Except for the gulags, genocides and one-party rule, Communism was just dandy

The Guardian’s Neil Clark is a last-minute entrant for Useful Idiot of the Year: No one questions that Havel, who went to prison twice, was a brave man who had the courage to stand up for his views. Yet the question which needs to be asked is whether his political campaigning made his country, and … Continue reading Except for the gulags, genocides and one-party rule, Communism was just dandy

The audacity of naivete

Christopher Hitchens asks some tough questions of the activists, including author Alice Walker and Gaddafi lackey Cynthia McKinney, participating in the Gaza “flotilla.” It seems safe and fair to say that the flotilla and its leadership work in reasonably close harmony with Hamas, which constitutes the Palestinian wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. The political leadership … Continue reading The audacity of naivete

Kucinich the shameless stooge

There’s no rationalizing the Ohio congressman’s spirited defense of dictator Bashar al-Assad who, according to Kucinich, is “highly loved and appreciated by the Syrians.” Nearly 1,000 Syrians killed by al-Assad’s thugs in a little more than two months of opposition protests beg to differ.

Teachers never to blame

The Daily Beast’s Diane Ravitch takes Secretary of Educaton Arne Duncan to task for suggesting poor teachers contribute to low test scores. Apologists like Ravitch seem incapable of admitting bad teachers even exist. “Behind the teachers’ rage and skepticism is the fact that Duncan has time and again said that ‘bad’ teachers cause low test … Continue reading Teachers never to blame