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The Oil Cringe of the West: The Collected Essays and Reviews of J.B. Kelly Vol. 2
edited by S.B. Kelly
The Impact of Islam
by Emmet Scott
Sir Walter Scott's Crusades and Other Fantasies
by Ibn Warraq
Fighting the Retreat from Arabia and the Gulf: The Collected Essays and Reviews of J.B. Kelly. Vol. 1
edited by S.B. Kelly
The Literary Culture of France
by J. E. G. Dixon
Hamlet Made Simple and Other Essays
by David P. Gontar
Farewell Fear
by Theodore Dalrymple
The Eagle and The Bible: Lessons in Liberty from Holy Writ
by Kenneth Hanson
The West Speaks
interviews by Jerry Gordon
Mohammed and Charlemagne Revisited: The History of a Controversy
Emmet Scott
Why the West is Best: A Muslim Apostate's Defense of Liberal Democracy
Ibn Warraq
Anything Goes
by Theodore Dalrymple
Karimi Hotel
De Nidra Poller
The Left is Seldom Right
by Norman Berdichevsky
Allah is Dead: Why Islam is Not a Religion
by Rebecca Bynum
Virgins? What Virgins?: And Other Essays
by Ibn Warraq
An Introduction to Danish Culture
by Norman Berdichevsky
The New Vichy Syndrome:
by Theodore Dalrymple
Jihad and Genocide
by Richard L. Rubenstein
Spanish Vignettes: An Offbeat Look Into Spain's Culture, Society & History
by Norman Berdichevsky

Friday, 30 April 2010
A Wake on the Santa Barbara Pier
by Thomas J. Scheff (May 2010)

Sundays the tourists, seeking cheer,
stroll on our local pier.
They pass, in plain view
A memorial quite new
for our soldiers who died
in the war against Iraq this year: more>>>

Posted on 04/30/2010 6:01 PM by NER
Friday, 30 April 2010
A Sumerian Legend
by Mark Anthony Signorelli (May 2010)

The sun that rose in Kish for many hours
Had seered the walls that ringed the royal quad,
And burned the timeless rituals on the towers,
Imprinted in the dessicated sod
In olden days, to appease some arcane god. more>>>
Posted on 04/30/2010 5:56 PM by NER
Friday, 30 April 2010
Highbrow and Lowbrow

by Mary Jackson (May 2010)

he most highbrow thing I read is the Times Literary Supplement and I only read about half. Someone - I don't know who - described it as  "the last refuge of pedantry and malice", and the letters page is often delightfully sniffy. more>>>

Posted on 04/30/2010 5:52 PM by NER
Friday, 30 April 2010
Copyrighting the Bible
by Geoffrey Clarfield (May 2010)

You know, that's good, because if you actually were as innocent as you pretend to be, we'd never get anywhere…Everybody has something to conceal.
--Humphrey Bogart, as Detective Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon, 1941
This is the story of the discovery and recovery of the lost "Gospel of Judas" by the National Geographic Society. It starts off in Egypt but it quickly becomes a Swiss-American mystery. It is a heroic tale, a real cliffhanger; pure Hollywood, worthy of a film starring Humphrey Bogart or Harrison Ford. more>>>
Posted on 04/30/2010 5:47 PM by NER
Friday, 30 April 2010
A Review of "I Am Nujood, aged 10 and Divorced"
by Esmerelda Weatherwax (May 2010)

I Am Nujood, aged 10 and Divorced
By Nujood Ali and Delphine Minoui

Three Rivers Press 2010
192 pages

his book is not yet published in Great Britain; I bought a copy from the US through Amazon. It is Nujood’s story in the first person taken down originally in French by Delphine Minoui of Beiruit, who wrote further material in between. It was translated into English by Linda Coverdale. more>>>
Posted on 04/30/2010 5:41 PM by NER
Friday, 30 April 2010
Television News
by Anonymous (May 2010)

Three years ago, I wrote the article presented below which describes my personal experiences while working on a short contract at the London based headquarters of Associated Press TV News in Camden. more>>>
Posted on 04/30/2010 5:37 PM by NER
Friday, 30 April 2010
Nick Clegg and Nadhmi Auchi

Is Nick Clegg a puppet of Arab interests? Barry Shaw thinks so (with thanks to The Law):

Enjoyed the Leaders Debates in Britain? Found Nick Clegg cute and appealing? Think again!

