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“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. 

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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.

“When we use the word sanctuary, we have to be very careful that we’re not holding out false hope. We wouldn’t want to say, ‘Stay here, we’ll protect you,’ ” he said, explaining that he’s not sure churches can legally guarantee protection to people who might move into a church building, or that federal agents would necessarily respect the boundaries of a church as a place that they cannot enter. 

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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.

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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. 

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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

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‘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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.”  “The boy who straps a bomb to his chest and blows up an Iraqi town, the guy that stands in the desert with a knife, having just beheaded a British hostage or whoever, they don’t get there from a standing start” Cameron went on to say.  “They have extremist views and an extremist mindset before they make that final decision to be an extremist terrorist. We have to stop this process at the start, not at the end. We also need to challenge the extremist worldview right at the very start,” he added.  
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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 incoming president, in an interview with Michael Gove published in The Times, also discussed the future of the EU, his stance on Russia and a new trade deal with the UK.

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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.

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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.

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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. The ability to build such bridges won’t hurt Gove should he want to return to government. Here are the main points:

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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

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. 

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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.

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Easter 2017: Theresa May's message


Britain’s new prime minister - May time
By The Economist

A no-nonsense conservative has taken Britain’s helm. She should make the case for a minimalist Brexit​.  Mrs May’s path to power was easier than that of most prime ministers, but her time in office will be the hardest stint in decades (see article). Extricating Britain from the EU will be the diciest diplomatic undertaking in half a century.

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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? After all, in those countries where Islam is firmly in power, there is little or no religious liberty for non-Muslims, and the liberty of Muslims themselves is severely restricted. They are not, for instance, free to leave Islam.

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Theresa May confirmed as Britain’s new prime minister
By NY Post

Alluding to the tough negotiations that lie ahead over Britain’s exit from the European Union, May said, “we face a time of great national change.”  But she said Britain would “rise to the challenge” and forge “a bold new positive role” in the world.

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Theresa May's first day as British prime minister, in pictures
By Alex Wheeler

Former home secretary and interior minister Theresa May has become the new British prime minister. She visited Buckingham Palace and accepted the task given by Queen Elizabeth II to form a new government, moments after former Prime Minister David Cameron had resigned.

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The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

Theresa has been involved in politics at all levels for many years, beginning by stuffing envelopes at her local Conservative association before going on to be a councillor in the London borough of Merton from 1986 to 1994. 

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Two Centuries of Police Work
By Max Boot 

Amid the incessant clashes of the campaign season, there is at least one thing that pretty much all of the presidential candidates can agree on.  Bernie Sanders: “Of course the United States must lead. But the United States is not the policeman of the world." Jeb Bush: "We're not going to be the world's policeman, but [we'd] sure as heck better be the world's leader." 

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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.  

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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. 

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'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. -

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   

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.

Britain's Royal Baby Named as Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

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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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   

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