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The Iconoclast

Friday, 31 October 2014
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by Arnapurna Rath (November 2014)


The moss-laden walls of the ancient home

in a village lost in folklore,

wait to crumble into the dusts of history.  more>>>

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Posted on 10/31/2014 8:47 AM by NER
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Friday, 31 October 2014
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Translated from the Hungarian & edited by Thomas Ország-Land (November 2014)

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Hanged: A Sketch

 

He held a fiddle in his left,

a goose brought down, its long limp neck

hung black in death – and to this day

I sense its silenced vocal cords.  more>>>

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Posted on 10/31/2014 8:42 AM by NER
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Friday, 31 October 2014
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by Bibhu Padhi (November 2014)


The bass strain of your voice

reminds me of my past,

my dark inheritances,  more>>>

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Posted on 10/31/2014 8:37 AM by NER
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Friday, 31 October 2014
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by Eric Rozenman (November 2014)


I’ve seen the face of the new storm trooper Georgetown coed, liberal arts honors, Beautiful as she proclaims Her detestation of terrorism Yes, the terrorism practiced by Zionists Against Palestine. Spitting words like bullets “And my Jewish friends here Agree with me Completely.”  more>>>

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Posted on 10/31/2014 8:34 AM by NER
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Friday, 31 October 2014
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by Richard Kostelanetz (November 2014)


In memory of the great American social critic Thomas Szasz (1920-2012), whose Kraus translations became my milestone.

Having used automatic translations for the first drafts of my translations of Guillaume Apollinaire, F. T. Marinetti, and Gustave Flaubert, writing initially in French and Italian, I decided to do likewise for a favorite German writer, the Viennese Karl Kraus (1874-1936), again rewriting his sentences as though they were my own, thus producing in English a Karl Kraus so different from other available translations that I call my texts Kosti’s Karl Kraus. Typically perhaps, I’ve added a few of my own sentences written in a Krausian spirit.  more>>>

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Posted on 10/31/2014 8:31 AM by NER
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Friday, 31 October 2014
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by G. Murphy Donovan (November 2014)

 
“The best burger joint in the world is home.”  – Calvin Trillin

The season of cheer is upon us again. Halloween and Thanksgiving, the most American of holidays, are the first and surely the best. For a day, Halloween allows us to be what we are not. Then Thanksgiving follows with a day of guilt free excess.  more>>>

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Posted on 10/31/2014 8:27 AM by NER
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Friday, 31 October 2014
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by Sam Bluefarb (November 2014)


He was not a bad man; he was a silly man.—Anon.

On Andy Rooney’s death, I went back to a letter I wrote to him, prompted by his honest admission that he was a Democrat and, presumably, a liberal. In the process of researching his background—small town origins (Albany, New York), prep school, Colgate University, etc.—I hit upon a rather revealing You Tube* which fleshed out a view of Ernest Hemingway within a myopic vision. Not that Hem’s reputation was universally acclaimed—witness the largely dim view of him by feminists because of his “Doll’s House” heroines.  more>>>

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Posted on 10/31/2014 8:21 AM by NER
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Friday, 31 October 2014
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by J.A. Marzán (November 2014)

 

Of Ted Williams, the last .400 hitter, there is no debate over his status among baseball gods and genuine American heroes. Still, in life he invited detractors by carrying the arrogance of the greatness he knew he had since he was a kid. A Youtube video describes him as “overrated,” its author not forgiving the two times that Williams spat at fans. This attitude problem put off the press so that when he had planned to retire, on the advice of a fan, he reconsidered and kept playing to pump up his numbers to surpass the impressive 500 home-run mark and thereby pressure those journalists not disposed to voting him into the Hall of Fame in the first round.  more>>>

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Posted on 10/31/2014 8:17 AM by NER
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Friday, 31 October 2014
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by Norman Berdichevsky (November 2014)


We need American heroes today more than ever, yet the lack of any single name in Korea, Viet-Nam or Iraq to match those of Sergeant Alfred York and Audie Murphy is a telling indication of how those conflicts did not generate the need for the hero worship of the two world wars and portends the disinterest of the public on glorifying American combat heroism. Two classic American heroic films are “Sergeant York” and “To Hell and Back.”  more>>>
 

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Posted on 10/31/2014 8:13 AM by NER
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Friday, 31 October 2014
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by Thomas Larson (November 2014)


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The Hobby Lobby decision, written by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Alito and passed by a 5-4 ruling in June, continues to reverberate in American culture like a car alarm that won’t shut off. As most everyone knows, the Court had to decide whether “three closely held corporations [which] provide health-insurance coverage for methods of contraception . . . violate the sincerely held religious belief [italics added] of the companies’ owners.”  more>>>

