David Brooks: Obama is the Pragmatic Leviathan – NYTimes.com

When I was in college, I was assigned “Leviathan,” by Thomas Hobbes. On the cover was an image from the first edition of the book, published in 1651. It shows the British nation as a large man. The people make up the muscles and flesh. Then at the top, there is the king, who is […]

Victory for Free Speech in Texas

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But the war to defend it is just heating up.

Censorship and Libel at USC

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A university shows tolerance for Muslim student radicals – but not for their critics.

Suicide Bombing Puts a Rare Face on C.I.A.’s Work – NYTimes.com

In the fall of 2001, as an anguished nation came to grips with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a slender, soft-spoken economics major named Elizabeth Hanson set out to write her senior thesis at Colby College in Maine. Her question was a timely one: How do the world’s three major faith traditions apply economic principles? […]

Candace de Russy: Hate-America Sociology – Minding The Campus

Recently, a colleague forwarded to me a copy of an exam from an introductory sociology class found lying in a room at a public college in the east. It was graded 100%. The exam deserves to be quoted at length, as parts of it are virtually indistinguishable from the old Soviet agitprop of the Fifties: […]

Bomb suspect came from elite family, best schools – AP

As a member of an uppercrust Nigerian family, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab received the best schooling, from the elite British International School in West Africa to the vaunted University College London. But the education he wanted was of a different sort: Nigerian officials say his interest in extremist Islam prompted his father to warn U.S. authorities. […]

Kevin Jennings, “Safe Schools Czar”

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To view the full Kevin Jennings profile, click here. Excerpts from the Kevin Jennings profile: A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Kevin Jennings was raised by a father who was a Baptist minister, and a mother who was irreligious and anti-Catholic. After graduating from Harvard College in 1985, Jennings took a job as a high-school history teacher. Three years later […]

Politicization of Middle Eastern Studies – by Brendan Goldman

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On blatant display at Columbia U. Iran conference

Christmas Reading – by Thomas Sowell

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Some superb books you can give as Christmas presents.

Emily Esfahani Smith: Islam U. – Weekly Standard

Zaytuna College, which plans to be the first accredited Muslim college in the United States, is set to open next fall in Berkeley, California. The college has been hailed as a victory for moderate Islam, a place to promote religious understanding by “blending traditional Islam and American culture and establishing a permanent place for the […]