The Iconoclast

Saturday, 22 February 2020
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Lizzie Dearden of the Independent spends much of her time criticising and mocking Tommy Robinson, but I think a lot of what he says is getting through to her. From the Independent Exclusive: Freedom of Information request refused so ministers have ‘safe space’ to discuss policy The government ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/22/2020 9:27 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Friday, 21 February 2020
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by Michael Curtis The first law of thermodynamics is that energy cannot be created or destroyed; it can only be transferred from one form to another. The contemporary exemplification of this is the behavior of French President Emmanuel Macron, the ambitious politician and former Rothschild ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/21/2020 10:58 AM by Michael Curtis
Friday, 21 February 2020
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From the London Evening Standard and The Telegraph An Islamic State supporter who plotted to “kill as many people as possible” in a suicide bomb attack on St Paul’s Cathedral is facing years behind bars today. Safiyya Shaikh, 36, carried out a reconnaissance trip to central London as she planned ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/21/2020 8:33 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Friday, 21 February 2020
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Unlike most trials of rape/abuse/prostitution gangs the Manchester Evening News has been carrying reports daily, as have many of the nationals. A video link from the Central Criminal court in London has been set up to venues in Manchester and the other northern and Scottish cities where the victims ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/21/2020 8:05 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Friday, 21 February 2020
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by Hugh Ftizgerald Ever since Tunisia gained its independence from France in 1956, it has been the most secular of Arab states. While Islam is recognized in the Tunisian constitution as the state religion, its practice is quite relaxed. This is due in large part to Habib Bourguiba, the nationalist ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/21/2020 6:23 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 21 February 2020
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by Gary Fouse Most Americans have never heard of Hanau, Germany, a small town located near Frankfurt. Those, like myself, who have served in the US Army in Germany, have -even if we have never been there. When I was serving my tour of duty in Germany in the Nuremberg area during the 1960s as ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/21/2020 6:07 AM by Gary Fouse
Friday, 21 February 2020
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From the West Yorkshire Police Press release. It sounds good but 6 into 55 goes not enough.  Six men have been jailed for a combined 55 and a half years years after being sentenced for the sexual abuse of two girls in Huddersfield.His Honour Judge Marson described the men's actions as disgusting ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/21/2020 3:09 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Thursday, 20 February 2020
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by Phyllis Chesler The comments I posted about the two raunchy, pole dancing, crotch-grabbing, half-naked celebrity performances at the Super Bowl at half-time “reached” nearly 6500 people, “engaged” 3089 people, and drew 52 comments. What I posted about Harvey Weinstein’s genitalia “reached” ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/20/2020 4:37 AM by Phyllis Chesler
Thursday, 20 February 2020
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by Hugh Fitzgerald Elizabeth Warren is a former law professor whose specialty is bankruptcy law. She knows how to read and make sense of complicated codes, rebarbative regs, and the most taxing of tax texts. But when it comes to the Arab-Israeli conflict, she shows no signs of having understood, ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/20/2020 4:24 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 19 February 2020
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I don't want to go the route of witness statement porn (and yes there is such a thing; the authorities may have clamped down on it but in my time I knew of cases where defendants in sex crimes sold the witness statements against them, which they were allowed to possess so as to prepare their defence, ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/19/2020 4:14 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 19 February 2020
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by Phyllis Chesler Both Bemelmen’s Bar and the Carlyle Hotel which houses it (pictured above)—are now owned by Katara Hospitality (Qatar); the Plaza Hotel is still standing but the fabled Palm Court is different, the Old World violinist and pianist have been replaced by Muzak, and it is now owned ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/19/2020 11:27 AM by Phyllis Chesler
Wednesday, 19 February 2020
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From the Telegraph and The Times An inmate with no history of extremism told guards he had staged a jihadist attack after luring officers into his cell and lunging at them with an improvised weapon, it was claimed last night. Xeneral Imiuru, 20, allegedly launched the attack in Winchester Prison ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/19/2020 8:12 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 19 February 2020
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From the Huddersfield Examiner H/T Mrs F. I missed this in the news last night. Reporting restrictions on the trial must have been very strict; I couldn't even follow its progress for the last month through the public information Cause List.  Seven men have been convicted of raping two vulnerable ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/19/2020 6:17 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 19 February 2020
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He and the other candidates face a vicious fight for the right to lose to Trump. by Conrad Black It is a little early to become too declarative about this, but no one seems to have got much of a launch from Iowa and New Hampshire except, to a slight degree, Sanders, and he is still below 30 ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/19/2020 6:06 AM by Conrad Black
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
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