Why do repressive regimes produce the best political jokes? An insider, who lived under Hungarian communism, tackles this question.
Soccer (known outside the US as “football” excites passionate fan loyalty. One manifestation of such loyalty is team songs, which are referred to as “anthems” and hymns”. The beauty of sports is the willingness of players to leave national rivalries behind, and to simply focus on the game. Sadly, Israel is an exception to […]
Islamist fighters have moved a group of 12 nuns abducted from a convent in the Christian historic center and predominantly Christian town of Maaloula to a nearby town under the control of “Islamist” rebels. The leader of the Orthodox Church of Antioch, John X has called on the international community to help free the nuns who are […]
This year was very unusual, since Hanukkah started off on Thanksgiving, a holiday with which Hanukkah almost never coincides on any of its eight days. This prompted some interesting musings about the overlapping themes of the two holidays. Following are two songs about Hanukkah from Israel. Since yearning for Israel is a part of Judaism, […]
Bob Dylan’s free association comments about American race relations have irritated a Croatian group based in France, where libel laws make it dangerous to speak frankly about race, ethnic groups. The Index On Censorship web site describes French “hate crimes laws” as follows. France has some of the toughest hate speech laws in the EU. […]
Ten Clips For Anyone Who Is nostalgic For Jimmy Carter. Jason Carter was about a year and a half old when his grandfather, Jimmy Carter took the oath of office as President of the United States, ushering in a time of inflation and international destabilisation that has not been equaled until recently, when Barack Obama […]
Since the death of Chairman Mao in 1976, China has slowly yet thoroughly evolved towards a market economy. It has systematically separated free markets from personal and political freedom, subordinating personal and political rights to the good of the state, as seen from the perspective of its leadership. This evolutionary path could be seen as […]
A growing number of stores have turned major American holidays into shopping opportunities. Presidents Day and Labour Day have long been times of sales. Now, it seems that Thanksgiving is a day when millions of Americans who work in retail are being asked to come to work on a holiday that they would far rather […]