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  • National Post Herman Wouk’s work didn’t just speak to me, it sang Tuesday May 21st, 2019
    Mathematicians’ creativity, I often hear, peaks before age 30, and that of historians before 40. Artists are luckier, some remaining creative into old age. Even so, American writer Herman Wouk, who died last week at 103, was uniquely blessed, having written his first book in 1947, and his last in 2015.Paradoxically, his name will likely produce instant recognition only amongst my own g...
  • National Post Germany takes a startling new pro-Israel line Tuesday May 14th, 2019
    On May 11, 1949, the United Nations adopted the motion that admitted Israel as a member state. To mark its anniversary, Germany’s Foreign Office issued a startling statement: “The Federal Government would like to take this 70th anniversary as an opportunity to reiterate the fact that Germany stands at Israel’s side in the UN.”Berlin, the Foreign Office continued, was ...
  • National Post Germany takes a new pro-Israel line Tuesday May 14th, 2019
    On May 11, 1949, the United Nations adopted the motion that admitted Israel as a member state. To mark its anniversary, Germany’s Foreign Office issued a startling statement: “The Federal Government would like to take this 70th anniversary as an opportunity to reiterate the fact that Germany stands at Israel’s side in the UN.”Berlin, the Foreign Office continued, was ...
  • National Post Our politicians may not care, but Christians are under siege across the world Tuesday May 7th, 2019
    It is estimated that about one third of the globe’s population suffers from religious persecution. By the numbers, Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world.An Italian study calculates that in 2016, a Christian was killed for his or her faith every six minutes. The trend is accelerating. A 2016 Pew Research report found that Christians were targeted in 144 countri...
  • National Post Universities shine a light on Ontario’s failing schools Tuesday April 30th, 2019
    A new study, ”Academic Skill Deficiencies in four Ontario universities,” offers solid, but troubling evidence that the secondary schools feeding universities are falling well short of expectations on the skills-building front. In fact, this study, conducted at four Ontario universities — York, Western, Waterloo and Toronto, which together enroll 41 per cent of Ontario under...
  • National Post How a television show might help to bring peace to the Middle East Tuesday April 23rd, 2019
    For riveting entertainment, Israeli dramas rule. Several of them deal with the paradoxical realities of life in a flourishing, prosperous society where Jews, both secular and ultra-Orthodox, co-exist in (occasionally uneasy) peace with Israeli Arabs, but one that is shadowed by a siege mentality, with eyes and ears constantly alert to threats — or reports — of terrorism.Most Isra...
  • National Post Anti-Semitic ‘blood libels’ get poster treatment at Toronto-area school Tuesday April 16th, 2019
    As part of a recent week-long “social justice” program, pro-Palestinian students at Stephen Lewis Secondary School in the Toronto area’s Peel District mounted a banner in a school hallway, reading, “If animal testing is NOT OKAY … Then why is human testing OKAY?” The banner was also displayed on social media.The cryptic message refers to two widely circul...
  • National Post What the anglo media misses about Quebec’s religious law Tuesday April 2nd, 2019
    Quebec’s newly tabled law, “An Act respecting the laicity of the State,” will be sent to committee for study, and with the help of the notwithstanding clause, will pass as written. The new law prohibits all government employees in positions of authority — judges, police, educators in elementary and high school (plus anyone carrying a weapon, such as wildlife officers) &m...
  • National Post When pit bull defenders attack Tuesday March 26th, 2019
    “Politics is downstream from culture,” Andrew Breitbart famously said. Rather less famously, but persistently, this columnist has always maintained that dog politics (which arouses more fervour than human politics) is downstream from human culture. Canine advocacy is permeated with the exact same tropes we hear from social justice warriors: “victims,” “equality,...
  • National Post Congratulations, women, on being eligible for the draft! Tuesday March 5th, 2019
    On June 30, 1982, “STOP ERA” campaigners in the United States celebrated the expiration of the Equal Rights Amendment’s constitutional ratification, finally killing it 10 years after its 1972 passage in Congress.Their sticking point was that the ERA’s ratification would have forced women into registration for the military draft, to which they were strongly opposed. In...
