Iran

Behind the burkha, we’re all equal.

What can you say when the U.N. elects Iran to its Commission on Women's Rights, elevating a backwards theocracy that made international news last week when one of its "respected clerics" claimed that immodestly dressed women cause earthquakes?  Iran as a nation has a well-documented history of gender inequality and is an oppressive environment for women [...]

Why Is the Obama Administration Going Soft on Iran Sanctions?

Hilary Clinton's recent comments on Iran sanctions have disappointed the dozen conservative Christian leaders who signed two letters to Congress last year (on September 24 and December 14) expressing support for the House bill intended to stop the rogue nation's nuclear program. The bill, which passed 412 t0 12, would have authorized the White House [...]

Dave Barry’s ‘Year in Review’: 2009

Thank heavens for Dave Barry: Who else could cast the lowlights of the past year in a way that makes you laugh rather than reach for the bottle? (Ok, maybe both at once.) From the intro: To be sure, it was a year that saw plenty of bad news. But in almost every instance, there [...]

Saber rattling at Iran, the progressive heaven of Detroit, and Minas Tirith in cake.

Iran appears to be moving toward a full-scale revolution. If you want to follow the unfolding events, Andrew Sullivan remains the best media source for first-hand reports and video. And Stephen Walt makes an important point at Foreign Policy: [T]his is an especially foolish time to be rattling sabers and threatening military action. Threatening or [...]

Thinking as a Catholic on Iran

How should Catholics think about Iran? And how should a Catholic think about Iran? These are two different questions, as an individual person and the Church are two different things, but in trying to follow the news recently, partly through electronic "tweets" directly from Iran, including those from one anonymous Catholic Persian we have on [...]

Iraq: The Stakes

  In response to continuing calls for troop withdrawals from Iraq, including from within his own party (see Sen. John Warner's "bring them home for Christmas" plan), President George W. Bush made two major addresses -- to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion -- and then made a surprise visit to Anbar [...]

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