SOLAR POWER IN SPAIN STAYS MAINLY ON THE WANE: DAVID PAULIN Green dreamers in Spain once touted solar power as a cheap answer to their energy needs.  Then economic reality intervened: Spain’s economy went from boom to bust — and “green incentives” became too costly for the government (er, taxpayers).  As a consequence, Spain’s cash-strapped government has drastically scaled back its generous “green” subsidies since the 2008 […]


Who is more deserving of punishment by the United States? Millions of Egyptians, for ousting the Muslim Brotherhood? Or the Muslim Brotherhood, for habitually terrorizing and murdering Christians, among many other crimes?

According to the unmistakably clear actions of the Obama administration, it is the millions of anti-Brotherhood Egyptians who deserve punishment.

Last Sunday, the Church of the Virgin [Mary] in Waraq near Cairo was attacked during a wedding ceremony, leaving four dead and many wounded. According to Dr. Hisham Abdul Hamid of forensics, two of those who were murdered were Christian children. Both girls were named Mary: 12-year-old Mary Nabil Fahmy, who took five shots in the chest, and 8-year-old Mary Ashraf Masih (Christ), who took a bullet in the back.

It should be noted that this scene — attacked Coptic churches and murdered Christians, especially on holy days and celebrations — has become a normalized aspect of Egypt’s landscape (see Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians, especially pgs. 42-43 and 56-62).

So too are the murders of Christian children increasingly common in Egypt. Indeed, along with Sunday’s two murdered Marys, back in July, another Christian girl, 10-year-old Jessi Boulos, was shot dead while walking home from Bible class.

JONAH GOLDBERG: A WAR THAT COULD HAPPEN-Hostility Between the GOP and the Tea Party Could Cause a Real Rift. See note please It is simply amazing to me that Republicans gloat about their ability to “reach across the aisle” to Democrats but shun reaching within their ranks to the Tea Party. …..rsk Conservatives with long memories had to laugh at the recent New York Times front-page headline: “Fiscal Crisis Sounds the Charge in GOP’s ‘Civil War.’” […]

HEATHER HIGGINS: HISTORY OF A SHUTDOWN The developing narrative, whether on talk radio or in these pages and other publications, about the shutdown fight — who was on what side, what the options were, and what was gained or not — often starts from incorrect premises, based on incomplete or erroneous assumptions. Since we need to understand how we got […]


Why is NRO trashing American Betrayal, dismissing Vladimir Bukovsky, whitewashing Alger Hiss, and glorifying FDR?

Conrad Black has now published three attacks at National Review Online against my book American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character, but I would bet the $4.1 million Black has to pay the U.S. government in fines related to his fraud conviction that he hasn’t read the book.

In his most recent attack — this time against a positive review of American Betrayal by famed Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky and Pavel Stroilov at Breitbart News — Black mocks Bukovsky for, in Black’s telling, imagining that FDR believed that the capitalist and Communist systems were on a path of “convergence.”

“Convergence theory” shows up in more than half a dozen listings in American Betrayal’s index. Nonetheless, Black writes:

Where it [the review] all starts to go horribly wrong is in the sudden metamorphosis of Duranty into Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who, Bukovsky has learned, presumably from whatever unimaginable emanations possessed him in his decades of brave resistance to Communism and in his apparently incomplete convalescence since, sought a “convergence” of Stalinist socialism with American constitutional government.” (Italics added.)

Before I establish the well-founded points of FDR’s oft-stated belief in “convergence,” I will note for readers that this same exercise — demonstrating the baselessness of an attack on my book (or, in this case, on a positive review of my book) — is, to date, the main mechanism of “debate” about American Betrayal. (See The Rebuttal: Defending American Betrayal from the Book-Burners for the gruesome details.) Distortion, fabrication, sloppiness — these are the hallmarks of “discussion.” While I realize American Betrayal’s findings are shocking (they were to me as I uncovered them), I still rather expected the book to be debated civilly, and not continually mauled.

JEREMY CARL: LIBERAL DENIAL ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY The late science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick once observed, “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” It’s a statement that many liberals need to take to heart on energy and climate issues. According to the Hoover Institution’s recently completed Golden State Poll, conducted in partnership with the nationally respected […]

CAROLINE GLICK; A MIRACLE AND AN OUTRAGE IN WASHINGTON If you happen to be in Washington, DC, between now and January, you can see a piece of Jewish history that was never supposed to see the light of day. The National Archives is now exhibiting restored holy books and communal documents that belonged to the Jewish community of Iraq. In 1940, the Iraqi […]

A MIRACLE AND AN OUTRAGE IN WASHINGTON: CAROLINE GLICK Restoring the Iraqi Jewish archive to its Israeli owners would be tantamount to recognizing that the cause of the Arab world’s conflict with Israel is Arab anti-Semitism. If you happen to be in Washington, DC, between now and January, you can see a piece of Jewish history that was never supposed to see the […]



You don’t need a translation to understand this. It’s in plain old English. And its message is really simple too. To the extent that there is such a thing as Muslim extremism it extends to either internal Muslim infighting or to greater stringencies in religious practices that have no relevance to us.

But when it comes to things like the death penalty for adultery or any of other penalties of Islamic law. Or the necessity of forcing non-Muslims to accept Islamic law. Or the right to use force in compelling them to do so, whether it’s conventional war or terrorism. Every religious Muslim agrees.

The illusory “moderate” Muslim at best is a fellow who is less insistent on going out there and doing it. It doesn’t mean that he opposes it. It just means that he’s in less of a hurry. And less eager to get killed doing it. Often it just means that he’s more willing to be dishonest and to embrace long term thinking over short term thinking.

But the final outcome is never in doubt. Everyone agrees on the ends. The only debates between the so-called politicals and militants are over the means of making this happen.

And this is the end. It’s Orwell’s boot on the face of humanity forever. Universal slavery, oppression and degradation. That’s Islam.

Geneva Conference Moves Toward Criminalizing “Islamophobia” By Deborah Weiss In its quest to criminalize speech that’s critical of all Islam-related topics, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)* endorsed the formation of a new Advisory Media Committee to address “Islamophobia.” This past September, the OIC held “The First International Conference on Islamophobia: Law & Media.”  The conference endorsed numerous recommendations which arose from prior […]