Please Help New English Review
For our donors from the UK:
New English Review
New English Review Facebook Group
Follow New English Review On Twitter
Recent Publications from New English Review Press
Out Into The Beautiful World
by Theodore Dalrymple
Unreading Shakespeare
by David P. Gontar
Islam Through the Looking Glass: The Collected Essays and Reviews of J. B. Kelly, Vol. 3
edited by S. B. Kelly
The Real Nature of Religion
by Rebecca Bynum
As Far As The Eye Can See
by Moshe Dann
Threats of Pain and Ruin
by Theodore Dalrymple
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
Anything Goes
by Theodore Dalrymple
The Left is Seldom Right
by Norman Berdichevsky
Allah is Dead: Why Islam is Not a Religion
by Rebecca Bynum






















Friday, 31 July 2015
David Cameron’s Muslim Muddle
clear

Listening to and reading Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent speech about Islamic extremism in Britain, I realized why I could never be a practicing politician. Its mixture of good sense, half-truths, evasions, political correctness, and electioneering was anathema to me. It was the stock-in-trade of a man obliged by his position to balance a hundred considerations at once, an obligation that precludes intellectual honesty, even if the latter is desired.

In some ways, Cameron’s speech was welcome. He (or his speechwriter) has been “converted” from his previous view that Islamic terrorism has nothing to do with Islam, and now admits that such a view violates common sense, which was obvious all along. He also suggested that Internet providers and universities should be less complaisant toward Islamic extremists, and that the conspiracy theories the Islamists peddle should be vigorously countered and mocked. He also was right to say that Islamic terrorism is not caused by poverty or any other reason for complaint that supposedly justifies it.

On the other hand, he evaded some difficult though obvious questions. Extolling his own country, he said, “It is here in Britain where in one or two generations people can come with nothing and rise as high as their talent allows,” which is certainly true: but this correct assertion has a troubling corollary. For if, in aggregate, certain groups do not rise, this reflects more on their group characteristics than upon the host country. For example, the Sikhs, who came to Britain from the Punjab with nothing, are now the second-wealthiest group by household, as classified by religious affiliation; notwithstanding individual successes, Muslims who came from the Punjab at the same time remain relatively poor. The explanation for this difference may not be religious, but it’s an important question that no politician such as Cameron would dare to ask, let alone try to answer.

Similarly, the prime minister, who championed such “basic” values as democracy, freedom, sexual equality, and non-discrimination, did not pause to consider whether these were compatible with Islam. Certainly, they do not appear at first sight to be so, though no doubt some Muslim reformists would like to make them so; and Bangladesh, from which a large group of immigrants to Britain have come, is one of the few countries to have witnessed an explicitly anti-democratic mass demonstration. In most Muslim countries, it remains dangerous to be explicitly atheist. Criticism of Muhammad, even if reasoned and scholarly, would be even more dangerous.

When Cameron said that he wanted to build a more cohesive society, he didn’t pause to consider whether cohesiveness can be built, as if societies were made of Lego. When he said that many immigrants to Britain didn’t feel British, he deliberately missed the point that it’s not how immigrants feel that matters, but how they behave. No one has any idea how British the Polish, Brazilian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and other immigrants (of whom there are hundreds of thousands, if not millions in total) feel, but nobody cares, because none of them is intent upon the destruction of British institutions. This is not true of some unknown and probably unknowable—but possibly not negligible—proportion of Muslims, no matter which part of the Islamic world they come from.

Every politician, it seems, must tread on the eggshells of political correctness. Cameron felt constrained to say, “It is here in Britain where success is achieved not in spite of diversity but because of diversity . . . . Every one of the communities that has come to call our country home has made Britain a better place.” Suggestio falsi and suppressio veri can hardly go further. Success in Britain isn’t caused by diversity, but becomes possible for diverse people because of the rule of law—British law, not sharia, Jewish, canon, or any other law. And I doubt that the general population feels that the Kosovars, say, or the Romanian gypsies have, as a group (irrespective of any individuals among them), made Britain a better place. If asked for specific ways in which they have made Britain better, Cameron would no doubt answer, in best politico-sophistical fashion, that the problem is that, though resident, they do not call Britain home, and that they therefore need to be made to feel British by the building of a more cohesive society.

The price of power, it seems, is being obliged to say what you know not to be true and not to say what you know to be true. Such is the lesson of Cameron’s speech, by no means the worst of its genre.