Behind the Obama-clone charisma and charm there lurks a danger for Jews in Britain.

Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat leader, who is coming into the upcoming British elections in an enhanced position is close, very close, to Nadhmi Auchi.
If you care about shady characters behind those who rule I suggest you indulge yourself in a crash course on Mr. Auchi.
His personal fortune in excess of two billion Sterling makes him Britain's 32nd richest person. He has lived in Britain since 1980. 

Nadhmi Auchi supports Hamas, providing aid and comfort to the terror group.
Auchi has funded the notorious George Galloway in his 'Viva Palestina' aids convoy with which he tried to break the blockage on Gaza.
Auchi recently said, "In the past the Arab community has not actvely participated  in British political life (!). I believe this is changing and we are now close to finding a party that is not only sympathetic to our views but whose policies actively seek to address our concerns".
Nadhmi Auchi made these remarks at a fund raising banquet in honour of Nick Clegg.

Auchi established the Anglo-Arab Organisation to promote understanding between Britain and the Arab world.
Auchi funds one of the most anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, websites in Britain.
Auchi's Middle East Online website promotes material from well-known anti-Israelis, including Jeff Gates who runs the anti-Israel 'Criminal State' blog.

Lord Steel, former Liberal Democrats leader, is a director of Auchi's main company, General Mediterranean Holdings, the centre of his global empire that includes hotels, leisure, pharmaceuticals, and telecommunication firms.

The banquet was organised under the Anglo-Arab Organisation banner.  Alan Duncan, a Conservative Shadow Minister, is listed as a patron.

At the banquet, Clegg said that 'the Arab community's values sit deep in the soul of the Liberal Democrats. I feel that there is a conjunction of aspirations, hopes, and values between members of the British Arab community and many of the things that the Liberal Democracts stand for today'.

The Liberal Democrat leader has condemned Israel's action in Gaza saying "We will not stand aside when unimaginable human suffering is taking place".

Nahmi Auchi was convicted of fraud in the French Elf-Aquitaine oil company trial in 2003. He was given a suspended sentence.
Auchi is also involved in the case of a convicted Chicago fraudster, Tony Rezko, who was involved in a land deal with Barack Obama. A US court revoked Rezko's bail when prosecutors discovered that Auchi had wired Rezko $3,500,000 from a Lebanese account. 
Auchi is banned from into the US.  Since 2003 Auchi has invested heavily in Iraq.

In short, Nick Clegg is a puppet of Arab interests and connected with an Arab billionaire and fraudster.

Clegg is not alone in his party for siding with Muslim and anti-Israel causes. The tongue of Jenny Tonge has exposed his party of openly anti-Israel sentiments.
More recently William Wallace, importantly the Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesman, openly boasted in front of the Jewish Board of Deputies that he had meetings with members of the Hamas terror organisation.
He also threatened to torpedo the renewal of the Israel-EU trade agreement, thereby hinting at support for a boycott of Israel.

Britain may already be lost to Muslim domination and interests but if Clegg is close to Downing Street power, as is likely following the televised debates, then caring british Jews can already hear nails being driven into the coffin of their vital interests in that lost nation...
Posted on 04/30/2010 10:34 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Friday, 30 April 2010
Sing as you go?

A crumb of comfort for New Labour from Newsbiscuit:

Gordon Brown has announced he will taken personal charge of all Labour Party strategy this morning in an effort to improve his party’s popularity and began his fightback by unveiling a statue to the well known local doctor Harold Shipman. ‘At a time when the NHS is coming in for a great deal of criticism, I understand this Dr Shipman chap did a great deal to reduce hospital waiting lists in the North West.’

