THE GLOBAL NEWSSTAND

Stories that matter from near and far.

Iranian Hostages

The Muslim theocracy established through Iran’s 1979 revolution has demonized women since its inception, subjecting them to constant humiliations, such as prohibiting being in public uncovered. Giulio Meotti contends that the assassination of the terrorist General Soleimani has mobilized Iranian women, who are now demanding their freedoms.

Iranian Hostages

The Muslim theocracy established through Iran’s 1979 revolution has demonized women since its inception, subjecting them to constant humiliations, such as prohibiting being in public uncovered. Giulio Meotti contends that the assassination of the terrorist General Soleimani has mobilized Iranian women, who are now demanding their freedoms.

The Archive

Racing Cars for Fun and Profit

The new movie Ford v Ferrari is a tribute to male ingenuity, capitalism, fast cars and testosterone. It unapologetically depicts how masculine traits plus freedom and competitiveness form a powerful source of innovation – to everyone’s benefit. Kyle Smith exults that Ford v Ferrari brazenly defies the Hollywood Zeitgeist and affirms there’s nothing wrong in acting like a man.

A Dairy Farmer Outfoxes the Deep State

In his runaway best-seller The Plot Against the President, Lee Smith tells how Washington’s permanent bureaucracy, Deep State actors and news media accomplices targeted Donald Trump. The Trump-hating mob was willing to go after virtually any person who had the temerity to back Trump but, in Republican Congressman Devin Nunes, might just have met its match.

Killing Me Softly

Why is it that Americans have, in recent years, witnessed so many senseless mass murders? Increasing evidence points to a direct link between long-term marijuana use and violent crimes. Peter Hitchens argues that marijuana’s depiction as a “soft” drug has been one of the slickest PR campaigns in history.

A Conservative Call to Arms

For the past fifty years, the left has steamrolled workplaces, schools and places of worship in the name of progressive ideology. Mark Bauerlein argues that conservatives are finally waking up to the nature of their opponents and the ultimate stakes in the culture wars. It is time, he says, for conservatives to assume a fighting stance.

Contemporary Children’s Crusades

We are all troubled by the exploitation of children. Why is it, then, that children are so often used to promote political or environmental causes, the complexity of which no child could grasp? Melanie Phillips argues that the weaponization of children has become an appalling feature of contemporary political debate.

Totalitarian Technology

One of the abiding myths of the Second World War is the technological superiority of German armaments, particularly its tanks and rockets. Yet as Kevin Kallmes points out, the Nazi vision of a hi-tech war machine powered by a vast industrial empire and destined for world domination was a fatal delusion, and one which bore little relation to reality.

Science and the Rhetoric of Climate Change

Science is based on skepticism, the demand that ideas be subjected to rigorous tests. Yet skepticism is notably absent from the climate change debate. Guy Sorkin, writing in City Journal, speaks to climatologist Judith Curry, who contends that “politics, money and fame” have corrupted climate science such that “independence of mind and climatology have become incompatible.”

Harold Bloom’s Defense of the Aesthetic

The eminent American literary critic and professor Harold Bloom died on October 14. The ardent defender of the Western Canon warned that making literature subordinate to social justice – or any external cause — destroys intellectual and aesthetic standards. Writing in The Atlantic, Stanley Fish summarizes Bloom’s career, reminding us what we’ll lose by politicizing literary culture.

Re-thinking Masculinity

The noxious politics that vilifies and condemns all males as sexual oppressors has young men surreptitiously seeking alternatives. An anonymous manifesto known as Bronze Age Mindset is ripping through this cohort by rejecting the ideology of “toxic masculinity” and celebrating the masculine virtues. Still, warns Spencer Klavan, it espouses a dangerous doctrine rather than an ennobling philosophy.

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