PI Newsletter #1
1. Revealed: how Associated Press cooperated with the Nazis
Speaking of “fake news”, coming just before Associated Press’s 170th anniversary in May, the newly discovered information raises not just difficult questions about the role AP played in allowing Nazi Germany to conceal its true face during Hitler’s first years in power, but also about the agency’s relationship with contemporary totalitarian regimes.
2.The Crusades were in fact a response to Islamic Jihad
3. The Polish Ideal
was one of the wittiest public champions of (ultimately Catholic) Christianity in the twentieth century. Famous for his girth as for his love of paradox, he was also one of the English language’s greatest rhetoricians. Chesterton had immense admiration for Poland, which is best expressed in the following article. The piece was originally published in the Illustrated London News, July 2, 1927. It was digitized by Martin Ward, whose collection of Chesterton’s works can be found online here
4. John Etchemendy: ‘The threat from within’
A remarkable speech from courageous Stanford University provost exposes “The Threat From Within”.
“Over the years, I have watched a growing intolerance at universities in this country – not intolerance along racial or ethnic or gender lines – there, we have made laudable progress. Rather, a kind of intellectual intolerance, a political one-sidedness, that is the antithesis of what universities should stand for. It manifests itself in many ways: in the intellectual monocultures that have taken over certain disciplines; in the demands to disinvite speakers and outlaw groups whose views we find offensive; in constant calls for the university itself to take political stands. We decry certain news outlets as echo chambers, while we fail to notice the echo chamber we’ve built around ourselves.”
5. Ignorant nonsense being spread about Hungary
It is an opinion article which appeared in The Guardian in 2013. Yet, it seems to apply to the current situation in Hungary. Orban is still considered and treated as enemy by the EU leading elites, and the causes of the enmity seem to be the same. What is also very interesting is that all of what the author lays out applies, to the T, to the situation in today’s Poland, governed by the conservative PiS party.
6. The West is exhausted. Islam is not.
Originally from an Arab Emirate publication.
“The West was once the inheritor of Christendom. Today, it is not entirely sure what it is, with many voices violently clashing over their views of what it should be. It lacks the certainty in its own civilization that Russia and China, for instance, possess. If it is too tired or unwilling to defend itself, the US will survive for sure; but the concept of ‘the West’ will have dissolved through the apathy of societies who will have shown they have no courage – and not many convictions either.”
We are exhausted, Islam is not. We hide under the banner of international law and of perpetual peace, two evanescent myths, the renunciation of the justification to fight and to kill when necessary.
We don’t live in nations, but in societies. And these are characterized by life as the supreme good. In this context, peace becomes the supreme goal, whatever it costs. Peace in the sense of “leave us in peace”.