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◆ Now that the aftermath of the Charlottesville terror has formed a clear pattern, ZipDialog will feature some other news –news that has been understandably buried by our country’s focus on this tragic issue
China’s state-controlled news agency published an English-language video called the “7 Sins of India” that Indian newspapers have called racist.
Comment: China’s aggressive policies have put it in conflict with most of its neighbors, inadvertently creating a ring of cooperating adversaries, led, of course, by the US.
◆ Turkey continues to slide toward an Islamist, personalistic dictatorship led by Erdogan.
It is steadily cracking down on dissent, eliminating any chance of closer relations with Europe, much less its ambitious goal of EU membership.
It began the EU membership process in 1987, and it is further away today than three decades ago.
Turkey says it wants to join the EU, but has no intention of complying with membership rules.
The EU says it wants Turkey to join, but is fully aware that it does not qualify.
Turkey pushes forward in the hope that the EU might someday change its rules; the EU pushes forward in the hope that Turkey might someday qualify.
Neither will happen. –Burak Bekdil, for Begin-Sadat Center (link here)
◆ University responds to planned free-speech panel by canceling it (Daily Caller)
The university is one of Canada’s best-known: Ryerson.
The reason, a professor who advocates free speech would be coming, she was (falsely) attacked as a “Nazi” by the well-organized left, and the university buckled, citing “safety concerns.”
“[Progressive activists] were calling me a Nazi, a fascist, and an anti-Semite,” Dr. Gad Saad, a Concordia University marketing professor and one of the panelists, [said]. “I’m Jewish. So, they’ve lost the plot. It’s a form of lunacy that’s difficult to diagnose.” –Daily Caller
Comment: The heckler’s veto is becoming a “threatened riot” veto.
When universities cannot hold legitimate debates about free speech on campus, the world of higher education is profoundly threatened.
◆ Hamas, known for its suicide attacks, is hit by one. (Washington Post)
The bomber was sneaking in from Egypt’s Sinai, an area filled with jihadis, including the Islamic State.
It was the first time Hamas itself as been struck.
Comment: They did not appreciate the irony.
Their statistics show a positive correlation between the party’s overall success and these early signals.