes far beyond those involving just Arabs in the region. Sadly, however (and not by accident), if left to such folks as the American State Department, most of academia, and the mainstream media, one would be hard pressed to discover that scores of millions of native, pre-Arab/non-Arab folks have perhaps an even greater stake in the outcome of the current turmoil than the Arabs do themselves.
As a student who has been engaged in extensive research involving the Middle East for almost five decades now, the anquish that I feel for the thousands of Arabs mowed down in the streets by fellow Arabs in Syria is unfortunately offset somewhat by the knowledge of whom is fighting whom over there.
Sure, I want to see “democracy” prevail.
http://www.carolineglick.com/e/2012/02/obamas-rhetorical-storm.php The Obama administration is absolutely furious at Russia and China. The two UN Security Council permanent members’ move on Saturday to veto a resolution on Syria utterly infuriated US President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN Ambassador Susan Rice. And they want us all to know just how piping mad they […]
http://www.rightsidenews.com/2012020715565/editorial/world-opinion-and-editorial/a-syrian-scorecard-for-hillary-clinton.html A Syrian Scorecard for Hillary Clinton By: Yedidya Atlas Speaking at the UN Security Council last week Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared, “It is time for the international community to put aside our own differences and send a clear message of support to the people of Syria.” And the day after the Security […]
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/07/us-usa-fbi-extremists-idUSTRE81600V20120207 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Anti-government extremists opposed to taxes and regulations pose a growing threat to local law enforcement officers in the United States, the FBI warned on Monday.These extremists, sometimes known as “sovereign citizens,” believe they can live outside any type of government authority, FBI agents said at a news conference. The extremists may […]
http://www.thecommentator.com/article/873/america_must_bring_to_justice_this_grinning_palestinian_child_killer U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and his Department of Justice don’t have a particularly strong track record of enforcing all existing American laws – but the U.S. group Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) is pressuring Holder to do his job in relation to Palestinian terrorists with American blood on their hands. Calls for extradition […]
According to its website Atlanta-based Delta Airlines flies to the following destinations in the Middle East:
‘Bahrain; Egypt; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Iraq; Israel; Jordan; Kuwait; Lebanon; Occupied Palestinian Territory; Oman; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Syrian Arab Republic; United Arab Emirates (composed of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras El Khaimah, Sharjah, Umm Al Qaiwain); Yemen, Republic of; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Uzbekistan’
“Occuped Palestinian Territory”? What airport would that be, then?
Is Delta implying that Ben-Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv, is on occupied territory?
As the British satirical magazine Private Eye might say, “shome mishtake shurely” …
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http://news.yahoo.com/israeli-radio-farsi-transmits-peace-iran-140858472.html JERUSALEM (AP) — While Israeli leaders are increasingly sounding belligerent warnings of a potential military strike against Iran’s nuclear installations, a group of Iranian-Israelis are transmitting a different message. Radio RADISIN, a private Farsi-language radio station based in Tel Aviv, airs Iranian music, poetry and current affairs shows aiming to spread peace between the […]