More articles from Maria
In today’s Opinion Journal, White Guilt and the Western Past: Why is America so delicate with the enemy?
Anti-Americanism, whether in Europe or on the American left, works by the mechanism of white guilt. It stigmatizes America with all the imperialistic and racist ugliness of the white Western past so that America becomes a kind of straw man, a construct of Western sin. (The Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo prisons were the focus of such stigmatization campaigns.) Once the stigma is in place, one need only be anti-American in order to be “good,” in order to have an automatic moral legitimacy and power in relation to America. (People as seemingly disparate as President Jacques Chirac and the Rev. Al Sharpton are devoted pursuers of the moral high ground to be had in anti-Americanism.) This formula is the most dependable source of power for today’s international left. Virtue and power by mere anti-Americanism. And it is all the more appealing since, unlike real virtues, it requires no sacrifice or effort–only outrage at every slight echo of the imperialist past.
One PDF file: The Assault on Democracy Assistance
Democracy promotion also means strengthening independent media; promoting the rule of law and an independent judiciary; defending human rights and the fundamental freedoms of expression, conscience, and association; and supporting civil society, including women’s associations, labor and business associations, and nongovernmental groups that educate citizens about democracy and empower them to participate in the political process and monitor government performance.
Saudi Arabia King Cuts Gasoline Prices 25 Percent. The NJ governor could do that, too. Nonsense, nonsense, nonsense: the myths about high oil prices; in the UK’s $6.62/gallon (which reminds me, the remake of The Omen opens on June 6).
Titanic locket sells for $110,000 in British auction. One of my late Aunt Carmita’s beaus was a survivor from the Titanic. I don’t think he gave her a locket, though.
Health: ‘Vintage’ Bugs Return: Mumps? Whooping cough? Rickets? What year is it? I urge all readers of this blog to make sure their vaccination schedule (your own, and your family’s) is up to date.
An update on the face transplant lady, Woman Has Complete Feeling in New Face
How to Resist road rage. I suggest that you start by HANGING UP THE CELL PHONE, SHUT UP, AND PAY ATTENTION TO THE ROAD. Thank you.
And two more videos:
Barcepundit uncovers the inhumane conditions at an ABBA refugee camp.
Everything you need to know about music videos you can learn at the Columbia Business School