First published in City Journal.

clear
Posted on 07/31/2015 12:23 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
clear
Friday, 31 July 2015
Son of Tottenham Ayatollah has gone to fight with jihadists
clear

From The Times

The son of one of Britain’s most notorious hate preachers has gone to Syria to fight with Islamic State. Mohammed Fostok, whose father, Omar Bakri Mohammed, founded the extremist al-Muhajiroun organisation, left Britain in October last year. Security sources said last night it was their firm belief that he had joined Isis and was living in an area of Syria controlled by the group.

Anjem Choudary says "Without any proof the UK regime & papers try to criminalise Muslims" I reckon he is trying to justify the fact that he and his family are still here.  

clear
Posted on 07/31/2015 10:24 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
clear
Friday, 31 July 2015
War & Love by Miklós Radnóti
clear

Translated from the Hungarian & edited by Thomas Ország-Land (August 2015)


 

1.

FLAMES FLUTTERING...

 

Small flames are fluttering and slowly and forever dying –

along the bright meridians, the souls of the soldiers flying.

Souls all alike! no matter who each one had been or done

exposed to screaming icy winds or oppressed by the searing sun,  more>>>

clear
Posted on 07/31/2015 10:14 AM by NER
clear
Friday, 31 July 2015
Eyes
clear

by Dilip Mohapatra (August 2015)


The eyes that we see

and the eyes that see us

in pairs are not

simple windows to our mind

to let the light in passively  more>>>

clear
Posted on 07/31/2015 10:09 AM by NER
clear
Friday, 31 July 2015
Summer, Kolkata
clear

by Sutapa Chaudhuri (August 2015)


The upturned blank eyes of the street children,

like little dried up pools thirsty for a drop of love,

mirror the wrath of the loveless blank skies.  more>>>

clear
Posted on 07/31/2015 9:53 AM by NER
clear
Friday, 31 July 2015
Father
clear

by Bibhu Padhi (August 2015)


The mind likes to wander among

younger things. It hasn’t grown old

over thinking things thrown all over

time and space, like seeds.  more>>>

clear
Posted on 07/31/2015 9:49 AM by NER
clear
Friday, 31 July 2015
Diesel Denson at the Podium
clear

by David Solway (August 2015)

 

Best off-tackle rusher in the history

of the Conference, he’s come to receive

the chronicled prize of the hero

at home in his heavy-traffic medium.  more>>>

clear
Posted on 07/31/2015 9:32 AM by NER
clear
Friday, 31 July 2015
Lines Composed in Meadows Near the Black Forest
clear

by William Ruleman (August 2015)


(Breitenberg, Neuweiler-Hofstett, Germany;
30 September 2010)

 

The distant tractors lull us with their drone.

A quilt of brown and green adorns the slopes.

Across the blacktop, silver snails’ scrolls wend,  more>>>

clear
Posted on 07/31/2015 9:17 AM by NER
clear
Friday, 31 July 2015
Heaven Knows
clear

by James Como (August 2015)


He found the angel Raphael standing before him, though he did not know that this was an angel of God.
– The Book of Tobit, 5:4


Toby was a Very Old Man. Ever since his wife, who was the love of his life, had gone to Heaven many, many years ago, his joints did not work well, so he was bent over from the waist, and his spine had a huge lump at the top, so that he could not lift his head. That’s why he almost always was looking at the ground, but that didn't matter very much since his eyesight was so bad. He moved very slowly. He lived with a Very Old Cat named Raffle.  more>>>

clear
Posted on 07/31/2015 9:12 AM by NER
clear
Friday, 31 July 2015
“Invisible” White Man
clear

by Richard Kostelanetz (August 2015)


Reading about the “outing” of the chief of the Spokane NAACP, who was induced to resign because her parents told the world that she was wholly white, rather than, like most African-Americans only part-white, I was reminded of a recent revelation about my own experience. Some fifty years ago, while a graduate student (in American history) at Columbia University, I resided along with my then-wife in a public housing project several blocks down Amsterdam Avenue from the campus.  more>>>

clear
Posted on 07/31/2015 9:05 AM by NER
clear
Friday, 31 July 2015
Besieged by Hate
clear

by Shai Afsai (August 2015)


 

Catch the Jew!
By Tuvia Tenenbom
Gefen Publishing House, 2015, 467pp.

