Sex, Desire, and the Transgender Movement

Revisiting his recent essay on the subject, Sohrab Ahmari discusses the new ideology that has sprung up around transsexualism and the concomitant rethinking of the very meaning of gender. In conversation with Jonathan Silver, Ahmari sees this ideology as the culmination of our society’s “radical expressive individualism” and at odds with fundamental claims about sex differences, human sexuality, and the body common to both Judaism and Christianity. (Audio, 32 minutes. Options for download and streaming are available at the link below.)

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More about: American society, Catholicism, Genesis, History & Ideas, Judaism, Sexual ethics, Transsexuals

The Logic of Iran’s Global Terror Strategy

During the past few weeks, the Islamic Republic has brutally tried to crush mass demonstrations throughout its borders. In an in-depth study of Tehran’s strategies and tactics, Yossi Kuperwasser argues that such domestic repression is part of the same comprehensive strategy that includes its support for militias, guerrillas, and terrorist groups in the Middle East and further afield, as well as its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Each of these endeavors, writes Kuperwasser, serves the ayatollahs’ “aims of spreading Islam and reducing the influence of Western states.” The tactics vary:

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More about: Iran, Latin America, Terrorism, U.S. Foreign policy