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A month after he did so, I learn that Vice President Cheney gave a long toast to the neoconservative scholar Bernard Lewis at a lunch in Philadelphia. As usual, Cheney’s speech is significant for what it doesn’t tell us: anything…

Today’s LA Times has a good piece by Jacob Heilbrunn about Democratic neocons. They want, in essence, to return to the beliefs that originally brought the neocons to prominence, the beliefs that motivated old-fashioned Cold War liberals such as Democratic…

The American Prospect—Greg Sargent—has a good item on the bogusness of those horrifying reports that Jews and other religious minorities in Iran would have to wear colored badges identifying them as infidels. One of the original reports on this canard,…

On the subject of the Clash of Civilizations, consider this. The Rolling Stones played China after censoring five songs (including Brown Sugar and Beast of Burden). Why no hullaballoo over Chinese censorship? The Chinese are just as perplexing and alien…

The introduction of Playboy Magazine in Indonesia demonstrates an important point about the Islamic world. You’ll see that the article notes that the magazine is fifty years behind the American edition in terms of what it shows—not even nipples. The…