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More than a million migrants entered Europe in 2015 triggering changes in national immigration policies and in public support for the securing of border and the limiting of migration. Fast forward six years, the United States has just set an all-time annual record for the number of illegal migrants apprehended at the Southwest border, with two migrant caravans presently en route. How similar were domestic reactions to the migrant surges? What can the U.S. learn from Europe, where many countries are building walls?

Inspired by a trip to the U.S. southern border, Kristof Gyorgy Veres, researcher at the Migration Research Institute in Budapest and visiting fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, discusses the immigration challenges faced by the U.S. and Europe, the impact of increased numbers on public opinion, and various policies employed on both sides of the Atlantic. Veres highlights America’s effective Remain in Mexico Program (MPP), which was terminated by the Biden administration and has now been ordered restarted by the courts. The European Union and the United Kingdom are now considering similar policies, requiring asylum seekers to wait abroad while their claims are processed.

The New Issue of Touchstone Is Out…


…and I’m in it. This would be Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity. The article in question is here: Not with Their Children by John D. Martin | Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity (touchstonemag.com)

The magazine is well worth your time. We subscribed for years before I began contributing. Yes, the article is behind a paywall. I encourage you to subscribe or donate to support The Fellowship of Saint James which publishes it or do both if you can.

Fighting On Despite Desperate Odds


Why do men fight, and why are willing they willing to continue to fight to the last man, preferring death to surrender? T. E. Lawrence’s said men go to war “because the women were watching.” According to Michael Walsh, in his new book, Lawrence’s answer holds more truth than irony. Men fight for their families.

“Last Stands: Why Men Fight When All is Lost,” by Michael Walsh, investigates the last man phenomena. It explores why men fight, and why they are willing to continue fighting even when they know they will lose.

Walsh examines history through the lens of combat, starting with the Ancient Greek Battle of Thermopylae and continuing through the Marine retreat from the Chosin Reservoir in the Twentieth Century. In thirteen chapters he explores sixteen last-stand battles.  Some, including Thermopylae, Masada, and the Alamo, the defenders lost and dying almost to the last man. In others, like Rorke’s Drift and the Battle of Pavlov’s House at Stalingrad, defenders triumphed against terrible odds.

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Long, long ago read my first Aubrey-Maturin novel.  Then I read my second.  Then I read the series.  Then I did it again.  And again.  Time for another read. One thing the series did to me was to introduce me to Port wines.  So I have tried a number.  My first choice is Dows, second […]

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First Lady Melania Trump has championed cyber-bullying as a cause, but Hoover visiting fellow Markos Kounalakis thinks she should broaden her horizons – to include a little diplomacy in her native Central Europe. It’s a portion of the world that’s drifted into angry nationalism, economic uncertainty and civil unrest, with one country (Poland) displaying troubling anti-Semitic tendencies. Kounalakis talks about all of that, plus he discusses Vladimir Putin’s Russia playing a meddling role around the world.

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I came across this article in The Catholic Thing, a conservative Catholic online site, by Robert Royal.  Mr. Royal had just participated at the Eleventh World Congress of Families in Budapest and he brought back some incredible insight.  There is a split between parts of Europe and you can see it as a Liberal/Conservative split.  We […]

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