The Unz Review Digest - June 29, 2017
By a wide margin, our most popular featured article this last week was a harsh critique of America’s ongoing racial problems with blacks by longtime observer Fred Reed, who suggests that after fifty years he has completely abandoned any hope of an amicable resolution, with the final straw being the ongoing demands for the elimination of Confederate monuments throughout much of the urban South. Not surprisingly, this provoked over 35,000 words of very contentious commentary.
Ranking second place was a somewhat parallel critique of the behavior of Israel and its domestic Israel Lobby by former CIA Officer Philip Giraldi, who argues that the pernicious influence of these intertwined organizations had reached extremely dangerous levels, with nearly the entirety of the American political system having been corrupted and suborned, with this perspective provoking nearly 25,000 words of heated commentary.
The remaining four top spots also dealt with foreign policy matters, primarily focused on Russia, the Middle East, or the relationship between the two. The Saker suggested that the generally good domestic relations between Russia and its very substantial Muslim population, including the very warlike Chechens, constituted a very different situation from Western Europe’s own strained relations with its growing Muslim immigration population, and provided Russia a powerful advantage in countering the great of Islamic terrorism at home or abroad. Eric Margolis argued that the recent rupture of relations between the extremely wealthy city-state of Qatar and its larger Saudi Arabia neighbor was potentially quite dangerous and largely due to the severe diplomatic mistakes of Donald Trump. Anatoly Karlin cast a negative light on the current trends in the administration of Russia’s longstanding leader, Vladimir Putin, even going so far as to suggest he may be edging toward Brezhnevian political stagnation. And finally, Pat Buchanan cast a spotlight on the extremely dangerous risks of a US-Russia military confrontation in Syria now that the war against ISIS seems to be winding down.
By now most of you have heard the latest bad news of out Syria: on June 18th a US F/A-18E Super Hornet (1999) used a AIM-120 AMRAAM (1991) to shoot down a Syrian Air Force Su-22 (1970). Two days later, June 20th, a US F-15E Strike Eagle shot down an Iranian IRGC Shahed 129 drone.... Read More
How it drives US policies exploiting a spineless Congress and White House
At a recent panel discussion in Washington, screenwriter, film director and producer Oliver Stone briefly addressed the issue of alleged Russian interference in the recent national election, observing that “Israel interfered in the U.S. election far more than Russia and nobody is investigating them.” A few days later, in an interview with Stephen Colbert on... Read More
Apologies to the reader. Perhaps I wax tedious. But the question of intelligence is both interesting to me and great fun as talking about it puts commenters in an uproar. It is like poking a wasp’s nest when you are eleven. I am a bad person. Clearing the underbrush: Obviously intelligence is largely genetic–if it... Read More
Yes, it has happened. A mere 23 years after the 1994 transition, in South Africa, to raw ripe democracy, six years following the publication of a wide-ranging analysis of that catastrophe, Into the Cannibal's Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa, a Beltway libertarian think tank has convened to address the problem that is... Read More
The Western media shame Germans, stay silent on endless attacks against Muslim countries and insist on massive immigration into mostly white nations. Meanwhile, false flags are staged that are blamed on Muslims, with the aim of flaming hatred between pale, nominal Christians and darker Muslims, for this animosity distracts from the systematic economic and war... Read More
There’s something to report almost daily now in the war between Muslims and infidels being played out on the streets of Western cities. It’s getting to be so that any news outlet needs to just include a regular slot for these events, like the weather report. If things get any worse, some entrepreneur might start... Read More
Did History Begin Anew Last November 8th?
