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Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address

The Top Ten Inaugurals

Above: Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address Inaugurations Probably the most important speech ever given by any President of the United States was his first official one. While all the subsequent addresses, some in the thousands, related to situations, circumstances, and events, the Inaugural Address has an importance that is all its own. Not only does…

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Popestalgia: Pining for the Days of John Paul II

I miss John Paul II, whose centennial of birth we have been celebrating this year and whose anniversary of the elevation to the Throne of Peter is coming up shortly. In these trying times I miss his leadership, vision, and, in particular, his call: “Fear Not!” Read more at Newsmax

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Guilty As Charged

Guilt The quality of being “guilty” is a pervasive accusation, whether true or not, that can have a powerful effect on the behavior of anything so charged, be it individuals or nations. The precise definition of the term is “feelings of deserving blame for imagined offensives or from a sense of inadequacy.” Synonyms are “contrition,…

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Israel’s Turkish conundrum

Israel needs to confront Turkish neo-imperialism, but is economically and politically hamstrung. Among its many other insidious effects, the coronavirus crisis is complicating various aspects of Israeli foreign relations. Prior to the outbreak of the pandemic, the Israeli economy was in excellent shape, with good GNP and export growth, low unemployment, low inflation, and healthy…

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Natural Law and Human Rights

The Debasement of Human Rights: How Politics Sabotage the Ideal of Freedom By Aaron Rhodes Reviewed by Marek Jan Chodakiewicz Where do our laws come from? From God. We have been created in the image of the Lord (imago Dei). Each and every one of us derives his dignity from Him. Our dignity demands respect…

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Belarus Counter-Revolution Petering Out

It looks like the anti-post-Communist Counter-Revolution has slowly petered out in Belarus. Aleksandr “Daddy” Lukashenka has things pretty much under control. Sure, there are still riots and demonstrations, but the numbers of participants continue to dwindle from the greatest gathering in the nation’s history when, in mid-August, about 250,000 marched in Minsk. Read more at…

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U.S. Elections 2020: The United States in Afghanistan

This article was written by IWP student Arash Yaqin.  The February U.S.-Taliban agreement paved the way for an ending to America’s “endless wars” and the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. The two-decade war, which cost the United States nearly 2,500 American lives and more than two trillion dollars, with arguably limited success, is considered the longest military engagement…

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Armenians and Azeris At It Again; US Should Stay Out

A low-level war has broken out anew between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the southeast of the Intermarium, in the Caucasus, just east of the Black Sea. Both sides blame each other for the outbreak of the hostilities. This unfrozen conflict is simply a continuity of the previous ones that have plagued the area since the First…

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The Boston Police Strike, A Harbinger for Today?

Boston On September 9, 1919, the Boston police force went on strike against what the police union called poor labor and wage conditions. The strike lasted five days and to this day represents the first and only organized police strike in American history. But considering the conditions in cities today, with calls for defunding and…

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