Mr Brown went on to say that it was a great privilege to be in Yorkshire, but that he couldn’t stay long as he was going on Mumsnet to announce an OBE for famous mother Rosemary West.

Standing below the image of the famous doctor, the Prime Minister announced ‘I thought he deserved his own statue, when one of my team told me I was now as popular as Harold Shipman. He must have been quite a guy!’

Posted on 04/30/2010 9:36 AM by Mary Jackson
Friday, 30 April 2010
That Bit Of Finnish Reminds Me Of An Old Posting

Longfellow or Lönnrot?


Only two proper quadrisyllabic names -- each replaced by four dashes --  have been excised from the excerpt below from a Latin version of what is either Longfellow's Hiawatha or Lönnrot's Kalevala.

So which is it, and is there anything else you would like to add to your commentary as to why this particular excerpt was chosen, and what in the end proved to be, for you, the giveaway:

Tum lascivus -- -- -- --

-- -- -- --, homo bellus,

sinum suum manu temptat

atque saeculum rimatur;

sumit lanulas ovinas,

quas tranquille perfricabat

inter palmulam utramque

denis digitis inclusas.

Semel flat in suam palmam:

oves inde procurrerunt,

magna pecorum caterva

et grex grandis agnellorum.

Lupus insilit in illos

urso comite currente. 

Posted on 07/03/2007 10:28 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
3 Jul 2007
Send an emailMary Jackson

Well it's not Nabokov.

Notnabokov has four syllables but it probably isn't right.

3 Jul 2007
Hugh Fitzgerald

The prize, incidentally,  is an ex grege (see the last few lines, with its own grex agnellorum, not to mention that lupus in fabula) honorary degree, awarded by me as Rettore Magnifico of the University of the Ether (condita 2007), which university fittingly has no classrooms, not even a blackboard, but nonetheless the number of applications is way up, and a special Fall Session is planned.  

3 Jul 2007
Send an emailgreenmamba
It's Hiawatha.

I have previously confessed to being unread (uneddafied).  I also mentioned my exploits in history education.  I had worse experiences with Latin.  The lessons consisted mainly of corporal punishment inflicted by the appropriately named Mr. Payne (Sir) who eventually chucked me out of his class after yet another misunderstanding.

I was thus forced to take a short cut here and plugged the lines into an anagram web site.  Some returned phrases were nonsense but "Quiet muscular amateur" and especially, "Humble loos" are unlikely from a Finn and far more likely from someone living in Cambridge.  The  particular passage was obviously chosen by Hugh for this reason.

3 Jul 2007

It must be Kalevala, since there are no flocks or sheep or lambs in Hiawatha.

(This is a guess.)

3 Jul 2007
Send an emailRobert Bove
3 Jul 2007
Paul Blaskowicz

Tum lascivus  Lemminkainen

Kaukomieli, homo bellus,

I would only like to  add that a couple of pages of trochaic tetrameter go a long way.  Having to plough through  practically the whole of the Kalevala to find this  has been a nightmare.  It has affected my unusually bright and happy disposition, and made me - temporarily - a short-temped  sod. Like someone else not a million miles from here.  I couldn't recall any flocks of sheep in Hiawatha.  Nor can I see any of Lonnrot's goats in the Latin version "When a flock of sheep arises/Goats and sheep of sable color;"

No idea why you chose this particular excerpt - except, perhaps because it's nearer the end than the beginning  of the truly epic epic.  Or perhaps it's relevant to some post or comments that I've missed here.

3 Jul 2007
Hugh Fitzgerald

We have two winners: one with "full marks" and one with "half-marks." This distinction is borrowed from the radio program "My Word." In that show, before Denis Norden and Frank Muir would deliver their convoluted tales which must end with a homophonic rendition of the phrase which each is assigned at the beginning of the show, there are questions requiring definitions of rare words by Norden and Muir, and the two female guests, usually Dilys Powell and Anne Scott-James, but the Fraser history-lady, and consort to Mr. Pinter, appeared in the later programs, and there both "half-marks" and "full marks" are given, when marks are given at all, by the well-spoken (everyone on the program was well-spoken; Estuary English was not to be heard) moderator.

