“Oppressive chocolate capitalists” from “the romantic industrial complex”

Japanese protesters will hold a march in Tokyo against St. Valentine’s Day, contending that it is a plot by “oppressive chocolate capitalists” from “the romantic industrial complex.”  The organizers are a group that calls itself the Revolutionary Alliance of Men that Women Find Unattractive.  The contention is that, following Marxist analysis, romantic attractiveness is a function of class oppression.

I know, I know, it sounds bogus, or at least tongue in cheek.  But the group is being covered as legitimate by the Washington Post and Japanese media. [Read more...]

Europe’s politics defy “left” and “right”

The Greeks, tired of the European Union’s “austerity” programs, elected a far-left government.  But observers are confused about how it is allying itself with far-right–even fascist–parties.  Also how the new Greek government is adopting pro-Russian, pro-Putin policies.

Anne Applebaum points out how “left” and “right” political categories don’t really apply in Europe anymore.  “The real division in Europe,” she says, ” is between what I would call established, integrationist politics and isolationist, nationalist politics.” [Read more...]

Are Russian oil companies funding environmentalists?

A newspaper is reporting that Russian oil companies connected to Vladimir Putin are funding some American environmentalist groups that are trying to stop the practice of fracking.  Russia is, of course, not particularly interested in saving the American environment, but, like Saudi Arabia, the oil-rich country has an interest in cutting the growth in American oil production due to this kind of technology. [Read more...]

Greeks reject austerity

The economy of Greece has been a basket case, with a national debt that is more than the gross national product, leading to a European Union bailout that has imposed an “austerity” program of slashed government spending, higher taxes, and lower wages.  But now the Greeks have voted to end the austerity, going so far as to elect a communist as Prime Minister who is demanding that Germany forgive its debts. [Read more...]

A king dies, but the new king has dementia

Saudi Arabia is trying to hurt the American domestic oil industry by pumping so much oil that it drives down prices so as to make fracking unprofitable.  And yet, that helps Americans with low gasoline prices.  Saudi Arabia is the center of arch-conservative Sunni Islam, but has been a key American ally against ISIS.  Saudi Arabian despotism creates Islamist rebels, but American foreign policy sees it as a force for stability in the Middle East.  Saudi Arabia outlaws Christianity within its borders, but tends to be on the side of America’s government.

Now this important but contradictory nation is suddenly facing a crisis.  Its king, 90-year-0ld King Abdullah, has died.  Its odd laws of succession give the kingship to the various sons of the founding monarch, and, thanks to Islamic polygamy, there are 35 of them.  So the throne goes to the various brothers of the previous king, rather than to the next generation.  So the new king of Saudi Arabia is 79 years old and reportedly suffers from dementia. [Read more...]

Persecution rates

Open Doors has released statistics about the persecution of Christians in 2014:  how many Christians were killed because of their faith (double what it was last year, and triple what it was the year before that); the number of attacks on churches; and the different ways Christians are being persecuted (including “cultural marginalization”).  It also lists the top reasons (#1: militant Islam; #2: dictator paranoia; #3: organized corruption).  Also of interest is a ranking of the countries according to their intolerance of Christianity. [Read more...]


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