The Iconoclast

Monday, 20 March 2017
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Really great news from Adam Kredo in the Washington Free Beacon: The Trump administration will boycott the United Nation's Human Rights Council, or UNHRC, due to its efforts to advance an anti-Israel agenda, according to senior administration officials familiar with the effort who spoke to the Washington Free ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/20/2017 7:48 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Monday, 20 March 2017
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by Joseph S. Spoerl   Jay Solomon, The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals that Reshaped the Middle East, New York: Random House, 2016, 336 + xi pp., ISBN 978-0-8129-9364-6     Jay Solomon, chief foreign affairs correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, has written ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/20/2017 7:25 AM by Joseph S. Spoerl
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Monday, 20 March 2017
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by Friedrich Hansen Saint Benedict by Fra Angelico After decades of cornering Christians in the public arena, Catholics and Evangelics in the West are getting ever closer while they are seemingly in retreat. Many of those who finally woke up to the reality of bans on free speech and public exercise ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/20/2017 5:15 AM by NER
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Monday, 20 March 2017
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Few people will have heard of Moinal Abedin. But he has a uniquely chilling CV. Abedin is widely acknowledged to be Britain’s first Al Qaeda- inspired terrorist. In 2002, he was jailed for 20 years for turning a terrace house in Birmingham’s Sparkbrook district into a bomb-making factory. Among the ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/20/2017 3:15 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 19 March 2017
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by Michael Curtis Vladimir the Great Russia is an easy country to enter. Procedures at Moscow’s airport including  passport control allow passengers a speedy departure from the airport, and the hour long journey to the center of the city and hotel passes quickly along the six lane highway. Similarly, ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/19/2017 5:36 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 18 March 2017
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Posted on 03/18/2017 6:03 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Saturday, 18 March 2017
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I suppose the authorities are still unclear about his motive - they usually are even when it is glaringly obvious. From Sky News again Police confirm a crime watchlist suspect shot a policewoman before launching an attack on a soldier at a Paris airport. A radicalised Muslim on a crime watchlist ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/18/2017 2:18 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 18 March 2017
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The 40-year-old shot at police officers manning a checkpoint in northern Paris before launching the airport attack, the French interior minister said. Terrorism prosecutors have opened and investigation into the assault, which comes after a series of Isis-inspired attacks across France. The first ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/18/2017 5:48 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 18 March 2017
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by Conrad Black The poor, benighted Canadian Senate is struggling to restore its credibility, but it is approaching it by self-consciously persecuting its own members. First, it should cease to be so self-conscious about last year's expenses controversy. The amounts were trivial and the demands ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/18/2017 5:20 AM by Conrad Black
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Saturday, 18 March 2017
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by Joseph S Spoerl Abstract Resolution 2334 in effect prejudges the outcome of negotiations on the crucial topics of borders, Jerusalem, and settlements. It does so in favor of the Palestinians, thereby circumventing and undermining the Oslo peace process that former U.S. Secretary of State ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/18/2017 5:03 AM by Joseph S. Spoerl
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Saturday, 18 March 2017
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I'll take this from Sky News as they seem to be updating the situation the most frequently. A man has been shot dead at Paris Orly airport after grabbing a counter-terrorism soldier's gun and running into a restaurant. The airport has been evacuated after the incident at the south terminal and ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/18/2017 4:37 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 17 March 2017
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For Saint Patrick's day, 2017, an Englishing of a poem attributed to Saint Manchan of Offaly, one of those converted to Christianity by Saint Patrick. "Grant me, sweet Christ the grace to find – Son of the Living God – A small hut in a lonesome spot To make it my abode. "A little pool, ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/17/2017 5:43 PM by Christina McIntosh
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Friday, 17 March 2017
