Over the past several months, tensions have reached a boiling point on the streets of the United States — and,…
In early July, Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that on July 24 — the day marking the fourth anniversary the pseudo-coup attempt in 2016 (which many hold he staged in order to crack down on pro-democracy activists) — the Church of Hagia Sophia (or Holy Wisdom) would once again become a mosque.
Humberto Fontova was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1954 and escaped Castro’s revolution with his family in 1961. Fontova’s politically themed books include Fidel: Hollywood’s Favorite Tyrant (2005), Exposing the Real Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him (2007), and The Longest Romance: The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro (2013). Two of them have been translated and published internationally — and have made Fontova the ‘go-to-guy’ on Cuban affairs.
We are living through most troubled and troubling times. A virus has been, in some way, unleashed, traveling to all…
Spain’s radical ruling coalition not only seeks to raise taxes, push euthanasia, and decrease the role of the Church and the traditional family, it is also targeting Spain’s history, seeking legal means to revise the historical record and retell the history of the Spanish Civil War.
Humans are storytelling creatures: the stories we tell have profound implications for how we see our role in the world, and dystopian fiction keeps growing in popularity. According to Goodreads.com, an online community that has grown to 90 million readers, the share of books categorised as ‘dystopian’ in 2012 was the highest for more than 50 years. […] What should we make of the fact that dystopian fiction is so popular?
On March 30, the Hungarian parliament adopted legislation providing for “emergency powers” to better respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The international reaction has been quite predictable, with critics of Prime Minister Orbán calling it a “power grab.” As often happens during times of crisis (in this case, a pandemic) people are in the grip of intense emotions—so it behooves us to stand up for the truth.
As the world battles the global coronavirus pandemic, Budapest stands accused of using the crisis to enshrine authoritarianism via parliamentary vote—by giving conservative prime minister Victor Orbán extraordinary powers forever. An angry clamor has gone up, calling for Hungary to be expelled from NATO and the EU. Such calls are premature, however. There is no plot to destroy democracy on the Danube.
“Our great idea is that conservatism is not a standard. It is not a fixed doctrine. It is, above all, a disposition of mind. That’s why there are so many national expressions of conservatism. The genius of each people has translated, in its own way, the universal need for the self-preservation of society.”
“The British Conservative Party has become the new centre of European conservatism. Until now, this role has been occupied by German Christian Democracy. But nothing is more symbolic than the involuntary passing of the torch from Mrs. Merkel to Boris Johnson. It has taken four years, but it is worth taking the measure of what has happened.”
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