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About Ronald E. Yates

Author,  former  foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, and Dean & Professor Emeritus of the College of Media at the University of Illinois, his acclaimed works are now available through this site.

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The First Casualty in War is the Truth

During the pro-Hamas and anti-Israel demonstrations that have plagued the world for the past few months, protestors have told us that Israeli defense forces have killed some 34,000 Palestinians in a display of unmitigated genocide. Just where do those figures come from? The United Nations is one source. The other …

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Long Ago, & Far Away in a Land that Time Forgot

Those who grew up in the 1950s know a few things about that era. For example, we know the 1950s weren’t perfect. What era is? We know opportunity wasn’t always available for minorities, and neither was equality when it came to civil rights or equal pay for women. But we …

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The Demise of The Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America are no more. In a total surrender to the cult of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the woke kingpins who control that organization decided this week to take the “Boy” out of Boy Scouts and change its name to “Scouting America.” Roger A. Krone, president and …

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Should America Scrap the Electoral College?

With the 2024 presidential election less than six months away, squabbles about how Americans elect their president have begun anew. For those who may have forgotten what they learned in civics classes (if indeed, anybody still learns about civics in today’s schools) presidential elections consist of both a popular vote …

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China’s Undeclared War on America

In case anybody in Washington is interested—and that includes our feckless, unwitting president—China is at war with America. Contrary to what many in the corporate and diplomatic worlds tell us, China is NOT our friend. Nor are they some benign but tough commercial competitor. Instead, China’s ruling Chinese Communist Party …

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Recalling the Final 24 Hours in the Fall of Saigon

Forty-nine years ago, I was on a U.S. Navy ship headed to the Philippines. It was May 1, and a couple of days before, I was evacuated from a place called Saigon (known today as Ho Chi Minh City) as it fell to Communist North Vietnamese troops. April 29, 1975, …

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Let’s call the Goons Attacking Jewish Students what they are: Resurrected Nazis

In the 1930s, Nazi thugs rampaged across Germany, attacking Jews and blaming them for the ills of the world. Fast forward to 2024, America, where we are witnessing a reappearance of the same kind of anti-Semitic behavior on college campuses and cities coast to coast. The only difference is that …

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The Herd & The 2024 Election – Communism vs. the U.S. Constitution

On occasion, I receive emails containing interesting ideas and commentaries. When someone has written a commentary that is especially cogent and compelling, I like to post it. What follows is a particularly forceful, frightening, and persuasive commentary I wish all Americans would read. It is entitled “The Herd: The 2024 …

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Why are We Allowing Terrorists to Plague America’s Cities and College Campuses?

Since Hamas terrorists slaughtered some 1,400 innocent Israeli men, women, and children on October 7, 2023, we have seen pro-Hamas demonstrators shut down expressways, bridges, and college campuses while screaming “death to Israel” and “death to America.” Why are we allowing this to happen? Why are cities allowing themselves to …

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NPR Whistleblower Resigns after Suspension

It had to happen. Once again, is anybody surprised? Not me. When I posted just two days ago about NPR senior editor Uri Berliner’s scolding of the radio network’s blatant left-wing bias on the online news site The Free Press, I wondered how long it would take for the station’s …

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NPR’s Leftist Bias. Is Anybody Surprised?

When National Public Radio whistleblower Uri Berliner penned an essay recently in the online news site “The Free Press,” criticizing the radio station’s leftist partisanship, many in the world of broadcast journalism seemed shocked. Not me. For the past two decades, I have watched NPR slide further and further into …

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Our Regrettable Decline from Collective Discretion into Social Mobocracy

Most of us have received one of those emails displaying photos of so-called “Walmart People.” As you scroll down, you see a collection of pictures of Walmart shoppers wearing wild assortments of clothing, covering bodies that seem fashioned from silly putty or carved from tree stumps. There are horribly overweight …

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