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Condemning the Genocide of Minorities in the Middle East Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King and TAG Secretary General Dr. Walid Phares hosted a panel commemorating of the 1-year anniversary of the U.S. Department of State Declaration that ISIS is Committing Genocide Against Minority Groups, ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/17/2017 10:57 AM by Walid Phares
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Friday, 17 March 2017
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  The Forward and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) endeavored to impugn the reputation of Deputy Assistant to President Trump Sebastian Gorka over the matter of his wearing a Hungarian medal issued by the regime of Hungarian Regent Admiral Miklos Horthy, a known anti-Semite. Instead their comeuppance by ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/17/2017 7:30 AM by Jerry Gordon
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Thursday, 16 March 2017
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Syrian Kurdish Crowd March 15, 2017 Source:  Faridon A. Abbas In an exclusive interview with JerusalemOnline, Middle East experts David Keleti and Jerry Gordon stated that in last month’s meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump, the two discussed ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/16/2017 2:55 PM by David Keleti and Jerry Gordon
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Thursday, 16 March 2017
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by Theodore Dalrymple There was a time in my life, many years ago, when people were not expected to boast about their accomplishments: indeed, they were expected not to boast about their accomplishments. Self-praise was regarded as no praise; indeed, someone who praised himself was thought to ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/16/2017 1:08 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 16 March 2017
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The Hill Overlooks Opportunity to Strike the Root in Guatemala by Steve Hecht Migrants ride the "Beast" or "Train of Death" through Mexico on their way to the United States — seen here in Tenosique, near the border with Guatemala. (Marilyn Alvarado Leyva) A recent report from the Hill newspaper ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/16/2017 12:32 PM by Steve Hecht
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Thursday, 16 March 2017
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  Dear friends,   Yesterday, the Party for Freedom (PVV) gained 33% and rose from 15 to 20 seats. That is a result to be proud of. However, Prime Minister Rutte won the elections, despite losing 8 seats. We were the third biggest party, but now we are the second biggest party in the Dutch ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/16/2017 11:51 AM by Geert Wilders
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Thursday, 16 March 2017
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Geert Wilders at Protest Rally, January 23, 2017 Geert Wilders of the Dutch Freedom Party (PVV) lost in the March 15, 2017 elections to Mark Rutte of the conservative Freedom and Democracy VVD, who will be asked by King Willem to form a new ruling coalition government. Rutte’s VVD won 32 seats, ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/16/2017 11:21 AM by Jerry Gordon
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Thursday, 16 March 2017
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by Hugh Fitzgerald Pauline Hanson, the Australian politician and leader of the One Nation Party, two days ago called for a referendum to change her country’s Constitution, so that section 116 of that document, which prohibits banning a religion, might be scrapped, in order that Islam might then ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/16/2017 7:47 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 16 March 2017
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From the Swedish edition of The Local Three men are to face trial in Sweden in connection with the alleged rape of a woman in an Uppsala apartment which was live streamed on Facebook. The men were arrested in January after police were alerted to a suspected ongoing sexual assault by witnesses, ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/16/2017 6:43 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 16 March 2017
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by Saurabh Jha When I was a child, my parents tried writing my future. They told me that I would become a doctor, have an arranged marriage, and worship Mahatma Gandhi. This was common for first generation Indian migrants to Britain, land-locked in a time capsule of bucolic nostalgia. The ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/16/2017 5:28 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 15 March 2017
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It's hard, I know, but he just said the Rand Paul was working for Vladimir Putin because he wouldn't go along with a bill to bring Montenegro into NATO. Sen. John McCain on Wednesday directly accused fellow Republican Sen. Rand Paul of working for Russian President Vladimir Putin. While speaking ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/15/2017 3:19 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Wednesday, 15 March 2017
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Wednesday, 15 March 2017
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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King announced today that he, along with Dr. Walid Phares, will be hosting a panel commemorating the 1-year anniversary of the U.S. Department of State Declaration that ISIS is Committing Genocide Against Minority Groups, including Christians, Yezidis and ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/15/2017 12:05 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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