Saturday, 31 January 2015
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by Geoffrey Clarfield (February 2015)


“It is impossible that a town will not play a part in your life, it does not even make much difference whether you have more good or bad things to say of it, it draws your mind to it, by a mental law of gravitation.” 
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Karen Blixen, Out of Africa

Going and Coming

In Charles Miller’s marvelous narrative history of everything that caused the building of a railway from the Indian Ocean Coast into the highlands of Uganda, at the dawn of the 20th century, we read about travel. In those days men coming out to East Africa would take a steamer from Europe, through the Suez Canal, down to Mombasa and once ashore, they would make ready for what was usually a long walk inland.  more>>>

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Posted on 01/31/2015 7:24 AM by NER
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Saturday, 31 January 2015
“Fanny and Alexander” and Contemporary Swedish Antisemitism
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by Norman Berdichevsky (February 2015)


Although 1983 may not seem that long ago by the calendar, the Swedish film “Fanny and Alexander” represents what might be termed Pre-Modern History in European attitudes towards Israel and the Jews. This is all the more apparent in the case of Sweden – a country traditionally known for its enlightenment, high educational standards, and tolerance during the last two centuries that has fallen since into the trash bin of “political correctness.” The country has distanced itself not only from the sentiments of Scandinavian tolerance, Western civilization, Judeo-Christian tradition, respect for women and the fundamental rights of free speech and expression but openly panders today to Islamist isolationist resistance to integration within Swedish society and refuses to call a spade a spade with regard to antisemitism.  more>>>
 

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Posted on 01/31/2015 7:15 AM by NER
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Saturday, 31 January 2015
A “Completely Good Man” is Hard to Find: Welles’ Defective Falstaff
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by Carl C. Curtis (February 2015)


Whether Chimes at Midnight1 is Orson Welles’ greatest film remains a matter for debate. That it suffered from the usual post-RKO Welles problems is certain: the unpredictable production schedule, tight budget, and occasionally poor or out-of-sync soundtrack compose the hash that typifies a latter-day Welles’ effort. Still, critics, at first mixed in their opinions, have warmed so much to Chimes at Midnight that many regard it as one of Welles’ finest works (Hindle 42). For Welles, however irksome the task of completing the project, it was assuredly a labor of love. He had in somewhat different form presented the subject onstage and had thought deeply about Shakespeare’s great miles gloriosus for many years (Rothwell 86). There can be little question that he was determined to start and finish the film, warts and all.  more>>>

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Posted on 01/31/2015 7:11 AM by NER
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Saturday, 31 January 2015
Good Poetry, Bad Poetry, and Good Poetry Read Badly
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by G. Kim Blank (February 2015)


“One great poet is a masterpiece of Nature which another not only ought to study but must study.” 
—Percy Shelley, from the Preface to Prometheus Unbound

 

1. A Life Before Us

Without venturing too far into mired arguments about taste and aesthetics—or fully engaging critiques of canonization that descend from political correctness—is it difficult to recognize great poetry? Were there that many poets in the times of Donne, Herbert, Dryden, and Pope who wrote nearly so well? William Southey is obviously not in the same league as his arch-detractor, Byron. Hopkins trumps Patmore every time.   more>>>

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Posted on 01/31/2015 7:04 AM by NER
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Saturday, 31 January 2015
The Golan Ablaze: Are Hezbollah and Iran Behind It?
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by Jerry Gordon and Ilana Freedman (February 2015)


The Golan is suddenly ablaze with rocket and anti-tank missiles launched from Lebanon and Syria incurring IDF casualties.  Israel Hayom reported on January 28, 2014, “Hezbollah missile hits IDF vehicle; casualties feared”:

Overnight, IAF struck several military targets in Syria in response to four rockets fired from Syria into Golan Heights on Tuesday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “We will respond with force against those who try to challenge us.”  more>>>

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Posted on 01/31/2015 6:48 AM by NER
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Saturday, 31 January 2015
The Herr Schultz Syndrome
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by Richard Butrick (February 2015)


Berlin, 1931. Despite:

Jack-booted Hitler Youth marching through the streets of Berlin smashing in Jewish stores.

Huge  Nazi rallies claiming Aryan supremacy.

Attacks on Synagogues.

Threats to exterminate Jews.

Herr Schultz, an aging Jewish fruit vendor, is convinced that the Brown Shirts and Hitler Youth are just extremist aberrations and that all will return to normal soon.  more>>>

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Posted on 01/31/2015 6:43 AM by NER
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Saturday, 31 January 2015
Exposing A Radical Jihad Training Network in America: an Interview with Ryan Mauro of The Clarion Project
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by Jerry Gordon (February 2015)


Wall Street Journalist Danny Pearl was on his way to a meeting with Jamaat ul-Fuqra (JF) founder, Sheik Mubarak Ali Gilani, a radical Sufi cleric, in Lahore, Pakistan on January 22, 2002. He was on the hunt for al Qaeda connections when he was abducted by four conspirators and allegedly killed by Al Qaeda mastermind of the 9/11 attack, Khaled Sheik Mohammed. As reported by the Georgetown University, Center for Public Integrity, Omar Sheik, a British-educated Pakistani, is in prison for Pearl's kidnapping and murder, as are three accomplices.  more>>>

