Fearing Collapse, Egypt’s Sisi Calls for Resumption of Military Aid

Military aid frozen following political coup

Abdel Fattah el-SisiJERUSALEM—Warning of Egypt’s possible collapse under economic pressures and the threat of rampant terror, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi called on the United States over the weekend to resume military aid that has been partially frozen because of the political coup that brought Sisi to power and because of alleged human rights violations.

The Skeletons in England’s Closet

Review: Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘The Buried Giant’

Kazuo Ishiguro is the author of seven novels that are distinguished both by their charm and by the nastiness of their subject matter. His stories are sympathetic portraits of neglectful mothers (A Pale View of Hills), aging fascists (An Artist of the Floating World), Nazi sympathizers (The Remains of the Day), and clones marked for organ harvesting and death (Never Let Me Go). They circle around unpleasant revelations and buried memories: In When We Were Orphans, the hero, Christopher Banks, a grown-up boy detective, discovers that his whole life has been made possible because his mother has been kept in sexual slavery. It makes you sick, when you read it. Then you set the book down, and you think, “What a charming read.”

The American Life of Richard John Neuhaus

Review: Randy Boyagoda’s ‘Richard John Neuhaus: A Life in the Public Square’

This moving biography begins with its subject riding on a horse-drawn sled through the frozen beauty of the Ottawa Valley, where his father was the pastor of a small Lutheran church who baptized him in the kitchen sink when his seven siblings were quarantined with measles. It ends with him dying of cancer at the age of 72, with a mixed-race couple whose marriage he had defiantly celebrated decades earlier standing by, the woman crying, “Oh, Father Richard!”

Nuclear Terrorism in America

Review: ‘Right of Boom’ by Benjamin E. Schwartz

Benjamin Schwartz deserves much credit. Annihilating the claim that terrorism isn’t an existential threat to America, Schwartz’s new book, Right of Boom, forces us to consider what just one atomic explosion might mean for humanity’s future. Even better for a book about public policy, he writes with accessibility for serious readers, neither talking down to us nor assuming that we have technical expertise in his field.

Social Security Paid 740 Dead People At Least $17.1 Million

OIG: ‘These results are likely understated’

The Social Security Administration (SSA) paid at least 740 dead people $17.1 million in benefits, according to an audit by the Office of Inspector General (OIG). The audit, released Wednesday, found that the federal agency did not try to recover direct deposit payments that went into deceased persons’ bank accounts, and that the number of benefit payments to the dead is likely much higher.

Walker Comes Out in Support of Arming Ukraine

Obama still has yet to make a decision after almost a year of fighting, 6,000 deaths

Gov. Scott Walker (R., Wis.) has joined most other potential Republican presidential candidates in 2016 by expressing his support for arming Ukrainian forces.

Iran Instructs U.S. to Bypass Congress on Deal, Go to U.N.

Iranian foreign minister says U.N. should approve nuclear agreement

The Iranian government is urging the United States to not to seek congressional approval of any final nuclear deal and go straight to the United Nations to finalize any agreement reached in the coming weeks regarding Tehran’s contested nuclear program.

North Korea Dwarf Village Is Latest Human Rights Abuse

Little people sterilized, forced to live in remote area

TOKYO – North Korea’s communist government has created a dwarf village in a remote part of the country where short people it regards as undesirables are prevented from reproducing and forced to fend for themselves within the harsh Stalinist system.