In this case, half-marks go to Michael, who was correct to think that Hiawatha by the shores of Giche Gummee may have run into deer and foxes, but probably not sheep.

Full marks to Paul Blaskowicz, who not only is more certain (not making Michael's "guess") but is so because he found the exact text. He says he did this by reading through much of the Kalevala in Latin. If he did it that way, he deserves the prize; if he did it another, quicker way, he still deserves the prize, for figuring out some short cut that I thought did not or could not exist.

Now what was supposed to be tricky about the thing was this. I assumed that many would either not know Latin or know just enough to recognize a few words, such as "pecorum" and "agnellorum" and "grex" and "lupus" and that this would lead some one way, and others another way. Someone who focussed on "lupus" might think "wolf" and if "wolf," then forest primeval, and Indians, and war-whoops, and wigwams, and wampum. Still others might reason as Michael did, that sheep are unlikely to have been hanging round Hiawatha's door. Indeed, when did the sheep arrive, with what settlers, in North America, and what Indians would have tended sheep? In all the cinematic renditions of the Range Wars between the sheepmen and the cattlemen, they were  always pioneers, settlers, on both sides, with nary a war-bonnet in sight.

But there can be no doubt of the winner when Blaskowicz quotes from the Kalevala's text, and even puts in the two omitted tell-tale proper names. The excerpt I chose can be found on p. 202 in the Finnish translation, by Tuomo Pekkanen, but at the moment I can't find my copy (I chose that passage because of the "agnorum" and "pecorum" and "lupus" and the paucity of proper names) to quote from more extensively.

Another possibility, I thought, was that the Finnish fascination with, immense attachment to, Latin -- which has frequently been written about, would be remembed by some, and they would say to themselves: "well, it makes sense that someone would translate the whole Kalevala into Latin, as they might not have translated The Song of Igor's Campaign (if it is indeed, pace Edward Keenan, a real ancietnt epic), or Beowulf,. And that is because of the attachment of some distant Northern Europeans,  to the prestige of Latin, especially pronounced in Finland  (and to a lesser extent, in Sweden ----  see Linnaeus, see Celsius, see Brezelius, see even h General Petraeus as a famous example of the phenomenon, though his father was from the Netherlands (and thus lending his name to a re-appearance of the cartographer's -- Ortelian not Orwellian --  toponym "Arabia Petraea" ). And I thought someone would have remembered the story, from a few years ago, not only about the mad passion for Latin in Finland, but about the radio program in Latin that is broadcast from Finland to the Greater Community of Latin-Lovers -- yes, there are still Latin lovers among us, and the most hot-blooded of them turn out to be Nordic --  around the world.

Some may have heard about the late Charles Eggers, Eggers  was a priest at the Vatican, and tireless prmoter of Latin, who produced "Latinitas," a magazine entirely in Latin, with a section on current events in which all kinds of phrases such as "leadership role" and "international community" and "yada-yada-yada" and "get with the program" would be turned into clever up-to-date equivalents in Latin. Well, the true heir to Eggers ("Carolus Eggers" to you) is Tuomo Pekkanen, who not only puts on that program conducted in Latin, but also translates a great many things into Latin, and among those things, the Kalevala is his masterpiece.

And I thought that along with the internal evidence -- those sheep, and that deceptive lupus in fabula -- some would-be entrants would recall that Finnish zeal for Latin, and would adduce that as part of the evidence that led them to choose the Kalevala as their answer.

It didn't happen. But the results make me happy, especially since this is the first time, in my years of offering contests, that I have had a clear-cut right answer, and in this case there are one-and-a-half, sesqui-entrants, who have been right.

