The Iconoclast

Saturday, 12 June 2021
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by Michael Curtis Oxford University used to be the home of lost causes. It has also become a home for woke causes. It still bears the shame of the Oxford Union motion, the “Oxford Pledge,” passed by 275-153 that “this House will under no circumstances fight for its king and country.” The motion ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/12/2021 5:34 AM by Michael Curtis
Friday, 11 June 2021
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by Theodore Dalrymple Satire these days is prophecy. Moreover, satire is becoming ever more difficult, if not impossible, because policy so soon outruns it in absurdity. My late friend, the eminent economist Peter Bauer, used to say that the only genuine unemployment these days is among satirists. The ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/11/2021 5:51 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 11 June 2021
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by Hugh Fitzgerald Eastern Jerusalem Arabs have called for a “victory march” to be held on June 10, following the very route of what was to have been Israel’s Jerusalem Day flag parade. The story of the dueling parades is here. On the original Jerusalem Day this year Israelis were all set ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/11/2021 5:38 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 10 June 2021
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by Phyllis Chesler At this moment in history, you’re lucky if you do not get shot down, knifed, or rammed with a truck, defamed, or fired as a function of your race, religion, national origin, or sexuality. That’s the macrocosm. Here’s the microcosm. Everyone has their own set of stories. ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/10/2021 2:37 PM by Phyllis Chesler
Thursday, 10 June 2021
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From the Daily Mail A Muslim NHS receptionist who sued the health service after she refused to sign a birthday card for a colleague because 'birthdays were against her religion' has had her case dismissed. Samira Duhulow, in her 20s, claimed she was discriminated against by her boss at London's ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/10/2021 11:42 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Thursday, 10 June 2021
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by Bruce Bawer The presidency of Donald Trump was not just a boon for CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. It was also a gift to the book business. There was, publishers found, an apparently insatiable hunger for anti-Trump screeds. One after another of these tomes hit ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/10/2021 8:40 AM by Bruce Bawer
Thursday, 10 June 2021
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by Hugh Fitzgerald Just after the ceasefire in Gaza was declared, Nicholas Kristof, a New York Times columnist, who rivals his colleague Tom Friedman for the title of World’s Greatest Authority, wrote an article blasting Israel for committing “war crimes” in its recent conflict with Hamas. Now ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/10/2021 7:29 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 10 June 2021
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by Howard Rotberg Thane Rosenbaum, writing in Jewish Journal, on June 7, 2021, makes an important point: “The apparent unwillingness, or cowardice, of many American Jews to identify with the existential dilemma of Israelis—and its spillover effect on Jews walking on American or European streets—is ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/10/2021 6:17 AM by Howard Rotberg
Thursday, 10 June 2021
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by Michael Curtis The story sounds as if it were apocryphal, but it is authentic. In 1986 Nelson Mandela was visited in the Pollsmoor prison by the former Australian prime minister, Malcolm Fraser. Mandela’s first question to his visitor was, “Tell me, is Don Bradman still alive?”  After Mandela ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/10/2021 6:03 AM by Michael Curtis
Thursday, 10 June 2021
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The sun 20% obscured over SE England at 11.14am BST  Taken by my husband, as his were far superior to my own photographs.  ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/10/2021 5:36 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Thursday, 10 June 2021
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We know too many modern "feminists" didn't take male violence against women and girls seriously enough when the violent man is a 'person of colour' and the girl is white working class. The vigils for Sarah Everard were a right thing; but they were only allowed to happen because her assailant was white ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/10/2021 2:54 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 09 June 2021
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From the Jewish Chronicle and the Daily Mail Another “Convoy for Palestine” is set to return to London on Saturday, less than a month after activists drove down Finchley Road shouting “F*** the Jews, rape their daughters.” The convoy is due to depart from Bradford and make stops in Sheffield, ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/09/2021 2:04 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 09 June 2021
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by Geoffrey Clarfield Emi Palmor Facebook has suspended President Donald Trump's account for two more years. Given that the U.S. Supreme Court is in a near state of paralysis, those who believe in the freedom of the West must regret this kind of top-down, arbitrary, authoritarian behaviour.  It ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/09/2021 10:56 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Wednesday, 09 June 2021
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by Conrad Black The tidal wave of probability, circumstantial evidence of such mass and consistency that it is now almost irrefutable, that the novel coronavirus escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, will alter China’s relationship with the world and particularly with the United States. Accompanied ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/09/2021 8:02 AM by Conrad Black
Wednesday, 09 June 2021
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by Theodore Dalrymple When a reporter from National Public Radio, Asma Khalid, asked the White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, whether it was out of the ordinary for a president to ask for the resignation of members of the United States Fine Arts Commission, as President Biden had just done ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/09/2021 7:52 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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