Articles by Emina Melonic

America, Interrupted

ver since President Trump declared a state of emergency over COVID-19, the whole affair has felt like a slow-moving dream, or better yet, a banal nightmare. Everyone is exhausted for a variety of reasons: physical, economic, and existential. People are feeling voiceless, confused, and most of all, uncertain. They feel betrayed by the floundering leadership […]

Tragic Affairs of the Human Heart

he human heart is sometimes fickle. Hidden desires come out uninvited and, sometimes, human beings can become slaves to them. If a desire is hidden and suddenly reveals itself, most often as a kind of forbidden fruit, it’s usually a good indication of direction one should not go. There is always a voice of ethics […]

Orson Welles and the Search for Justice in America

hese days in America there’s not a lot of regard for justice as a concept. Instead, we have an unwanted “gift” of social justice—a bland ideology that doesn’t really care for the truth or even for the actual marginalized and forgotten people it claims to champion. Without slipping into some strange nostalgia, it would seem […]

The Simplistic Hero and Villain of ‘The Two Popes’

It is no secret that our mainstream culture no longer seems to understand or value religion. Most depictions or attempts to explain it are reduced to mere sentimentality, and this is particularly true whenever there is a liberal treatment of Christianity, especially Roman Catholicism. It isn’t only the simplistic emotionalism of the artists grappling with […]

Martin Scorsese’s Cinematic Splendor

Martin Scorsese’s new feature film, now showing on Netflix, came highly anticipated by critics and audience alike. The anticipation shouldn’t come as a surprise because Scorsese is a director of high stature, who has been making films for over 50 years. The newest film, “The Irishman” has drawn some negative criticism, mainly from the critics. […]

Gratitude in Dark Times

For the past few years, the ideological American Left has used the Thanksgiving holiday as an opportunity to lash out and give us the same old and boring rant about how bad America is. An American leftist is generally characterized as someone who cannot help but bring ideology into every aspect of his life. I […]

Detention, Socialist Style
(or How I Never Learned Math)

“You’re really not that bright, are you, Emina?” said Mira M., my elementary school math teacher. She looked at me with contempt, the kind even a 7-year-old could understand.  I understood, but had not yet experienced, adult rejection on that scale. In the days of Yugoslavian Communism, we used to address individual teachers as “comrade […]

The Wars They Carry

Like most overused expressions, “War is Hell” is now easily dismissed as a cliché. But like most clichés, the truth in the point is what caused it to be overused in the first place and we’d do well not to dismiss it. What is it about any particular war that makes it hell? For most […]

Up From Globalism

In an article at The American Mind, David Bahr asks, “What Good is Bill Buckley Anymore?” He concludes  that William F. Buckley, Jr. (among other conservatives of the past) “may be past their sell-by date.” Setting aside a rather dismissive title, Bahr does address some important issues and questions that have plagued the conservative movement […]

Harold Bloom, A Man in Full

“We read to find ourselves,” Harold Bloom once wrote, “more fully and more strange than otherwise we could hope to find.” Bloom, who died Monday, was a man of letters—a literary critic, lover of literature, and a long-time professor at Yale University. He was born in 1930 in New York City, and grew up in […]

Camille Paglia, Now More than Ever

Ever since she burst onto the intellectual scene with the publication of Sexual Personae (1990), Camille Paglia has been challenging the norms of what it means to be a public intellectual. Her critiques of culture, art, and society have garnered a lot of attention from friends and foes alike. Love her or hate her, when […]

Memento Mori: Rutger Hauer’s Message in ‘Blade Runner’

The death in July of Dutch actor Rutger Hauer brought out reflections on his career. Hauer made his film debut as a wild sculptor in Paul Verhoeven’s “Turkish Delight” (1973), and since then has starred in numerous films, but he is known primarily for his role as Roy Batty in Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” (1982). […]

America is Not a Bosnia in the Making

In a response to the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, City Journal published an article by Lance Morrow, who invoked genocide in Bosnia and Rwanda in order to analyze the grim events of the last few weeks. As the article’s title indicates, Morrow believes dark days are ahead for America unless something drastically […]

The Banality of Google’s Wokeness

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We Need a Higher Education Reformation

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Ilhan Omar: Alinsky Radical

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Denial, Thy Name Is (Fake) Media!

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Hollow Globalism Drives Ilhan Omar’s Politics of Affectation

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Tucker Carlson and the Apology Factory

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