So congratulations to "Michael," and extra congratulations to Paul Blaskowicz to whom will some day be sent,  if I can find a reasonably-priced copy in English, a work  by the same author less well-known than his compiled Kalevala -- Lonnrot's "Advice on the Raising and Feeding of Children in Ostrobothnia,"

4 Jul 2007
Paul Blaskowicz

He says he did this by reading through much of the Kalevala in Latin. If he did it that way, he deserves the prize;

In Latin? Did I say that?  I read through my old copy of the Kalevala in Crawford's translation.  The only Latin I needed to  read was what you  had set: I had to look for tum=then, followed by two  men's names with bellus=handsome, &c;  lascivus = reckless, frolicsome, mischievous, daring, lascivious (I looked up all the synonyms in my school Latin dictionary) and then wade through looking for  hands, flock, sheep, wolf, bear, etc in the next few lines.   There is one hell of a lot of Then's there.

(Is there a Latin translation of Hiawatha, btw?)  

All this was to make up for daring to suggest that Hardy's poem seemed more late-eighteenth than early twentieth century.

II look forward to getting the Lonnrot book on  child-rearing in Ostrobothnia: Speak roughly to your little boy, And beat him hard with birch-twigs. 

The history female  whose name you nano-momentarily forgot (surely impossible for longer than that?)   is Lady Antonia  Fraser (née Pakenham), rather lovely wife of the despicable multi-millionaire Harold P.  I wonder why the name Fraser is almost  invariably spelt Frasier (and so pronounced) in the US, but that spelling and pronunciation are unknown in England?


4 Jul 2007

Hugh Fitzgerald

Those full-marks stand -- despite the allusion.  And I shall be searching the book-catalogues for Fennica Rara.

Posted on 04/30/2010 9:18 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 30 April 2010
Triumph of Maya: The Rhetoric of Darwinism

by Mark Anthony Signorelli (May 2010) 

In certain strains of Hindu philosophy, the concept of maya is used to refer to the persistently deceptive nature of material creation, the prakriti. If Brahman, or the ultimate reality, refers to a realm of unity and absolute stability, the prakriti refers to a realm suffused with division, mutability, and decay, and thus the material universe, in its appearance, becomes like a veil obscuring the genuine truth of Brahman. more>>>


Posted on 04/30/2010 4:42 PM by NER
Friday, 30 April 2010
Southern Comfort
by Rebecca Bynum (May 2010) 
“Things reveal themselves passing away,” someone remarked to William Butler Yeats, and it is an historical fact that every established order writes its great apologia only after it has been fatally stricken. – Richard M. Weaver

In the passage above, Weaver was writing about the passing of the American South, its rooted feudalism, its chivalry, its attachment to the land and its deeply religious nature. In pre-Civil War America, the South was a civilization apart; more closely akin to that of Europe than to the Puritan North. more>>>
Posted on 04/30/2010 4:37 PM by NER
Friday, 30 April 2010
The New Faith, Hope and Charity
by Theodore Dalrymple (May 2010) 

Confucius said in the Analects that the first thing he would do on coming into power was to ensure that things were called by their proper names: for if they are not, what confusion follows!
But confusion does not arise from poor nomenclature only. Correct naming is a necessary but not sufficient condition of clear thought. Unexamined premises and false assumptions are a fruitful source of bad thought and worse conclusions. more>>>
Posted on 04/30/2010 4:33 PM by NER
Friday, 30 April 2010
Voting is Shirk - New al-Muhajiroun/Islam4UK Front Operating in Tower Hamlets
This is Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens in Standpoint magazine. It was obvious that they would raise their ugly heads again, sooner rather than later.
FocusonIslamism has found new evidence which suggests that the banned extremist organisation, al-Muhajiroun (aka Islam4uk), is now operating under a new name and encouraging Muslims to abstain from the upcoming general election.