Forgive me for complaining, but recent decades have not been easy ones for my peeps. I am from birth a member of the WHAM tribe, that once proud, but now embattled conglomeration of white, heterosexual American males. We have long been -- there’s no denying it -- a privileged group. When the blessings of American... Read More
A new app enables instant pushback
Those of us who are highly critical of Israel’s ability to manipulate U.S. foreign policy frequently note how sites that permit comments on our articles are almost immediately inundated with hostile postings that are remarkably similar in both tone and substance. Given that it is unlikely that large numbers of visitors to the sites read... Read More
This year the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to grow larger than ever. Oceanologists predict the lifeless expanse of water below the Mississippi River Delta will swell to an area bigger than the state of Vermont, an aquatic ecosystem despoiled by industrial fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, oil leaks and the lethal effects... Read More
Globe-Trotting U.S. Special Ops Forces Already Deployed to 137 Nations in 2017
The tabs on their shoulders read “Special Forces,” “Ranger,” “Airborne.” And soon their guidon -- the “colors” of Company B, 3rd Battalion of the U.S. Army’s 7th Special Forces Group -- would be adorned with the “Bandera de Guerra,” a Colombian combat decoration. “Today we commemorate sixteen years of a permanent fight against drugs in... Read More
A Rebellion against the Idea that Revenge Couldn’t Even Be Contemplated
At time of this writing, the Left and the British state are busily engaged in portraying a solitary, frustrated, drunken son of Albion as that great figure of myth — the ‘right wing extremist.’ By most accounts Darren Osborne is an everyman figure, a married father of four who enjoys his beer and the quiet... Read More
journalists have this weird habit of making fun of Putin for his yearly marathon phone-ins with the Russian public. It's populism. It's all staged. Well, sure, it's all that. I can see how a class that writes articles with titles such as "It’s Time for the Elites to Rise Up Against the Ignorant Masses" might... Read More
Sunday, a Navy F-18 Hornet shot down a Syrian air force jet, an act of war against a nation with which Congress has never declared or authorized a war. Washington says the Syrian plane was bombing U.S.-backed rebels. Damascus says its plane was attacking ISIS. Vladimir Putin's defense ministry was direct and blunt: "Repeated combat... Read More
Hip Hop, Existentialist Theology, and the WASP Cult of the Other
Introduction Hip-hop is another cultural artefact attracting the attention of Christians working with young people. Back in January, at the five-day intensive university course for Youth Culture and Ministry, Andrew Root, a professor of youth ministry from Luther Seminary in Minneapolis, devoted an afternoon session to the subject. His very effective audio-visual presentation reflected what... Read More
Curiously, what made me give up all interest in the problems of blacks was not their virulent racism, their horrendous rates of crime, or their parasitism. Instead it was the assaults by blacks and their fellow travelers on Confederate monuments, particularly in New Orleans. Similarly, the banning of the Confederate battle flag at Gettysburg, for... Read More
So we correctly make fun of people like Neil Turok and Deirdre McCloskey who expect to discover the next generation of Einsteins amongst 70-75 IQ Africans. Even if we could run the full FLynn program on Africa and raise it up to its genotypic IQ potential of 85-90, it's not like countries with those sorts... Read More
What the facts tell us about a taboo subject
At the end of April, Charles Kenny, a former World Bank economist specializing in international development, published a blistering attack in Foreign Policy entitled “Dumb and Dumber,” with the accusatory subtitle “Are development experts becoming racists?” Kenny charged that a growing number of development economists were turning towards genetic and other intrinsic human traits as... Read More
Introduction US policy in the Middle East and South Asia is shaped by several basic considerations: 1) US Imperialism is the force of global domination 2) US imperial policy in the Middle East focuses on encircling, destroying and dismantling Iran’s allies (Syria, Lebanon (Hezbollah), Iraq (Shi’a Militia), Qatar and Yemen with the intent of overthrowing... Read More
The evidence is clear — but often ignored
Recent films about ancient Greece such as Troy, Helen of Troy, and 300, have used actors who are of Anglo-Saxon or Celtic ancestry (e.g. Brad Pitt, Gerard Butler). Recent films about ancient Rome, such as Gladiator and HBO’s series Rome, have done the same (e.g. Russell Crowe). Were the directors right, from an historical point... Read More
As a rule I try to see my glass half-full, leaving the half-empty one to other fellows. And now there are some good reasons for an eternal optimist to stick to his positive schedule. Though it tarried, the summer has come, after all, to the North. The skies are blue, the grass is green and... Read More