The Iconoclast

Wednesday, 19 February 2020
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by Hugh Fitzgerald The appearance and spread of the coronavirus has been much in the news, in the Western world, where scientists discuss questions of epidemiology and of how rapidly a vaccine might be available. We see photographs, too, of empty Chinese cities, where everyone is in lockdown ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/19/2020 5:46 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 18 February 2020
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by Michael Curtis Benjamin Griveaux Sometimes like Greta Garbo we want to be alone, sometimes like Mae West we do not. There’s a somebody I’m longing to find, someone to watch over me.  Is French political life becoming “Americanized” on issues of privacy, sexual transgressions, respect for ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/18/2020 8:56 AM by Michael Curtis
Tuesday, 18 February 2020
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by Theodore Dalrymple I was only twice in a room with the famous, or infamous, British politician Enoch Powell, both times without speaking to him. Sitting on his own, he had a disconcerting expression of passionate intensity, an intensity that was probably characterological and attached itself ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/18/2020 6:51 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Tuesday, 18 February 2020
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by Hugh Fitzgerald A column in the Boston Sunday Globe for February 9 – “Trump’s acquittal could be a dangerous turning point” – by Michael A. Cohen, caught my attention, or rather, its first two paragraphs caught my attention, infuriated me, and I saw no reason to read further. Here is what ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/18/2020 5:53 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 17 February 2020
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From popular Nigerian newspaper The Punch and Associated Press OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Gunmen killed 24 civilians, including a church pastor, and kidnapped three others on Sunday in Burkina Faso, an official said. It was the latest attack against a religious leader in the increasingly unstable ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/17/2020 1:10 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 17 February 2020
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by Phyllis Chesler I knew it was all over when they shut down the Horn and Hardart Automat, the restaurant where portions of food appeared in glass cages—but their liberation could be purchased with as little as five cents. Oh, those baked beans! And those tempting slices of pie! They took Chock ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/17/2020 12:32 PM by Phyllis Chesler
Monday, 17 February 2020
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by Hugh Fitzgerald Here’s what: #1. Making Water From Air “Israeli startup Watergen, which has developed a technology to make water from air, has been named winner of the Energy Efficiency Product of the Year in the 2020 Smart Home Mark of Excellence Awards at CES in Las Vegas for its ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/17/2020 4:51 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 16 February 2020
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by Theodore Dalrymple Like many persons possessing limited insight into the future, I had supposed that, with the collapse of the Soviet Empire, utopianism would die out in the Western world. I was mistaken. Identity politics in the West is veering in the direction of totalitarianism. A book ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/16/2020 5:15 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 16 February 2020
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by Michael Curtis Double, double, toil and Trouble. People have burned and political parties bubble. But in the lilt of Irish laughter you can hear the angels sing, and all the world seems happy and gay. Political earthquakes are rare but the result of the parliamentary election in the Republic ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/16/2020 4:54 AM by Michael Curtis
Sunday, 16 February 2020
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I was hoping to get my own photographs of this "award winning" advertisment to put with the ones I took in 2018 to illustrate Sadiq Khan's double standards regarding the acceptability of adverts on London Underground. But I haven't seen this advert during several journeys last week, not even by bus ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/16/2020 2:33 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 15 February 2020
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From France 24 Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan has been charged with raping two women besides two others he was already facing accusations over, his lawyer told AFP Thursday. The 57-year-old Ramadan, a Swiss national, was already charged in France with raping a disabled woman in 2009 and a feminist ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/15/2020 9:23 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 15 February 2020
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The sentencing in this case reported last month. From CPS Thames and Chilterns. HT Cliff Dixon Members of a grooming gang who sexually abused girls in Oxford in the late 1990s and early 2000s have today been jailed for a total of 49 years. Naim Khan, 41, Raheem Ahmed, 42, and Mohammed Nazir, 44, ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/15/2020 8:47 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 15 February 2020
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From the Independent, the most left leaning of all our left leaning newspapers. They spend the latter half of the article rolling out assorted 'campaigners' as to why this is a bad thing. Personally I think it's a good judgment. As the Judges said, and the Independent sub-heading says  It is ‘not ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/15/2020 7:25 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 15 February 2020
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Posted on 02/15/2020 6:14 AM by New English Review Press
Saturday, 15 February 2020
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She came from a cold, rough mining town. There grew her appreciation for ordinary people, pleasure for uninhibited partying and joy in the virtues of hard work by Conrad  Black The occasion must not be lost to pay tribute to Christie Blatchford, though many have done so more promptly and eloquently ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/15/2020 5:48 AM by Conrad Black
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