 

 

 

Near the end of Catch the Jew! Tuvia Tenenbom repeats a joke told to him by Michael Mertes, head of the Jerusalem branch of the German political foundation KAS, one of many European NGOs currently operating in Israel  more>>>

clear
Posted on 07/31/2015 8:59 AM by NER
clear
Friday, 31 July 2015
A Tiresome Occupation: Cleansing the Syllabus
clear

by Mark Gullick (August 2015)


Student occupations, like the poor, will be always with us. There was one at my own university in the 1980s, protesting a slight increase in the already cheap and heavily subsidised rental tariff the university charged students to live on campus in pleasant and generous accommodation. Undergraduates broke into and occupied faculty buildings, destroying files and furniture, daubing slogans on walls and defecating in the office of the Dean.  more>>>

clear
Posted on 07/31/2015 8:52 AM by NER
clear
Friday, 31 July 2015
Marxism’s Opportunistic Interpretation of the National Question
clear

by Norman Berdichevsky (August 2015)
 

In his only authentic and original contribution to Marxist theory, Stalin wrote an essay in 1913 that won the praise of Lenin and made Stalin into an internationally known figure in the worldwide Marxist movement. Entitled “The National Question and Social Democracy,” Stalin attacked Austrian Socialist leader Otto Bauer, the proponent of “cultural autonomy” on a regional level for individuals of whatever ethnic background to choose and maintain their own sense of national identity as long as workers would realize that their class interests took precedence over ethnic origin or religion. Instead, Stalin argued that nations were an objective reality and  more>>>

clear
Posted on 07/31/2015 8:46 AM by NER
clear
Friday, 31 July 2015
Scottish Nationalism - The Rancour of the Meek
clear

by Fergus Downie (August 2015)

 

There has always been a bittersweet flavour to the adage that Scotland's greatest export is its people, for if it permits scots to hold on a little longer to a Carnegie or Baird, and seek vicarious pride in their transatlantic achievements, it also implies what is left is distinctly unimpressive, a sobering fact to which its bloated political class provides eloquent testimony.  more>>>

clear
Posted on 07/31/2015 8:40 AM by NER
clear
Friday, 31 July 2015
Invisible Sephardim
clear

by Richard Kostelanetz (August 2015)


Rereading Ilan Stavans’ The Scroll and the Cross (2003; on Kindle, 2013), I can’t get over what a truly curious, if not peculiar, anthology it is. Subtitled “1000 Years of Jewish-Hispanic Literature,” it publishes not only Jews but gentiles who wrote about Jewish subjects, including such familiar Spanish-language authors as Federico Garcia Lorca, Mario Vargas Llosa, Jorge Luis Borges, Miguel de Unamuno, and Julio Cortazar.  more>>>

clear
Posted on 07/31/2015 8:34 AM by NER
clear
Friday, 31 July 2015
Across the Borderline with Rabbi Stephen Leon
clear

by Geoffrey Clarfield (August 2015)

 

In The Crypt of Ferdinand and Isabella

In 1492, the army of Ferdinand and Isabella, Catholic Kings of a united Christian Spain, defeated the Sultanate of Granada, ending a 700-year Muslim presence in the Spanish peninsula.  more>>>

clear
Posted on 07/31/2015 8:29 AM by NER
clear
Friday, 31 July 2015
Will Erdogan’s Turkey Frustrate Kurdish Recognition in the War Against ISIS?
clear

by Jerry Gordon (August 2015)
 

A series of suicide bombings in Suruc, Turkey July 20, 2015 triggered a major change in the Erdogan AKP participation in the US-led coalition effort to combat ISIS. The suicide bombing in the Turkish border town of Suruc directly across from Kobani this Thursday killed 32 and injured 100 of a Socialist group gathered to assist in the rebuilding of the devastated Kurdish community in Syria. The bomber was later identified through DNA analysis as Turkish University student, probably an ISIS returnee from Syria. The Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) accursed the Turkish police of being complicit in the bombing and killed two Turkish police officers in retaliation. Erdogan then opened up operations from Turkish air bases. The air attacks unleashed in both Syria and Iraq by Turkey's air force were directed at both ISIS targets and Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) combat units in both Syria and Iraq.  more>>>

clear
Posted on 07/31/2015 8:23 AM by NER
clear
Friday, 31 July 2015
Reform Islam? Recognize Kurdistan!
clear

by G. Murphy Donovan (August 2015)
 

Nations create illusions for the same reasons that men pursue fantasy. Reality is often so ugly that wishful thinking becomes a defense mechanism. Such is the case with Palestine and the mythology of a “two-state” solution. A Palestinian state is now a near universal pipe dream, a chimera thought to appease the larger restive Arab and Muslim worlds. In fact, Fatah and Hamas are already two states. And, if the history of the West Bank and Gaza provide any evidence, a united Palestine would surely be dominated by Hamas, in turn legitimizing another proxy variant of the Islamic State nightmare.  more>>>

clear
Posted on 07/31/2015 8:18 AM by NER
clear
Friday, 31 July 2015
How Best to Overturn the Iran Nuclear Pact
clear

by Jerry Gordon (August 2015)
 

