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Western civilization in decline — Part 2: Danger ahead but where are the statesmen? by Miguel A. Faria MD

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Presently, America and the West are fighting a war against a barbaric enemy, Islamic terrorists of the Islamic Caliphate (ISIS), in various countries particularly Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. But random acts of terrorism perpetrated against innocent people by ISIS and other Muslim factions, Hamas, Hezbollah, etc., are also occurring throughout the civilized world in Europe, Israel, Russia, and the United States. The tragedy of 9-11 in which nearly 3000 Americans died, more victims than in the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor, seems already to have been forgotten.

Western civilization in decline — Part 1: Danger ahead with cultural and national suicide by Miguel A. Faria, MD

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Western civilization and the American culture of freedom with responsibility face a serious challenge, and very few politicians have the courage and conviction to discuss and explain the nature of this emergent and unspoken crisis. True, we face Islamic jihad and repeated acts of terrorism on the one hand, and a resurgent China, politically, economically and militarily growing stronger, on the other.

Vladimir Putin — Part 1: The enigmatic Russian leader will need to show statesmanship in the Syrian crisis by Miguel A. Faria, MD

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

I write these words and I shudder because as I read the BBC headlines and reports in the early morning hours I learned that President Trump ordered, and the U.S. has launched, a devastating missile strike on a Syrian airbase. The American attack is in retaliation for the Syrian chemical attack on a rebel-held town in northwestern Syria a few days ago in which at least 80 of their own Syrian people, including dozens of women and children, were killed. Here is how the BBC reported the U.S. missile launch:

Vladimir Putin — A reinvigorated and dangerous Soviet Apparatchik? by Russell L. Blaylock, MD

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Friday, April 7, 2017

My studies of Vladimir Putin are continuing. I am trying to be careful not to jump to conclusions as I believe the truth is buried beneath many layers of deception, disinformation, and carefully crafted yet hidden dreams of empire building. My preliminary assessment is that Putin is a crafty fellow. I am not sure how much he does and says is real or is designed to attract the conservative Christians and Jews into his web of deceit. Thus far, I have seen that he is building close ties with the Asian world, while the West attacks him openly.

Trump, the Pope, and Immigration

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Friday, July 29, 2016

My mother and I recently had a difference of opinion regarding Pope Francis. I said that he was naive and certainly not of the caliber of his two previous distinguished predecessors, the two towers of intellect: John Paul II, canonized as Saint John Paul the Great by his brilliant successor, Benedict XVI. She said Pope Francis knew what he was doing and by his words and action is a communist. He has brought about the friendship between President Obama and a dictator, who along with his more majestic brother, has held the Cuban people captive for over half a century.

Trump, the Pope, and Immigration

My mother and I recently had a difference of opinion regarding Pope Francis. I said that he was naive and certainly not of the caliber of his two previous distinguished predecessors, the two towers of intellect: John Paul II, canonized as Saint John Paul the Great by his brilliant successor, Benedict XVI. She said Pope Francis knew what he was doing and by his words and action is a communist. He has brought about the friendship between President Obama and a dictator, who along with his more majestic brother, has held the Cuban people captive for over half a century.

Is the Catholic Church and the Vatican popes responsible for pedophilia as well as female genital mutilation?

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Recently, I had a conversation with my colleague Dr. Zrinzo, who you will remember conversed with me on the subject of "America's gun culture." The conversation in fact continued, and the subject of "female genital mutilation" (FGM) came up. This time Dr. Z blamed the three monotheistic religions, particularly the Catholic faith. I thought this edited portion of the conversation would also be of interest and instructive.

A history of medicine from a secular humanist perspective!

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Friday, March 20, 2015

The Story of Medicine by Victor Robinson, MDThe Story of Medicine by Victor Robinson, M.D. The New Home Library, New York; 1943. Bibliographical Notes, Indexed, 564 pages.

Charles Martel, Where Are You? by David C. Stolinsky, MD

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Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Recently we observed — or rather, failed to observe — two important anniversaries. The first was October 12, Columbus Day, which we largely ignore. The second was October 10 or 11, the approximate date of the Battle of Tours, which we ignore entirely.

Charles Martel won the Battle of Tours in 732, which saved Europe from the Muslim expansion beyond Spain. Martel's Frankish army defeated a Muslim army, which until then had crushed all resistance.

Suleiman the Magnificent and His Time

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Suleiman the Magnificent — Scourge of Heaven by Antony Bridge is an engaging, but not exhaustive, narrative of the major events in the life and times of the great Ottoman Sultan Suleiman (r. 1520-1566). I was not disappointed in this book, which reads like a charming storybook. The tome is at times suspenseful, always informative, and frequently suitably illustrated, including excellent illustrative maps.

The Story of the Mamlukes by British Commander Glubb Pasha (1897-1986)

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Soldiers of Fortune — The Story of the Mamlukes (1973) is another undiscovered gem of a book by a scholar, historian, author, and soldier, a British Lieutenant General, Sir John B. Glubb (1897-1986), better known as Glubb Pasha by the Arabs he commanded in the Middle East in his many years of service while in the British army. The tome is a masterpiece of research on a topic little known to students of history — arcane, indeed, to most Western scholars and historians!

From the Heroism of the Knights of Malta (1565) to the Victory at the Battle of Lepanto (1571)

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The Galleys at Lepanto by Jack Beeching (1982) is a marvelous book, so well researched and mellifluously narrated as to read almost as a fairy tale or an epic romance of yore, elegantly scribed in poetic prose. Foremost among the knights-errant in this tale of chivalry is Don John of Austria, illegitimate son of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and half-brother of the stern King Philip II of Spain. The characters come to life as they are vividly described in the enthralling narrative, thus once begun, the tome is very difficult to put down.

From Babur to Aurangzeb — India under the Moghuls

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Moghul by Alan Savage, a pseudonym for a prolific British novelist, is a historic novel of adventure, sex, and brutality of epic proportions.

Spying from the belly of the beast in the Revolutionary Guards of Iran

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A Time to Betray — The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent Inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran by Reza Kahlili is one of the most heartrending and enthralling accounts I have ever read of courage, dissimulation, and personal suffering in tA Time To Betrayhe genre of espionage memoirs.

On the Spanish Inquisition and the Crusades

I apologize in advance to those here who have already assiduously learned these Medieval history lessons and find them redundant in their intellectual ordnance. If you already know about the Inquisition, the Crusades — and their historic relationship to Western civilization, please skip this post!

Morality, Religion, and Natural Law

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Dear Editor,

Dr. Jane M. Orient’s emphasis on morality’s importance in medicine (Medical Sentinel, Spring 1997) is characteristically on target. Her reminding us that religion created that morality is also vitally important. But she may err in seeing that morality as based on objective “natural law” rather than on something quite different: objective, religiously- and historically-defined Moral Law.



Diary of Dreams performs at the 2016 M’era Luna festival in Hildesheim, Germany. M’era Luna, “one of the biggest dark music events in Germany,” is held each year on the second weekend in August. Close to 25,000 people attend the festival annually to hear gothic, metal and industrial music performed on two large festival-style stages.