The Iconoclast

Friday, 29 December 2017
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From Egyptian Streets  the BBC and the Guardian Twelve people have died in twin attacks on Coptic Christians in the Helwan area south of Cairo, officials say. Egypt’s Ministry of Health announced that nine people have been killed,  including two police officers, and another 10 were wounded in an ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/29/2017 7:40 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 29 December 2017
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by Hugh Fitzgerald Jennifer Williams is a great enthusiast not just for Christmas, but for the Muslim Jesus, about whom she is sure you have never heard, and she’s here to enlighten you: Christmas, as everyone knows, commemorates the birth of Jesus and is a major religious celebration for ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/29/2017 5:33 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 29 December 2017
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From local newspapers the Derbyshire Times and  The Star and national newspaper The Telegraph Andi Sami Star, 31, of Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, and Farhad Salah, 22, of Brunswick Road, Sheffield, are charged with engaging in the preparation of an act of terrorism contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/29/2017 3:33 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 28 December 2017
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Some of the opponents of Zionism were great figures, but that did not make them prophets. by Phyllis Chesler Some insist that the “new” Anti-Semitism is not all that new—and that anti-Zionism is not necessarily anti-Semitic. In fact, this is the current mantra among pro-BDS and pro-Palestine ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/28/2017 11:55 AM by Phyllis Chesler
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Wednesday, 27 December 2017
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by Theodore Dalrymple Once when I was driving in Port Harcourt in Nigeria with my friend, Ken Saro-Wiwa (the writer who was later hanged by a military regime), we heard over the car radio an appeal for the owner of the naked man’s body on the side of one the main roads to come and collect it. ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/27/2017 7:35 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 27 December 2017
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by Gary Fouse Having spent five years in Milan, Italy during my DEA career (1982-1987), I follow the events in that country and try to keep up with the language. Armed with my Firestick, I can enjoy TV shows and movies from around the world. Naturally, I enjoy the Italian crime shows. Along with ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/27/2017 5:16 AM by Gary Fouse
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Wednesday, 27 December 2017
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Marian L. Tupy's list: February 6: The age of the bionic body – from robot hands, controlled by your mind, to electronic eyeballs, experts reveal 6 medical marvels introduced by new technology. February 6: Biologists help deaf mice hear again by inserting healthy genes into their ears – ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/27/2017 4:34 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Tuesday, 26 December 2017
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by Michael  Curtis The most moving and eloquent words spoken in the UN General Assembly, the assembly of hypocrisy, incitement, and lies, were articulated by Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, after the UNGA on November 10, 1975  had passed the infamous Resolution 3379 that ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/26/2017 6:45 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 26 December 2017
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In Islam, expediency rules.   Whatever furthers the Jihad, the struggle to make Muslims dominant and/ or  to enforce sharia compliance, is permissible.  In Indonesia Muslims rule, so the most pious Muslims then strive to force full sharia compliance: Muslims ought not to wear Santa costumes.  But ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/26/2017 4:49 AM by Christina McIntosh
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Monday, 25 December 2017
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  Merry Christmas to all of you who read at NER. If you have an idle moment or two you may care to try to answer some, or all, of my quiz questions. As usual, all the answers have something to do with Christmas. The answers to the ten questions I ask below all have something in particular to do ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/25/2017 7:23 AM by John M. Joyce
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Monday, 25 December 2017
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Madonna and Child with Saints in the Enclosed Garden by Robert Campin (between circa 1440 and circa 1460) ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/25/2017 5:08 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Sunday, 24 December 2017
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Just a little something extra for the fourth Sunday in Advent, also Christmas Eve. You can find the first twenty-one questions in this quiz here at NER. Remember, it's all about Christmas.   (1)  When were carols first sung in churches and who introduced them? (2)  Traditionally, when ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/24/2017 1:05 PM by John M. Joyce
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Sunday, 24 December 2017
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The Department of Homeland Security describes the shooting spree in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, which took place on Friday, as “a terror attack.” The gunman opened fire and targeted police in several locations in the city. BREAKING: My statement on Immigration Backgrounds of Recent Terror-Related ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/24/2017 5:43 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Saturday, 23 December 2017
