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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
J Street Challenge documentary and Informed Panel Discussion in Pensacola
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Saturday evening, June 27, 2015 a severe thunder storm with flashes of lighting exploded over Pensacola sweeping roadways with torrents of rain making transit difficult. That didn’t deter a compact audience from venturing out in the squall to attend a showing of the documentary J Street Challenge.  It was produced by the Boston-based Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT) headed by Dr. Charles Jacobs.  The viewing was followed by a Q&A with well informed and articulate panelists:  Florida State Representative Mike Hill, North West Florida Talk show host, Mike Bates of 1330amWEBY, Rabbi Eric Tokajer spiritual leader of Brit Ahm Messianic Synagogue and executive Director of Messianic Times and Jerry Gordon, Senior Editor of the New English Review.  The panelists were previously involved with spearheading a well attended major rally in Pensacola supporting Israel during the 2014 Operation Defensive Edge.  They all have a common belief best expressed by Mike Bates that Israel is a decent country with deserving people who treat its citizens, whether Jewish, Arab Muslim, Christian, or Druze with full rights and respect.  Bates has traveled to more than 26 counties and he found his first trip to Israel in the spring of 2014 a memorable and abiding experience. That belief resonated with the attentive audience who viewed the J Street Challenge documentary and posed thoughtful questions to the panel.

J Street Challenge Panel at Brit Ahm Synagogue, Saturday evening June 27, 2015

From left to Right:  Rabbi Eric Tokajer, Mike Bates, Jerry Gordon and Florida Representative Mike Hill

  J Street Challenge endeavors to expose the Orwellian messaging of “pro-peace, pro Israel”. All while actively seeking the establishment of a Palestinian state on the dangerous pre-1967 border that divides Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal capital. A Palestinian State whose leader, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is serving in the 11th year of a four year elected term.  A Palestinian Authority that is corrupt, violates the civil and human rights of its residents, harbors a genocidal threat to Israel from Hamas, the leading Palestinian party in both West Bank and Gaza.   The West Bank is what Jews and many Christians traditionally consider the ancient lands of Judea and Samaria. A legacy conferred on the Jewish people Ha Shem.

J Street Challenge focuses the messages of its founders Jeremy Ben Ami and Daniel Levy presenting their misleading propaganda of “two states for two peoples”. Propaganda undermining the existence of the Jewish nation of Israel. J street preys on the liberal views of college age Jewish youths nurtured in the doctrine of Tikkun Olam “repairing the world”.  This is articulated from the pulpits of the 600 members of   the organization’s rabbinic cabinet. In the course of the documentary, prominent speakers, eviscerate the insidious intent of J Street’s founders to destroy the Jewish states through alliances with anti-Israel Jewish proponents of the Global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement and Washington lobbyists for the Islamic Regime in Iran.  A Shi’ite Mahdist regime  in Tehran using religiously sanctioned dissimilitude, taqiyyah, - lying for Allah-  intent on achieving a nuclear breakout capable of delivering one bomb to wipe Israel off the map of the world.  

Among those speakers prominent in the APT documentary are   Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Professor Ruth Wisse, Boston University Professor Richard Landes, Jerusalem Post deputy managing editor Carolyn Glick, and Dr. Charles Jacobs of APT.  Former deputy Chief of Mission at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, Lenny Ben David, revealed forensic analysis of the IRS tax filings of J Street. He noted the questionable funding by known enemies of Israeli both in the US and the Middle East.   Jeremy Ben Ami is exposed by Ben David apologizing for why he hid major funding for J Street from George Soros, who is fervently anti-Israel.  A J Street board member, Genevieve Lynch, also sits on the board of Iran’s chief lobbying arm in Washington, the National Iranian American Council.  Ben David also raised the question of why a Filipino woman living in Hong Kong underwrites almost a third of J Street’s budget.

You may watch the J Street Challenge on-line, here.

Following the conclusion of the J Street Challenge viewing, the lights went on and the panel entertained questions from the audience who queued up at a microphone to pose them.  Those questions were provocative, while the responses from the panel were comprehensive and informative.  You can listen to that exchange, here.

