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February 1, 2015

Looking Back at '14

What was originally conceived as a personal Top Ten articles of 2014 post morphed into something considerably less exclusive than that. What results is just a sampling of the links I saved during the year after a review of my archive at delicious.com, loosely organized into categories where possible. 


Media - Had I actually limited this to ten articles, both of these important pieces by Matti Friedman on media treatment of Israel and the Palestinian issue would have made the list. The first at Tablet, the second at The Atlantic, both are worth your time, even if you go no further. 

An Insider's Guide to the Most Important Story on Earth

Israel-Palestine - 

Krauthammer - The Truth About Gaza -


History - 

Jonah Goldberg - Days of Future Past - 


Misc. - 

Heather Mac Donald - The Microaggression Farce - 

New York Review of Books - The Dying Russians - 

Michael Totten - The Last Communist City - 

Kay Hymowitz - What's Happening to Men? 



Arthur L. Herman - America's New Oil Weapon - 


Climate - 


Kevin Williamson - Yes, Williamson gets a category of his own, because the list below could have been twice as long, with more to spare...


Obama Administration

Krauthammer - Who Lost Iraq?

Krauthammer - The Vacant Presidency - 

Stephen Hayes - Benghazi Lies - 


Islam and ISIS - 

Andrew C. McCarthy- It's Not A Misnomer - 


Rape - 


Obamacare - 

Avik Roy - Transcending Obamacare - 

Williamson - Reforming the Reform - 




Jameis Winston and Florida State - A particularly appalling episode of 2014 (which really dates to 2012) was the treatment of Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and the credible charge of rape against him. With the whole country increasingly attuned to the problem of rape and sexual assault, and the focus, rightly or wrongly, on our college campuses, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner was essentially given a pass, with the shameful complicity of the Tallahassee Police Department and the Florida State University administration.