“Meanwhile, Down Under….”
The Anglosphere and Election
By James Allan
For better or worse, other nations enjoy the option of ousting or installing conservative leaders. No such luck in Australia, however, where the result of our sooner-or-later election is pre-ordained. Regardless of the winner's party, we'll have a leftist in The Lodge.
Cardinal Wuerl voices Catholic support for immigrants but urges caution about sanctuary churches
By Julie Zauzmer
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, leader of the Washington Archdiocese’s 620,000 Catholics, said Thursday that the church’s values compel it to oppose the deportation of people already living in the United States. But Wuerl expressed caution about the idea of churches acting as sanctuaries for those seeking to avoid deportation, as some congregations across the country have offered.
Lauder: Time to speak out against slaughter of Christians in Middle East
World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder on Monday addressed a large gathering of Evangelical Christians at Jerusalem’s Pais Arena in which he spoke out forcefully against the slaughter of Christians across the Middle East and in Africa.
They Hold The Line: Mattis Gives Meaning To Memorial Day
By Colin Clark
At Breaking Defense we read and hear a lot of speeches by generals. Few of them amount to a hill of beans, which is usually the intent of the person delivering the speech. Make no news, unless you’ve got a clear message to send is the rule hewn to. Well, we got a good one worthy of Memorial Day thanks to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
10 important things Donald Trump said in his Times interview with Michael Gove
By Samuel Osborne
President-elect Donald Trump has said Britain's decision to leave the European Union would "end up being a great thing" and has reiterated his claim Nato is "obsolete because it wasn't taking care of terror".
The United Nations – missing in action
By David Alton, Lord Alton of Liverpool
Dag Hammarskjold was one of the great secretaries-general of the United Nations. In 1961 he was killed in a plane crash. Questions remain about the circumstances in which this courageous man died. Why, as the world confronts so many challenges, is the UN so often missing in action? What can be done to reform the organization so that Hammarskjold’s successors might reconnect with its mission?
Taken for a Ride? Islam and Religious Liberty
By William Kilpatrick
Is religious liberty also a train that Islamists ride until they reach their stop? That’s an increasingly urgent question now that mosques are popping up all over the landscape of Europe, Canada, and the U.S. Are the mosque-builders genuinely committed to religious freedom for all, or is religious liberty merely a vehicle for increasing the power of Islam?
Theresa May's first day as British prime minister, in pictures
By Alex Wheeler
'Brexit' stage right
By Lee Cohen, contributor
May 18, 2015
Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting with a Dutch conservative member of the European Parliament, who painted a picture of the EU that is alarming — of rejection of the foundations that made the West great and of apologies for, rather than action plans against, the extremism that threatens us daily. In the context of last week's U.K. elections, this insider view makes the case even stronger that the U.K. should reconsider its current relationship to the European Union; what some have termed the possible Brussels exit or "Brexit." The future of the U.K. matters well beyond its borders, and has consequences for the U.S. and the globe.
Now that the initial elation of British Prime Minister David Cameron and the Tories' consequential victory is wearing off, the turbulence of governing with a knife-edge majority is coming into focus. Two of the largest-looming challenges include popular support, or lack thereof, for the future of Britain in the EU; and Scotland within Britain. Leaving aside for now the Scottish independence issue, let's consider the question of the U.K.’s relationship to Europe. - CLICK HERE
It’s a Girl! Princess Kate Gives Birth to a Princess
Princess Kate gave birth at 7:34 a.m. GMT and the baby weighs 8 lbs 3oz
By Megan Gibson / London
May 2, 2015
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Royal baby born: Kate Middleton gives birth to a girl! - live updates
Latest news on the Royal baby as the Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to a baby girl weighing 8lbs 3oz just two and a half hours after going into hospital
By Gordon Rayner, Chief Reporter
May 2, 2015
A royal princess! Kate gives birth to a girl at 8.34am
Cameron Calls Out Obama for Failure to Name Islamism
What Republicans Should Say
By David Brooks
For a few decades, American and British conservatism marched in tandem. Thatcher was philosophically akin to Reagan. John Major was akin to George Bush.
But now the two conservatisms have split. The key divide is over what to do about the slow-motion devastation being felt by the less educated, the working
class and the poor. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump have appealed to working-class voters mostly by blaming outsiders.
