ISIS Blows Up Ancient Wall of Nineveh

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A part of Nineveh’s great wall was dynamited by ISIS militants, according to Iraqinews.com. One of Mosul’s most distinctive ancient structures, the wall dates to the 8th century BC. According to a local historian, militants destroyed on Tuesday night much of the historic city wall located on Tahrir neighborhood on the left coast of Mosul…. [Read More...]

How Did CNN Report on the New “Charlie Hebdo” Cover?

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Like this: CNN to Muslim world: “Please kill us last.” Duly noted, dhimmis. Here is the actual cover, which a news organization would, of course, show in its reporting in any other circumstance:   Terrorists can murder and bomb and destroy, but whether or not they accomplish their goals–the destruction of civilization–is completely up to us. [Read More...]

Charlie Hebdo and a Broken Europe

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How broken is Europe? This broken: That’s their response to the murder of twelve of their fellow journalists at the hands of jihadists. You cannot measure my indifference to the wholly imaginary thing called “Islamophobia,” which, like “homophobia,” is a way to pathologize those who disagree with a dominant narrative. A phobia is an irrational [Read More...]

Crowd-sourcing the Search For Flight 370

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There are few news stories that capture and hold my interest, but I’ve been following the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Air MH370 very closely. At first it was the simple yet crushing tragedy of 239 souls being lost, most likely to human cruelty. But it’s the echoes of Twilight Zone and Stephen King stories–the sheer strangeness of it all–that [Read More...]

St. Thecla’s Tomb Desecrated by Syrian Rebels, Nuns Still Missing

Twelve nuns kidnapped from the Mar Takla Orthodox convent are still being held by our friends, the Syrian “rebels.” They were taken away in early December in a raid by terrorist Abu Jafar, leader of the Battalion of the Martyr Abu Taan. Jafar pillaged the monasteries there, and sold off the goods in Lebanon. On January 12th, [Read More...]

Tobit, And Tamerlan: The Dignity of Burial

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No one wants the body of marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev. His uncle Ruslan, who seems to be the only sensible member of the family, finally stepped forward to claim it, saying “A dead person needs to be buried.” Meanwhile, a petty tyrant named Robert W. Healy, City Manager of Cambridge, intends to block any attempt to bury this killer [Read More...]

“I Hope He’s In Hell”

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I’ve been reading and hearing variants of the words in this headline since Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev* was killed in a gun battle with police. Since the capture of his brother, Dzhokhar, I’ve also seen various sadistic fantasies about how he should be treated, each more lurid than the last, all of them steeped in blood and [Read More...]

And The Darkness Has Not Overcome It

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By now you’ve heard the name of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy killed in the Boston Marathon bombing yesterday. This is Martin: This picture filled my social media and news feeds this morning, and it just hit me in the gut. My wife is a sacrament coordinator, and Martin is dressed in his first communion suit and [Read More...]


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