Last week, the Spittoon blog reported that in Tower Hamlets leaflets bearing the name ‘Voting is
Shirk' were being distributed. Left - done up to look like a polling card.
The term shirk translates to polytheism, and presenting democracy as a form of worship (tawaghit) is one of the central aspects of Islamist ideology.  Islamist ideologues like Abu a la Maududi, Sayyid Qutb and Abu Muhammed al-Maqdisi wrote that voting for the leader of a country run by man-made law.
Voting is Shirk has also begun to put up posters saying "voting for man-made law is apostasy" and set up a website - - which is registered in the New Zealand territory of Tokelau in what is likely to be an attempt to avoid being shut down due to connections with a group banned in this country.  Apart from the almost identical messages of the two groups, the links between Voting is Shirk and al-Muhajiroun are also clear on their website.
Members of Islam4UK appear in Voting is Shirk videos here and here.
Meanwhile in Wales the same thing is happening by a differently named group. From the Guardian.
A sticker campaign in Roath discouraging Muslims from voting has been rejected by the local community and condemned by Muslim leaders.
Stickers have been seen on lampposts and signposts on Albany Road, Donald Street, Arabella Street and Richmond Road, and resemble council public notices. The 'caution' messages tell members of the Muslim community it is against their religion to vote.
The stickers include the web address for a blog called Muslims Against Voting which argues that Allah's teaching says he is the only legislator for Muslims.
Shirk, attributing a partner to Allah, is the worst sin a Muslim can commit. Shirk, as a verb, to avoid or evade work or a duty, was a pretty heinous sin in my mother’s book. Funny that.
Posted on 04/30/2010 2:43 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Friday, 30 April 2010
Voting LibDem - the clincher

If you are not put off the Liberal Democrats by their anti-Semitism, their kleptocratic, quangocratic, bueaucratic and Eurocratic policies, their proposed amnesty for illegal immigrants (i.e. more and more Muslims) by the fact that Nick Clegg believes that Britain was no better than Germany in WW2, and that the Islamic call to prayer is as "beautiful as Church bells" and that LibDem values are Arab values, then here's the clincher: The Guardian backs Nick Clegg:

Citizens have votes. Newspapers do not. However, if the Guardian had a vote in the 2010 general election it would be cast enthusiastically for the Liberal Democrats. It would be cast in the knowledge that not all the consequences are predictable, and that some in particular should be avoided. The vote would be cast with some important reservations and frustrations. Yet it would be cast for one great reason of principle above all.

After the campaign that the Liberal Democrats have waged over this past month, for which considerable personal credit goes to Nick Clegg, the election presents the British people with a huge opportunity: the reform of the electoral system itself. Though Labour has enjoyed a deathbed conversion to aspects of the cause of reform, it is the Liberal Democrats who have most consistently argued that cause in the round and who, after the exhaustion of the old politics, reflect and lead an overwhelming national mood for real change.

Proportional representation – while not a panacea – would at last give this country what it has lacked for so long: a parliament that is a true mirror of this pluralist nation, not an increasingly unrepresentative two-party distortion of it. The Guardian has supported proportional representation for more than a century. In all that time there has never been a better opportunity than now to put this subject firmly among the nation's priorities. Only the Liberal Democrats grasp this fully, and only they can be trusted to keep up the pressure to deliver, though others in all parties, large and small, do and should support the cause. That has been true in past elections too, of course. But this time is different. The conjuncture in 2010 of a Labour party that has lost so much public confidence and a Conservative party that has not yet won it has enabled Mr Clegg to take his party close to the threshold of real influence for the first time in nearly 90 years.

This time – with the important caveat set out below – the more people who vote Liberal Democrat on 6 May, the greater the chance that this will be Britain's last general election under a first-past-the-post electoral system which is wholly unsuited to the political needs of a grown-up 21st-century democracy.

Proportional representation means that the Tories will never again be in power, because the LibDems will always get into bed with Labour. It means more bureaucracy, Eurocracy, kleptocracy, quangocracy, anti-Semitism, "beautiful Arab values" and more and more Muslims. Loads of them.

Is that what you want?

