The Iconoclast

Saturday, 15 February 2020
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by Phyllis Chesler I’ve been blessed by many, many things—we all have—but what I have in mind today is the blessing of music, both secular and sacred.  Who has not been moved as they listened to the late Callas, Caballe, or Tebaldi bring to life one of opera’s most beloved heroines and with such ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/15/2020 5:40 AM by Phyllis Chesler
Saturday, 15 February 2020
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by Hugh Fitzgerald Last October, the Palestinian Authority banned imports of Israeli beef. It did so because, according to the PA, Palestinians found themselves forced to buy meat only from Israeli farmers, thereby limiting the import of meat from abroad. For several months, the Israelis tried ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/15/2020 5:27 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 14 February 2020
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by John M. Joyce Recently I read an article about the ACLU at this site . The main point that I took from the article was that apart from the fact that free speech is an absolute, a position the ACLU doesn’t support any more, it seems that the most important question in free speech cases is: ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/14/2020 8:39 PM by John M. Joyce
Friday, 14 February 2020
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There is no x is especially. The word is undoubtedly not undoubtably. Anyways is not a word at all. Fulsome does not mean what you think it does.  You're welcome. ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/14/2020 6:15 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Friday, 14 February 2020
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by Phyllis Chesler Listen to the enchanting Atlan as she sings a traditional Shabbat song which welcomes the angels to earth.  I love Spanish music but I love, even more, Jewish-Spanish, Jewish-Arabic music. Both the sacred and the secular music call out to me as if I knew them, or had once lived ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/14/2020 5:56 AM by Phyllis Chesler
Friday, 14 February 2020
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by Theodore Dalrymple Listening to the Liberty Law Talk podcast “Liberalism and the Death Penalty” leads me to offer my own thoughts on how its abolition in Great Britain has had much broader consequences for crime and punishment. If I had been a prison doctor while the death penalty was still ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/14/2020 5:48 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 14 February 2020
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by Hugh Fitzgerald The heartening recent story of the U.K.’s decision to ban the terror group Hezbollah in its entirety, and to freeze all of its financial assets, is here. The UK government announced on January 17 that it would add the entirety of Hezbollah — Iran’s Shi’a proxy based in ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/14/2020 5:44 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 14 February 2020
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From The Rochdale News and The Independent via Yahoo News Counter Terrorism Police in both the North West and North East, along with the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command (CTC), worked together to disrupt an Islamist propaganda website for Daesh supporters by bringing to justice two of ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/14/2020 3:18 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Thursday, 13 February 2020
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Fourteen Points on the Election by James Como Why they hate Trump:  1/ He beat the Chosen One, though he was outspent, along the way making the opposition (especially the militant punditry) look very stupid: his heresy is that he scorns their opinions. 2/ He is reversing Obama’s – and ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/13/2020 9:46 AM by James Como
Thursday, 13 February 2020
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Far from being dictatorial, the order is profoundly liberating for clients, architects, and public alike. by Theodore Dalrymple In 1962, the man who was to become famous as Senator Daniel P. Moynihan wrote his “Guiding Principles for Federal Architecture.” These mandated that “major emphasis ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/13/2020 5:42 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 13 February 2020
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They actually seem likely to nominate an unabashed socialist. by Conrad Black Editor’s note: The following piece was written before the results of the New Hampshire primary were released. Though this may not be a representative opinion, I think Joe Biden’s decline turned into a power dive ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/13/2020 3:56 AM by Conrad Black
Thursday, 13 February 2020
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by Michael Rectenwald I'll be delivering a presentation entitled "Totalitarianism with Communist Characteristics, Corporate Socialism, and 'Woke' Capitalism" today at The Free Enterprise Institute, Hankamer School of Business, Foster Building, Room 250, Baylor Univ. 1311 S 5th St, Waco, TX 76706, 5:15 ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/13/2020 3:20 AM by Michael Rectenwald
Wednesday, 12 February 2020
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by Michael Curtis How strange, the road ahead should be so easy, can’t you see the detour ahead, turn back while there’s time, don’t you see the danger sign? Mid-February in Germany is the week of Fasching, Carnival, the version of Mardi Gras, the time of celebrations, music, street parades ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/12/2020 12:28 PM by Michael Curtis
Wednesday, 12 February 2020
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by Phyllis Chesler I chanced on Beauty and Splendor quite by accident—there she was, dancing the dying swan and doing so with such grace and power, such fluidity and expressiveness, such dramatic dignity as Odette-Odile, the tragic swan as she dances her death, set to Camille Saint-Saens’s soaring, ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/12/2020 12:15 PM by Phyllis Chesler
Wednesday, 12 February 2020
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From the Sun and the Daily Mail A private Muslim primary school has been shut down after pupils were deemed under threat of radicalisation and its owner, the head teacher's husband, was once accused by the US of funding Al Qaeda-linked terrorism. Birmingham Muslim School in Small Heath had been ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/12/2020 10:03 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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