The Iconoclast

Sunday, 12 March 2017
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by John Hajjar and Hossein Khorram Global Partners in Diplomacy panel featuring JD Gordon at Case Western Reserve University on July 20, 2016 As unfair partisan attacks have been targeting current and former advisors to the Trump Administration and Presidential campaign, and as some journalists ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/12/2017 12:32 PM by John Hajjar and Hossein Khorram
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Sunday, 12 March 2017
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by Hugh Fitzgerald Devotees of the genre know the pleasure to be derived from reading Hamid Dabashi’s eulogy to Edward Said, with its echoes, for the connoisseur, of Dzhambul’s 1936 “Song About Stalin” — the first verse of which you can find, if you wish, in Ogonyok, No. 14, 14 March 1990. The ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/12/2017 8:03 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 12 March 2017
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Andrew Gilligan in The Sunday Times Extremists and terrorist suspects face “Al Capone-style” disruption of their lives or permanent exclusion from the UK if they try to return from fighting with Isis in Syria or Iraq. The government’s Prevent anti-extremism initiative will also be given a big ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/12/2017 5:02 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 12 March 2017
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From Deutsche Welle Dozens of police surrounded the Limbecker Platz shopping mall in Essen on Saturday after receiving what they said was a credible evidence of a terror attack the day before. Security services cited by the German tabloid newspaper "Bild" described the threat as a potential multiple ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/12/2017 4:24 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 12 March 2017
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From the Sunday Express BOOKS encouraging Muslim parents to teach their children jihad and referring to Jewish people as “evilminded” are being sold openly in one of Britain’s terror hotspots.Extremist literature which also advocates the death penalty for adulterers and promotes hatred of the gay ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/12/2017 4:12 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 11 March 2017
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Luke Rosiak writes for the Daily Signal: Congressional staffers are accused of holding their stepmother in “captivity” with violent threats in a plan to use her to access money stashed away in the Middle East -[NB: in Pakistan, not the MIddle East]. The staffers are suspected of using their positions ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/11/2017 10:49 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Saturday, 11 March 2017
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About time - eight years after the massacre. Now he'll sit on death row for another twenty years before his sentence is carried out. Looking on the bright side, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has yet to be tried - 15 + years after 9/11 - so in comparison, Hasan's case is moving right along. ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/11/2017 10:34 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Saturday, 11 March 2017
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From Russia Today the German edition of The Local, Reuters and Deutsche Welle German police have detained two men during an investigation into a terrorist attack threat at a shopping center in the western German city of Essen, a police statement says. The mall remained closed on Saturday. The ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/11/2017 10:09 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 11 March 2017
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Business as Usual? by G. Murphy Donovan Donald Trump has only been in office for a couple of months. Any performance evaluation to date is probably premature. Nonetheless, early on, there are some good and bad omens. The good news is domestic. President Trump seems to be focused on health ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/11/2017 8:07 AM by G. Murphy Donovan
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Saturday, 11 March 2017
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by Michael Curtis When a man knows he is to be hanged, said Dr. Samuel Johnson, it concentrates his mind wonderfully. When North Korea on March 6, 2017 simultaneously and successfully fired four missiles the mind of the President of the U.S. as well as the eyes of the world began concentrating ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/11/2017 7:32 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 11 March 2017
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That was how the story broke, in the 'Australian' and the (Aussie) "Telegraph:". http://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/sydney-school-principal-axed-for-excluding-female-teachers-from-key-events/news-story/0babbc4f6b718148b5b0ae839557a75a "Sydney School Principal Axed For "Excluding Female Teachers" ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/11/2017 6:25 AM by Christina McIntosh
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Saturday, 11 March 2017
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by Conrad Black A sign of the times was the Alberta judicial "triage" proposal, published this week, that advises prosecutors not to proceed with cases where there is only a "slim chance" of success, and in non-violent cases, to settle for lower offences to avoid the cost of trials. This is ostensibly ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/11/2017 5:36 AM by Conrad Black
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Saturday, 11 March 2017
