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Illustration on mourning and the mass murder in New Zealand by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When lyricism is lost in the mourning for a massacre

The good news is that the technological revolution and social media have produced the swiftest and the most expansive means for the communication of ideas that man has ever known. The bad news is that we pay a high price for it. Fact and opinion linger long after proven wrong, as they often are, and the coarsening of the culture continues apace as every Tom, Dick and Henrietta taps a keyboard or speaks into a microphone, magnifying fleeting misinformation.

Prospering Azerbaijan Oil Industry Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When a new energy revolution makes the Russians nervous

Upon arrival in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, the first thing you notice is the boomtown feel. Construction cranes reach high into the sky. New building is underway as far as the eye can see. The vibe is energetic, youthful, optimistic. It resembles Texas at the turn of the 20th century, albeit with iPhones, Starbucks and Uber. And instead of American wildcatters, international oil executives roam Baku. In this new Gusher Age, they know that Azerbaijan is one of the next big frontiers.

Illustration on negotiating with Kim Jong-un by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why Kim Jong-un must feel ‘maximum pressure’

It was worth a try. For decades, one administration after another, Republican and Democratic alike, failed to successfully address the metastasizing threat posed by the dictatorship that rules North Korea. So President Trump took a different tack: He played Mr. Nice Guy. He twice trekked to Asia to meet with Kim Jong-un, the country’s mass-murdering young despot. He flattered, sweet-talked and — apparently, at least — befriended him.

Illustration on the need for newly-founded universities by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Repairing America’s broken universities

When the FBI informs us that parents are ready to spend up to $6.5 million in bribes to get their children into prestige colleges, it seemingly implies that all is very, very well in the American university. But Warren Treadgold tells us that’s an illusion.

Beware of the Illegals Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

‘We have enough home-grown criminals here’

The City of Philadelphia does not like the term sanctuary city. The city’s liberal leaders prefer the term “Welcoming City.” Unfortunately, the city’s “welcoming” policy welcomed an illegal immigrant who was also a child rapist.

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren speaks to a group of about 400 potential voters at Douglas High School, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (Jim Weber/The Commercial Appeal via AP)

Putting free markets in the crosshairs

The emerging progressive war on our nation’s most successful tech companies is destructive on so many levels. The economics are horrible, and the divisive politics of class warfare will lead to more anger and hatred of the “rich.” Our nation should put up statues for the entrepreneurs who founded tech companies that created search engines, smart phones, door-to-door delivery of anything you want and social networking that has made every persons’ life in America measurably better.

Illustration on mass shootings by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

When the media makes Trump a target

The national Sunday morning talk shows blamed President Trump for the New Zealand massacre that left 50 dead. CNN’s Jake Tapper warned: “I don’t think moderate Republicans are doing enough to hold President Trump accountable for his rhetoric.” NBC’s Chuck Todd noted supposed parallels to the killer’s rhetoric, and asked: “When the president uses the term ‘invaders,’ does that dehumanize to the point where it can get misused?”

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Swedish national flags placed between flowers in fence near the department store Ahlens following a suspected terror attack in central Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, April 8, 2017. Swedish prosecutor Hans Ihrman said a person has been formally identified as a suspect "of terrorist offences by murder" after a hijacked truck was driven into a crowd of pedestrians and crashed into a department store on Friday. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

A late education for Sweden

Sweden's "social democracy," often cited by Europeans and like-minded Americans as the model society, is in deep trouble. Sweden is no longer a low-crime country, but now a high-crime country, with rates of homicide significantly above the Western European average. Car torchings, attacks on first responders and even riots, are familiar to all.

Why not cancel school entirely?

I agree with R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. that a Friday children's crusade about the perils of global warming is reasonable ("When the children take charge," Web, March 19), but I would go further and excuse absences from school each and every weekday for other designated perils. If I may be so bold, even though I am a doddering septuagenarian, I suggest that we excuse students for the following perils: Monday, Donald Trump; Tuesday, Mitch McConnell; Wednesday, fossil fuels; and Thursday, capitalism. This is such a very precious idea, in fact, that I believe a nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize may be in order for the founder of the Friday peril. Shame on so many of you crusty conservatives who thought that our public education system was failing.

Thank Obama, Clinton for Russia

The origins of the many current problems with Russia and the fake Trump-Russia-collusion narrative can be traced to Barack Obama and the Clintons, who actually did collude with Vladimir Putin. Starting with the fiasco "Reset" announcement, the Edward Snowden pass to take the whole National Security Agency playbook to Moscow, the unanswered murder of Alexander Litvinenko in England, and the betrayal of Poland with the removal of promised U.S. missile defenses, the continued series of open invitations to take advantage of America dramatically emboldened Mr. Putin, who attacked Georgia and Chechnya. He cyber-attacked Estonia and other former captive nations, threatening to invade the Baltic states.