Posted on 04/30/2010 5:28 PM by Mary Jackson
Friday, 30 April 2010
Iran’s Nuclear Threat
An interview with Israeli Diplomat Paul Hirschson

by Jerry Gordon and Mike Bates (May 2010)

Following Israeli PM Netanyahu’s visit to Washington in late March, we had the opportunity to interview the Israeli Deputy Consul General for Florida and Puerto Rico, Paul Hirschson. His assignment covers political and economic affairs. Hirschson is a native of Johannesburg, South Africa who made aliyah to Israel in the mid-1980’s. Trained in finance and accounting with an MBA from Boston University, he spent more than a decade working in Israel’s burgeoning high tech sector. During his high tech experience he represented an Israeli firm in the Persian Gulf Region and had exposure to the great divide between Sunni Muslim states and Shia Iran. He brought this invaluable business and cultural experience with him when he chose to change careers and entered Israel’s Foreign Ministry as a diplomat. more>>>
Posted on 04/30/2010 5:28 PM by NER
Friday, 30 April 2010
Fading Away – Douglas MacArthur and Our Crisis of Meaning
by DL Adams (May 2010)
During times of national strife, upheaval, and war thoughtful people look in many directions for counsel and context. The essential resource for this research has always been history. more>>>
Posted on 04/30/2010 5:31 PM by NER
Friday, 30 April 2010
Baltic Rebirth and the Zionist Staging Ground for a Jewish State

by Norman Berdichevsky (May 2010)

ike the Jews, the Latvians, Lithuanians and Estonians maintained a distinct and isolated cultural heritage stemming from pre-Christian times, suffered the persecution of militant Crusaders (the Teutonic Knights considered it a holy task to Christianize or exterminate them from the 12th to the 14th centuries); were victims of the intolerant designs of the Russian and German empires to assimilate "peculiar" minorities; enjoyed a late flowering national renaissance based first and foremost upon the ancestral languages, sustained a far flung Diaspora (for the Balts in Scandinavia, Canada, Australia and the United States); and strove to bring about reborn national states committed to democratic ideals but surrounded by aggressive and hostile neighbors. more>>>

Posted on 04/30/2010 5:18 PM by NER
Friday, 30 April 2010
Implacable Muslim Hatred of Jews
by Jerry Gordon (May 2010)

Al-Yahud: Eternal Islamic Enmity & the Jews
By Elias Al-Maqdisi & Sam Solomon
ANM Publishers
PO. BOX 5303
Charlottesville, Virginia 22905

Sam Solomon and the late Elias Al-Maqdisi have produced in Al-Yahud an indictment of the implacable Islamic hatred towards Jews and Christians. The authors present the exegesis of primal hatred at the core of the Quranic Canon, but they do something more. They make the connection between the doctrinal hatred of Jews and denial of ancient Biblical claims to the Holy Land of Jews and Christians. more>>>

Posted on 04/30/2010 5:11 PM by NER
Friday, 30 April 2010
Kati Comes Home: East European Jewry Confronts Its Holocaust Secrets

by Thomas Ország-Land (May 2010)

Kati Marton, an award-winning American foreign correspondent, was researching a book on the Holocaust when a chance remark by a survivor changed her life. The book was about Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who rescued thousands of Hungarian Jewish lives during the Second World War. “What a pity, my dear,“ the old woman told the visiting journalist, “that this man arrived too late to save your own grandparents from the gas chambers...” more>>>

Posted on 04/30/2010 5:07 PM by NER
Friday, 30 April 2010
Brother Tariq and the Muslim Hoods: Towards a Taxonomy of Islamic Subterfuges

by Ibn Warraq (May 2010)

Brother Tariq: The Doublespeak of Tariq Ramadan

By Caroline Fourest, Foreword by Denis MacShane
New York & London, Encounter Books, 2008
Notes, Index. xv + 262 pp.