There were several significant points in those exchanges.

The first questioner asked who were Jeremy Ben Ami and Daniel Levy.  The panel explained that Ben Ami was the son of Itzhak, one of the five Palestinian Revisionist Jews who came to the US to recruit a Jewish Army to fight the Nazis during WWII. Instead they waged a campaign in the media, rallies and in Congress to prod the Roosevelt Administration to save the remnant of six million Jewish men, women murdered in Hitler’s final solution. Ben Ami’s father was an Irgunist -a member of right wing group engaged in the covert battle following WWII to oust the British from what ultimately became the State of Israel.  Daniel Levy was involved in a Swiss Foreign Ministry funded program developing a faux Palestinian Arab Agreement with left wing Israel peace groups that was not sanctioned by the Israeli government.

Another questioner asked about the pre-1967 border and what the map showed.  The panel pointed out the 1967 June War re-unified Jerusalem and that the 1949 Armistice line ran right through the capital of Israel. When the Administration took Israel to task for announcing construction inside Jerusalem they were criticizing tenders for building in areas inside the reunified capital and in Area C reserved for Jewish construction in the 1993 Oslo Agreement recognized by the Palestinian Authority.  The panel drew attention to the displacement of roughly 600 to 700,000 Palestinian Arabs in the 1948-1949 War for Independence they became permanent resident in UNWRA refugee camps. UNWRA Camps that now have more than 6 million residents. All while 800 to 900,000 Jews were expelled from Arab lands after the War for Independence, the majority of who were resettled in Israel at no cost to either the UN or the US.  The panel noted that the US still underwrites fully one third of the cost of the UNWRA Arab refugee camps, while the Saudis and Emirates put up less than 5 percent of the annual cost, proving their Muslim brothers don’t support the Palestinians.

Mike Hill answered the question of what the West Bank meant.  He originally thought it meant some area on the Mediterranean Coast.  However, he learned that it really encompassed Judea and Samaria occupied by the Kingdom of Jordan for 19 years after the 1948-1949 War for Independence.  Gaza was occupied by Egypt until the 1967 War.  Israel’s occupies these disputed territories under UN resolution 242, which guaranteed Israel’s right to conclude secure borders. Hill suggested that the Palestinians already had a state with the majority of the population in Jordan.  Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza in 2005 demonstrating the folly of the J Street argument that exchanging land for peace will bring security.  That didn’t work out as expected.  Arabs in Gaza began shooting at withdrawing IDF troops who moved out 9,000 Jewish settlers that had established a flourish greenhouse business. The rampaging Arabs destroyed and wrecked those greenhouses and destroyed synagogues .  What followed was the beginning of rockets fired from Gaza by Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad as terrorizing  southern Israel .  Later as exemplified by the 2014 Operation Defensive Edge, Iranian supplied rockets launched by Hamas reached well beyond central Israel. One of those Hamas rockets landed near Ben Gurion airport; the Administration’s reaction in Washington was to close down for two days US airline flights in and out of Israel. To emphasize the rocket threat even as questions were answered, Rabbi Tokajer read the list of rockets fired at Israeli towns over the period from June 3 to 23, 2015.

A questioner approached the microphone and asked a thought provoking question regarding the recent Vatican announcement recognizing a Palestine State, the 136th such recognition by members of the UN. The Vatican only has observer status at the UN.  The panel replied that the Vatican had prior to the founding of the State of Israel promoted internationalization of Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal capital; allegedly protect the interests of all three faiths.  The panel questioned whether Pope Francis exercised his moral authority properly recognizing a questionable Palestinian State.  That led to an exposition by Mike Bates about the realities concerning Muslims claims of control over Jerusalem.  He noted the legend of the Prophet Mohammed’s dream of a night ride on the human headed horse to “the farthest Mosque” where he meets Jesus and rises to heaven to meet Abraham and other Jewish prophets all deemed Muslim.   Bates pointed out that nowhere in the Qur’an is Jerusalem mentioned.  Moreover, Muslims did not occupy Jerusalem until The Rash dun Caliphate  conquest  and submission  to Caliph Umar bin –Khattab  in 637 C.E. Caliph  bin Khattab initiated the construction of what ultimately become  the Al Aqsa Mosque  on the Temple Mount and established  a Dhimma or pct for governance of subjugated peoples of the book, Christians, Jews and others.  Muslims claim any conquered land as a possession in perpetuity under a trust from their god Allah.   Jews have lived in Jerusalem for more than 3,000 years.

