Category: Foreign Policy
Cardinal Tobin, Am I a Christian?
By Nicholas Kristof, Dec. 22, 2017
What is Christmas about, anyway? Can I be a Christian if I doubt the virgin birth? Can a woman become a cardinal? What would upset Jesus today? I put these blunt questions and more to Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, who was appointed by Pope Francis and is in his mold. Here’s our conversation, edited for space and clarity.
KRISTOF – Merry Christmas! Let me … [more]
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Why must I live in this grim age
When, to a far horizon, God
Has ebbed away, and man, with rage
Now wields the sceptre and the rod?
Man raised his sword, once God had gone,
To slay his brother, and the roar
Of battlefields now casts upon
Our homes the shadow of the war.
The harps to which we sang are hung
On willow boughs, and their refrain
Drowned by the anguish of the young
Whose blood is … [more]
Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/11/21/war/
- Filed under Christianity, Culture, Egypt, Foreign Policy, History, Iraq, Islam, Israel, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, The Middle East
November 20, 2017
Invention of the Mizrahim
By Susan Abulhawa, 20 Sept 2017
The State of Israel was conceived at the turn of the 20th century in Eastern Europe by a group of elite European Jews who launched a movement called Zionism that sought to establish a physical nation state exclusive to Jews. It was a typical settler colonial enterprise, complete with the narrative of a divine mandate and a non-existent or savage indigenous population, central to which was the myth … [more]
Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/11/20/memory-is-stubborn/
Remarks by Senator John McCain at 2017 Liberty Medal ceremony
October 16, 2017
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) delivered the following remarks after being awarded the National Constitution Center’s annual Liberty Medal. Vice President Joe Biden, Chairman of the National Constitution Center’s Board of Trustees, presented the 2017 Liberty Medal to Senator McCain for his lifetime of sacrifice and service to the nation:
“Thank you, Joe, my old, dear friend, for those mostly … [more]
Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/10/18/half-baked-spurious-nationalism/
Well, folks, this is what we’re dealing with… Once again, with feeling (feeling nauseous), here is another visitation by something even scarier than a Stephen King clown, the one, the only (if only) Lloyd Hoffman. This unabashed adoration of Donald Trump was in today’s Sentinel Record. If Jesus still weeps, I know he has to be weeping now.
— Monsieur Jacques d’Nalgar, Samedi 23 septembre 2017, ère commune
Kudos for Trump’s speech
After President Donald … [more]
Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/09/23/never-been-more-proud/
Following is a letter to the editor, from yesterday’s Sentinel Record, that well illustrates everything wrong with our American government (you know, by the people, for the people, etc., etc.)…
Apparently our thrice-named scion of local fame and fortune is irritated that “his” bought-and-paid-for” US Senators are not performing to his satisfaction.
— Monsieur d’Nalgar, ce jeudi 14 septembre 2017
I know our Arkansas congressional representative, Bruce Westerman, and his colleague, Sen. … [more]
Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/09/14/very-disappointed/
Sebastian Gorka, the West Wing’s Phony Foreign-Policy Guru
By Bob Dreyfuss, August 10, 2017
The Breitbart News headline, back in November 2014, rang like a five-alarm fire bell: MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD OVERRUNS NATIONAL CATHEDRAL IN DC. Its author, Breitbart’s national-security editor, was Dr. Sebastian L. v. Gorka, who currently occupies a top White House post as “deputy assistant” to President Donald Trump. And like just about anything Gorka has said or written, the Breitbart headline was wrong in every … [more]
Permanent link to this article: http://levantium.com/2017/08/11/hands-off-relationship-with-the-truth/