David Cameron gave a speech on life chances, explaining how the government intends to transform the lives of the poorest in Britain.
This government is all about security. It’s that security that underpins our long-term economic plan: in a world of risks, we want to ensure the British
economy, and British families, are secure. It’s security that drives our defence policy and strategy to combat extremism: in dangerous times, we know
our first duty is to keep our country safe.
Michael Gove’s interview with Donald Trump: main points
By Fraser Nelson
Michael Gove has landed the first British interview with Donald Trump for The Times (where he is, now, a columnist). This is his first interview since he spoke to Justin Welby for The Spectator – it’s online and as good as you’d expect.
Marathon ma’am: the queen’s record reign
Royalists and commemorative-china merchants will rejoice as Elizabeth II notches up her 23,226th day on the throne today, overtaking her great-great-grandmother, Victoria. Republicans are as heavily outnumbered as in 1952, when the 25-year-old queen began her reign. But much else about Britain is unrecognisable. It has been transformed from the world’s factory into its factotum, with manufacturing jobs replaced by those in financial, legal and business services. Immigration has increased the non-white population from 75,000 to around 8m. Gays can marry, while fewer straights bother: nearly half of children are born out of wedlock, against 6% at the start of Elizabeth’s reign (unwed couples are no longer barred from her annual garden party). Finish Reading - Click Here
Two Centuries of Police Work
By Max Boot
Court Requires NYPD to Purge Docs on Terrorists Inside U.S.
Muslim community sued police over surveillance programs
By Adam Kredo
The New York Police Department has been directed by a U.S. court to remove from its online records an investigation pertaining to the rise of Islamic extremists in the West and the threats these individuals pose to American safety, according to legal documents. As part of a settlement agreement reached earlier this month with Muslim community advocates in U.S. District Court, the NYPD will purge from its website an extensive report that experts say has been critical to the department’s understanding of radical Islam and its efforts to police the threat.
Legendary Marine General Jim Mattis On What Makes This Generation of American Veterans Different
By Brian Adam Jones
The general, who last year retired his post as commander of U.S. Central Command and finished a remarkable career of military service, is well known for his no-nonsense brand of rhetoric. He’s a tough-talking brilliant military tactician who has few peers in American history. His hour long speech last week was great, and many have covered his remarks on post-traumatic stress where he said that veterans were not victims. It’s an important message, but I was struck by something else Mattis said, about the next great generation of modern military veterans. “And here I speak directly to the combat veterans of our current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” he began.
On what makes veterans stand out among this generation:
“All volunteers, all volunteers, you look past the hot political rhetoric swirling around these little understood wars and you rallied to the flag. You signed blank checks payable with your lives to the American people. And for the first major war in our history, our nation fought without a draft. Unlike the Civil War, unlike World War I, unlike World War II, unlike Korea, unlike Vietnam — a draft that pushed me into the military — you, the volunteers of this war, are the element of this generation that is demonstrably, that is demonstrably great, shown not by your words, but by your actions.” - CLICK HERE
Catholic Lite and Europe’s Demographic Suicide
By George Weigel
“Look, we know we’re finished. We’re trying to arrange things so that we can die comfortably in our beds. Don’t you Yanks come over here and start stirring things up.” It was brutal but it had the merit of being honest, and it came back to me the day after the recent French presidential election, when it was pointed out by several observers that the prime ministers or presidents of Europe’s largest economies—and of all the European members of that exclusive global club, the G7—are without children
Australia: Christians Experiencing Increased Attacks from Muslim Extremists
By Veronica Neffinger
Christians in Australia are facing increased persecution and are especially being targeted by Muslim gangs. CBN News reports that recently, a Greek Orthodox Christian man was targeted for wearing a cross necklace.
Should we care that Britain’s lost its religion?
By Daniel Finkelstein
“The point is that the Good Samaritan had to have the money to help, otherwise he too would have had to pass by on the other side.” In 1968, Margaret Thatcher, still a rising MP yet to reach the cabinet, was asked to give the Conservative Political Centre Lecture at the party conference in Blackpool, and explain her political philosophy. And it was then that she first put an argument she was often to repeat. No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he wasn’t rich.