The second question dealt with whether there were Zionist groups opposing J Street.  Rabbi Tokajer referred her to Z Street and the controversy over litigation with the IRS denying the group’s views under the First Amendment.  The panel reviewed the five year history from the Z Street’s founding through litigation in Federal Courts in Philadelphia and Washington, DC resulting a favorable ruling on June 19, 2015 giving Z Street rights of discovery. This allows the pro-Israel group to find out why the IRS had discriminated against them having referred its application for tax exempt status to a “special processing unit” in Washington. .

Another questioner thanked Mike Hill for his role in the Florida House during the 2014 session  that resulted in  protecting  Floridians against Foreign Laws being applied in State Courts, and in particular, Sharia Islamic law. Hill noted that Michigan law appeared to accommodate Sharia and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg considers international law in many instances an improvement over our Constitution.  Hill noted the recent enactment of a model anti-BDS law signed by Governor Nikki Haley in South Carolina on June 4, 2015. Hill said that he would work with other legislators to introduce similar legislation in the upcoming Session. The panel noted of the defeat of both J Street and Americans for Peace Now when Congress passed an anti-BDS amendment to the Trade Promotion Authority Act signed into law by President Obama on June 29, 2015. Both J Street and Americans for Peace Now had opposed the Amendment arguing it shouldn’t apply to products made or grown in the ‘disputed territories’ on the West Bank.

The panel was critical of the actions by the Obama Administration isolating Israel insisting on reaching a draconian peace agreement with the Palestinians who filed war crimes charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court at the Hague in the Netherlands. As evidence of that complicity, panelists pointed out President Obama’s June 2009 Muslim outreach speech at Al Azhar University in Cairo and support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey.  The panel concluded by saying that J Street had been emboldened through Obama’s alignment with the Muslim ummah and pursuit of peace through appeasement.

The consensus of the audience who   turned out that stormy Saturday evening was the J Street Challenge documentary and the Q&A panel discussions were most informative. They considered it worth the price of entry, a contribution to assist in the development of such documentaries by Americans for Peace and Tolerance.

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This article was originally published in The Messianic Times, June 30, 2015

 

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Posted on 06/30/2015 5:54 PM by Jerry Gordon
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Celebrating Obama's Achievments
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Posted on 06/30/2015 1:12 PM by Geoffrey Clarfield
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Reminders for Future Ages by Miklós Radnóti
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Translated from the Hungarian & Edited by Thomas Ország-Land (July 2015)
 

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THE BULL

Hitherto, I lived the throbbing life of a youthful bull

bored in the noonday heat among pregnant cows in the field,

running around in unending circles declaring his powers  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 10:44 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Uncertain Shores
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by Dilip Mohapatra (July 2015)


Looks like I am done.

My chart blown away

and interred in the wake

of my schooner  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 10:40 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
A Kind of Looking Back
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by Bibhu Padhi (July 2015)


Small print: I think I know

you will betray me

again, and I’ll feel alone.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 10:32 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
The Passport
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by Gopikrishnan Kottoor (July 2015)



The blue cloth hyacinths that father brought home from Bangkok

Stood heady on the carved round table in the black earthen vase.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 10:24 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Esther by Hans Kaltneker
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translated by William Ruleman (July 2015)

 

O how before all other women, she

Arises shimmering as the stars overhead.

With what a lovelier reality

Her maiden’s form adorns her master’s bed  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 10:20 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Two More Tries At It
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by P. David Hornik (July 2015)
 

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I know an astronomer. Once there were only about a dozen people in the world who understood the intricacies of his work; but he kept turning further and further into himself, his own investigations, and now there are even fewer, if any.

