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The Iconoclast

Tuesday, 30 September 2014
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by Bibhu Padhi (October 2014)


What do your eyes find outside

those window-bars, across

the afternoon road, daughter?  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 8:44 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
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Translated from the Hungarian & edited by Thomas Ország-Land (October 2014)

      

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        HOW OTHERS SEE...

 

How others see this region, I cannot understand:

to me, this little country is menaced motherland  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 8:39 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
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by Sam Bluefarb (October 2014)
 

She told him that it was all over between them--they would not marry in the spring. She'd given him the news quietly, matter-of-factly, a stunning contrast to those ardent protests of love throughout the previous year. But for weeks after, as though unable to let go of him completely, or perhaps out of some vain, sadistic streak, she still kept him on a string.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 8:33 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
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by Richard Kostelanetz (October 2014)


I find it profoundly disturbing that an American professional football player should be suspended, perhaps permanently, for knocking unconscious a woman who initially had slugged him. A surreptitious videotape shows him dragging by her hair the woman who, incidentally, became his wife. The motive for killing his athletic career is purportedly teaching other athletes first and then men in general about the possible costs of domestic violence.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 8:26 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
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A Proposal for A Study Abroad Program for Canadian College Students

by Geoffrey Clarfield (October 2014)


Preface-Why Study the Future of Florida?

There are numerous studies that show that young American and Canadian students have a diminishing understanding of geography. They often do not know the names of the state capitals of the United States or Europe or (in the States) think that Toronto is the capital of Canada. And so, when I read these kinds of reports I often scan the Internet for the kinds of courses that could remedy this lack of important knowledge.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 8:22 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
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by G. Murphy Donovan (October 2014)


“No one ever looks at a nun’s face.” – JM Scott

Nuns are a curiosity today. In another time, girls for whatever reasons were given over to convents for a life of prayer or good works. If the candidates were young enough, notions of choice were probably very elastic. Vocations are few in the modern cloister - and few orders of good sisters would tolerate or encourage any coercion by families or sponsors anyway.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 8:17 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
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by Richard Butrick (October 2014)


“If at first you don’t succeed try, try again.” Most admirable. But it doesn’t mean using the very same approach again and again. It means reassessing the situation, trying to learn what went wrong and adjust the plan accordingly. To the contrary, failing to adjust a problem solving strategy which repeatedly fails is a sign of a fixation disorder. As Einstein quipped, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is a sign of insanity.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 8:13 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
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by Jerry Gordon (October 2014)


President Obama’s eve of 9/11 speech in which he declared "war" on the Islamic State, formerly ISIS, contained a commitment to arm and support so-called moderate Syrian opposition to assist in “degrading and ultimately destroying” the Salafist Jihadist self-declared Caliphate. That commitment Obama made clear did not include any a commitment to put US “boots on the ground.” Instead his plan relies on air attacks, training and support of Iraqi military forces, Kurdish peshmerga and Free Syrian Army contingents.  more>>>
 

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Posted on 09/30/2014 8:08 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
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by David Hamilton (October 2014)


T.S. Eliot's inspiration, John Donne, was very influential in Verse Satire as Ben Jonson was in poetry. Verse Satire began as a poetic form in the 1590s, spread and influenced dramatists. This is a literary tradition, which far from being outdated shows continuity through time, and like a thread holds literary change together. It is rooted deep in our cultural origins. Culturally it is another example of the need to encourage the teaching of Latin and Greek in the schools.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 7:56 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
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by Theodore Dalrymple (October 2014)


It always intrigued me when I practised as a doctor to observe how Man is always but a slight injury or biochemical disturbance away from paranoia. It is almost as if paranoia were always bubbling away under the smooth surface of normal social relations, like lava below the earth’s crust, waiting just some slight crack or fissure for the opportunity to emerge and cover everything. The list of possible physiological causes of paranoia is legion.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 7:41 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
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by David P. Gontar (October 2014)


“And so each venture / Is a new beginning, a raid on the inarticulate / With shabby equipment always deteriorating / In the general mess of imprecision of feeling, / Undisciplined squads of emotion.”
                     -- T.S. Eliot 

 

