About Daniel Koffler

Daniel Koffler is a Clarendon Scholar and graduate student in philosophy at the University of Oxford.

How We Could Save Zimbabwe

By June 12, 2008

You'd think the headline—Robert Mugabe's militia burns opponent's wife alive—would say it all, but it doesn't. Seven of Mugabe's thugs attacked Dadirai Chipiro, the wife of Mhondoro district opposition leader Patson Chipiro. "They grabbed Mrs Chipiro and chopped off one … Read More

How Not To Criticize Nelson Mandela (Or Anyone At All)

By June 11, 2008

Christopher Hitchens wants to know why Nelson Mandela hasn't denounced Robert Mugabe, and insists that "[b]y his silence about what is happening in Zimbabwe, Mandela is making himself complicit in the pillage and murder of an entire nation, as well … Read More

Imperialism In Iraq? Get Real!

By June 10, 2008

For a couple of weeks now, liberals and anti-warriors have been freaking out about reports by Patrick Cockburn that the Bush administration was planning some secret arrangement with the Iraqi government (the latter presumably under duress) for a permanent US … Read More

Syria Annexes Lebanese Soccer

By June 10, 2008

It's not only Europeans whose ethnic and national rivalries are inflamed on the soccer field. The BBC reports that at a World Cup qualifying match in Riyadh between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, the Syrian national anthem was somehow played in … Read More

Viral Video Of The Week: Shatner For Prez

By June 10, 2008

John McCain had better watch his back: There's a late entrant into the race for the Republican nomination, and what he lacks in delegates, he'll make up for in spoken word versions of popular songs:

What Happens To Neoconservatism After November?

By June 9, 2008

Jim Henley of Unqualified Offerings and The Art of the Possible has joined the conversation on neoconservatism and its future. He's skeptical about my claim that "[t]he neocons are in a decidedly weak position" and risk becoming marginalized in the … Read More

Viral Video Of The Week: New “New Math”

By June 9, 2008

Julian Sanchez has no reason to fear being struck down by the gods: Bo Burnham's new "New Math" is funnier than Tom Lehrer's old "New Math"; if you think that's blasphemy, you don't know what makes either of them funny … Read More

The Press: No Longer John McCain’s Base

By June 9, 2008

Early yesterday, Jonathan Martin filed a report on the McCain campaign's growing frustration with what they feel are double standards in the way the media are covering John McCain versus the way they're covering Barack Obama. Is there a precise … Read More