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Brandeis breakdown [With comment by Paul]

Featured image I’ve been looking for someone who is knowledgeable about what is happening behind the scenes at Brandeis University in the wake of the withdrawal of the invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali to receive an honorary degree. Yesterday I spoke with such a source. Brandeis has put forward the best case for itself. According to Brandeis, they didn’t know what they were doing when they chose to confer the honorary degree »

Brandeis’s “repressive tolerance”

Featured image Like me, Michael Ledeen finds that “if there’s anything really new about Brandeis’ disinvitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, it’s that they invited her at all.” While many seem surprised that Brandeis, founded by Jews in the immediate aftermath of the Holocaust, would align itself with Islamists and their apologists, Ledeen finds no underlying inconsistency. Brandeis was the home of professor Herbert Marcuse, the iconic leftist philosopher of the 1960s. Marcuse »

Brandeis’s disgrace

Featured image Bill Kristol has posted a letter from Brandeis alum Jeffrey Herf to Brandeis President Fred Lawrence. This really says it all: Dear President Lawrence: As a scholar whose 1981 PhD comes from Brandeis, I read the news that you rescinded the offer of an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali with particular disgust and anger. Your decision is an act of cowardice and appeasement to those 85 faculty members who »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Our friend Ammo Grrrll returns and is, as usual, on target. She calls this installment of her thoughts “A Short Quiz for Sniveling Cowards.” Sometimes in the course of soliciting donations, taking meetings, golfing, taking lunch, speaking on the phone, the busy college president must make a controversial decision. Doncha hate when that happens?? Yikes, how to proceed? Let’s say you are President of Brandeis University. Some chucklehead decided to »

The shame of Brandeis

Featured image I want to take the liberty of affirming John Podhoretz’s brief comments on the withdrawal of Brandeis University’s invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Ayaan was to receive an honorary degree at its upcoming graduation ceremony. John writes: If you have not yet heard, Brandeis University has rescinded its offer of an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born activist whose work has focused on the barbaric misogyny rampant in »

Brandeis reverses itself on honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Featured image Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Power Line hero for reasons that will become clear below. Brandeis University was set to give her an honorary degree at this year’s commencement exercises. But bowing to pressure from Muslim students, outside advocacy groups, and a portion of its faculty, Brandeis has backed down. As much as I admire Ayaan Hirsi Ali, I don’t condemn Brandeis’ decision. My reasons will, I hope, also become »

Mayor Hodges submits

Featured image In the “closing argument” she made on her own behalf in her (Minneapolis) mayoral campaign this past October, Betsy Hodges checked all the right (left) boxes. To borrow Samuel Johnson’s formulation regarding Metaphysical poetry, she violently yoked a couple of heterogeneous ideas together at the heart of her mind-numbing speech: “I have worn hijab, and it changed me. I have run and danced my way through the gay pride parade.” »

Muslim Terrorists Murder 59 Children In Nigeria

Featured image Stories like this happen all the time, and we can’t begin to note all of them. Still, the murder of 59 boys, either shot or burned to death, deserves mention. Terrorists from Boko Haram–which means “Western education is sinful”–attacked a school in northeast Nigeria. Attacking schools and murdering students is a favorite tactic of Boko Haram, which is trying to force Nigeria to institute Sharia law: Gunmen from Islamist group »

Muslims Demand Right of Return–to Spain!

Featured image Moors, Muslims from North Africa, invaded Iberia in 711. Over the ensuing centuries, the Moors conquered a large majority of what is now Spain. They called it Al-Andalus. Christian Spain fought back, slowly reconquering the peninsula. The reconquest was completed in 1492, when Ferdinand and Isabella took Granada. That was the same year in which they expelled the Jews, who had been in Iberia since ancient times, from their country. »

The Somali muddle, once more once

Featured image Today’s Star Tribune features a formulaic story by Randy Furst from the usual heart-tugging angle: “Somali woman living in Willmar can’t get her husband into U.S.” Deep into the story a small dose of reality is permitted to intrude: A State Department spokeswoman said that “most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of the visa interview, but the timing can vary based on the individual circumstances of each case.” »

Syria, the New Afghanistan

Featured image Once upon a time it was Afghanistan where would-be jihadis went to receive training in terror tactics, so that they could return to their home countries and wreak havoc. Now, the Telegraph says, the jihadi destination of choice is Syria: “Al-Qaeda training British and European ‘jihadists’ in Syria to set up terror cells at home.” British people fighting in Syria are being trained as “jihadists” and then encouraged to return »

Astrology and Anti-Semitism Meet: Hilarity Ensues

Featured image The good people at the Middle East Media Research Institute have posted video of an Egyptian astrologer appearing recently on Al-Nahar TV to explain why the alignment of the stars means that the Jews will be stronger this year.  Because “it’s been tested.”  But there is an answer: Solve the Palestinian problem!  I kid you not: Sayyed Al-Shimi: “Saturn will enter the fire sign of Sagittarius. My late father and »

Pope Francis Speaks Out For Persecuted Christians

Featured image Pope Francis knows little about economics, and appears to be under the misapprehension that the Obama-style cronyism he observed in Argentina constitutes free enterprise. Naturally, his comments on matters economic have been lapped up by the press. It will be interesting to see whether his other themes are deemed equally newsworthy. Today is St. Stephen’s Day, which honors Christianity’s first martyr. Francis addressed visitors to St. Peter’s Square and, taking »

Prince Charles Comes Through For Christians

Featured image The persecution of Christians in predominantly Muslim countries is the great, unacknowledged human rights violation of our time. So kudos to Prince Charles–a decent guy, but often a bit of a goof when it comes to politics–for being willing to speak up. Last week, he addressed a group of Middle Eastern Christians at Clarence House: “I have for some time now been deeply troubled by the growing difficulties faced by »

A Day In the Life, In Jerusalem

Featured image One of the problems that many Israeli Jews deal with on a daily basis is Arab terrorists who throw rocks at their cars, hoping to injure or kill the occupants. That is not unheard of; American liberals have been known to do it, too. For example, during the 2008 Republican convention in St. Paul, liberal protesters dropped cement blocks off highway overpasses onto random cars driving below. But that was »

Someday, the World Will Have To Pay Attention To Africa

Featured image There is considerable irony in the fact that Barack Obama, John Kerry and liberals in general, both in the U.S. and in Europe, are up in arms about the fact that Jews are building houses in East Jerusalem, while those same liberals care nothing about what is happening to the Southwest, in Africa, where millions are being slaughtered. Islam is on the march in Africa. Conquering terrorist armies have carried »

Muslims Attack Christian Wedding In Cairo

Featured image This is the kind of story from which our government–and most of our people, sadly–prefer to avert their eyes. At the Church of the Virgin Mary in Cairo, a wedding was celebrated. When the wedding party and guests exited the church, a mob of Muslims attacked them, killing four and wounding eight. This brief video was shot in the aftermath of the attack, and it is not clear whether the »