When he interviewed me about becoming his editor, I explained that, for my part, I have no comprehension whatsoever of his work. But he said that was all right, as long as I could help with the English. In all the time since he hired me, though, he hasn’t written a single thing. Yet I’ve still had to spend many hours in his study—he says my presence helps his concentration, and he wants me to be on hand in case anything does happen.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 10:14 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Islamic State beheads first women civilians
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Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant jihadists have beheaded two women in Syria for sorcery, an extension of the punishment which is normally reserved for men.

The case marks the first time a woman civilian is recorded as having been beheaded, though the punishment has been inflicted on women soldiers from the Kurdish militia, the YPJ, the female version of the YPG.

Women have been stoned to death for adultery. Sorcery, in Islamic countries, usually means fortune-telling, a practice that is specifically outlawed in the Koran but remains popular.

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Posted on 06/30/2015 10:08 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
The Best Friend
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by James Como (July 2015)


Rain was falling hard and it was the tail end of rush hour, so when Eli snagged a cab on eighty-sixth and Lexington he knew he had been lucky. Well, maybe not lucky.

“Hey you prick! That was my taxi!” The pudgy young woman had the door in her hand when Eli splashed a puddle and slid into the back seat. As he jerked the door closed he saw that her face looked swollen, with a flattened nose and squinty eyes. She banged on the glass with the handle of her umbrella. He was happy with himself. He was ugly too, but not that ugly.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 10:04 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Sītā’s Suicide: How the Ideology of Pativrata Sati Destroys Indian Women
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by Ankur Betageri (July 2015)


 

To the memory of my great-great-grandmother, Hakmi Bāi,
who was whipped to death by her husband for eating paan (betel leaf).
 
O foolish race of mortals, that gave gods such jobs to do,
Then went and made them fierce with anger into the bargain too!
What groans you purchased for yourselves, what grievous injury
For us, what tears you fashioned for the children yet to be!
                                               —Lucretius, The Nature of Things[i]
                                                   Trans. by A.E. Stallings

The relationship of Rāma and Sītā in Vālmiki’s Rāmāyana, though not a happy and harmonious one by any stretch of imagination, has always been projected as the ideal husband-wife relationship in Hindu society. What was their relationship really like? Contrary to the evidence present in Rāmāyana, Rāma is seen as a monogamist, and not just as a monogamist, but as a loving and devoted husband. Since he is a glorified maryada purushottama, the embodiment of decency and the best among men, he is an ideal to all Hindu men – just as Muhammad is to Muslim men – and following him they become not only patriarchal husbands eternally peeved by their wives’ independence but also possessive husbands paranoid about their wives’ chastity—roles that Rāma performed to perfection in the Rāmāyanamore>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 9:56 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Religious Schools, Ideology and Terrorism
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by Samir Yousif (July 2015)


Introduction

Is it possible that a man commits suicide without being aware of what he is doing? How can we conceive what perspective, hopes and goals he wishes to accomplish by committing such an act? In this context the subject of our examination is a young healthy man, or maybe a woman. In our previous work "Religious Indoctrination,"[1] the issue of creating terrorists through family indoctrination was presented. This kind of scenario is found with Muslim families in Western societies where the parents play the central role of religious indoctrination due to the absence of well establish social institutions that take care of such religious indoctrination. In both Asia and  Africa it is crystal clear that Islamic Religious Schools were established with the basic aim of spreading terrorism through education. These Schools are scattered internationally and are well-financed and attract generations of young men from the surrounding poor and mostly illiterate Muslim communities.[2] It is of great interest to note that all these schools adopt the Sunni version of Islam, and to be more specific, they aim at spreading the Wahhabi doctrine.[3]  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 9:36 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Islam, an Arabic Religion
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by Sha’i ben-Tekoa (July 2015)


And who are the Arabs?

