The Iconoclast

Friday, 16 January 2015
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Short Answer: No. Some Muslims are being forced to ask that question -- can Islam be reformed? -- or such variants as "what things need to be done to allow Islam to accept or adjust to modernity." Some of them are merely apologists, pretending to recognize a problem that they talk about as if it ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/16/2015 7:53 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 16 January 2015
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Plans for the 600-mile wall and ditch Saudi Arabia will build with Iraq in an effort to insulate itself from the chaos engulfing its neighbors. Business Insider: Much of the area on the Iraqi side is now controlled by Isil, which regards the ultimate capture of Saudi Arabia, home to the “Two Holy ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/16/2015 6:08 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Friday, 16 January 2015
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From Sky News A North Carolina university has made an abrupt U-turn on its plan to allow the Muslim call to prayer to ring out every Friday from the bell tower of a chapel on campus. Duke University spokesman Michael Schoenfeld said the arrangement for a muezzin to make the "adhan" did not have ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/16/2015 3:39 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 15 January 2015
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"La peur doit changer de camp", a déclaré dans la nuit de jeudi à vendredi le premier ministre belge, Charles Michel, alors qu'une vaste opération antiterroriste était menée par la police dans plusieurs villes du pays, qui s'est soldée par la mort de deux jihadistes présumés. "Cela démontre la détermination ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/15/2015 10:18 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 15 January 2015
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Thursday, 15 January 2015
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Here. More than a decade ago, he welcomed the ascension of Recip Tayyip Erdogan, the anti-Ataturk and a True Believer just like Gultekin himself. But as he saw what Erdogan did, what Fethulleh Gulen wanted to do, what all  the Muslims-come-to-power did, he began to ask himself: if all these people ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/15/2015 7:26 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 15 January 2015
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From the French edition of The Local Pakistan's parliament on Thursday condemned satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for printing a "blasphemous" cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad as religious groups held rallies throughout the country, including one at which the French flag was burnt. "This house ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/15/2015 5:38 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 15 January 2015
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Thursday, 15 January 2015
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His attackers were three Muslim students, enraged at his expression of support. Story here.   ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/15/2015 2:07 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 15 January 2015
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Christopher Hitchens on Today’s Paris Massacre 7 January 2015 Gunmen shouting “Allahu Akbar” attacked the offices of French satirical newspaper named Charlie Hedbo and killed twelve people, including journalists and two policemen.   Radical Islamists apparently ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/15/2015 2:00 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 15 January 2015
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From The Telegraph and the Express Three people have reportedly been killed during a police counter-terrorism raid in Verviers in the east of the country. Federal prosecutors told the Belga news agency there had been a police operation near the centre of the town but did not confirm there ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/15/2015 12:07 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 15 January 2015
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Leviathan gas development platform offshore Israel Source: Globes Israel Business Yesterday, Al Arabiya in an article, cited Egyptian Oil Minister‘s comments in the midst of the country’s worst energy crisis, suggesting that “Egypt is open to importing gas from Israel … another sign that it may ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/15/2015 10:56 AM by Jerry Gordon
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Thursday, 15 January 2015
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Posted on 01/15/2015 10:35 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 15 January 2015
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But why not? Why shoudn't others see how Max Mosley likes to have fun? What harm could there be in that? Here. ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/15/2015 10:05 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 15 January 2015
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Five less people to worry about. Had they remained in Canada, or had they returned to Canada, they would have had to have been placed under round-the-clock surveillance. Such surveillance requires at least ten men for each person being watched. The expense is gigantic. There is no reason to think ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/15/2015 9:17 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 15 January 2015
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Here.. The Pope, with his ready smile, his obvious modesty, his refusal of every sort of pomp and his dislike of exalted  solitude (he has chosen to live not in the grand Papal apartments, but in a room right next to other members of the clergy), his famous denunciation of vanity, greed, and corruption ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/15/2015 8:46 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 15 January 2015
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Apparently with more than a half-million men under arms, outfitted with tens of billions of dollars in American equipment, the Iraqi Arabs -- the Kurds are fighting and not complaining -- can't do much more than they are doing, taking a tiny town back from the Islamic State here and there, then being ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/15/2015 7:36 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 15 January 2015
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Shameful, un-Jesusonian remarks from Peter's successor. NBC: MANILA, Philippines — Pope Francis suggested there are limits to freedom of expression, saying in response to the Charlie Hebdo terror attack that "one cannot make fun of faith" and that anyone who throws insults can expect a "punch." The ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/15/2015 7:18 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Thursday, 15 January 2015
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Brussels (AFP) - French Islamist gunman Amedy Coulibaly bought most of the weapons used in last week's Paris attacks in Belgium, Belgian newspapers reported Wednesday.The Kalashnikov rifle and rocket launchers used by brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi in the Charlie Hebdo magazine attack were bought ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/15/2015 6:55 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 15 January 2015
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Lagos (AFP) - Boko Haram fighters killed a woman as she was in labour during what is feared to be the deadliest attack in the militants' six-year insurgency, Amnesty International claimed on Thursday. The human rights group said one witness to the assault on Baga, on the shores of Lake ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/15/2015 6:47 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 15 January 2015
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Read Greenwald, defender of the Volkische Beobachtung because it has "free speech rights," here. And ask if the Franco-Iranian ebay billionaire, Pierre Omidyar, who is apparently now financing Greenwald is spending his money wisely, is showing his gratitude to France, and the United States, where he ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/15/2015 6:42 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 15 January 2015
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Muhammad bathing in blood - this makes the point. ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/15/2015 6:22 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Thursday, 15 January 2015
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From the Express with additional information from the Mirror A POLICE officer has been "deliberately" hit by a car in Paris, French media have reported. The motorist 'intentionally' drove into the policewoman – injuring her outside the residence of President Francois Hollande. The car was driven ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/15/2015 4:03 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 15 January 2015
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Hugh drew our attention, earlier, to the singing of the La Marseillaise in the Assemblee Nationale. That is the France we all know, modern France, the France of revolution and laicite. But there is another France, equally real, still present if less obviously visible, a France that was invoked ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/15/2015 2:49 AM by Christine McIntosh
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Wednesday, 14 January 2015
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Here he offers the soothing views of a putative brave critic of how Islam's rules on blasphemy are currently understood, and he calls for Muslim clerics to speak out against the enforcement of blasphemy rules by Muslims through violence. All very comforting and, for some, cause for complacency: Islam ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/14/2015 10:12 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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