Islam blasphemy riots now self-fulfilling prophecy The United States is the world’s undisputed king of culture. No country’s film industry can rival Hollywood; no nation’s musical artists sell more records worldwide than America’s. Boasting such a diverse, pulsating, frequently vulgar and often blasphemous entertainment industry, not everyone — including many Americans — is going to be pleased with what they see...

Charlie Hebdo Attack: No More Excuses The smoke had barely cleared from the firebombed office of Charlie Hebdo magazine—attacked for publishing cartoons of Mohammed—when TIME magazine’s Bruce Crumley chose to criticise the satirists before the terrorist. There exists an unspoken rule in the Republic of Letters — that land where novelists, poets, mere ink-stained wretches like myself, think tank scholars who...