A moderate wins the presidency of Iran

In a rare bit of good news for American foreign policy, a moderate was elected to the presidency of Iran, replacing the radical Islamist Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was term limited out of office. [Read more…]

Terrorist murder updates

Officials have learned that the dead Boston Marathon bomber was involved in an earlier triple homicide.  His accomplice in that murder confessed under questioning but attacked interrogators with a knife, whereupon he was killed.  In the meantime, two men in London assaulted and beheaded an off-duty soldier while shouting jihadist slogans.  They filmed themselves and declared to the viewing public that “you will never be safe.” [Read more…]

Benghazi whistleblowers

Three diplomats on the scene in Libya when Islamists killed the American ambassador and torched the embassy facility in Benghazi testified before a Congressional committee that the official State Department account of the incident is not exactly correct.  The three also told of pressure they received not to tell the whole story. [Read more…]

Israel attacks Syria, stirs up Middle East

Israeli missiles hit Syria, which is stirring up talk of a broader war.  The Washington Post reports that the attacks may hasten the Obama administration’s decision about intervening on behalf of Syrian rebels (not with troops, but with weapons and possibly air support).  Should we? [Read more…]

The history of coffee

Here is something we can thank the Islamic world for:  coffee.  BBC gives an interesting account of the history of that beverage and how it came to the West:

Although a beverage made from the wild coffee plant seems to have been first drunk by a legendary shepherd on the Ethiopian plateau, the earliest cultivation of coffee was in Yemen and Yemenis gave it the Arabic name qahwa, from which our words coffee and cafe both derive.

Qahwa originally meant wine, and Sufi mystics in Yemen used coffee as an aid to concentration and even spiritual intoxication when they chanted the name of God. [Read more…]

Second bomber captured

From Fox News:

BREAKING: A day-long dragnet for the second of two brothers believed to be behind Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing ended Friday night, with police capturing the suspect covered in blood and hiding in a boat in the backyard of a man who called 911 after become suspicious of activity on his property. [Read more…]


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