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Request of the Week

Bridge Over Troubled Water

The SteynOnline Request of the Week was a weekly feature at this site for 11 years until the beginning of 2012, since when it's been on hiatus. However, the other day we received this...

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Topical Take

The Celtic Fringe of the Axis of Extinction

As a postscript to Scotland's failed secession campaign, here's my penultimate column from The Daily Telegraph of January 24th 2006, addressing the real problem with Scots nationalism - the shortage of Scots: Consider the following headline from The Scotsman the other week: "Teaching jobs in doubt as pensioners set to outnumber pupils by 2009." This was a story by Peter MacMahon, the paper's "Scottish Government Editor", and it begins thus...

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Seasons of Steyn

The Day After Labor

To all our American readers, Happy Labor Day! And to all our Canadian readers, Happy Labour Day! That's what the day used to be about: putting the "u" in Labor. You can't spell labour without you, and without you and your labour this planet would be a primitive state of nature, red in tooth and claw. Consider the words of Peter J McGuire, General Secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, proposing the very first Labor Day a mere century-and-a-third ago. The new day would be an ...

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One Year Ago

No Islam to See Here

Exactly twelve months ago, on April 15th 2013, at 3.35pm, I wrote in a short post: "There are reports of two huge blasts and multiple serious injuries at the finish of the Boston Marathon." Herewith, a few excerpts from what I wrote in the days that followed...

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Five Years Ago

The Hillary Rodham Holiday Special

Frosty the Snowqueen meets Huckabing Crosby

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Ten Years Ago

The Ghosts of November

November 22nd 1963. Everyone, as they say, can recall where they were when they heard the news that Kennedy was shot. Even if you weren't born, you can recall it: the motorcade, Walter Cronkite removing his spectacles, LBJ taking the oath of office, all the scenes replayed a million times in untold documentaries and feature films. But history is selective...

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