Introduction

What Eliot says so well about the fashioning of poetry applies also to its reception by readers and audiences. Where the richest tropes are concerned, rarely are we equal to the task. Outnumbered by words, we leap from book-strewn trenches when exegetical duty calls to try to gain a few hundred yards of insight before we are tossed aside by winds of doctrine. Indeed, the bones of many a once-renowned littérateur lie bleaching in the sun. Among those forgotten heroes is G. Wilson Knight (1897-1985), in his day the prolific doyen of belles-lettres and Shakespearean exposition. Knight rests now, buried in footnotes and interminable bibliography.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 7:35 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
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by Graham Cunningham (October 2014)


A chance conversation with a colleague, a few days ago, about some latest manifestation of political correctness: “The trouble with you conservatives” he said “is that it’s all doom and gloom with you. You’re addicted to it.” My initial reaction: “Me?..gloomy!...Breath of Spring, Me.” But then, on reflection, the thought occurred that maybe he had a point.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 7:30 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
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by Mark Gullick (October 2014)


The French philosopher René Descartes was a worried man. His concern was that his memory resembled a sheet of paper which was constantly being written over with his experiences, with facts and events. Realising that it is in the nature of paper eventually to become filled with writing, he avoided wherever possible being told extraneous facts for fear that insufficient room would remain in his mind for things of importance to this polymath. Thus, he hoped to avoid the fate of Homer. Homer Simpson, that is. The yellow father of three noted the same phenomenon, cheerfully asking of wife Marge whether she remembered ‘that time I learnt how to make tequila and forgot how to drive’.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 7:26 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
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by Jerry Gordon and Mike Bates (October 2014)


The House Select Benghazi Committee Hearings chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) opened on Wednesday, September 17th. The House GOP leadership requested initial funding of $3.3 million in support of investigations  and hearings. According to an AP report, the 12 member panel (seven Republicans and five Democrats with a staff of 30) focused on the issue of embassy security. Chairman Gowdy said, “the U.S. must learn from past violence on U.S. facilities from Beirut to East Africa to Benghazi to prevent repeat attacks.”   more>>>
 

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Posted on 09/30/2014 7:21 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
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by David P. Gontar (October 2014)


In which we hoist a dram of eale with Messrs. Frank Kermode and Ted Hughes, and Prof. J.E.G. Dixon joins in.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 7:16 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
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by Theodore Dalrymple (October 2014)


A friend of mine, who shall of course remain anonymous, is a great expert on the pharmacological aspects of serial killing by doctors and nurses. The cases are not many, but they are dramatic; and in the near future he will appear as an expert witness for the prosecution in a case in which a nurse is accused of killing several patients by poison. I am thinking of attending the trial to write about it.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/30/2014 7:12 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
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From the Mail on Sunday and the East London Advertiser

Independent Muslim schools in London are being investigated amid fears that hardline Islamic extremism is being promoted among pupils and staff, 

As many as a dozen private schools in Tower Hamlets, east London, are being looked into by officials over reports that fundamentalism is being spread, MailOnline can reveal.

A Whitehall source said while investigations are in 'their very early stages', there is concern within the Department of Education over a number of fee-paying Muslim schools in the borough which has one of the strongest Muslim communities in the capital. 

Unlike the 'Trojan Horse' scandal which saw secular schools in Birmingham being infiltrated by extremists, the affected institutions in Tower Hamlets are all thought to be Muslim.

Tower Hamlets council has strongly denied (the) claims …It said there is “no evidence” that the next “Trojan Horse” scandal is to be uncovered in the borough, despite one of its schools being subject to a recent unannounced inspection by Ofsted.

A statement from Tower Hamlets said: “Tower Hamlets council has some of the best urban schools in the world due in part to an unrivalled partnership between headteachers, parents, governors, local politicians and the local education authority over a 20-year period. For instance, 17 out of 18 secondary schools are rated by Ofsted as good or outstanding. The model we have adopted is based on early intervention and where problems have arisen in terms of performance or standards we have acted swiftly to address any concerns.”

Regarding the “Trojan Horse” allegations, it said: “We have no evidence of such practices in our maintained schools.” It said Marner Primary School, which was subjected to a “snap check” by Ofsted, was expected to be given the all-clear.

