The Iconoclast

Saturday, 28 February 2015
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The story of his burial in Libya, and the grotesque defense of his murder -- blaming Canadian authorities, just the way members of CAGE are now blaming the British security services for the murderous behavior of "Jihadi John," here. ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/28/2015 9:30 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 28 February 2015
Saturday, 28 February 2015
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From the Archives at NER, 1 September 2011, here. ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/28/2015 9:09 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 28 February 2015
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This is the Sunday Telegraph, and it continues the information in the Guardian report earlier this evening. An Al-Qaeda terrorism suspect closely connected to “Jihadi John” is living in London, having used the Human Rights Act to prevent the Government from deporting him. Court papers obtained ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/28/2015 4:53 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 28 February 2015
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Andrew Gilligan in the Telegraph As Asim Qureshi, of the campaign group Cage, took to the airwaves to explain how Mohammed Emwazi, “Jihadi John”, was the real victim of recent events in Syria, you could almost hear the nation’s collective intake of breath. Being turned back on his travels ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/28/2015 4:30 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 28 February 2015
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Mohammed Emwazi, the Islamic State extremist known as “Jihadi John”, was able to flee Britain and the scrutiny of the security services, despite being a member of a terror cell that was known to have links to the failed 21/7 attacks on London in 2005, the Observer can reveal. One leading member of ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/28/2015 4:13 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 28 February 2015
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Here. I remember listening to stately, plump, driven Galina Starovoitova, the parliamentarian who investigated corruption in Russia. She gave a talk at the Russian Research Center at Harvard a year or two before she was murdered. I remember being introduced, many years ago, to Yuri Shchekochikhin, ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/28/2015 4:00 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 28 February 2015
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From the New York Times: The limestone sculptures, statues and reliefs smashed by militants in northern Iraq provided valuable historical insights into kingdoms that flourished thousands of years ago and were crucial in the formation of early Arab identity, experts say. The destruction took place ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/28/2015 3:39 PM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Saturday, 28 February 2015
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Urging Egyptians to undermine the enlightened despotism of Al-Sisi by attacks on foreign economic targets. Here. Does Egypt have agents in Istanbul? It should. ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/28/2015 2:32 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 28 February 2015
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Ahmedy Coulibaly proudly recorded himself at the scene -- the kosher market -- of his crime. Here.   ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/28/2015 10:20 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 28 February 2015
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An Essay on the Film, “Footnote” by Israeli filmmaker, Joseph Cedar by Geoffrey Clarfield (March 2015) “Footnote,” by film director Joseph Cedar is an Israeli film released in 2011. It is customary to write reviews of a film shortly thereafter and so I apologize to readers for this late review. ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/28/2015 8:58 AM by NER
Saturday, 28 February 2015
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by Dilip Mohapatra (March 2015) Monsoon descends and the clouds split open the gutters running parallel on both sides of the narrow village gully  more>>> ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/28/2015 6:19 AM by NER
Saturday, 28 February 2015
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Translated from the German and edited by Thomas Ország-Land (March 2015)   1 MY BROTHER THE DREAMER   Trundling across this withering landscape, I see from my stagecoach a roadside cross and, attached to it, a fading figure. My saviour brother, they got your number.  more>> ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/28/2015 6:16 AM by NER
Saturday, 28 February 2015
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by Gopikrishnan Kottoor (March 2015) I want to load my boat/ with those waiting, thirsty ones/Who are left behind: And carry them by the opal pool/ of iridescent joy-- Whispers from Eternity Paramahansa Yogananda As the old song goes, people are the same wherever you go. In America, in ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/28/2015 6:13 AM by NER
Saturday, 28 February 2015
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by Sam Bluefarb (March 2015) “Paris is forever…” –Ernest Hemingway In this late fall of my life, Juanita and I--she, some twenty-plus years younger than me--flew to Paris. What were the odds of an octogenarian—even a young octogenarian--surviving a one-way, much less a round-trip? Or would I ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/28/2015 6:10 AM by NER
Saturday, 28 February 2015
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by David P. Gontar (March 2015) I was straining at the oars of a wayward dinghy on Gandipet Lake. Meena, the exquisite queen of teens, was primping at the prow, delicately applying pink rouge as she gazed at her reflection in her ever-present compact mirror. Loftily from time to time she turned ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/28/2015 6:06 AM by NER
Saturday, 28 February 2015
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by Richard Kostelanetz (March 2015) In memory of the great American writer Benjamin de Casseres (1873-1945), who authored Mencken and Shaw (1930) Long interested in rewriting classic American literary works, beginning with Herman Melville’s “Bartleby” and continuing with Walt Whitman’s “Song ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/28/2015 6:02 AM by NER
Saturday, 28 February 2015
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by Moshe Dann (March 2015) As much as the Jewish people have been defined by faith, they have been shaped by their response to tragedies. No other group of people has been subjected to such continuous and prolonged persecution and, simultaneously, has contributed so much to civilization. The dynamic ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/28/2015 5:59 AM by NER
Saturday, 28 February 2015
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How the new secularists and skeptics do Monsanto's dirty work  by Lorna Salzman (March 2015) Skepticism is in short supply these days even, paradoxically, as paranoia and conspiracy theories spread. The eclipse of the trust in science and modern medicine is in full swing. Irrationality, paranormal ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/28/2015 5:54 AM by NER
Saturday, 28 February 2015
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by Norman Berdichevsky (March 2015) Anyone viewing The Wind and the Lion on Netflix might think that it was produced today by Hamas, Hizbollah, or CAIR – the Council of American Islamic Relations, so effusive is its romantic glorification of violent Islam complete with beheadings of helpless captives ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/28/2015 5:49 AM by NER
Saturday, 28 February 2015
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by Stanislav Solomovich (March 2015) The idea that truth is a relative concept, that what is true for one person at one time in one place may not necessarily be true for another person living in completely different circumstances, is often met with bewilderment and hostility. As a student of the ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/28/2015 5:46 AM by NER
Saturday, 28 February 2015
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by Anónimo Argentino (March 2015) The recent shocking revelation that the late chief Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman, investigating the terrorist bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish Community Center in July 1994 (85 killed) was found dead just days before he was slated to make accusations ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/28/2015 5:41 AM by NER
Saturday, 28 February 2015
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by G. Murphy Donovan (March 2015) “Science is becoming more pervasive and invasive” – Susan Greenfield Who says that peers of the realm are anachronistic? Who claims that the House of Lords is a vestige of privilege and indolence? The Baroness of Ot Moor has written a book, a practical tome ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/28/2015 5:38 AM by NER
Saturday, 28 February 2015
Saturday, 28 February 2015
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by Thomas Samm (March 2015) Whataboutery is a slim quiver in the bows of adolescent debaters. High on the rush of self-importance granted by the lectern, they revert to the lexicon of debate itself in order to accuse and discredit their opponent. The young discover meta as an enthralling meter ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/28/2015 5:27 AM by NER
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