The Iconoclast

Tuesday, 09 August 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple What happens when two or more fundamental political principles clash—for example, when the right to the free exercise of religious belief seems to contradict the legal equality of the sexes? An argument starts, of course, and tempers flare. A private swimming pool just north ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/09/2016 7:36 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 09 August 2016
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Seddique Mateen seen sitting right behind Clinton. ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/09/2016 5:36 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Tuesday, 09 August 2016
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Paul Sperry writes in Counter Jihad: Despite evidence Saudi Arabian terrorists exploit the U.S. visa program, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton doubled the number of visas for Saudi visitors to the U.S., while helping cut a deal with the Kingdom to waive security procedures for Saudi nationals ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/09/2016 4:22 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Tuesday, 09 August 2016
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Islamic State terrorists have called for attacks at the Miss World competition due to be held in the Philippines in January 2017, according to online threats. A branch of the terror network called on “everyone who can” to launch attacks at the event, according to reports of posts on a social media ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/09/2016 3:28 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 09 August 2016
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It occurs to one to wonder whether the Australian Womens Weekly, unwittingly doing Dawa (and then some!) with this soft-focus puff-piece on an Aussie convert to Islam, would have the courage to do a nice in-depth interview with, inter alia, a recent (within the past four years) Coptic Christian or Assyrian ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/09/2016 1:33 AM by Christina McIntosh
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Monday, 08 August 2016
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It is fashionable in some circles to declare that the church in Western Europe - particularly in places like France - is dead.   But this little article by one Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, which appeared a year and a half ago (January 15 2015) but only came to my notice much more recently, suggests that ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/08/2016 10:15 PM by Christina McIntosh
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Monday, 08 August 2016
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From The Express. More tomorrow. GROOMING of young girls by gangs of predominantly Kashmiri men is still occurring on an “industrial scale” in Rotherham because authorities are failing to tackle an organised child sex crime racket, an investigation by express.co.uk has uncovered. One victim, who ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/08/2016 4:59 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 08 August 2016
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The Mirror: A suicide bomber has killed at least 70 people as they gathered to mourn a murdered journalist in Pakistan. The devastating attack took place at a hospital in Quettain, in the violence-plagued southwestern province of Baluchistan. The bomber struck as more than 100 grievers, mostly ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/08/2016 2:22 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Monday, 08 August 2016
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Did you ever doubt it? ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/08/2016 2:16 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Monday, 08 August 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple I would rather talk to a taxi-driver than to most intellectuals: usually a taxi-driver has more interesting things to say. Indeed, in my brief and undistinguished career as a civil-war correspondent, I realised that most of what appears in our newspapers about such conflicts ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/08/2016 5:19 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 07 August 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple No result of an election or referendum in Britain during my lifetime has produced such an excess of rhetoric among those on the losing side as that concerning Brexit. One survey found that nearly half of young people who voted for Britain to remain in Europe either cried or ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/07/2016 7:40 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 07 August 2016
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by Michael Curtis In one of the great speeches of the 20th century General Charles de Gaulle on BBC Radio on June 18,1940 spoke to the French people after the government of France had capitulated to Nazi Germany. Optimistically, he argued that France would be able in the future to overcome the enemy ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/07/2016 4:59 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 07 August 2016
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by Robert Harris Ireland’s public service broadcaster, RTE, featured reports of the visit to Ireland of young soccer players from Gaza, organised by trenchant anti-Israel group ‘Gaza Action Ireland’, on their premier ‘6.1 News’, and 9 PM News shows, on the 31st July 2016. The report, by journalist ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/07/2016 4:37 AM by Robert Harris
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Sunday, 07 August 2016
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Dr. Majid Rafizadeh writes in HuffPo: Iranian authorities reacted with anger towards the leaking of the secret agreement. This shows that how maintaining the secrecy of the deal was crucial for the Islamic Republic. According to Press TV, the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/07/2016 4:08 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Saturday, 06 August 2016
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From The Independent Two police officers have been attacked in Belgium by an man wielding a machete and shouting "Allahu Akhbar". Police in the city of Charleroi said the officers were "not in danger" after the attack outside the local police headquarters. Local media reported that a female police ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/06/2016 1:03 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 06 August 2016
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by Conrad Black The Democratic National Convention has been a piercing glimpse into why the United States has every appearance of being a country of vulgar idiots governed by vulgar idiots. Of course it is a great country, by most measurements the greatest country there has ever been. And shame on ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/06/2016 8:10 AM by Conrad Black
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Saturday, 06 August 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple Most people sometimes get things wrong—I myself have sometimes mistaken the times of trains—but there are some people who get almost everything wrong. They are tone-deaf to reality, as it were, but they are not entirely useless, especially when they write, as many of them seem ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/06/2016 7:47 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 06 August 2016
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by Hugh Fitzgerald Dada and Surrealism may have outlived their welcome in Parisian salons, but they have found a warm welcome on Papal planes, and at the Vatican itself. The Pope has yet again delivered himself of more of his no-longer-surprising, but always disturbing, comments on Islam. He has ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/06/2016 7:40 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 05 August 2016
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From CNBC Asia news, Channel News Asia and Al jazeera Six suspects were arrested in an alleged plot to launch a rocket attack on Singapore's Marina Bay from the Indonesian island of Batam, Indonesian media reported Friday.  Singapore's Minister of Defence Ng Eng Hen confirmed in a Facebook post ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/05/2016 10:24 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 05 August 2016
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Looks like flying a planeful of innocent passengers into the ocean was his jihad. NYTimes: The pilot of the Malaysia Airlines jetliner that mysteriously vanished more than two years ago had used his personal flight simulator to practice a path over the remote southern Indian Ocean, where the aircraft ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/05/2016 7:30 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Friday, 05 August 2016
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ABC, Washington Post, LATimes etc. Mr. Trump walked back his previous statement, but shouldn't have. It also illustrates that Trump's instincts about Iran are correct. Thanks to Conservative Tree House. Here is a translation of the part of it: On the day that the Joint Comprehensive ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/05/2016 5:32 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Friday, 05 August 2016
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RUSH: Walid Phares is an advisor to the Trump campaign. He's a brilliant analyst when it comes to Middle East politics, the War on Terror, militant Sharia.  I think we ought to change, by the way, no longer militant Islam.  We need to go militant Sharia.  We need to talk about Sharia supremacy.  Every ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/05/2016 5:22 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Friday, 05 August 2016
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by Hugh Fitzgerald The Ottoman Empire, the Sick Man of Europe in the nineteenth century, finally was put out of its misery by military defeat in World War I, to be replaced by the enlightened despotism of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, a war hero at Gallipoli, who established a provisional government in ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/05/2016 4:57 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 04 August 2016
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From Russia Today Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) supporters may be trying to claim responsibility for the Russell Square stabbings in London on Wednesday, despite police more or less ruling out terrorism as a motive. An American woman in her 60s was killed in the knife attack on Wednesday ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/04/2016 4:47 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 04 August 2016
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From the BBC and the Telegraph A waterpark in France is to be booked out for one day to Muslim women wanting to wear "burkinis" - but the decision has led to criticism by politicians on the right. A community group in Marseille arranged the day, giving access only to women wearing the all-over ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/04/2016 10:13 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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