Tuesday, 29 September 2015
Mauritz ’Come Muhayissa
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by A. Human Being (October 2015)


October 14, 2014: Baghdad, Iraq

“One should not mix curses with prayers, lest, as they drift heavenward, one forgets which is which,” the Iraqi police officer told brawny blue-eyed Muhayissa at the Kadhimiyah checkpoint in northern Baghdad.

“Allah akbar,” Muhayissa replied.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/29/2015 11:51 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 29 September 2015
The Obama Doctrine Explained
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by Dr. Yasser Dasmabebi (October 2015)


September 8, 2015 - Headline - Washington Post: Turkish Jets Strike Kurdish Rebels in Iraq

Turkey, America’s NATO ally whom America is treaty-bound to support (and which is led by Tayyip Erdogan, Mr. Obama’s best geo-political buddy) -- is now bombing the Kurds who are fighting ISIS (who is evil and who is America’s sworn enemy and whom Mr. Obama, hedging his bets, calls “ISIL, just in case they succeed in taking over the “Levant” – the “L” in “ISIL”) who is fighting Bashar al- Assad (who “must go” because he crossed red lines but who was once a “moderate” with whom we can “do business” – wink, wink) who is supported by Iran (who is our enemy)...more>>>

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Posted on 09/29/2015 11:46 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 29 September 2015
What If It Doesn’t Work Out Like That?
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a review by Mark Gullick (October 2015)


No stronger retrograde force [than Islam] exists in the world.
- Winston Churchill, The River War

Islam is a religion of peace.
- David Cameron, from a statement following the beheading by Islamists of a British aid worker

If there was an obvious lesson to be learned by European novelists from their new Muslim Lord Chancellors after the Salman Rushdie affair, it was to be at the very least elliptical when dealing with the topic of Islam. After Rushdie’s unreadable tripe The Satanic Verses caused its furore in 1989, at least one novel has fallen still-born from the presses due to its dalliance with Mohammedan topics.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/29/2015 11:40 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 29 September 2015
End Antisemitism in Football
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by Michael Curtis (October 2015)


Antisemitism is a foul disease seemingly incurable, whose virus makes those infected lack any moral sensibility or civilized behavior. Hatred of Jews, the most global form of intolerance, has now been spreading in the turf of English Football.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/29/2015 11:35 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 29 September 2015
Intuition, Belief and Lostness
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by Ankur Betageri (October 2015)


A fact that never ceases to amaze me is how some of the most celebrated religious texts of the world, which claim to be the very word of God, borrow many of their central percepts, doctrines and ideas from the founding texts of anti-theism, atheism and deism! Many important verses of The New Testament[i] for example and the Seven Deadly Sins of the Christian church[ii] are either directly taken from, or at least inspired by, Lucretius’ The Nature of Things, the anti-theist, materialist poem which actively denounces belief in the gods and the supernatural.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/29/2015 11:28 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 29 September 2015
Resolved: Science Has Made God Redundant
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by James Como (October 2015)


As I write I am invited to speak at the Belfast C. S. Lewis Festival in November. The gig may yet fall through, but if it does not, then, in addition to the opening address and an after-breakfast talk, I am expected to debate, speaking in opposition to the title above. Now, if this were an academic debate, the affirmative side would have spoken first, making (we would expect) at least a prima facie case in favor of the proposition, in which light I wonder: Would it have treated God as our omnipotent, omniscient, loving creator? Would it have shown Him to be redundant? Would it have demonstrated science to be the agency of that redundancy? These are their requirements for proof.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/29/2015 11:24 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 29 September 2015
Chapman, Our Chapman!
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by David P. Gontar (October 2015)


Jonathan Bate is apparently not doing too well these days. Provost at Worcester College, Professor of English Literature at Oxford University, and co-editor with Eric Rasmussen of the RSC edition of William Shakespeare Complete Works, Bate seems to be falling victim to an onslaught of authorship bogeymen. Did he not ride out to rout those paper dragons years ago? Will such indecencies ne’er be quelled?  more>>>

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Posted on 09/29/2015 11:20 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 29 September 2015
The Unintended Consequences of Specific Policies in the Middle East
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by Samir Yousif (October 2015)


Introduction

The complexities of the political and the mutually-interrelated indigenous forces of the Middle East necessitate a multi-disciplinary approach. There are many interest groups, ethnic minorities, religions, and sects, in addition to the influence of the external interests that interact with each other on a daily basis. To initiate an action and to expect a specific outcome, under such circumstances, is highly unlikely.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/29/2015 11:15 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 29 September 2015
State Sovereignty, Human Rights and the Responsibility to Protect
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by Lorna Salzman (October 2015)