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For it is not 'radicalisation' - the "Going Jihad" of Muslims who take Islam fully to heart - but Islamisation that needs to be recognised as a problem and, having been recognised, reversed. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/editorials/radicalisation-must-be-resisted/news-story/0115d7cc327c83539168c80fb175c798 "Radicalisation ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/11/2017 1:27 AM by Christina McIntosh
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Friday, 10 March 2017
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This story "broke" within the past month and report after report has been hitting the news since then. Apologies for not bringing it to the attention of our Iconoclast readers sooner.  There is so much material that a number of postings will be required to do it justice.  It should be noted, by the ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/10/2017 10:28 PM by Christina McIntosh
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Friday, 10 March 2017
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From the London Evening Standard A young west Londoner who plotted to travel to Syria and join Isis has been jailed for nine years.Jabed Hussain, 22, from Acton, changed his name by deed poll in a bid to evade officials in his quest to join the terrorist group. He first tried to travel to the ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/10/2017 2:35 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 10 March 2017
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by Theodore Dalrymple A friend of mine, of a profession different from my own, received a letter the other day from his professional licensing authority – that is to say, the authority without whose approval and permission he cannot practise at all. ‘Dear Colleague’ the letter began, all nice, ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/10/2017 6:39 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 10 March 2017
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by Hugh Fitzgerald Wondering how the heightened scrutiny at our borders was affecting some of the most brilliant minds in Islamic studies, I naturally googled the name of Professor Khaled Abou El Fadl. I’ve been admiring him for years, ever since I first came across his website, www.scholarofthehouse.org, ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/10/2017 5:16 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 10 March 2017
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But, of course. And he acted alone. The police reports last night of the second arrest and the other assailants sought have been withdrawn. From Sky news  The Telegraph and the German edition of The Local Dusseldorf An axe attacker who injured seven people at Dusseldorf train station acted alone ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/10/2017 4:07 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 09 March 2017
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Thursday, 09 March 2017
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From the Scottish newspaper the Daily Record Several people have been injured in an axe attack at Dusseldorf's main train station. Two suspects have been arrested after the incident, which took place at about 9pm on Thursday, a spokesman for federal police said. Police spokesman Rainer Kerstiens ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/09/2017 4:16 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 09 March 2017
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To Warley Place in Essex in March to see the famous wild daffodils aka narcissus pseudonarcissus. You are expecting Wordsworth now aren’t you? No. As well as a renowned sweep of wild daffodils and cultivated snowdrops the garden is one of the last places where the early English crocus grows naturally. ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/09/2017 2:53 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 09 March 2017
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From The Telegraph Taha Hussain, 21, is accused of downloading material glorifying the Paris terror atrocities and has had his trial moved so he can fast for Ramadan. Hussain denied ten counts of disseminating terrorist publications when he appeared on Wednesday via videolink at Kingston Crown Court. A ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/09/2017 1:12 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 09 March 2017
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by Hugh Fitzgerald Jews and Christians in Victoria, Texas have been heartfelt in their eagerness to lend their churches and synagogue for use by local Muslims, while the local mosque, destroyed by fire, is rebuilt. Jews and Christians, and not just in Victoria, have also been generous in helping ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/09/2017 12:19 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 09 March 2017
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The longer a summit between the US and Russia on Syria is delayed, the more Iran can push forward and consolidate its gains in Syria. Perhaps that is part of a covert plan to derail any rapprochement between the US and Russia, which Trump had openly intended to pursue - which would also, necessarily, ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/09/2017 4:59 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Wednesday, 08 March 2017
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by John Constantine In the first two months of 2017 there have been over 70 bomb threats against Jewish synagogues and community centers. In addition Jewish cemeteries in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Rochester and St. Louis have been vandalized. The FBI reports there have been ten times as many hate ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/08/2017 2:20 PM by John Constantine
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