Surely among the first written mentions of them since the invention of writing are the few found in the Bible. The first is Isaiah 13:20, which is a prophetic vision of a Babylonia so destroyed “not even an Arab would pitch his tent there.” The second was written a century and a half later, Jeremiah 3:20, and lists the Jewish people’s lust after other gods “….like an Arab in the desert...on the roads,” by implication lying in wait to pounce upon and ambush innocent travelers. Their idolatry was compared to a temptation that had overcome them.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 9:32 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
The Nation State of the Jewish People
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by Robert Wolfe (July 2015)


When I first heard that Netanyahu wanted to enact a Basic Law defining Israel as "the nation state of the Jewish people," my only objection was that such a law didn't seem necessary. Of course Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people. No one doubts this. Israel was founded as a "Jewish state," and a Jewish state it has remained unto this day. Why make a law of a well established reality? But even though I didn't see the need to legislate the Jewishness of Israel, I didn't see anything wrong with it either and I was surprised when all kinds of people began criticizing the proposed law.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 9:27 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
The IDF Sword Batallion
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by Norman Berdichevsky (July 2015)


Two non-Jewish minority communities in Israel, the Druze (a deviant Shi’a Muslim group) and Circassians (Sunni Muslims whose ancestors were exiled to Palestine from the Caucasus), are subject to mandatory conscription to the IDF. Additionally, members of several Bedouin tribes volunteer as well as individual Muslim and Christian Arabs. The decision of the first two groups to accept obligatory service in the Israeli military forces was made at their own request. As early as the summer of 1948, after years of intense pressure by the Palestinian Higher Arab committee to join in the fight to prevent a Jewish state, units of the three groups defected and switched sides to fight with the Jews.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 9:23 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Dangerous Liaisons: RAND Corporation and the Herzl Institute
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by G. Murphy Donovan (July 2015)


"We can be the vanguard of culture against barbarianism." – Theodor Herzl

Some say that bad news comes in threes. If that folklore is true, Israel just hit a disaster trifecta: an impending bilateral agreement on the Persian atomic bomb program that excludes Israel, a malicious leak of classified data on Israel’s nuclear capabilities, and the announcement of a RAND Corporation/Herzl Institute collaboration to “rethink long-term strategy for Israel.”  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 9:18 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Empowering Kurdistan
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by Jerry Gordon (July 2015)


In the Wall Street Journal Weekend edition, June 20-21, 2015, Yaroslav Trofimov writes of the possible rise of an independent Kurdistan, “The State of The Kurds.” An independent Kurdistan was promised by the WWI Allies in the Treaty of Sevres that ended the Ottoman Empire in 1920. That commitment was dashed by the rise of the Turkish Republic under the secularist Kemal Atatürk which confirmed in the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne the denial of an independent Kurdistan in what is now Eastern Turkey. All territory combined, a future Kurdistan (encompassing eastern Turkey, Northern Syria, northwest Iran and northern Iraq) might comprise a landlocked republic of 30 million with significant energy and agricultural resources.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 9:08 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
The Conspiracy of Left and Right to Discredit Science
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by Lorna Salzman (July 2015)


Huffington Post is laughable. This pretension at publishing is a low-brow joke foisted onto liberals but it is by no means the worst. Democracy Now, truthdig, alternet, et al, are far worse because they eschew lurid trivia about sex over 70 and micro-penises in favor of “serious” political analysis. Huffington gets the clown prize when it complains that “..slave owning, Indian-killing Andrew Jackson” is still on the $20 bill. Pretty soon a Huffington yellow journalist will publish heavy-breathing exposes of all the signers of the Declaration of Independence, leading to demands to remove all mention of them from our textbooks, not just our paper currency. “Benjamin Franklin was a philanderer in Paris” (we’ve already had a version of “Thomas Jefferson seduced and impregnated his favorite slave and then cut her out of his will”). Alexander Hamilton! Boy, is he going to get it from the leftist Vice Squad….even though Aaron Burr finished off that libertine and his capitalist economic views.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 8:59 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Spengler, Urbanism and a New Primary-Symbol
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by David Beauchamp (July 2015)