I hate getting articles on the issue of state sovereignty, such as one from The Bruges Group a few years ago urging the UK to remove itself from the EU on grounds that its sovereignty is threatened, not because they aren't interesting or important but because it means having to start doing more reading on the topic at hand. Already my initial and relatively narrow involvement in Islamism, which started ten years ago as a response to an ill advised anti-Israel resolution in the US Green Party (of which I am no longer a member) led to my spending the following years researching Islamism, women's rights, civil liberties, terrorism, fundamentalism and religious jihad, the main tenets of Islam, the extreme left, Israel/Palestine, and Political Correctness. My head hasn't stopped spinning.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/29/2015 10:53 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 29 September 2015
Can States Prevent Release of Iran Sanctions through Federal Litigation?
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by Jerry Gordon (October 2015)


President Obama achieved what ultimately could become a Pyrrhic victory when Senate minority Democrats blocked two resolutions offered by the Senate Republican Majority. They rejected the Iran nuclear pact under the deadline set by the Corker–Cardin Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, (“Corker-Cardin”) September 17, 2015. It is a Pyrrhic victory as Iranian President Rouhani has refused to hold discussions with President Obama at the UN General Assembly meetings that began on September 28th in New York City. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei declared that the Iran nuclear pact achievement would not foster the hoped for development of further relations between the US and the Islamic Republic.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/29/2015 10:48 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 29 September 2015
At Bitburg: The SS, Reagan. . . und Ich
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by Samuel Hux (October 2015)


Günter Grass’s death in April 2015 (as I observed my birthday) reminds me that in June 1984 I drove from Normandy to Brittany in order to visit Mont-St. Michel. (The Grass connection will not be obvious immediately.) Acutely aware of the recent fortieth anniversary celebrations of D-Day, my companion and I decided to stop at the American military cemetery at St. James. (Odd name for a French town, English, but appropriate given the circumstances.) The crosses and stars of David were not easy for us to handle; there are few if any more solemn sights.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/29/2015 10:43 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 29 September 2015
There Are No Flies On Us
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by Theodore Dalrymple (October 2015)


Good will is necessary but not sufficient: a painful lesson in life and one that has often to be relearned because it is so easily and wilfully forgotten. Benevolence can often be useless or even on some occasions harmful and our best intentions may be misunderstood and taken for the opposite.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/29/2015 10:35 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 29 September 2015
Echoes of the Past: The Contemporary Apologism of the Petty Intelligentsia
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by James Buckham (October 2015)


“In a year or two, the older generation that still dreamed of empire must surely give way to new politicians…The blimps, still fighting the last war, still nostalgic for its discipline and privations – their time was up.”

In On Chesil Beach, Ian McKewan blends the three stories of two young newly-weds and the post-war 1960s British landscape they inhabit into a tale that is both a romantic tragedy and an astute social commentary. The main characters represent the hope for a new and better society rising from the ruins of post-war Europe; educated, conscientious, socially mobile and pacifistically anti-establishment, they embody, despite their fictitious nature, the swinging of a pendulum of values that took place around the mid-20th century.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/29/2015 10:29 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 29 September 2015
The Procrustean Idiocy of the Homo Consumptus Mandate
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by Richard Butrick (October 2015)


“In every country it always is and must be the interest of the great body of the people to buy whatever they want of those who sell it cheapest.” Adam Smith

It’s a no-brainer.

Free trade is the biggest no-brainer for securing America's long-term prosperity. It opens markets, creates jobs, raises wages, levels the legal playing field, increases the availability of goods for consumers, and slashes prices for every nation that tries it.

And here is an article from Forbes making the same point. Unlike the above quote from Investor’s Business Daily, the article admits that free trade does result in job losses.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/29/2015 10:22 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 29 September 2015
Europe Surrenders
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by G. Murphy Donovan (October 2015)


“It's often safer to be in chains than to be free.” – Franz Kafka

The cuckoo is one of the more interesting migrants in the animal kingdom. It spends part of the year in sunny Africa, but nests and breeds in Europe among other places. Cuckoos appropriate the nests of other birds to lay eggs. The lark or dove in turn does not recognize the egg threat and even feeds the cuckoo chicks after they hatch. Eventually, the larger aggressive cuckoo chicks either evict or kill any host offspring.  more>>>

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Posted on 09/29/2015 10:18 AM by NER
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