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Essays

Oct 2nd 2015

The news that Pope Francis met with Kim Davis raises a series of questions that must be answered urgently. Let's begin with trying to understand what happened. And so we should ask: Did Pope Francis know who Kim Davis is?

Sep 29th 2015

Great Dutch painters have come in threes. In the Golden Age, there were Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer. And in the modern era, there were van Gogh, Mondrian, and Appel.

Sep 25th 2015

Before the end of 2015, the leaders of the world’s nations will attend two major summits. Their task is nothing less than to change the course of history.

Sep 24th 2015

Pope Francis arrives in Washington, D.C. as a conquering hero, with jostling crowds lining the street in rapt adulation. Trumpets, pomp, elaborate ceremony and fawning commentary herald the presence of a global rock star. This man crush is as unwarranted as it is embarrassing.

Sep 24th 2015

Pope Francis is visiting Washington, New York and Philadelphia this week.

Sep 22nd 2015

Two women are murdered every week in the UK as a result of domestic violence.

Sep 18th 2015

It’s not often you see people over-50 having sex on screen.

Sep 15th 2015

During Pope Francis’ visit to the United States next week, he will insis

Sep 5th 2015

Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, claims to be a Christian. I shall take her at her word. And taking her at her word, I believe that her position lacks both biblical and constitutional merit.

Sep 5th 2015

The initial response to Donald Trump’s pursuit of the American presidency, certainly among many more moderate members of the Republican Party, was to wait for his pursuit to implode.

Sep 3rd 2015

In late 1969, Robert Smithson travelled to Vancouver, British Columbia, to make his project titled Island of Broken Glass. Smithson planned to have 100 tons of industrial glass dumped on a small rocky island, then to use a crowbar to break the glass into small pieces.

Sep 3rd 2015

In 1966, a British planner called Maurice Broady came up with a new term for the archit

Sep 2nd 2015

Oliver Sacks achieved global public renown because his writings melded two particular traits that cut across his dual role as doctor and writer: his focus on single patients rather than large populations and his profound empathy.

These unique characteristics underpinned the distinctive con

Sep 2nd 2015

When former British Labour Party Leader Neil Kinnock recently joked that an overweight Conservative minister should be encouraged to run the London marathon, because he’d probably die, you might think it a mere blemish on the Left’s impeccable record of common decency.

Aug 30th 2015

The Neoconservatives, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Republicans Game the System.

Aug 29th 2015

As a front-runner for the Democratic nomination for the presidency, Hillary Clinton is a legitimate target for close scrutiny. Clinton has a long history ripe for criticism as First Lady, senator, and Secretary of State.

Aug 29th 2015
As we approach the August bank holiday and a three-day weekend, it is worth reassessing the amount of time we devote to work. What if all weekends could last for three or even four days? What if the majority of the week could be given over to activities other than work?
Aug 28th 2015

I was on a call-in radio show late one night this week to discuss immigration and my new book, Dream Chasers: Immigration and the American Backlash.

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