In Evin Prison – The New York Review of Books


Extraordinary events in Iran over the past six months have brought us images, voices, and narratives until recently unimaginable; they reveal, among other things, how little we understand about quotidian life in that country since the revolution. In the United States, we are nevertheless aware, with a dark tremor, of Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison, the […]

Investors.com – Rationing’s First Step


Health Care: A government task force has decided that women need fewer mammograms and later in life. Shouldn’t that be between patient and physician? We have seen the future of health care, and it doesn’t work.We have warned repeatedly that the net results of health care bills before Congress will be higher demand, fewer doctors, […]

Yemen’s war: Pity those caught in the middle | The Economist


MUHAMMAD REDWAN and his family were being hammered from all sides. In early August, rebels from Yemen’s Houthi clan took over his village in the rugged mountains of the Malahid district, near the border with Saudi Arabia. First they harassed him, telling him not to listen on his television to music that “contradicted the values […]

Barack Obama rewards big donors with plum jobs overseas – Jeanne Cummings – POLITICO.com


He may have promised to change Washington, but President Barack Obama is continuing one of its most renowned patronage traditions: bestowing prized ambassadorships on big donors. Of the nearly 80 ambassadorship nominations or confirmations since Obama’s Inauguration, 56 percent were given to political appointees and 44 percent have gone to career diplomats, according to records […]

Washington Sketch: In China, Obama leaves more questions than he takes – washingtonpost.com


Listening to President Obama and his Chinese counterpart this week, it was hard to tell who was Hu.One is the leader of a great democracy. The other is the head of a repressive regime. But as the two men faced reporters in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, Obama deferred to the wishes of President […]

Karl Rove: The Permanent Campaign Continues – WSJ.com


KARL ROVE: The Permanent Campaign Continues – WSJ.com.

WILLIAMS: Death by political correctness – Washington Times


WILLIAMS: Death by political correctness – Washington Times.

Giuliani: Terror trials leave U.S. ‘very vulnerable’ – Washington Times


Former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani said Wednesday that the Obama administration had put the country on a vulnerable, defensive footing against terrorism by deciding to try accused September 11 terror plotters in a civilian New York City court. via Giuliani: Terror trials leave U.S. ‘very vulnerable’ – Washington Times.

The costs of abstraction by Anthony Daniels – The New Criterion


On the intellectual irresponsibility of Soviet sympathizers. via The costs of abstraction by Anthony Daniels – The New Criterion.

National (US) Poll * November 18, 2009 * Obama Approval Dips Below 50% – Quinnipiac University – Hamden, Connecticut


President Barack Obama’s job approval rating is 48 – 42 percent, the first time he has slipped below the 50 percent threshold nationally, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. via National (US) Poll * November 18, 2009 * Obama Approval Dips Below 50% – Quinnipiac University – Hamden, Connecticut.