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Posted on 10/31/2014 8:07 AM by NER
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Friday, 31 October 2014
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by Keith Hopkins (November 2014)   


Is there such a thing as the clash of civilizations? If there is, what is its likely outcome – civilizational collapse or renewal? Is conflict inevitable? Shakespeare’s great play, Antony and Cleopatra, confirms our suspicions. There is indeed such a clash, and played out for the highest stakes – nothing less than hegemony, visible or invisible, of the entire world.  more>>>

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Posted on 10/31/2014 8:03 AM by NER
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Friday, 31 October 2014
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by David P. Gontar (October 2014)


“I can live no longer by thinking.” - Orlando

It is a commonplace that love is a paradox. Drawing us together, it is yet a third element beyond its terms, that is, an intrusion. It is in virtue of this ambiguity that it is rarely the solution we would have so much as the challenge to which we must rise. (Bradley, 21) Imperceptibly, our amorous dealings become relationships, things to which we ourselves stand in subsidiary attitudes often at odds with one another.  more>>>

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Posted on 10/31/2014 7:58 AM by NER
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Friday, 31 October 2014
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by Geoffrey Clarfield (November 2014)


The Remote West

Until the early 1950s Nepal was a closed Himalayan Hindu Kingdom ruled by a hereditary monarch, whose subjects believed he was a God. When the Chinese occupied Tibet in 1959 and once again sealed this former Buddhist kingdom off from the rest of the world, Nepal began to open its borders to visitors. Of a sudden the West saw Nepal as a buffer zone against the Chinese communist north and began to engage it at a number of levels.  more>>>

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Posted on 10/31/2014 7:55 AM by NER
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Friday, 31 October 2014
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by Matthew M. Hausman (November 2014)


The following is the text of remarks delivered at a program in Fairfield, Connecticut on September 22, 2014. The program focused on the doctrinal, cultural and historical bases for anti-Israel rejectionism and the resulting impediment to lasting peace.

Let’s start off with two questions to establish some context.  more>>>

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Posted on 10/31/2014 7:51 AM by NER
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Friday, 31 October 2014
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by Isaac Yetiv (November 2014)


Shortly after Arafat signed the Oslo agreement (Sept.1993) he visited the Arab community in Capetown, South Africa. There, he was assailed by the ultras who accused him of selling out by recognizing the "Zionist entity" and abandoning the holy war against the Jews. But he calmly explained that he had acted like the prophet himself who signed the peace agreement of Hudaybieh with his enemies when he was weak militarily and then attacked them two years later and destroyed them and their Arabian tribes. "Am I, God forbid, better than the Prophet?" he concluded rhetorically, to the applause of his audience.  more>>>

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Posted on 10/31/2014 7:48 AM by NER
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Friday, 31 October 2014
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by Jerry Gordon (November 2014)

 

The chilling constellation of lone wolf attacks by self-actualized domestic Jihadis in Canada and the US present a dilemma for national counterterrorism and intelligence echelons in both countries. How best to deny access to provocative social media effectively used by foreign terrorist groups to inspire and arouse deadly acts by these isolated individuals?  more>>>

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Posted on 10/31/2014 7:44 AM by NER
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Friday, 31 October 2014
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by Richard Butrick (November 2014)


It just doesn’t seem to be catching on.

It started for him in Indonesia where, as a “little Jakarta street kid” he found the Muslim call to prayer to be “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.”  more>>>

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Posted on 10/31/2014 7:41 AM by NER
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Friday, 31 October 2014
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by Jerry Gordon (November 2014)


The final weeks of October 2014 were devastating for America. We had lone wolf jihadis in Ottawa and Montreal killing and wounding Canada Forces service personnel. In New York we had a Muslim convert and former US Navy serviceman shot dead in the midst of a deadly hatchet attack on two NYPD officers in Queens. All three appeared to be operating below the radar screen of surveillance inspired by Islamic State jihadist social media imploring Salafist brethren in the West to mount attacks on uniformed military and law enforcement officers.  more>>>

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Posted on 10/31/2014 7:37 AM by NER
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Friday, 31 October 2014
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by G. Murphy Donovan (November 2014)


Barack Hussein Obama is given to making extraordinary pronouncements. Many of the more dramatic assertions are seldom based on facts, reason, or reflection. Put aside, if you can, the domestic hyperbole which often accompanies wishful thinking about social problems; poverty, public education, and public health. The President’s public rhetoric on foreign policy, questions of national security, is unique, bordering on the delusional. To paraphrase Jack Kennedy; getting it wrong at home might be tragic, but getting it wrong abroad could be fatal.  more>>>

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Posted on 10/31/2014 7:32 AM by NER
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Friday, 31 October 2014
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by Joseph S. Spoerl (November 2014)

In September 2014, several Muslim men had the following discussion on Facebook:

                “Abou Jihad: “350 dollars for the Yazidi girl in Mosul if you want. LOL

                […]

                Abu Selefie: I heard there were slaves in Raqqa is it true?

