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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Britain's Massive Charity Scam
By Giulio Meotti
More than half the humanitarian donations from the United Kingdom to Syria through small NGOs have ended up in the hands of ISIS and other jihadist groups, according to the think-tank Quilliam Foundation
The faith of Lieutenant-Colonel Beltrame, the French police officer who took place of hostage
By Aleteia - French
The announcement of the death of Arnaud Beltrame, the lieutenant-colonel of the gendarmerie who, the day before, had voluntarily replaced the hostages held by a jihadist in a supermarket of the Aude, moved the whole world. This ultimate sacrifice testifies to the deep faith that animated him.
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?
France: Migrant Crisis Spirals Out of Control
By Soeren Kern
Hundreds of Africans and Asians armed with knives and iron rods fought running street battles in the northern port city of Calais on February 1, less than two weeks after French President Emmanuel Macron visited the area and pledged to crack down on illegal immigration. The clashes plunged Calais — emblematic of Europe's failure to control mass migration — into a war zone and reinforced the perception that French authorities have lost control of the country's security situation.
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.
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
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
Modern criticism of Winston Churchill is fake history – it’s based on quotes taken out of context
By Andrew Roberts
The movie Darkest Hour, in which Gary Oldman won an Oscar playing Winston Churchill, has garnered many plaudits, and deservedly so. It introduced a new generation to Churchill and the inspiring story of 1940, reminding them of how Britain stood alone for a year against the might and fury of Nazi Germany.
Five years after her death, we miss a great defender of liberty and US friend
By Lee Cohen (Lee is the New York Director of TAS)
Today marks five years since we lost this towering figure who, along with Ronald Reagan, effectively led the world in the 1980s. She and Reagan set the stage for the collapse of the Iron Curtain and it was Thatcher’s vision and focus that catapulted Britain from down-on-its-luck to global strength and competitiveness. Though cliche, it is wholly accurate to say she “made Britain great again.”
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
Cardinal Dolan: Democrats have abandoned Catholic voters
By Cardinal Timothy Dolan
The US Democratic Party has abandoned the many Catholic voters who once supported it, the Archbishop of New York has said. ... by embracing radical pro-abortion ideology and blocking legislation to help poorer families attend Catholic schools, the Democrats has alienated voters who were once loyal to the party.
Cameron Calls Out Obama for Failure to Name Islamism
Britain’s new prime minister - May time
By The Economist
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?
Anti-Semitism and the American Alliance: The Case of Jeremy Corbyn
By Jeremy Black
That Jeremy Corbyn, the leader since 2015 of Britain’s Labour Party, the official opposition, has long been linked to anti-Semitism is no news other than to the public. We shall come to some of the relevant aspects, but the point of this note is to look forward, rather than to reiterate the evidence, and in particular to consider the consequences of Corbyn’s anti-Semitic connections for the Anglo-American alliance.
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
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.
Islamic London: "Run, Hide, Tell"
By Daniel Pipes
To understand the development of Islam in Western countries, I make a habit of visiting Muslim-majority areas such as in Lakemba in Australia, Lodi in California, and Lunel in France. But London, England, is unique in the extent of its Islamic impress. Muslim-majority areas typically consist of poor, unattractive housing projects remote from the city center that long ago were abandoned by their original indigenous, working-class populations.
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.
Churchill's 'Iron Curtain' speech as prophetic -- and chilling -- today as it was 72 years ago
By Lee Cohen
Known colloquially as “the Iron Curtain Speech,” this event had an important impact on framing the primordial threat to world peace in the post-World War II period – the Cold War – and to focusing attention on the leading global alliance motivated to protect world peace, the Anglo-American Special Relationship.
The Islamization of Britain in 2017 "I think we are heading towards disaster."
By Soeren Kern
AThe Muslim population of Britain surpassed 4.1 million in 2017 to become around 6.3% of the overall population of 64 million, according to a recent study on the growth of the Muslim population in Europe.
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.
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
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
'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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Strengthening the ties between the United States, United Kingdom, and the English speaking world.
The Anglosphere Society
Hallelujah! Welby takes a stand against Sharia
By MELANIE PHILLIPS
High levels of Muslim immigration, he says, have led many to challenge majority values, especially in family life. He wants Britain instead to uphold the values founded upon its own principles and Christian inheritance.
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.
This is a bad time for the special relationship to be under strain
Populists on both sides of the Atlantic are dragging Britain and America apart
THE opening of the new American embassy should have been the highlight of London’s diplomatic season. The American president himself had been lined up to cut the ribbon on the billion-dollar building.
Time is Not on Europe’s Side
By William Kilpatrick
The Pew Research Center is out with a new study of Europe’s growing Muslim population. The first thing to notice is that Pew’s estimate of the current Muslim population for several countries is not much different from estimates of ten years ago.
Student activists invade Winston Churchill-themed café, scream he ‘was a racist’
By College Fix Staff
This past Saturday, several student activists crashed a Winston Churchill-themed café in London to denounce the former prime minister as a “racist.”
The activists urged café patrons to boycott the establishment and demanded an apology from Blighty’s owner for the “poorly thought and insensitive branding,” according to The Mirror.
Theresa May's first day as British prime minister, in pictures
By Alex Wheeler
“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.
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
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
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.
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.
A Plan for Protecting Iraq’s Minority Communities
By Andrew Doran, Robert Nicholson, & Chris Seiple
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.
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.