The Iconoclast

Monday, 13 March 2017
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by Theodore Dalrymple Modernist architecture is inherently totalitarian: it brooks no other, and indeed delights to overwhelm and humiliate what went before it by size and prepotency, or by garishness and the preposterousness which it takes for originality, and which turns every townscape into ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/13/2017 7:32 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 13 March 2017
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by Hugh Fitzgerald Professor Georges Bensoussan of the University of Strasbourg is a celebrated French historian of the Holocaust. He is currently the lead editor at the Shoah Memorial in Paris, and author of, among many books, Europe, Une Passion Génocidaire (Europe: A Genocidal Passion), a ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/13/2017 6:55 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 13 March 2017
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I took the headline from the Japan Times because they were activly reporting his terrible words about the little girls he murdered and Israelis in general. Also from the Washington Post IBDIR, JORDAN – A Jordanian soldier who killed seven Israeli schoolgirls in a 1997 shooting rampage was unrepentant ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/13/2017 4:47 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 12 March 2017
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From the BBC. Police made "major failings" while investigating electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets, a London Assembly committee chairman has said. Steve O'Connell said there was concern the Met Police had not charged former Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman. Mr O'Connell, chairman of the Assembly's ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/12/2017 5:47 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 12 March 2017
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Anti-Semitic versus “‘Love” Graffiti Seattle Reform Temple de Hirsch Sinai Source: KOMO staff   Early Friday morning, March 10, 2017 Holocaust graffiti was discovered by an off-duty Seattle police officer on the façade of a major Reform Jewish Temple in the Capitol Hill District of Seattle, ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/12/2017 4:28 PM by Jerry Gordon
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Sunday, 12 March 2017
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The nuclear powers must cooperate to prevent conflicts from escalating By Rebecca Bynum An image from the Chechen war Last week the Chinese State Commissioner for counterterrorism and security, Cheng Guoping, stated that the Muslim separatist movement in XinJiang known as the East Turkistan ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/12/2017 2:55 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Sunday, 12 March 2017
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From Reuters - more official than this morning's 'security source' Germany's interior minister said police had stopped a possible attack at a shopping center in the western city of Essen on Saturday and there were indications of a link to Islamic State militants. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/12/2017 2:47 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 12 March 2017
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by Gary Fouse For a country that has been trying to get into the European Union for years, the current government of Turkey under Recep Tayyip Erdogan is hardly acting like a friend to the Europeans let alone a responsible member of NATO. Erdogan is determined to remove the secularism established ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/12/2017 2:22 PM by Gary Fouse
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Sunday, 12 March 2017
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by John Hajjar and Hossein Khorram Global Partners in Diplomacy panel featuring JD Gordon at Case Western Reserve University on July 20, 2016 As unfair partisan attacks have been targeting current and former advisors to the Trump Administration and Presidential campaign, and as some journalists ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/12/2017 12:32 PM by John Hajjar and Hossein Khorram
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Sunday, 12 March 2017
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by Hugh Fitzgerald Devotees of the genre know the pleasure to be derived from reading Hamid Dabashi’s eulogy to Edward Said, with its echoes, for the connoisseur, of Dzhambul’s 1936 “Song About Stalin” — the first verse of which you can find, if you wish, in Ogonyok, No. 14, 14 March 1990. The ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/12/2017 8:03 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 12 March 2017
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Andrew Gilligan in The Sunday Times Extremists and terrorist suspects face “Al Capone-style” disruption of their lives or permanent exclusion from the UK if they try to return from fighting with Isis in Syria or Iraq. The government’s Prevent anti-extremism initiative will also be given a big ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/12/2017 5:02 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 12 March 2017
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From Deutsche Welle Dozens of police surrounded the Limbecker Platz shopping mall in Essen on Saturday after receiving what they said was a credible evidence of a terror attack the day before. Security services cited by the German tabloid newspaper "Bild" described the threat as a potential multiple ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/12/2017 4:24 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 12 March 2017
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From the Sunday Express BOOKS encouraging Muslim parents to teach their children jihad and referring to Jewish people as “evilminded” are being sold openly in one of Britain’s terror hotspots.Extremist literature which also advocates the death penalty for adulterers and promotes hatred of the gay ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/12/2017 4:12 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 11 March 2017