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Posted on 01/31/2015 6:38 AM by NER
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Saturday, 31 January 2015
The Age of Musterbation
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by G. Murphy Donovan (February 2015)


“A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.”  - E. R. Murrow

Media icons are often given credit for thoughts that originated with their betters. The “nation of sheep” metaphor is an example. Thomas Jefferson addressed the subject in response to the Federalist Papers, long before Edward R. Murrow. And before that, herd similes might be traced to the Old and New Testaments. William J. Lederer wrote a book on the subject in 1961, a follow up to the best-selling Ugly American (1958).  more>>>

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Posted on 01/31/2015 6:34 AM by NER
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Saturday, 31 January 2015
The Silence of the Lambs: Kristof and Buruma Put Women in Their Place
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by Lorna Salzman (February 2014)


For writers like Nicholas Kristof and Ian Buruma, it would seem that it is perfectly all right to tolerate "overheated" language in talking of social injustice, provided the speaker is an African-American, because we all deplore the slavery and discrimination which this group has suffered, to the point of assuming the guilt of early American settlers long dead. (The descendants of the Arabs who sent black Africans into slavery do not seem to be burdened with such guilt).  more>>>

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Posted on 01/31/2015 6:30 AM by NER
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Saturday, 31 January 2015
Lunch Conquers All, Part 2
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by Theodore Dalrymple (February 2015)


There is no such thing as a free lunch, they say, and perhaps this is so in the abstract: but no doctor really believes it. His personal experience leads him to conclude otherwise: thanks to the pharmaceutical industry there are many free lunches, as there have been for many a long year.  more>>>

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Posted on 01/31/2015 6:15 AM by NER
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Saturday, 31 January 2015
An Interview with Professor Richard L. Rubenstein in The World & I, 1991
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The following interview appeared in The World & I in February 1991, twenty four years ago.


W&I: Could you speak on the Jewish­ Islamic issue from the point of view of a Jewish scholar?

RUBENSTEIN: I don't think there is a pecific Jewish-Islamic issue. First, I be­lieve that Islam regards itself as the origi­nal true religion, whose fundamental meaning was revealed by the Prophet Mo­hammad, and that Islam regards both Ju­daism and Christianity as distorted views of the original true religion, so that inevitably Islam has an interpretation of both Judaism and Christianity that nei­ther can accept. Second, I believe that in the history of Christendom there have been three possible and two actual chal­lenges to Christendom. One was Juda­ism. The second was Islam, and the third was atheistic communism. Judaism was not a real challenge to Christendom for the simple reason that the Jews simply were not that culturally influential or numerous for Judaism to be a challenge af­ter Christianity became the religion of the Roman world.  more>>>

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Posted on 01/31/2015 6:12 AM by NER
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Saturday, 31 January 2015
Israel's Nuclear Strategy: The Importance of Doctrine
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by Louis René Beres (February 2015)


Oddly, perhaps, especially at a time of expanding existential peril, Israel has yet to make any substantive policy disclosures about its nuclear deterrent. To be sure, two former prime ministers, during their respective governing tenures, exhibited substantial “slips of the tongue" on this sensitive issue. Nonetheless, no purposefully explicit or meaningfully nuanced strategic details were ever disclosed by Premiers Shimon Peres or Ehud Olmert. Always, the bomb remained deliberately vague and obscure, still carefully well-hidden in the country's metaphoric "basement."  more>>>

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Posted on 01/31/2015 6:09 AM by NER
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Saturday, 31 January 2015
Hamas, CAIR, and American Muslims
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by Joseph S. Spoerl (February 2015)


A growing body of literature by capable scholars and investigative journalists has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that most major Islamic organizations in North America and Western Europe are, in one way or another, offshoots of the Muslim Brotherhood. By its own admission, Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist movement dedicated to the destruction of Israel, is also a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. more>>>

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Posted on 01/31/2015 5:55 AM by NER
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Saturday, 31 January 2015
The Failure of Pope Francis
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by Rebecca Bynum (February 2015)


If the Pope will not speak for Jesus, who will?

Does not the Papacy exists to represent Christ on earth, to point to him and give the world his words? Yet, on January 15, 2015, just one week after the horrendous massacre of cartoonists at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, Pope Francis (whose predecessors would certainly have been more circumspect) chose cleverness and personal vanity before his primary pontifical duty. Said the Pope, "one cannot make fun of faith" and that anyone who throws insults can expect a "punch."  more>>>

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Posted on 01/31/2015 5:51 AM by NER
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Saturday, 31 January 2015
Jihad Attacks in Paris: True & False Notes
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by Nidra Poller (February 2015)


Excerpts from the PROLOGUE, published on January 20th

Message N°1

When you witness an event like this, an expression of collective opinion and determination on a scale never seen in the nation’s history, you can’t simply dismiss it. Of course you can, you are free to dismiss it. But I don’t. And that’s based on what I saw and heard.  more>>>

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Posted on 01/31/2015 5:48 AM by NER
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