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From local newspaper The Star A controlled explosion has been carried out following the terror raids in Sheffield and Chesterfield earlier this week. The Army Bomb Disposal Unit was yesterday brought in to carry out the explosion to safely dispose of material found at a flat above the Mermaid Traditional ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/23/2017 2:41 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 23 December 2017
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From the Burnley Express  A move to ban unstunned halal meat from Lancashire schools could be delayed or overturned after the threat of a judicial review was made to Lancashire County Council. Councillors in Lancashire voted in October that in future any halal meat served in schools must be butchered ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/23/2017 11:50 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 23 December 2017
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From the Wall Street Journal and the Malay Mail CAIRO—An Egyptian Coptic Christian diocese said Saturday that hundreds of Muslim demonstrators had assaulted one of its churches. The diocese in Atfih said the incident in Giza just outside Cairo took place after Friday prayers when demonstrators ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/23/2017 11:35 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 23 December 2017
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From the Pittsburg Post-Gazette and The Hill HARRISBURG, Pa. — A prosecutor says there’s “no doubt” that a gunman who fired at police in several locations in Pennsylvania’s state capital, wounding one of them, was targeting police officers. Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico says 51-year-old ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/23/2017 10:52 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 23 December 2017
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by Theodore Dalymple The musicology department of Copenhagen University is to offer a course on the music of Beyoncé. It would be fun, it said. I think it is probably true that most readers of the Review have limited knowledge of Beyoncé; but to judge by the number of entries on Google devoted ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/23/2017 6:57 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 23 December 2017
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Another convert convinced that the highest act of devotion in Islam is mass murder. He's not crazy. It is.  AN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Officials have stopped a man who they say was plotting a terror attack in San Francisco over the holidays. The 26-year-old reportedly stated that "Christmas was the ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/23/2017 5:02 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Friday, 22 December 2017
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From the Age Flinders Street driver Saeed Noori rambled about Allah, Australia's spy agency ASIO and the mistreatment of Muslims in the hours after the attack, police say. Police revealed more on Friday afternoon about what the 32-year-old drug addict told them as investigators continue to search ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/22/2017 10:59 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 22 December 2017
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A mistrial was declared due to government misconduct. The government men installed surveillance equipment trained on Bundy's ranch and then stationed snipers all around it in an effort to provoke a conflict with the Bundys. AND his cattle didn't harm any desert tortoises to speak of. Good gri ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/22/2017 8:11 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Friday, 22 December 2017
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And as Al Jolson would say, "You Ain't seen Nothin' Yet!" This list comes from John Nolte: Real, honest-to-goodness tax reform and cuts — the most consequential in 30 years. Opening ANWR for oil exploration, an accomplishment few can appreciate who do not remember the 90s and what a sacred ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/22/2017 6:55 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Friday, 22 December 2017
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Doctors have long had a fascination with Mankind’s poet—and their inquiries have sometimes taken bizarre turns. by Theodore Dalrymple A man is seldom as innocently employed as in writing (or reading) Shakespearean criticism. The great essayist William Hazlitt remarked that such criticism is ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/22/2017 5:15 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 22 December 2017
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From the Straits Times JAKARTA: Indonesian police appealed on Thursday for tolerance and respect for other people's religious celebrations after an Islamist group threatened to raid businesses to check for Muslims being forced to wear Santa Claus hats or other Christmas garb. The hardline Islamic ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/22/2017 3:41 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 21 December 2017
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by Gary Fouse As ugly as it is, President Trump's decision to move our embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has brought the rats out of their hiding places and further made clear the religious anti-Jewish bigotry that lies behind the whole Israeli-Palestinian conflict. One of my writing ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/21/2017 1:48 PM by Gary Fouse
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