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Luke Rosiak writes for the Daily Signal: Congressional staffers are accused of holding their stepmother in “captivity” with violent threats in a plan to use her to access money stashed away in the Middle East -[NB: in Pakistan, not the MIddle East]. The staffers are suspected of using their positions ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/11/2017 10:49 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Saturday, 11 March 2017
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About time - eight years after the massacre. Now he'll sit on death row for another twenty years before his sentence is carried out. Looking on the bright side, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has yet to be tried - 15 + years after 9/11 - so in comparison, Hasan's case is moving right along. ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/11/2017 10:34 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Saturday, 11 March 2017
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From Russia Today the German edition of The Local, Reuters and Deutsche Welle German police have detained two men during an investigation into a terrorist attack threat at a shopping center in the western German city of Essen, a police statement says. The mall remained closed on Saturday. The ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/11/2017 10:09 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 11 March 2017
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Business as Usual? by G. Murphy Donovan Donald Trump has only been in office for a couple of months. Any performance evaluation to date is probably premature. Nonetheless, early on, there are some good and bad omens. The good news is domestic. President Trump seems to be focused on health ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/11/2017 8:07 AM by G. Murphy Donovan
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Saturday, 11 March 2017
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by Michael Curtis When a man knows he is to be hanged, said Dr. Samuel Johnson, it concentrates his mind wonderfully. When North Korea on March 6, 2017 simultaneously and successfully fired four missiles the mind of the President of the U.S. as well as the eyes of the world began concentrating ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/11/2017 7:32 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 11 March 2017
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That was how the story broke, in the 'Australian' and the (Aussie) "Telegraph:". http://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/sydney-school-principal-axed-for-excluding-female-teachers-from-key-events/news-story/0babbc4f6b718148b5b0ae839557a75a "Sydney School Principal Axed For "Excluding Female Teachers" ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/11/2017 6:25 AM by Christina McIntosh
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Saturday, 11 March 2017
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by Conrad Black A sign of the times was the Alberta judicial "triage" proposal, published this week, that advises prosecutors not to proceed with cases where there is only a "slim chance" of success, and in non-violent cases, to settle for lower offences to avoid the cost of trials. This is ostensibly ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/11/2017 5:36 AM by Conrad Black
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Saturday, 11 March 2017
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For it is not 'radicalisation' - the "Going Jihad" of Muslims who take Islam fully to heart - but Islamisation that needs to be recognised as a problem and, having been recognised, reversed. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/editorials/radicalisation-must-be-resisted/news-story/0115d7cc327c83539168c80fb175c798 "Radicalisation ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/11/2017 1:27 AM by Christina McIntosh
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Friday, 10 March 2017
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This story "broke" within the past month and report after report has been hitting the news since then. Apologies for not bringing it to the attention of our Iconoclast readers sooner.  There is so much material that a number of postings will be required to do it justice.  It should be noted, by the ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/10/2017 10:28 PM by Christina McIntosh
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Friday, 10 March 2017
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From the London Evening Standard A young west Londoner who plotted to travel to Syria and join Isis has been jailed for nine years.Jabed Hussain, 22, from Acton, changed his name by deed poll in a bid to evade officials in his quest to join the terrorist group. He first tried to travel to the ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/10/2017 2:35 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 10 March 2017
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by Theodore Dalrymple A friend of mine, of a profession different from my own, received a letter the other day from his professional licensing authority – that is to say, the authority without whose approval and permission he cannot practise at all. ‘Dear Colleague’ the letter began, all nice, ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/10/2017 6:39 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 10 March 2017
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by Hugh Fitzgerald Wondering how the heightened scrutiny at our borders was affecting some of the most brilliant minds in Islamic studies, I naturally googled the name of Professor Khaled Abou El Fadl. I’ve been admiring him for years, ever since I first came across his website, www.scholarofthehouse.org, ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/10/2017 5:16 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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