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February 28, 2008


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Muslim Student Group Launches “Jihad” of Mixed Messages

Mobs flock to the streets of Khartoum calling for the death of a British schoolteacher. A Saudi woman is sentenced to 200 lashes for being unaccompanied by a male family member while the men who raped her receive a mere slap on the wrist.

Genocide in the First Person: An Interview with Simon Deng

The Review recently had the opportunity to interview Simon Deng, a Sudanese Christian abducted and forced into slavery at the age of nine by a northern Sudanese Arab.

How Clinton-Obama Might Win In November

Given recent events, John McCain is the likely Republican nominee. But looking ahead, the Electoral College situation looks difficult for the GOP in general and a McCain candidacy in particular.

Building a Sanctuary

The Biblical verses that will be sung aloud in Jewish synagogues around the world during the coming weeks tell of how Moses prescribed for the Israelites the exact specifications of the Temple they must build for God, so that the Divine Presence might have a place to dwell on Earth

“I will not leave the Soudan”: Legacies and Lessons on the 123rd

On January 24, 1885, a high drama of 317 days came to an end in the city of Khartoum. As an army of Islamic militants rushed into the besieged Sudanese capital, British General Charles “Chinese” Gordon dressed himself in his formal uniform and walked out of his apartment in the palace.

The Deception of Palestinian Nationalism

When speaking about the Middle East, it is common to hear about the “need” and “desire” for Palestinian statehood. But exactly what kind of state do the Palestinians want and what are the roots of Palestinian nationalism?

The Private Side of French Politics

The marriage of French President Nicolas Sarkozy and singer-model Carla Bruni on Saturday, February 2nd, in an informal civil ceremony at the Palais de l’Élysée has caused a flurry of controversy and media attention.

The Language of God: Francis Collins Speaks at Stanford

On Tuesday February 5, students and staff packed Memorial Auditorium to hear Dr. Francis Collins, the renowned head of the Human Genome Project and author of The Language of God, discuss his views on science, faith, and the ease with which the two can be reconciled

WWJD: What Would Jane (Stanford) Do?

One of the more interesting aspects of campus life is the influence professors wield over students. Some even develop cult followings. With the political season now in full-swing, the question arises: Should professors endorse candidates?

Obama’s Cult of Personality

Before Super Tuesday, Obama-fever rattled Stanford as students staged rallies, sported Obama pins and t-shirts, and used class discussions to propagate Obama’s message of hope and change. It was therefore not surprising that exit polls showed 75% of Stanford Democrats voting for Obama.

No Hanging Chads For France

The saying goes that “old habits die hard,” and that seems to be the sentiment after the recent rebel attack on the landlocked African country of Chad. The habit in focus is not a rebel group fighting an authoritarian government, but rather the European efforts to revitalize its relationship with the continent it once colonized.

ON THE RECORD: Rick Atkinson

Rick Atkinson, a Hoover media fellow and Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter, sat down with the Review’s Tristan Abbey for an exclusive interview on February 14. The following are excerpts from that interview. To view the entire transcript, please visit www.stanfordreview.org.

Editor’s Note: True Tolerance

Watching our Birkenstock-clad peers shout down U.S. military supporters outside the Marine Corps Recruitment Center in Berkeley last week, I couldn’t help but reflect on the meaning of tolerance and its place in American society. “Tolerance” has long been the American left’s cause célèbre—but the activists on Shattuck Avenue last week sure weren’t showing much of it.

Smoke Signals

This week we’re grateful for Stanford’s Silicon Valley neighborhood and a number of very sensible faculty. We’ve had our fair share of looney speakers, but the university is of course a place of open discourse, so we’ll take the good with the bad.



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