  • National Post Left-wing attacks are forcing us to hold our law conference in secret Tuesday February 26th, 2019
    The SNC-Lavalin scandal has Canadians fixated on justice and the rule of law.The timing could not be better for a charity called Canadians for the Rule of Law (CFTRL), which is hosting a full-day “National Teach-in” in Toronto on March 17, entitled, “The New Taboo: Respect for the Rule of Law in Canada.” It was planned long before the present political brouhaha, and isn’t c...
  • National Post Another fine event the left wants killed Tuesday February 26th, 2019
    The SNC-Lavalin scandal has Canadians fixated on justice and the rule of law.The timing could not be better for a charity called Canadians for the Rule of Law (CFTRL), which is hosting a full-day “National Teach-in” in Toronto on March 17, entitled, “The New Taboo: Respect for the Rule of Law in Canada.” It was planned long before the present political brouhaha, and isn’t c...
  • National Post Revisiting the many massive failures of Parkland, one year later Wednesday February 20th, 2019
    Last week, mourners and supporters commemorated the first anniversary of a school massacre, especially horrific even by American standards. On Feb. 14, 2018, Nikolas Cruz, a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., wielding an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, murdered 14 students and three staff members during 11 minutes of unchecked havoc.Florida was quick to ena...
  • National Post The euthanasia slippery slope is here Tuesday February 12th, 2019
    Last week marked the four-year anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling that validated Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID). At the time, many euthanasiasts confidently predicted that there would be no “slippery slope” toward abuses. Since the procedure was being justified on the basis of self-determination, “consent,” it was strenuously affirmed, would be de rigeur.As A...
  • National Post A joke is all in the delivery (do you hear me, son?) Tuesday February 5th, 2019
    I finally got around to watching The Marvellous Mrs Maizel on Amazon Prime. I love it.I love Miriam “Midge” Maizel, whose trajectory from dutiful Jewish 1950s housewife to struggling, then successful standup comedian constitutes the main story arc. I identify with her and her era. My mother was also obsessed with clothes. I too wore pointy bras and flared skirts. And I too was pr...
  • National Post Svend Robinson’s return set to boost Israel hate in the NDP Tuesday January 29th, 2019
    He’s back! Svend Robinson will be the NDP candidate for Burnaby North-Seymour in this fall’s federal election. He looks good at 66, brimming with comeback vigour. His ostensible motivation for returning to politics is concern over climate change and the affordable housing crisis. But he has not denied that his real ambition — a realistic one considering Jagmeet Singh’...
  • National Post Don’t ever question mass immigration or you’ll be instantly racist Wednesday January 16th, 2019
    Immigration is likely to be the hot-button issue in the next federal election.The National Post has run a series of editorials noting that our legal immigration channels work well, but the issue of border migration is eroding public confidence in immigration.One can understand why. Because of his Kumbaya, “post-nationalist” susceptibility to the blandishments of one-worldist idea...
  • National Post The year I needed a Jewish institutional renewal Thursday January 3rd, 2019
    As a new year dawned, six National Post contributors shared something new they tried in 2018. Below, Barbara Kay takes a spiritual journey.For 46 years our family belonged to a synagogue aligned with the Reconstructionist movement, the only indigenously American branch of Judaism, and decidedly liberal in its tenets. The attraction for me was its combination of intellectual dynamism, gender ...
  • National Post Sorry, Jews (especially ladies). The progressives just aren’t into you Wednesday January 2nd, 2019
    Half the population of the United States was disgusted when Donald Trump became America’s president, and half of that half — women — were beyond disgusted. Before you could say Grab Them By the Pussy Hat, the largest single day protest in American history had been organized, with about one per cent of the entire U.S. population participating in demonstrations around America (...
  • National Post SNL could never smear another group like it does fathers Tuesday December 18th, 2018
    Saturday Night Live usually hits the mark, humour-wise, but when it misses, it can miss big time. On Dec. 1, SNL mounted a skit called “Dad Christmas.” One blogger commented on it, “I don’t remember SNL ever sinking to this depth to disparage divorced dads in an attempt to provoke a laugh.” I agree. It was an act of vile misandry. The skit begins with two adolesc...
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