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Posted on 09/30/2014 5:51 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014
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(Reuters) - Belgian prosecutors accused 46 members of Islamist group Sharia4Belgium on Monday of belonging to a terrorist organization and brainwashing young men in Belgium into fighting a holy war in Syria.

Only eight of those charged were present in the heavily secured court room in the northern Belgian port city of Antwerp on Monday. The others were still said to be in Syria.

Belgium's biggest case against Islamist extremism highlights its status as a fertile recruiting ground for militants. About 300 fighters in Syria have come from Belgium, the highest per capita level among western European countries, according to the International Center for the Study of Radicalisation.

Prosecutors said the group was led by 32-year-old Fouad Belkacem, the spokesman of Sharia4Belgium, a now disbanded Salafist organization that wanted sharia law adopted in Belgium. While he did not fight in Syria, unlike most other defendants, prosecutors said he was the main driver behind the organization.

"Belkacem's words can only be interpreted as a call to violence and jihad," said public prosecutor Ann Fransen, listing a long line of speeches and videos in which he equalled military jihad to praying and fasting.

Belkacem, currently serving a jail term for inciting hatred against non-Muslims, listened closely as the long indictment was read out, at times smiling and whispering to other defendants.

Prosecutors detailed how Sharia4Belgium members approached young men, and a few teenage women, on the streets of Antwerp and Vilvoorde, north of Brussels, to invite them to their center in Antwerp where they were indoctrinated and readied for their trip to Syria.

"The clear aim was to prepare them for armed combat," substitute prosecutor Luc Festraets said. 

Belkacem, who was born in the small Belgian town of Rumst, halfway between Brussels and Antwerp, was among the founders of Sharia4Belgium in 2010. Prosecutors said he cooperated closely with British Salafist activist Anjem Choudary, the former head of the now banned organization al-Muhajiroun, who was arrested by British authorities last week. 

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Posted on 09/30/2014 4:04 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 29 September 2014
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The story broke this morning.

Two reports from the ABC online.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-30/counter-terrorism-raids-afp-and-victoria-police-melbourne/5778116

"Counter-terrorism raids carried out in Melbourne by AFP and Victoria Police'.

'Officers from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Victoria Police are carrying out counter-terrorism raids across several suburbs in Melbourne.

'The AFP said it was conducting search warrants in Seabrook, Kealba, Meadow Heights, Broadmeadows and Flemington.

Flemington is better known as the location of the Flemington Race-course where the Melbourne Cup is run each year. - CM

'One man has been arrested at a property in Seabrook as part of the operation.

'The AFP said the raids were not related to last week's stabbing of two police officers and subsequent shooting of Numan Haider.

"This operational activity is not in response to a threat to public safety nor is it related to last week's incident at Endeavour Hills", the AFP said in a statement.

However: Numan Haider is a Muslim who attacked two non-Muslim police officers and tried to kill them; those whose plot to behead Australian infidels was - so we hope - disrupted and foiled, in the past two weeks, were all Muslims and their hatred of Infidels was in accord with the core teachings of Islam; and the man who has just been arrested was, as we shall see, engaged in supporting the bloody Jihad in Syria.  All these "incidents", though not formally related to each other - at present it appears that the various Muslims involved may not have known each other nor been consciously coordinating their efforts - are the fruit of the same tree: Islam. - CM

"The Australian Federal Police and Victoria Police Joint Counter Terrorism Team can confirm that a number of search warrants are being conducted as part of an operation in the following suburbs: Seabrook, Kealba, Meadow Heights, Broadmeadows and Flemington.  While this activity is continuing no further comment will be made".

'Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Graham Ashton and AFP Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan are expected to hold a press conference about the raids later this morning.

'The raids came less than three weeks after Australia's terrorism alert level was raised to high, meaning an attack is likely, though authorities said they did not know of a specific threat.

'Prime Minister Tony Abbott said security agencies had recommended the increased threat level because of the number of Australians (sic: he should have said, "Australian-passport-holding Muslims" - CM) "fighting with and supporting" terrorist groups in the Middle East.