Theresa May confirmed as Britain’s new prime minister
By NY Post
Iraqi Christian Relief Council supports the creation of a Nineveh Plain Province
Contact Nicole Foy
Iraqi Christian Relief Council stands with Iraq’s persecuted religious and ethnic minorities native to the fertile Nineveh Plain north east of Mosul who demand a recognized and protected safe-haven in the form of a new federal province within Iraq.
U.K. Should Hold EU Referendum as Soon as Possible, Says BOE’s Mark Carney
Central bank governor says U.K. should limit uncertainty for businesses and investors
By Jason Douglas And Paul Hannon
May 14, 2015
LONDON—The U.K. should hold a referendum on membership of the European Union as soon as it can to limit uncertainty for businesses and investors, the governor of the Bank of England said Thursday. The remarks come as U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is embarking to deliver on an election pledge to give British people a vote by the end of 2017 on whether the U.K. should remain in the EU. Some within the U.K. government hope that a referendum could be held in 2016 to resolve the matter sooner. - CLICK HERE
The Meaning of Their Service
A retired four-star Marine Corps general on the clarifying effect of combat experience, the poison of cynicism and how veterans can help revive American optimism.
By James N. Mattis
April 17, 2015 6:47 p.m. ET
This article was adapted from remarks for the fourth annual salute to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans at the Marines’ Memorial Club in San Francisco on April 16 - CLICK HERE
Strengthening the ties between the United States, United Kingdom, and the English speaking world.
The Anglosphere Society
Trump Drafts Executive Order on Refugees
An early draft of an executive order that President Donald J. Trump is expected to issue as early as Thursday outlines his plan to block Syrian refugees from entering the United States and institute a temporary halt on all refugees from the rest of the world
‘America First’ Takes On a New Meaning
By William McGurn
If Donald Trump is the reincarnation of the America First movement of the early 1940s, he has an odd way of showing it. Within hours after he was sworn in as president, and after an absence of eight years, the Oval Office again had a bust of Winston Churchill.
U.S. President Barack Obama has drawn fire in the UN from UK Prime Minister David Cameron this week over Obama’s refusal to name the Islamist ideology specifically as the root cause of violent extremism. Obama cautioned a gathering of international leaders not to profile Muslims specifically on the grounds that “violent extremism is not unique to any one faith.”
“Barack, you said it and you’re right — every religion has its extremists,” Cameron countered. “But we have to be frank that the biggest problem we have today is the Islamist extremist violence that has given birth to ISIL, to al-Shabab, to al-Nusra, al Qaeda and so many other groups.” Read More - click here
A Plan for Protecting Iraq’s Minority Communities
By Andrew Doran, Robert Nicholson, & Chris Seiple
A Nineveh Plain Province would help to save minority communities in Iraq and be a model for a more decentralized and secure country.
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Why Paris Could Happen Here
The elements of an attack are available, including the weapons, manpower and a ‘permissive environment.’
By Mitchell D. Silber
In the afternoon of Nov. 13, when news of the horrific Paris attacks began to reach the U.S. and the fear and chaos there began to sink in, many Americans asked one important question: Could a similar attack by jihadists linked to Islamic State occur in a major American city? The answer is yes. To understand why, it is vital to deconstruct the Paris attack and the factors that enabled it and then see if they can be mapped onto an American urban environment.
UK: Extremely Selective Free Speech
By Judith Bergman
Apparently, 112 events featuring extremist speakers took place on UK campuses in the academic year 2016/2017, according to a recent report by Britain's Henry Jackson society: "The vast majority of the extreme speakers recorded in this report are Islamist extremists, though one speaker has a background in Far-Right politics...."
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The U.S. and U.N. Have Abandoned Christian Refugees
By Nina Shea
Six months ago, Secretary of State John Kerry officially designated Islamic State as “responsible for genocide” against Christians, Yazidis and other vulnerable groups in areas under ISIS control in Syria and Iraq.
Healing the Brains of American GIs
Intrepid Centers are making remarkable progress against the ‘signature wounds’ of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
By William McGurn
When Arnold Fisher mustered out of the U.S. Army in 1954 after a stint in Korea, he left as a corporal. But he didn’t leave the service. Through his day job at the family real-estate business, Mr. Fisher long ago made his mark on the New York City skyline by building several high-profile office towers. Now he is in his ninth decade, and this Veterans Day will find the Fisher Brothers’ senior partner aiming much higher than skyscrapers.
Britain’s new prime minister - May time
By The Economist