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The article first published in americanthinker.com on 11/02/2018. For more than two and a half centuries, human kind has lived under an irreconcilable dichotomy – the benevolent revolution we call the enlightenment, and the inevitable reactionary counter-revolution that followed it – a dichotomy that has continued to our days. The enlightenment introduced a number of revolutionary concepts that demolished the church dogma that had dominated the Middle Ages. It established reason and empirical knowledge as the source of authority leading to the scientific revolution beginning with Copernicus and the heliocentric theory of the universe. In government, the enlightenment brought about the radical idea of individual liberty with John Locke’s call for “life, liberty and property.“ The revolution reached its apotheosis in the late 18th century with the American Constitution and its
On November 6, Americans will head to the polls to elect all 435 members of Congress and a third of their senators, as they do every two years. This year, however, the coming elections have been subject to especially heavy speculation and infighting because of the heavily polarized nature of American politics since the election of Donald Trump in 2016. To put it simply, Trump has divided the American electorate in two nearly equal halves that are barely on speaking terms any more. On one side are the democrats that unexpectedly lost the 2016 elections under Hillary Clinton, which they had been told by all pollsters, they would easily win. This has led to all kinds of recriminations and efforts to explain the sudden loss with assorted conspiracy theories
As I mentioned in my previous text, the “Great Schism” in the Orthodox world did not take place. In fact, none of the local Orthodox churches expressed an ultimate opinion and did not suspend communion with the Ecumenical Patriarchate because of the Moscow one. Even the highly dependent Antioch Patriarchate has not done it and probably will not do it in future. However, what certainly will happen is that Kiev Archbishopric (the new ecclesiastical body in Ukraine) will still remain unrecognized as an autocephalous by a number of close to Moscow orthodox churches such as the Serbian, Bulgarian and Orthodox Church of the Czech and Slovak Lands. Their bishops, for sure, are not willing to annoy the Council of the bishops (Holy Synod) of the Russian Orthodox
With no apparent warning, Facebook purged a total of more than 800 pages and accounts last week, targeting western alternative media publications and anti-establishment journalists and activists, particularly in the United States. Unnoticed to some, Twitter followed suit by banning certain journalists and activists caught up in the Facebook purge. Facebook released a detailed statement explaining the purge as a removal of pages and accounts that were blasting out massive amounts of content, including spam or clickbait, in order to drive traffic to websites and profit, largely off of ad revenue. There may be some truth to the allegations, at least in the case of some of the accounts purged. And Facebook has numerous rules — which most of its users do not keep track of — that
‘Fort Trump’ said the Polish president Andrzej Duda, during a White House press conference last week, would be an appropriate name to call the first American military base in Poland. Whether this Polish dream comes to pass or not is yet to be seen, but the strategic rationale behind it is anything but the joke US pundits took it to be. It is, in fact, an incapsulation of the dilemma facing Eastern Europe and with it, NATO and the United States. For barely concealed behind it is a multitude of challenges that must be addressed without delay if a serious crisis in Europe and the alliance is to be avoided. At the bottom of it is the seemingly unavoidable conflict over Muslim immigration. Virtually all of Eastern Europe
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On August 28, an event took place in Washington that few media covered at all. To the extent that they did at all, it was to report on Nicky Haley’s speech criticizing the United Nation’s organization (UNRWA) that has kept the Palestinians branded and supported as refugees ever since 1948. The event at the conservative Foundation for the Defense of the Democracies (FDD) main purpose was to give Haley, a star of the Trump Administration, another award, but there was another part of it that was more politically significant. That was awards given to 7 FBI and Department of Justice officials for their work in preventing Turkish government efforts to circumvent Iran sanctions. What was most unusual about the appearance of these officials, who are normally seen in
This article is based in part on Alex Alexiev, Radical Islam and its Threat to the West and the Muslim World, Hudson Institute, Washington D.C., 2011. Islamists fervently believe that the radical interpretation of the Islamic religion they profess is the only possible true inter-pretention of Islam and have sought precedents in the long history of the religion to prove their point. There have indeed been such precedents on several occasions in the past, but on the whole, modern Islamism is unmistakably a modern totalitarian doctrine that is much closer to its totalitarian brethren Nazism and communism than to Muhammad’s teachings. This becomes very clear by an examination of the key doctrinal precepts of Islamism as developed by its intellectual progenitors and even more by the incontestible evidence