'Earlier this month more than 800 police conducted synchronised raids of houses and vehicles in Sydney and Brisbane.

'Around eight plain and uniformed officers, mainly from the AFP, as well as a sniffer dog (Infidel man's best friend - CM), were involved in today's operation at Seabrook.

'Meanwhile, Federal Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt said he was seeking a briefing about the raids, which happened in his electorate of Flemington.  "If those raids took place where I suspect they might have, it's potentially within 500 metres from my house", Mr Bandt said. "I want to find out what is happening in Melbourne".

It gets personal when it's that close to home, doesn't it, Mr Bandt?  Now, do please open up a Quran, Mr Bandt.  The old Yusuf Ali translation, or N Dawood's (Penguin books) will do as well as any, for now.  Start with Surahs 8 and 9 - note especially 9.5, sometimes called "the verse of the sword", and 9.29 - then skip to Surah 47.4, and observe the command to "strike at their necks" - and then you could have a look at 3.28 which forbids friendship with non-Muslims unless it is feigned, for Muslim self-protection, and at 48.29, which says Muslims are "harsh" to the unbelievers - that's you and me, Mr Bandt, you and me - and "compassionate" (sic: though the bloodbath in Syria between Sunnis and Shiites isn't much of an advertisement) only to one another. 

And now to report number 2, on the arrest that has taken place, with an obligatory soundbite from a shocked non-Muslim neighbour who is insisting that the arrested man was such a nice fellow!

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-30/counter-terrorism-raids-afp-and-victoria-police-melbourne/5778116

'Anti-Terror Raids, Melbourne: Man Accused of Sending Funds to Syria Fighter'

'A man is to be charged with making funds available to a terrorist organisation after more than 100 federal and state officers raided properties across Melbourne.

More than 100, eh?  Raids in five suburbs. If one site raided per suburb, that's twenty men assigned to each job.  Sudden deployment of overwhelming force, that's the way to head off trouble from the Mohammedan Mob. - CM

'Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan said the 23 year old man was arrested for allegedly providing $12,000 to a US citizen fighting in Syria.

"I can confirm a 23 year old man from Seabrook will be charged with intentionally making funds available to a terrorist organisation, knowing that organisation was a terrorist organisation", Assistant Commissioner Gaughan said.

'The Assistant Commissioner said the arrest came after a tip-off from the FBI.

Thank you, Uncle Sam.  Looks as though not everyone in your intelligence and law enforcement has entirely lost the plot. - CM

"The search warrants were the culmination of an 8-month investigation which began following information provided by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation", he said.

'The AFP said it had been conducting seven search warrants in Seabrook, Kealba, Meadow Heights, Broadmeadows and Flemington...

"There is no information or intelligence to indicate that this man was involved in planning an attack, nor are there any known links to the 18 year old man involved in last week's Endeavour Hills incident," the Assistant Commissioner said.

"There can be no doubt that law enforcement and security agencies are currently operating in a complex environment and there has been heightened operational activity in the last 12 months".

The Jihad, both without and within, is hotting up. - CM

'Assistant Commissioner Gaughan said police had confiscated electronic evidence as part of the raids.

I wonder how many beheading videos they'll have to wade through?  - CM

"there was a large amount of electronic evidence seized during the search warrants and that will be analysed by our investigators in the coming months to get more evidence in relation to the commission of this offence", he said.

"For privacy reasons, we won't go into the details of the background of the gentleman (sic - CM) involved this morning"...

I can, however, confidently predict that he is not an atheist, nor an agnostic, nor a Jew nor a Christian nor a Buddhist nor a Hindu.  He will be a Muslim. - CM

"About eight plain and uniformed officers, mainly from the AFP, as well as a sniffer dog (excellent; always check for explosives and illegal drugs - CM) were involved in today's operation at Seabrook.

'Forensic officers arrived at the Seabrook property just before 11 am (AEST).

'Neighbours said the man who was arrested had lived in the neighbourhood for two or three years.

'Herve Du Buisson Berrine, who has lived in Seabrook for 16 years, said he was very surprised by the arrest of his neighbour.

