Something to read in between bouts of yard work.
Jay Nordlinger's Oslo Journals over at NRO [linking to Journal Part IV but be sure to read them all the installments]. A series of reports from the Oslo Freedom Forum, an annual Human-Rights conference. Snippet:
Chen Guangcheng to get passport to visit US. Meanwhile, witnesses warn of retribution against Chen's family.
John Allen reports on Life Issues as seen from the European and American perspectives. In our humble opinion...may the American view prevail.
Abortion and gay marriage are "in play" in the States, meaning they're not settled politically, unlike much of Western Europe. In Italy, for instance, voters approved a referendum in 1981 to uphold the legality of abortion in the first trimester, and it's been more or less off the table in Italian politics ever since.