                Abde-Rahman: I saw it was around 180 dollars per slave LOL.

                Abou Muhammad: You have revived a tradition.”  more>>>

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Posted on 10/31/2014 7:28 AM by NER
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Friday, 31 October 2014
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by Theodore Dalrymple (November 2014)


The motor car, a friend of mine once said, is the most liberating of all machines ever invented. Suffice it to say that I have not found it so, at least not in Europe, which is small and overcrowded and full of traffic jams. Once, for example, when I was going to visit my aunt, it took me two hours to go a hundred yards along the North End Road in London. I did not find it a liberating experience, unless the bringing to the surface of the inner demon that caused me to bang my fists on the windows in sheer frustration be counted as a liberating experience (for the inner demon, that is, not for me). I didn’t know either that I had it in me to scream so loud.  more>>>

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Posted on 10/31/2014 7:24 AM by NER
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Friday, 31 October 2014
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by David Wemyss (November 2014)


Here in the UK, the celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall recently gave us a series of pleasant but inconsequential television programmes exploring the Scandinavian way of life. As you would expect, cooking featured quite a lot, but so did lightweight cultural commentary about the familiar idea of ‘the Nordic welfare states.’  more>>>

 

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Posted on 10/31/2014 7:20 AM by NER
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Friday, 31 October 2014
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by Richard L. Rubenstein (November 2014)


(This essay is a revised version of chapter 16 of the second edition of Richard L. Rubenstein's, After Auschwitz: History, Theology and Contemporary Judaism (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992.)

When I reflect on the question of God after the death of God, I recall a crucial conversation with the late Swami Muktananda of Ganeshpuri that took place at a major turning point in my spiritual life. One of my academic colleagues, Dr. Gulshan Khaki, a disciple of the Guru, invited Dr. Betty Rubenstein and me to spend a weekend at his American Ashram when he was in attendance. more>>>

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Posted on 10/31/2014 7:17 AM by NER
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Friday, 31 October 2014
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by Theodore Dalrymple (November 2014)


A kind friend of mine, knowing my interest in such matters, recently sent me a little book containing a collection of inscriptions found in second-hand books collected by a diligent anthologist, a man called H. B. Gooderham. The books were not, on the whole, precious old volumes but rather cheap and relatively recent paperback editions, many of them in rather scruffy condition. Nor were the inscribers famous persons, nor even identifiable. They were, rather, Everyman.  more>>>

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Posted on 10/31/2014 7:13 AM by NER
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Friday, 31 October 2014
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From the Daily Mail

Veteran social worker Sara Rowbotham, who was responsible for gathering the main evidence in the 2012 Rochdale child sex abuse case, said that as a result dozens of sex offenders were still walking the streets preying on children.She said because police bosses became obsessed with convicting just nine perpetrators they left dozens free to continue raping and abusing young girls. 

‘It’s very shocking but there are dozens of child sex offenders still on the streets because they put a cap on the number of people they would arrest,’ she said. ‘In the end this was just a tiny proportion of the number of offenders raping and abusing children and they were allowed to escape. But not only did they cap the number of offenders but they also put a ceiling on the number of victims they would interview and proceed with.’ 

Her explosive comments will stun Greater Manchester Police whose Police and Crime Commissioner yesterday launched a report highlighting the massive problem of child sexual exploitation.Commissioner Tony Lloyd has vowed to go back and review cases where victims have made sex abuse allegations.But Miss Rowbotham, a social worker in Rochdale for more than 13 years, said the police were still doing far too little to combat on-street grooming.

She said: ‘It’s still going on. The same perpetrators are still out there because police put a ceiling on the number of arrests. The actual number of suspects is huge but the number of victims is equally large. They are still having to deal with the trauma of that on a day-to-day basis knowing no-one has ever been brought to justice for abusing them. . . The victims deserve their evidence to be taken seriously. I referred dozens of cases to the police that I know were never acted upon.’

Miss Rowbotham, who fought for a Serious Case Review and was commended for her work by the Home Affairs Select Committee, was made redundant in February.

It's almost a blessing to be released from these organisations - one can then speak freely, no longer having to worry about the bread and butter.

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Posted on 10/31/2014 4:46 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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