You should not be, mate.  Your neighbour was a Muslim..- CM

"They're very friendly neighbours and he's a friendly guy too, he speaks to me almost every day, says hello", he said.

Nobody these days seems to know their Chaucer - "the smyler with the knyf under the cloke" - or their Shakespeare - "a man may smile, and smile, and smile, and be a villain".  And people have forgotten their Bible, which warns of "wolves in sheep's clothing" and reminds us that "Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light".  If they did, they might be less gullible, less naive - and less prone to being surprised and shocked when a seemingly nice, smiling neighbour turns out to have been, say, sending money off to the kinds of people who enjoy beheading bound captives whilst shrieking "Allahu akhbar".  - CM

'He also said the raids have had an impact on the neighbourhood...".

It is the currently-still-increasing influx of Muslims into that neighbourhood, and into many others around Australia, that is having an "impact"...and not for the better. 

Final thought: of late, there have been police raids on private homes of jihad plotters or jihad supporters, and an Islamic bookshop was raided.  But when will AFP and our metropolitan police find that loose thread that, when pulled, leads straight to the mosque/s?  And if it did, would they be brave enough to follow that lead... and raid the mosques (and shut them down, after?).  There are - so it was casually mentioned in another news item I read lately - 250 mosques in Australia at last count. All over the country.  I wonder how many of them, behind closed doors, when the kuffar are not listening, are preaching the duty of jihad and the duty of observing - and imposing - the sharia, "commanding right and forbidding wrong" (wrong, and right, being Islamically defined; which means they have little congruence with what non-Muslims think of as right and wrong).  This man who has just been arrested...what mosque or mosques has he attended, in the course of his 23 years?   And is that mosque - or those mosques - being investigated?  - CM

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Posted on 09/29/2014 9:06 PM by Christina McIntosh
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Monday, 29 September 2014
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Monday, 29 September 2014
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Books tell us that the Younger Pliny was older than the Elder Edda. Now how could that be?  This calls for some carbon speed-dating, and on the double.

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Posted on 09/29/2014 4:29 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 29 September 2014
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Published in Breitbart:

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Although Ibn Warraq believes that “moderate Muslims” do exist, he does not believe that “Islam is moderate” and he is not optimistic about how quickly moderate Muslim theologians will be able to bring about a religious reformationthat will be acceptable. Nevertheless, for years now, my scholarly friend would disappear to Europe, mainly to Germany to “do Koranic research.” I had no idea why he kept returning to work with these German scholars. Now, I begin to understand the importance of this research with the publication of his new book, Christmas in the Koran: Luxenberg, Syriac, and the Near Eastern and Judeo-Christian Background of Islam (2014).

 

I decided to conduct an interview with him about it.

 

Q: Why should people read this book?

 

A: I think the book should, and will, be read by all those who have an enquiring mind. These articles apply to the Koran, the Critical Method that has been applied to the Bible, both the Old and New Testament for several hundred years, but which has only recently been used to examine the contents and origins of the Koran and the rise of early Islam. The results, as in Biblical Scholarship, are spectacular and intellectually exhilarating. Luxenberg’s reinterpretations have profound implications for our understanding of Islam, and her holy book, the Koran. The traditional narrative of the compilation of the Koran can no longer be accepted. Instead of being an immutable, divinely revealed scripture, the Koran is very much a human document that has a history.

 

Q: Can you explain the title and also the general contents of the book?

 

A: The title is a reference to an article by the German scholar, Christoph Luxenberg. Luxenberg analyzes a surah, that is to say, a chapter—chapter 97—in the Koran, philologically, and shows that the traditional interpretation is inadequate, and must be re-interpreted with the help of Syriac, an Aramaic dialect, and the language of Eastern Christians since the second century CE. This chapter is traditionally interpreted as referring to the transmission of the Koran to Muhammad, the Prophet. But Luxenberg shows that it is, in fact, talking of the Nativity – the sending down of the Infant Jesus during the Night of Destiny, that is under the Star of Nativity.

