Yale Cartoons and UN Experts

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Here’s a letter to the editor of the Washington Post regarding Yale’s cartoon controversy : The Aug. 23 editorial “Self-Muzzled at Yale” criticized Yale University Press for its decision to exclude controversial Danish cartoons of the prophet Muhammad from a forthcoming book. We . . . . Continue Reading »

All Kinds of Crazy

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On page four of this morning’s Washington Post (Politics & The Nation Section) we find “Dean Challenges Obama to Deliver Reform: ‘Public Option Non-Negotiable Democrat Says “: “The worst thing that could happen is to pass a bill without a public option,” he told . . . . Continue Reading »

Ceding the Common Ground on Abortion

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The Washington Post headline reads: ” Law Requiring Ultrasounds for Abortions is Struck Down: Oklahoma Judge Says Measure Violates State Constitution. ” I’m inclined to leave the precise state legal and constitutional arguments to the lawyers. But it is worth highlighting one . . . . Continue Reading »

Defining Moderation Down

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Two decades ago the Islamists in Gaza thought the PLO was too moderate. Matthias Kuntzel puts it this way in his book Jihad and Jew-Hatred: Islamism, Nazism and the Roots of 9/11 . The Islamists, he said, . . exerted especially strong pressure on the PLO by adopting their own Charter. In every . . . . Continue Reading »

Now, Let Us Praise Combat Photographers

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I recently skewered an anonymous photojournalist for his condescending attitude toward soldiers he was assigned to cover. Allow me now to sing the praises of combat photographers David Guttenfelder, Joe Raedle, and Manpreet Romania by calling attention to this remarkable series of photographs . . . . Continue Reading »

When A Soldier Chooses Journalism

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Matt Mabe graduated from West Point in 2002 and served two tours in Iraq. In 2007 he decided to go into journalism, left active service, and headed off to the Columbia School of Journalism. He tells us what he encountered at CSJ in the Columbia Journalism Review : Columbia was a fresh start. no . . . . Continue Reading »

Back To Zero Cheers For Jim Wallis

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In “Wrong Big Picture, Dangerous Fine Print: But Otherwise Obama Care is Swell ,” James Capretta reports: Funding abortion and abortion providers . Both the Senate HELP and House Democratic bills fail to exclude abortion from the services that constitute “qualified” . . . . Continue Reading »