Tuesday, 31 March 2015
In Tunisia, Jund Al-Khilafah Announces Itself And Warns The Secularists
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Posted on 03/31/2015 10:06 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Southampton University conference questioning right of Israel to exist 'scrapped' after protests
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A leading British university is set to scrap plans to host an controversial conference questioning the right of Israel, to exist following a wave of international outrage and threats of protests from both sides.

The University of Southampton is understood to have withdrawn permission for the three-day conference to be held on its campus in the face of criticism from opponents who described it as “giving legitimacy to anti-Semitism”.

Critics said the conference – International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism – would be a ‘one-sided’ exercise in Israel-bashing and more than 6,000 people signed a petition calling on the university to cancel it.

One of its most respected former alumni returned his degree in protest and at least one major patron of the university was said to have been considering withdrawing funding. Mark Lewis, who has represented a string of celebrity clients, said he would look “unfavourably” at CVs sent by graduates of Southampton. And Andrew Sawczenko, one of the few consultants accredited in both General Paediatrics and Paediatric Gastroenterology, returned the Bachelor of Medicine he received in 1987 to vice chancellor Professor Don Nutbeam, in protest. 

Organisers describe the conference as “the first of its kind and constitutes a ground-breaking historical event ... it is unique because it concerns the legitimacy in international law of the Jewish State of Israel.” The university’s own website advertising the conference, originally planned for April 17 to 19, made no secret of the fact that the event would question both the legal and moral right of the state of Israel to exist...

But in a sudden turnaround the university has apparently told the conference’s organisers that the event could no longer go ahead on safety grounds, after fears that demonstrators would try to disrupt the event, clashing with Pro-Palestinian activists expected to demonstrate in support. 

Douglas Murray, associate director of the Henry Jackson Society, said: “The event at Southampton University was not an academic conference but a rally of bigots. The proposed line up consisted only of people dedicated to the delegitimising and destruction of the state of Israel.

“No academic conference on Pakistan, for instance, founded just a year before Israel - would consist solely of discussion on whether it should have been created and how to end it.” 

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Posted on 03/31/2015 8:28 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Crippled Crop
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by George Bailin (April 2015)


What have you planted

that you should reap

a swelling harvest, 

that steep hills of wheat 

should rise around you?  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2015 7:16 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Nudes On The Beach
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by Gopikrishnan Kottoor (April 2015)


Wet to their pink tips the golden women

Sit staring at the tossing blue waves

Frothing spring-foam; their fine wet

Symmetry slumped upon twinkling ilmenite  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2015 7:12 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Inland
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by P. David Hornik (April 2015)

  

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I could wake at seven, six, five, four…

but I wouldn’t see dawn on the sea.  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2015 7:10 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Bam vs. Bibi
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by Richard Kostelanetz (April 2015)


It was a heavyweight battle between one fighter carrying the banners of Occidental, Columbia College, and Harvard Law; the other the banner of MIT, both with imperious personalities, one representing Goliath and the other David--the latter a veteran politician experienced with both international and domestic maneuvering, the other a greenhorn with his short meteoric career.  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2015 7:06 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 31 March 2015
My Daughter’s Marrying a Tree, Should I Attend the Wedding?
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by Joe Bissonnette (April 2015)


C’mon Sir Elton, come to daddy, time for a trot and a tinkle'.  Sir Elton is excited as usual, that’s one of the things I love about him, he always sees the bright side. But I am disturbed, I am upset.  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2015 7:02 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 31 March 2015
The Greatest Baseball Announcers: Bob Sheppard & Vin Scully
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by Richard Kostelanetz (April 2015)


For Clayelle Dalfares, The great NYC classical music “disk jockey.”