 

With Luxemberg’s mastery of Arabic, both in its Classical and dialectical forms, and Syriac, he not only manages to elucidate obscure passages, but also to uncover numerous hitherto unsuspected misreadings and misinterpreted contents of the Koran. Luxenberg’s scholarship provides ample evidence that the Koran developed from a Judeo-Christian background, since Syriac (a dialect of Aramaic) was the main literary language of both Jews and Christians in the Middle East before the advent of Islam.

 

Q: What is the general significance and implications of such a book? Do you have any hidden agendas?

 

A: Scholars such as Luxenberg, and many others included in the book, are engaged in scientific research, and go wherever that research leads. They are striving for, to use an unfashionable term, objective knowledge. Their results are offered as tentative solutions to various historical and linguistic problems, and hence are open to scientific criticism, and counter-examples. The scholars included in this volume have discarded theological assumptions that have, over the last two hundred years, crept into any discussions of the language and contents of the Koran, and the rise of Islam, assumptions that have hindered scientific progress. Instead these scholars have had recourse only to, what Maxime Rodinson once called, “the normal mechanisms of human history”.

 

For us, in studying the Koran, it is necessary to distinguish the historical from the theological attitude. In the present volume we are only concerned with those truths that are yielded by a process of rational enquiry, by scientific examination.

 

As I said, these scholars are engaged in scientific research and would be horrified if they thought their work was being manipulated for political purposes. They would eschew polemics of any kind. So in what I am about to elaborate I should like to make clear that I am expressing my own private opinion, and have no wish to involve these scholars in polemics.

 

Q: But surely such an analysis has implications—some might say heretical implications.

 

A: Pace non-polemical scholars, how can their research not have political, theological and social implications? The implications of such research are very grave.

 

I have no hidden agendas since I have never hidden my longer term aims. What is more I do not think they are ignoble aims. I wish to bring enlightenment to the Islamic world. As I wrote over ten years ago in the preface to my work,What the Koran Really Says, my wish “is to dispel the sacred aura surrounding the Arabic language, the Arabic script, and the Holy Arabic Scripture—to desacralize, if I may coin a term —and put them into their historical, linguistic, and Middle Eastern sectarian milieu.”

 

I wished to emulate the work of Baruch Spinoza who, as Jonathan Israel has shown in his magisterial trilogy on the Enlightenment, was single-handedly responsible for setting the entire enterprise of the European Enlightenment on its way. Both the Renaissance and the Reformation were incomplete. According to Jonathan Israel, Spinoza’s work“(intellectually and to a degree in practice) effectively demolished all legitimation of monarchy, aristocracy, woman's subordination to man, ecclesiastical authority, and slavery, replacing these with the principles of universality, equality, and democracy…Spinoza and Spinozism were in fact the intellectual backbone of the European Radical Enlightenment everywhere, not only in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, and Scandinavia but also Britain and Ireland.”  

 

Q: Spinoza was excommunicated (not beheaded or burned at the stake) for his views.

 

A: Yes, but for Spinoza the Bible is purely a human and secular text, theology is not an independent source of truth. This work is often considered the beginning of Biblical Criticism. Koranic Criticism lags behind by almost three hundred and fifty years since it has scarcely begun. Hence the significance and importance of works like Christmas in the Koran.

 

Q: Have the ideas of Christoph Luxenberg found acceptance among specialists?

 

A: Yes, there are a number of distinguished Semiticists who find Luxenberg’s analysis of particular surahs (chapters) in the Koran very convincing. These scholars do not accept all of Luxenberg’s reinterpretations of passages in the Koran but they are keeping an open mind and judging case by case. There are, of course, also many scholars who reject everything that Luxenberg has proposed. But far too often their rejections are not backed by rational discourse or scientific arguments; they refuse to engage with Luxenberg’s arguments altogether. Thus it is often unclear why they are rejecting his analyses.

 

Q: Will introducing and compiling this book get you into any more trouble?

 

A: It is true that in the past I have been on several death lists for my writings, death lists of Islamic fundamentalists. However, I do not anticipate any particular negative reaction since the work, Christmas in the Koran, is a work of scholarship which will have to be answered by scholarship of a similar kind. In which case, I shall have succeeded in my aim in bringing about rational discourse  about their Holy Scripture, the Koran.

 

Q: Thank you.

