The Iconoclast

Saturday, 17 January 2015
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Here. I didn't put in anything in that original piece about Carl Ernst, or Omid Safi of the Islamic Studies Center at Duke. At that time I was focussed on Columbia's MEALAC program. Bu tif you google each of their names, with my name, something will turn up. ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/17/2015 1:00 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 17 January 2015
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“The vast majority of people in the Arab world sympathize with al Qaeda only because it champions their issues and speaks their language and it’s seemingly effective against their enemies.” —  Shibley Telhami of the Brookings Institution and the University of Maryland   A nice example of deception ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/17/2015 12:54 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 17 January 2015
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From Temple, to Chapel Hill, and now that appetizing thing, full professor and Director of the Islamic Studies Center at Duke University, Omid Safi churns out prose that has something in common with that of Hamid Dashabi, whose Ode To Edward Said you no doubt remember or, put otherwise, have been unable ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/17/2015 12:44 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 17 January 2015
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Today is the 70th anniversary of the “disappearance” of Raoul Wallenberg when Soviet troops arrested him in Budapest (see forthcoming February issue of NER). ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/17/2015 12:24 PM by Norman Berdichevsky
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Saturday, 17 January 2015
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The French, it has been observed, take pride in France, in Chamfort's "perfected civilisastion," take pride  in their physical and cultural patrimoine. This patrimony, and this pride steady them, give them confidence. That's good. It's needed, when you are under continuous, varied, and often confusing ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/17/2015 11:50 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 17 January 2015
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Here. It's good that they publicly recognize that what went on in Paris, or in the Islamic State, or all over the place when Muslims behave violently toward non-Muslims and those Muslims they consider to be, and label as, non-Muslims, does indeed arise out of the texts of Islam. But if there are ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/17/2015 11:39 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 17 January 2015
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Saturday, 17 January 2015
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That title is not a literal translation of the French, but conveys the meaning, though not the implied contrast with how the Muslim immigrants to France today integrate, or refuse too, and instead maintain their ever-more-hostile distance, eagerly grab every benefit they can, and have no intention of ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/17/2015 9:55 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 17 January 2015
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Jean-Marie Le Pen is an out-and-out fascist. For years he was the face and emblem of the Front National. And because this awful man, who famously declared that the genocide of the Jews was merely a "detail of the war," was thought to represent the anti-Islam forces, it was not respectable to criticise ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/17/2015 9:31 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 17 January 2015
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The latest results of a poll, here. Christiane Taubira was appointed to be the Garde des Sceaux (Keeper of the Seals, that is Minister of Justice) by Hollande in a moment of madness. But there she  is, in charge, supposedly, of coming up with stricter penal measures. So far all of her policy deplacements ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/17/2015 8:50 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 17 January 2015
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“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Some wag suggested that Voltaire was murdered the other day in Paris. If this is true, then surely it was a mercy killing. Men like Voltaire and Daumier would be out of place in Francois Hollande’s Fifth ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/17/2015 8:21 AM by G. Murphy Donovan
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Saturday, 17 January 2015
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Contrast UK PM Cameron and President Obama on Radical Islamic Extremist Threat In Joint Press Conference   Watch UK PM David Cameron and President Obama respond to  question by BBC reporter Nick Robinson on contending with Radical Islamic threats both domestically and in the Middle East. Note ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/17/2015 8:17 AM by Jerry Gordon
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Saturday, 17 January 2015
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On Sunday, January 11, 2015 , Paris became the capital of the world as the setting of a unique historical demonstration: more than 40 international political leaders marched in the city ahead of two to three million people who had rallied against the terrorist attacks four days earlier.  In symbolic ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/17/2015 8:16 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 17 January 2015
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From the Austrian edition of The Local A 14-year-old boy who plotted to bomb a crowded rail station and had been missing since Tuesday was arrested in Vienna on Friday morning, a spokeswoman for the St. Pölten prosecutor has confirmed. Merkan G., who is of Turkish origin and from Lower Austria, ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/17/2015 3:36 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 17 January 2015
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PRAGUE (AP) — Hundreds of people are rallying in central Prague against Islam in a first such protest in the Czech Republic. Organizers from a group called "We do not want Islam in the Czech Republic," which has more than 100,000 supporters on social media, say last week's terror attacks in Paris ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/17/2015 2:57 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 17 January 2015
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She said there was no evidence any police had been killed, that it was strange that one particular person was not at the editorial meeting, that there was a plot, against Muslims. But, she added, it was right and proper for Muslims to kill those who defiled the Prophet, as such killings had taken place ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/17/2015 12:31 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 16 January 2015
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  Argentine President Christina de Fernandez Kirchner and Foreign Minister Hector Timerman Credit the relentless Argentine Prosecutor Alberto Nisman with endeavoring to bring closure to the 1994 AMIA Jewish Center Bombing in Buenos Aires that took 85 lives and injured hundreds.  Nisman  now ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/16/2015 11:39 PM by Jerry Gordon
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Friday, 16 January 2015
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PEGIDA is "anti-immigrant." No, it isn't. PEGIDA is against more, and yet more, Muslim immigrants. It would probably welcome non-Muslim immigrants, such as those unemployed young people from Italy, Greece, Spain who are suffering so much. It would welcome non-Muslim immigrants from Mexico, and Brazil ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/16/2015 10:45 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 16 January 2015
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Appointed just a few years ago to be Dean of the Duke Chapel, Luke Powery was on NPR the other day, decrying the "essentializing" of Islam (and Muslims). He used the word about five times, as if he had just recently learned it, liked its sound, liked what he thought it meant, and was going to use and ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/16/2015 10:23 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 16 January 2015
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The two Belhoucine brothers, Mehdi and Mohamed, were part of th network to which, apparently, the Charlie-Hebdo killers have been connected. Mehdi accompanied Hayat Boumediene to the airport where she bought a ticket for Turkey.   Mohamed, a successful student, had been admitted to the Ecole des ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/16/2015 8:02 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 16 January 2015
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Here. Of course the mosques,  not only in France but all over Western Europe and North America, ought to be under surveillance, and the sermons recorded on tape. And if the imams don't like it, if they object, one has to ask why. Ataturk kept all of the Turkish mosques under surveillance, and he ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/16/2015 7:32 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 16 January 2015
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Obama Opposes New Standby Sanctions at Joint Press Conference with UK PM David Cameron President Obama responds to questions at a joint Press Conference with UK PM David Cameron on new Congressional Sanctions legislation on Iran's Nuclear program should the negotiations not achieve a final agreement. Watch ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/16/2015 7:32 PM by Jerry Gordon
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Friday, 16 January 2015
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From AFP via the Telegraph and the French edition of the Local Four people were killed and 45 injured in a day of violent protests in Niger's second city against French magazine Charlie Hebdo's publication of a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed.  An irate crowd of around 50 people smashed the centre's ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/16/2015 5:19 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 16 January 2015
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"That's not who we are."   ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/16/2015 4:42 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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