The Iconoclast

Tuesday, 20 January 2015
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From the French edition of The Local Five people suspected of plotting to carry out an attack in France were arrested last night in southern France, the local prosecutor Yvon Calvet announced on Tuesday.   Four of the men aging from 24 to 37-years-old were held in the town of Saint-Jean-de-Vedas, ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/20/2015 9:15 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 20 January 2015
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He cannot make the distinction between the deliberate killling of cartoonists for "mocking Mammad" -- thus imitating what they think Muhammad would have done, based on their reading of the Hadith about Asma bint Marwan, Abu 'Afak, and Ka'b bin al-Ashraf -- and the fact that in military actions by Western ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/20/2015 7:53 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Tuesday, 20 January 2015
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From the London Evening Standard A trainee lawyer at one of the world’s biggest law firms has posted a 21-minute online rant in which he blames the Paris attacks on non-Muslim  “kuffar” who “killed our people and raped and pillaged our resources”.  Aysh Chaudhry, from international law ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/20/2015 7:48 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 20 January 2015
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On Sunday, January 11, 2014, Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), was in the front line of millions in the anti-terrorist march in Paris in protest against the brutal attacks that had occurred in the city three days earlier.  An official statement issued on January 10, 2014 by ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/20/2015 7:36 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 20 January 2015
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Marine Le Pen in the NYTimes: PARIS — “To misname things is to add to the world’s unhappiness.” Whether or not Albert Camus really did utter these words, they are an astonishingly apt description of the situation in which the French government now finds itself. Indeed, the French Foreign Minister ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/20/2015 6:25 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Monday, 19 January 2015
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Posted on 01/19/2015 9:32 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 19 January 2015
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Monday, 19 January 2015
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Late Argentine Prosecutor Alberto Nisman Source: AFP Following our post this morning on the mysterious death of courageous Argentine General Prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, Charles Jacobs of Americans for Peace and Tolerance posted his impression of Nisman whom he interviewed in Buenos Aires in 2009, ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/19/2015 4:53 PM by Jerry Gordon
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Monday, 19 January 2015
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Posted on 01/19/2015 2:29 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 19 January 2015
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(CNN) Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Monday stood by his criticism of so-called "no-go" zones in Europe, where sovereign nations allegedly cede authority to Muslim immigrants, a controversial idea that many critics say is overblown. And he decried what he called immigrants' insistence on "non-assimilation, ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/19/2015 2:22 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Monday, 19 January 2015
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The lyrics are by Lermontov. So are the pictures. Listen here. "Pechorin, tvoy sovet ya prinyal, i vot uzh tretij den' zhivu..." (for the Dagestan delegation) ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/19/2015 11:02 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 19 January 2015
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Monday, 19 January 2015
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  The Late Argentine Prosecutor Alberto Nisman Source: Reuters A few hours before a scheduled Argentine Congressional hearing, the body of General Prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found locked inside his 13th floor apartment after his mother ordered the door broken in. Next to his body was ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/19/2015 10:14 AM by Jerry Gordon
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Sunday, 18 January 2015
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Sunday, 18 January 2015
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  Jihad Mughniyah, Hezbollah Commande Source: The Daily Star Sunday, The Daily Star in Beirut reported a possible Israeli helicopter missile attack in Syria’s Quneitra province adjacent to the Golan in which at least 6, possibly upwards of 10, Hezbollah and Iranian commanders may have been ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/18/2015 8:20 PM by Jerry Gordon
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Sunday, 18 January 2015
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I believe that for every drop of rain that falls a flower grows. I believe that we need a society that is both diverse and inclusive. I believe that we need an economy that is both vibrant and sustainable. I believe in a just, verdant, and peaceful world. I believe that if we are not who ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/18/2015 4:10 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 18 January 2015
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We are not going to welcome, we have no obligation to accept into our midst, those who do not accept, unfeigningly, the laws and customs and understandings of our country. If it is for some reason impossible for you ever to accept those laws and customs and understandings, and it is reasonable to expect ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/18/2015 2:06 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 18 January 2015
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Philippe Tesson speaks his mind. He was for many years the editor of Combat. He is combative, and he's in his '80s, and he lived through the war, during which the Germans seized his family's house. He's not used to, he doesn't accept, the idea that "some things can't be said." He says what he wants, ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/18/2015 2:02 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 18 January 2015
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From the Daily Mail Jeremiah Adebolajo, 27, a Muslim convert, the brother of Michael Adebolajo, praised Said and Cherif Kouachi, who killed 11 magazine staff and a police officer. He wrote on Twitter: 'Funeral prayer for Kouachi brothers at Turkey after today's Friday prayer. 'Nationalistic' Turks ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/18/2015 12:10 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 18 January 2015
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Sunday, 18 January 2015
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From Deutsche Welle Dresden's police called off Monday's PEGIDA demonstration because of a "concrete threat against a member" of the organizing body. The police chief on Sunday issued a blanket ban on all demonstrations in the city on Monday, citing the threat of an attack. "On analyzing the current ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/18/2015 10:39 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 18 January 2015
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Should there be limits to free speech and expression? The issue is now on the front burner for intellectual discussion and political decision in Western societies. This was inevitable following the events after the cold-blooded massacres in Paris at the office of Charlie Hebdo (CH) for images satirizing ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/18/2015 9:48 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 18 January 2015
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A statement, by a German, quoted  in an article published today in the Christian Science Monitor.   Not apologize, but  make amends, in domestic and foreign policy. The best way to make amends, pitiful though those amends may be in comparison to the damage done before and during that war, is ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/18/2015 9:25 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 18 January 2015
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Here. Caroline Fourest is the author of "Frere Tariq," a study of how Tariq Ramadan manipulates non-Muslim audiences. ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/18/2015 9:20 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 18 January 2015
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An article of surpassing idiocy, by Stephen Kinzer, here. No mention of Islam, nor of the violence and aggression that make it difficult, in that un-Islamic construct the nation-state, for national unity to prevail over the many ethnic and sectarian divisions that all the states that were heirs to ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/18/2015 8:11 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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