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Posted on 09/29/2014 2:45 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Monday, 29 September 2014
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Jacob Mugami Muriithi, Oklahoma City Nursing home worker

Source; The Oklahoman

Alton Alexander Nolen, aka Jah’Keem Yisrael was  not the only Muslim arrested for  threatening a barbaric murder the beheading a fellow employee.  Nolen, according to a report from his home town newspaper in McCurtain, Oklahoma may have been fired for misogynist arguments with female workers about stoning women under Islamic Sharia.  On Friday, September 26th,  Jacob Mugami Muriithi, a Kenyan Muslim immigrant ,  was arrested  for  threatening  a fellow Oklahoma City nursing  home worker  on September 19th with beheading. Muriithi was arrested with bail set at $1 million on  a terrorism compliant and currently is being investigated.  The Oklahoman published the details in a report on Sunday, September 28th, “Fired Oklahoma City nursing home worker threatened beheading, police say.”

In a bizarre coincidence, a fired Oklahoma City nursing home employee was arrested Friday after a co-worker reported he threatened to cut her head off. The arrest came on the same day police in Moore revealed fired Vaughan Foods worker Alton Alexander Nolen beheaded a co-worker after he was fired Thursday. Nolen is a Muslim convert.

Murithi was identified as a native of Kenya who is living in Oklahoma City. He worked at Bellevue Nursing Home in northwest Oklahoma City, police reported.

The co-worker reported Muriithi threatened her while they were both working at the nursing home Sept. 19, a police detective wrote in an arrest warrant affidavit.

The woman was not identified.

She said Muriithi identified himself as a Muslim and said he “represented ISIS and that ISIS kills Christians,” the detective told a judge in the affidavit. The two had not worked together before.

The woman said she asked him why they kill Christians and he replied, “This is just what we do,” the detective reported.

“The victim said Jacob asked her what time she got off work and she replied by asking him in a joking manner if he was going to kill her,’ the detective wrote. “Jacob told the victim, ‘Yes,’ he was going to cut her head off. The victim asked Jacob what he was going to cut her head off with and he said, ‘A blade,’ then told her after he did it he was going to post it on Facebook.

“The victim said Jacob was serious when speaking and never made any statements that he was joking or playing around.”

The woman reported Muriithi repeated the threat as she left work, saying in front of another employee that he was going to use a blade, the detective reported.

Nolen may have been a jailhouse convert to Islam, while Murithi was a Muslim immigrant. Both appeared to have been motivated by the graphic portrayal of beheadings of American victims, journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, as well British aid worker, David Haines.  They may have been entreated to follow the Qur’anic imperative in Sura 47:4:

 Yusuf Ali: Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks; At length, when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly (on them): thereafter (is the time for) either generosity or ransom: Until the war lays down its burdens. Thus (are ye commanded): but if it had been Allah's Will, He could certainly have exacted retribution from them (Himself); but (He lets you fight) in order to test you, some with others. But those who are slain in the Way of Allah, - He will never let their deeds be lost.

We know that Nolen’s social media was redolent of such hatred and support of ISIS’ barbarity.  We await further details on the investigation of the beheading threat by Muriithi to determine if he was similarly influenced by social media or by the preaching of radical local Imams among the 18 Mosques in Metro Oklahoma  City serving the estimated 18,000 Muslims in the Sooner State.  With Muriithi’s arrest, the beheading murder by Nolen appears not to be an isolated workplace violence incident.  We will be shortly publishing an interview in the October NER with Dr. Michael Welner, noted  forensic psychiatrist and expert witness in major criminal and terrorism cases.

 

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Posted on 09/29/2014 9:33 AM by Jerry Gordon
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Monday, 29 September 2014
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They may have their quarrels, but they can all agree on a few thiings:

Death to America.

Death to Israel.

An end to humiliation.

Allahu Akbar.

We, the Muslims, Are Coming.

 

In one of the tales of Grimm, "each of the twelve daughters of the king was fairer than the next." In the world of Islam, each group is more hideous than the next.

And the indoctrination begins before the age of reason. And that makes sense, because in Islam, thought is discouraged, and there never an age of reason to be attained. 

Here.

 

 

And they start young. See the

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