PowerLinks 01.09.14

January 09, 2014 • by Joe Carter

PowerLinks 01.09.14

The War on Poverty at 50 Various, National Review Online Experts reflect on what went right and what went wrong with LBJ’s initiative. The Islamization of France in 2013 Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute Although no official data exist, more than half of the inmates in French prisons are believed to be Muslim, rising to 70% in some urban areas. Continue Reading...

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