Of the many great philosophers produced by the German speaking lands over the centuries, Oswald Spengler was one who has not quite endured the way others have. Perhaps it was his uneventful personal life as a school teacher, his sweeping quasi-scientific style and esoteric leanings, or his ideological tendency to authoritarianism before his death in 1936. Whatever the reason, he never earned a lasting reputation as a serious scholar.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 8:54 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
The Protocols of The Elders of PC
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by Richard Butrick (July 2015)


If one senses the incisive observations and inferences of Machiavelli upon perusing The Protocols of the Elders of Zion one would be right. The origins of the Protocols go back to the French Revolution have had a tortuous right of passage through France, Germany and Russia. But it was not until 1905 that it was published in a public edition by the Russian mystic priest Sergius Nilus. The underlying conceptual basis throughout its various transformations, however, from which some passages are directly cribbed, is from the pamphlet "Dialogues in Hell Between Machiavelli and Montesquieu," published by the non-Jewish French satirist Maurice Joly in 1864.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 8:42 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Jimmy Carter and Hamas
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by Joseph S. Spoerl (July 2015)


In the midst of last summer’s war between Israel and the Hamas regime in Gaza, Jimmy Carter wrote: “…the United States and the EU should recognize that Hamas is not just a military but also a political force. Hamas cannot be wished away… Only by recognizing its legitimacy as a political actor – one that represents a substantial portion of the Palestinian people – can the West begin to provide the right incentives for Hamas to lay down its weapons.”  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 8:24 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Absurd Identity Politics; Rachel Dolezal, et. al.
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by Norman Berdichevsky (July 2015)


Rachel Dolezal’s numerous interviews and the absurd answers given to factual questions about her birth certificate, callously rejecting both her parents and their heritage, dismissing the relevance of DNA tests and insisting how she feels is paramount to any facts would embarrass a seven year old. These are patently ridiculous answers and became trenchantly self-serving, naked attempts at fraud. After all, she is on record for bringing suit against Howard University for discriminating against her because she is (at least was at the time) white. For more than a generation now, one of the most powerful weapons used by the Liberal-Left in American politics is to classify individuals by a group identity such as race, ethnicity or sex, now termed "gender," to justify differential treatment of citizens, usually referred to by the euphemism of “affirmative action.”  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 8:19 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Against Mine Too: Rape-as-Politics Revisited
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by Samuel Hux (July 2015)


Is eating a revolutionary or conservative act? That is, when you lunch or sup or break fast with another human being, what is its political dimension? When one shovels it into a generously open mouth with teeth exposed and tongue darting, or when one slips it passed purse-like tight lips.  .  . is the first an expression of the proud, defiant ostentation of the possessing classes and the second a sign of the social ressentiment of the seething dispossessed, or is the one the public disguise of the other?  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 8:11 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Moslem Saint or Sufi?
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by Geoffrey Clarfield and John Robert Colombo (July 2015)


Introductory note: What you are about to read is a melange: a reworking of a review that John Robert Colombo prepared of a book written by Martin Lings, about a Moslem Saint or Sufi (your choice). Interspersed throughout in italics are comments on the review and the subject of the review that have been imaginatively, and retroactively attributed to the great Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borge.

For those who are familiar with that giant of a 20th man of letters, his original tales were ever so slight retellings of true events, but with enough twists and turns that they could be nothing other than fiction, or perhaps, non verifiable alternate histories. We have followed in his footsteps here.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 8:05 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Books Do Furnish A Mind, Part IV
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by Ibn Warraq (July 2015)


 

Do I boast of my omnivorousness of reading, even apart from the romances? Certainly no! never, except in joke. It's against my theories and ratiocinations, which take upon themselves to assert that we all generally err by reading too much, and out of proportion to what we think. I should be wiser, I am persuaded, if I had not read half as much—should have had stronger and better exercised faculties, and should stand higher in my own appreciation. The fact is, that the ne plus ultra of intellectual indolence is this reading of books. It comes next to what the Americans call 'whittling.'
                                        -- Elizabeth Barrett Browning (in a letter to R.H. Horne), 1843.


The answer to the skeptic’s question above [“Have you read them all?”] is, of course, no, I have not read every single book I own cover to cover.  more>>>

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