The Iconoclast

Sunday, 29 October 2017
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Purging Jewish Students From the Israeli/Palestinian Debate by Richard L. Cravatts, PhD In the campus war against Israel, the all too familiar refrain from student anti-Israel activists, many of whom form the loose coalition of groups and individuals spearheading the Boycott, Divestment, and ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/29/2017 7:57 AM by Richard L. Cravatts
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Sunday, 29 October 2017
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by Theodore Dalrymple The other week there was a town meeting at which our local Police and Crime Commissioner spoke. First he explained what he did in return for his £100,000 a year, though I cannot now remember what exactly it was. Did he commission crime? This is a very important role, for ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/29/2017 5:36 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 28 October 2017
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What happens when George Washington and Thomas Jefferson (and other Founders) are so feared and reviled and deconstructed that their plaques and monuments must be removed? What happens when the errors of the past cause "fear" and "discomfort" rather than stand as the basis of learning important lessons? Finally, ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/28/2017 11:39 AM by daniel mallock
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Saturday, 28 October 2017
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From the Times of India Gaya: (ancient historical city in Bihar) Kuwait-based cleric Arshad Mohsin on Friday exhorted the Muslims to stop studying arithmetic, chemistry and zoology as these subjects taught things against the basic tenets of Islam. Delivering the Friday special speech at the White ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/28/2017 7:57 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 28 October 2017
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The Intellectual Arrogance of Suppressing Campus Speech  by Richard L. Cravatts, PhD Seeming to give credence to Bertrand Russell’s observation that “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts,” a student-written ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/28/2017 5:47 AM by Richard L. Cravatts
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Saturday, 28 October 2017
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From Asian Image A Labour MP has called it "incredible" that a Tory backbencher would host an event in Parliament attended by an "anti-Muslim extremist". Naz Shah said that Tapan Ghosh held "abhorrent views" about Muslims, saying Parliament should not be "a platform to propagate and legitimise hate ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/28/2017 5:15 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 28 October 2017
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asks one of our readers to this post of mine about the latest trial of Muslim gang rapists of young English girls.  I intended to reply as a comment, but I'll make it a post, as it's a bit lengthy.  Where were the parents? This is the story of one girl, whose parents tried to do their best ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/28/2017 4:35 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 27 October 2017
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As last week’s fiasco showed, Ottawa has done a lot to make negotiations with Canada's Indigenous people practically impossible by Conrad Black First Nations people wait for the Walk for Reconciliation to begin in Vancouver, B.C., on Sunday September 24, 2017. Last week’s walkout by native ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/27/2017 9:02 AM by Conrad Black
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Friday, 27 October 2017
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The Sutton Place Synagogue is where my son's family prays and studies. But I have been uneasy for a long time. by Phyllis Chesler Several days ago, the Sutton Place Synagogue on Manhattan’s Upper East Side was defaced by a swastika. My son and daughter-in-law are members of this congregation. ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/27/2017 8:45 AM by Phyllis Chesler
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Friday, 27 October 2017
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by Theodore Dalrymple France’s Jean-Luc Mélenchon gives a speech in the European Parliament. Populism—the politics of resentment—is generally regarded as a right-wing phenomenon. Populists supposedly appeal to the lowest prejudices of the unintelligently disgruntled, such as unskilled workers ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/27/2017 5:52 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 27 October 2017
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by Hugh Fitzgerald On October 22, CBS’s Sixty Minutes devoted one of its segments to the stirring tale of Tamer El-Noury. That is the alias of an Egyptian-American undercover agent, working for the FBI, who has for years been befriending terrorists linked to Al Qaeda, both in the United States ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/27/2017 5:36 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 27 October 2017
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From the Birmingham Mail A Birmingham teacher is taking lessons in love – after marrying TWO wives. The primary school employee (so it sounds like he is in the state system, and not a madrassah teacher) has three children with each partner and they all live together under the same roof. The husband ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/27/2017 3:25 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 26 October 2017