BOB SHEPPARD (1910-2010)

Whenever I went to Yankee Stadium more than a decade ago, I would advise those beside me to listen appreciatively to Bob Sheppard, the Stadium’s legendary public address announcer. His most extraordinary talent was not just enunciating every syllable clearly but speaking so patiently, pausing after every phrase, typically repeating uniform numbers both before and after announcing a player’s name.  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2015 6:59 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 31 March 2015
The Mick
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In Memoriam

by James Como (April 2015)


Where imagination goes the rest of us must follow, so our interior landscape matters greatly. Take, for example, a boy (and more than a few girls) aged, say, eight to fourteen, at a time in history (the ‘fifties) when football, basketball, and the opposite sex offered no competition: when a boy played ball, from early morning until after dark under whatever street-lamp there was. Hardball, softball, stickball (in-the-box and on-the-bounce), stoopball, slapball, catch-a-fly, and variations of these, by himself if necessary. more>>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2015 6:54 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 31 March 2015
The New Order: On a Revolution in Education
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by J. E. G. Dixon (April 2015)


The following is an excerpt from F for Failure: A Critical Examination of the Ineradicable Defects of Canadian Education available on Kindle now.
 

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To the modern mind the Middle Ages stand for all that is most backward, reactionary and superstitious. The very word medieval is used as a term of abuse by people who thereby seek to gain a moment of cheap superiority. This commonplace misconception of a distant epoch in man’s upward striving towards civilization is a graver indictment of the modern mind than it is of the civilization of the Middle Ages.  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2015 6:51 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 31 March 2015
An Insecure Home Nestling in a Blood-Soaked Land
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by Thomas Ország-Land (March 2015)
 

 

Light within the Shade: Eight Hundred Years of Hungarian Poetry
Translated and edited by Zsuzsanna Ozsváth
Frederick Turner
Syracuse University Press (2014), 272 pages  
Cloth, $24.95

978-0815633624  

 


This volume offers English readers an enjoyable and faithful introduction to the enormous contribution made by Jewish writers to the treasury of Hungarian poetry, which is itself a little-known but essential part of Western literature.  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2015 6:46 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Portugal’s Attempts at Jewish Reparations and the Fig Leaf of Lusotropicalism
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by Norman Berdichevsky (April 2015)


Over the past one hundred years, Portugal has made sudden, somewhat fitful, unplanned, and as it turned out, cynical proposals accompanied by dramatic announcements of its intention to carry out “historic justice” and make reparations to the descendants of its Jewish population expelled in 1497.  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2015 6:43 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 31 March 2015
The Post-Racial Society Recedes Further
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by Lorna Salzman (April 2015)
 

When I was growing up (I was born in 1935), there were very few minorities (none in my public school at all and none that I recall in high school) and very little crime of any kind, or at least not enough serious crime (outside of gangster violence) to make the newspapers (there was no TV). One reason may have been the fact that most people were not well off. My family had no worries when I walked through a long stretch of deserted woods and streams between Douglaston and Little Neck in Queens in order to go to the Little Neck movie by myself. I remember being shocked in 1948, when I graduated from public school (an all-white school) and went on a trip with my parents  to see Williamsburg, Virginia, the reconstructed colonial town. We went to the railroad station and I needed to use the bathroom, and was stunned and puzzled to see two doors: White and Colored.  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2015 6:39 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 31 March 2015
The Caliphate Triumphant
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a review by Jerry Gordon (April 2015)
 

 

ISIS Exposed: Beheadings, Slavery, And The Hellish Reality of Radical Islam
by Erick Stakelbeck
Regnery Publishers, March 2015
ISBN: 978-1-62157-377-7

 

 

A Northeast Philadelphia high school and college basketball star, budding sportswriter Erick Stakelbeck was transformed by his 9/11 experience in Manhattan to become one of America’s acclaimed experts on Islamic terrorism. His weekly The Watchman programs on CBN, appearances on FoxNews, columns in world media and his two previous books The Terrorist Next Door; How the Government is Deceiving You About the Islamist Threat, and The Brotherhood: America's Next Great Enemy have kept  Americans and an international  following abreast of the growing menace of Islamic terrorism now roiling the West and destabilizing the Middle East.  more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2015 6:34 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Religious Indoctrination and the Creation of Terrorists
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by Samir Yousif (April 2015)


Few days ago, I was listening to a program on the BBC. The program purported to discuss the serious issues that lead to the murder and killings of innocent people and yet, the program was considering nothing but a TV show, the content of which was an interview with a “British” Sunni Muslim father who has sent two of his sons to travel to Syria in order to join Al-Nusra Terrorist Organization. more>>>

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Posted on 03/31/2015 6:31 AM by NER
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