July 28th, Secretary Kerry was asked at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing by Wisconsin, Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI) why the Iran nuclear deal wasn’t subject to advice and consent by the Senate as a treaty. Kerry suggested emphatically “that you can’t pass a treaty anymore.” As evidence that you could, it was pointed out that Kerry himself, acting as Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman in 2010, secured the approval of the Start 2 nuclear treaty with Russia. Testimony, both at last week’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA) and at the House Foreign Affairs Committee INARA hearing, raised questions about several options to overturn the Iran nuclear pact. We refer to proposals raised by former US prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy, Caroline Glick, David Rivkin and Lee Casey as well as Robert Sklaroff.  more>>>

clear
Posted on 07/31/2015 8:13 AM by NER
clear
Friday, 31 July 2015
Peace Processing Iran
clear

by Nidra Poller (August 2015)


The principle is similar: faced with an enemy that repeatedly declares its genocidal hatred, acts on it wherever possible, constantly strives to improve its ways and means, you peace process. Why was it successful with Iran and not with the “Palestinians”? Perhaps because the comical P5 + 1 applied the pressure to itself in the case of Iran, leaving no one to resist. The same pressure applied to Israel since 1993 has failed to produce total surrender. Drastic concessions were proposed but the enemy insisted on the right of return of “refugees” down to the third, fourth, and forever generations that would spell the elimination of the Jewish state. There were no significant limits to the concessions made by the P5+1 and no expectation that the deal will yield anything other than itself. The deal is that there’s a deal.  more>>>

clear
Posted on 07/31/2015 8:10 AM by NER
clear
Friday, 31 July 2015
The Iran Nuclear Deal: A Pandora’s Box
clear

an interview with Omri Ceren and Shoshana Bryen
by Jerry Gordon and Mike Bates
(August 2015)


Tuesday morning, July 14, 2015, the P5+1 announced in Vienna, Austria the culmination of two years of negotiations among world powers and the Islamic Republic of Iran: a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The framework for this 159 page document, including five annexes, was approved by the parties on April 2, 2015. An original JPOA of action was agreed to on November 24, 2013 at Geneva. The US negotiating team was lead by Secretary of State John Kerry, assisted by Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.  more>>>

clear
Posted on 07/31/2015 8:01 AM by NER
clear
Friday, 31 July 2015
The Iran Deal: What You Need to Know and Aren’t Being Told
clear

by Joseph S. Spoerl (August 2015)
 

Iran and the negotiations surrounding its nuclear program are in the news a lot lately, but much of the reporting remains quite superficial, missing several important aspects of this issue. Two matters especially receive little or no attention, even from the most respected American news outlets. These are the role of Germany and the role of ideology. Both, it turns out, are crucial for assessing the wisdom of the Obama administration’s Iran policy.  more>>>

clear
Posted on 07/31/2015 7:53 AM by NER
clear
Friday, 31 July 2015
The Return of the Silent Majority
clear

by Rebecca Bynum (August 2015)


On Nov. 3, 1969, President Richard M. Nixon first called on the “silent majority of Americans” to support him and his plan for “peace with honor” with the North Vietnamese. Then, like now, vocal minorities dominated the debate and bullied the majority into silence. The majority of the country held their counsel until Nixon spoke for them and rallied them to his cause, which meant never to sacrifice American honor. However, the silent majority had its hopes shattered as we well remember.  more>>>

clear
Posted on 07/31/2015 7:47 AM by NER
clear
Friday, 31 July 2015
Clive James’ Last Act
clear

by John Broening (August 2015)


In the fourth volume of his Unreliable Memoirs, Clive James gives an unforgettable account of a visit he makes to the home of a dying critic, a former wunderkind who has been, if not quite disgraced or ruined, at least led astray and made foolish by his erotic obsessions  more>>>

clear
Posted on 07/31/2015 7:43 AM by NER
clear
Friday, 31 July 2015
A Metaphysic of Manners
clear

by Samuel Hux (August 2015)


A pretentious title, but this is as close as I’ll ever come to Immanuel Kant—to whom I apologize most politely for my titular imitation of his Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals. And there is, isn’t there, something graceful about the alliteration?  more>>>

clear
Posted on 07/31/2015 7:39 AM by NER
clear
clear
Showing 1-26 of 229 [Next 25]


Guns, Germs and Steel in Tanzania
The Thinking Person's Safari
Led by Geoffrey Clarfield
Most Recent Posts at The Iconoclast
Search The Iconoclast
Enter text, Go to search:
clear

 

The Iconoclast Posts by Author
The Iconoclast Archives
sun mon tue wed thu fri sat
    1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31  
clear

Subscribe