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Lancashire became the first council to ban unstunned halal meat in school dinners. After a bitter and impassioned debate which ran on for hours on Thursday afternoon, the Conservative-controlled council voted for the ban. The campaign was fought between council leader Geoff Driver and part of ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/26/2017 12:32 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 26 October 2017
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A female would-be jihadist said she fantasised about beheading Katie Hopkins and bought her husband a large combat knife to carry out attacks. Ummariyat Mirza and Madihah Taheer practised carrying out a knife attack at their home in Birmingham. Police believe the attack was most likely to have ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/26/2017 11:46 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 26 October 2017
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by Theodore Dalrymple Waiting for a flight in Istanbul Airport recently, two policemen with a large black muzzled Alsatian dog walked by at a distance of perhaps twenty yards. ‘That dog is useless,’ said a Turk in his mid-twenties sitting next to me. He spoke excellent American-accented English; ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/26/2017 7:03 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 26 October 2017
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by Hugh Fitzgerald First of all, let’s not forget that astonishing vote on September 25; 93% of the Kurds in Iraq went ahead and voted for independence. It was an opinion poll, not binding. But it meant a great deal. That figure cannot be ignored, not even by the U.N. The Kurds have a moral right ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/26/2017 5:31 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 25 October 2017
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NYTimes obituary. ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/25/2017 5:52 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Wednesday, 25 October 2017
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Yes, we should look at the Clintons’ improprieties. by Conrad Black The pattern of the Trump administration continues to evolve, despite many perturbations, toward a more conventional relationship with the media and the country. I was taken gently to task last week by my colleague Jonah ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/25/2017 5:27 AM by Conrad Black
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Tuesday, 24 October 2017
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From the Rotherham Advertiser TWELVE men accused of 44 offences in connection with an investigation into child sexual abuse in Rotherham will appear before the Crown Court in December. The defendants, who appeared before Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, are (all addresses are Rotherham ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/24/2017 1:14 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 23 October 2017
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by Gary Fouse This Fox News report strongly implies that coalition forces fighting ISIS in Syria (and perhaps Iraq as well) are taking no prisoners when it comes to foreign fighters. I hope it is true. Obviously, ISIS is no signatory to the Geneva Convention, but it still raises the question ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/23/2017 6:14 PM by Gary Fouse
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Monday, 23 October 2017
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I said after the Chelsea Lads march on Saturday that other groups would be making their views known against the Islamisation of the west. Except it's not just the west - it's any culture that isn't yet Islamic - India - China - Japan - SE Asia - Siberia - Africa.... I only know of the group from ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/23/2017 12:40 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 23 October 2017
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by Hugh Fitzgerald Iran is, with Turkey, the nation that would be most harmed by the creation of an independent Kurdish state in Iraq. With an independent Kurdistan, and a well-armed Peshmerga, just over the border, the seven to eight million Kurds living in western Iran might well be inspired ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/23/2017 5:23 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 23 October 2017
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The rat is an intelligent, flexible and determined creature, that is difficult to eliminate by Theodore Dalrymple A rat’s not called a rat for nothing, and — as we are repeatedly told — we are never very far from one. Certainly not in Paris, where I sit, which has seen a great increase in ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/23/2017 4:46 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 23 October 2017
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From the Chronicle Muslim students took part in a peaceful protest against a university’s plans to limit their prayer space. Earlier this year, Newcastle University announced the temporary closure its Muslim prayer space, in the King George VI Building, over the summer while they removed asbestos ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/23/2017 4:44 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 22 October 2017
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From the Telegraph The only way of dealing with British Islamic State fighters in Syria will be to kill them in almost every case, an international development minister has said. Rory Stewart was asked about the comments on BBC Radio 5 Live's Pienaar's Politics. John Pienaar asked: "What is ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/22/2017 11:38 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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