Faith, here's an equivocator that could swear in both the scales against either scale, who committed treason enough for God's sake, yet could not equivocate to Heaven. Oh, come in, equivocator.
             -- William Shakespeare Macbeth, II.3


Posted on 04/30/2010 4:57 PM by NER
Friday, 30 April 2010
Muslims and Westerners: The Psychological Differences

by Nicolai Sennels (May 2010)

February 27th 2008. On a cold and windy Wednesday (for cyclists like myself), I took a deep breath, grabbed the microphone and did something that changed my life. more>>>

Posted on 04/30/2010 4:51 PM by NER
Friday, 30 April 2010
Confucius: Disorder In Words Must Not Be Tolerated

Theodore Dalrymple mentions the passage in the Analects where Confucius talks  of  confusion -- or rather, "disorder" -- in words. In an article  he posted on Jan. 1 2008 o he made mention of the same passage, and at the time I posted  a comment which,  instead of putting up again at his article this month, I will raise to the level of a posting, as below: 

1 Jan 2008
Hugh Fitzgerald

Confucius  is mentioned, and allusion made to his preoccupation with words, in the article above.

Frederick Ungar, in his introduction to Karl Kraus' book, "The Last Days of Mankind," writes that Kraus often quoted Confucius:

"If concepts are not right, words are not true; if words are not true, works are not achieved; if works are not achieved, morality and the arts do not thrive; if morality and the arts do not thrive, justice miscarries; if justice miscarries, the nation does not know where to put its feet and hands. Therefore, disorder in words must not be tolerated."


Posted on 04/30/2010 4:50 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 30 April 2010
On the other hand

For those Muslims happy to risk eternal fire and no virgins by voting the British Muslim Initiative have released their list of candidates most likely to behave in the Muslim interest. HT Dominique.
Among others they reckon Margaret Hodge in Barking (not Nick Nick? Why ever not???) Gruesome Galloway, Abjol Miah and Salmonella Yaqoob for Respect in Limehouse, Bethnal Green and Birmingham Hall Green respectively. Caroline Lucas the Green in Brighton Pavillion (saw lots of her window posters on Sunday) and Shahid Malik (insh'allah) in Dewsbury.

Posted on 04/30/2010 4:43 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Friday, 30 April 2010
Morality, Emotion Markers and Social Change
by Thomas J. Scheff  (May 2010)          

Experts agree that emotion and feeling are important for many reasons. However, there may be a reason little mentioned as yet: emotions can serve to distinguish what is important to the individual from myriads of cognitions that are not. (Nussbaum 2001 takes a different path but also concludes that emotions serve as markers for values.) Many basic problems arise because modern societies give emotions short shrift.  What relevance might such ideas have to the study of morality, and toward changing our society? more>>>

Posted on 04/30/2010 4:46 PM by NER
Friday, 30 April 2010
Martha Minow On How Harvard Law School Is "Exposing To The Light Of Inquiry " Certain "False Views"

“Here at Harvard Law School, we are committed to preventing degradation of any individual or group, including race-based insensitivity or hostility. The particular comment in question unfortunately resonates with old and hurtful misconceptions. As an educational institution, we are especially dedicated to exposing to the light of inquiry false views about individuals or groups. [...] This sad and unfortunate incident prompts both reflection and reassertion of important community principles and ideals. We seek to encourage freedom of expression, but freedom of speech should be accompanied by responsibility. This is a community dedicated to intellectual pursuit and social justice. The circulation of one student’s comment does not reflect the views of the school or the overwhelming majority of the members of this community.”

The incident in question was a private email sent by a third-year student to a few of her friends. In that email she mused on the matter of intelligence, heredity, race without coming to a firm conclusion or even a non-firm conclusion. Her animadversions, made public, have caused a tremendous fuss and nonstop denunciations. You can read the details here. You can read what Dean Martha Minow of Harvard Law School wrote in response, or at least one ex-ungue-leonem paragraph excerpted from her response, just above.

Many things in this paragraph cry out for comment. The most obvious one is her misuse of the word "degradation." She apparently could not stop to fish up from her memory the word she wanted: it's "denigration."

I'll fill in the rest later.


Posted on 04/30/2010 12:54 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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