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.

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Angry Adolescents: The Case of Greta Thunberg

The Swedish climate activist and perpetually-angry teenager Greta Thunberg has announced that’s she’s going to Alberta where, no doubt, she will deliver a stern lecture. Theodore Dalrymple, writing in The New English Review, argues that Greta’s transformation into a celebrity is the work of infantile adults who have turned her into the Ayatollah Thunberg, the Khomeini of climate change.

Apocalypse Fatigue: 50 Years of Failed Predictions

Back in 1841, Charles Mackay noted in Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds that crowds are swayed not by facts but “emotional feedback loops” that confirm their delusion. He was onto something. Myron Ebell and Steven J. Milloy survey the past 50 years of scientifically predicted environmental apocalypses – none of which has materialized.

Take Meghan Markle…Please

Britain’s large appetite for American imports has its limits. Writing in the inaugural issue of The Spectator, U.S.A, Rod Liddle pleads with America to take back Prince Harry’s wife, Meghan Markle. For Mr. Liddle, the departure of the virtue-signalling, sanctimonious Duchess of Sussex can’t come soon enough.

Adolescent Angst at the UN

Wordsworth never met Greta Thunberg. Greta is 16 years old, possessed of the moral certitude of youth, and convinced that the world is ending soon.

China Goes to the Movies

China has become the worlds’ largest and most important movie market and Hollywood is anxious to cash in. Yet heavy-handed censorship from Chinese authorities reveals a harsh truth: the ideology promulgated by the Chinese Communist Party subverts bedrock Western ideals, including the rule of law, respect for private property and, above all, freedom of expression. Martha Bayles, writing in The Atlantic, scrutinizes the long arm of Chinese censorship and American filmmakers’ craven submission in the pursuit of profits. What ultimately is at stake, writes Bayles, is nothing less than artistic freedom.

Amazonian Rhetoric

What’s a climate obsessive to do when the data suggested wildfires worldwide are declining? Or when the Earth’s forested areas are increasing? Or when the rising productivity of agriculture and increasing crop yields mean we now need less land to feed more people, and so are sparing massive amounts of wild land? For climate alarmists the answer is obvious: ramp up the rhetoric and recruit some celebrities. Matt Ridley, writing in The Spectator, argues that the recent preening and preaching prompted by the Amazon fires was primarily an attempt to garner attention in a competitive media market.

Post-human History

Few intellectuals can match the extraordinary popular success of Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari. In two best-selling books, Sapiens and Homo Deus, he tackles the big questions about the human condition and its future. Harari’s wide-ranging, macro-histories have clearly struck a nerve with the public. Yet his account of our collective past assumes that the biological, scientific version of human nature provides the true and full explanation of what we are. Writing in City Journal, Sir Roger Scruton notes that Harari’s reductive view of history skirts the rather gaping matters of human self-consciousness and self-awareness. In the end, writes Scruton, Harari’s histories are about homo without the sapiens.

Rebel Weather

The renowned Canadian physician Sir William Osler once observed that “the greater the ignorance, the greater the dogmatism.” No issue fits Osler’s words better than climate change. Contrary to global dogma, climate science is far from settled. Among the basic challenges facing climatologists is securing accurate records of the Earth’s temperature. John Steele Gordon, writing in Commentary, reports that when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration installed 114 state-of-the-art weather stations in 2005, it didn’t quite confirm global warming. As Mark Twain summarized, “Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get.”

Boris and the Battle for Brexit

Three years after the British people voted to leave the European Union, Britain is still stuck. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s threat to leave without a formal Brexit deal has triggered a crisis in Parliament. Behind this commotion is an intransigent E.U., mindful that without the threat of a “no-deal” Brexit, the U.K. has no bargaining power. Christopher Caldwell, writing in The Claremont Review of Books, deftly fills in the blanks on the Brexit debate, especially regarding the Eurocrats. The E.U.’s ability to evade democratic responsibility, Caldwell warns, may be even more robust than its most vocal critics feared.

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