The Iconoclast

Friday, 27 October 2017
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by Theodore Dalrymple France’s Jean-Luc Mélenchon gives a speech in the European Parliament. Populism—the politics of resentment—is generally regarded as a right-wing phenomenon. Populists supposedly appeal to the lowest prejudices of the unintelligently disgruntled, such as unskilled workers ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/27/2017 5:52 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 27 October 2017
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by Hugh Fitzgerald On October 22, CBS’s Sixty Minutes devoted one of its segments to the stirring tale of Tamer El-Noury. That is the alias of an Egyptian-American undercover agent, working for the FBI, who has for years been befriending terrorists linked to Al Qaeda, both in the United States ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/27/2017 5:36 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Friday, 27 October 2017
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From the Birmingham Mail A Birmingham teacher is taking lessons in love – after marrying TWO wives. The primary school employee (so it sounds like he is in the state system, and not a madrassah teacher) has three children with each partner and they all live together under the same roof. The husband ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/27/2017 3:25 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 26 October 2017
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Lancashire became the first council to ban unstunned halal meat in school dinners. After a bitter and impassioned debate which ran on for hours on Thursday afternoon, the Conservative-controlled council voted for the ban. The campaign was fought between council leader Geoff Driver and part of ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/26/2017 12:32 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 26 October 2017
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A female would-be jihadist said she fantasised about beheading Katie Hopkins and bought her husband a large combat knife to carry out attacks. Ummariyat Mirza and Madihah Taheer practised carrying out a knife attack at their home in Birmingham. Police believe the attack was most likely to have ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/26/2017 11:46 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 26 October 2017
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by Theodore Dalrymple Waiting for a flight in Istanbul Airport recently, two policemen with a large black muzzled Alsatian dog walked by at a distance of perhaps twenty yards. ‘That dog is useless,’ said a Turk in his mid-twenties sitting next to me. He spoke excellent American-accented English; ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/26/2017 7:03 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 26 October 2017
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by Hugh Fitzgerald First of all, let’s not forget that astonishing vote on September 25; 93% of the Kurds in Iraq went ahead and voted for independence. It was an opinion poll, not binding. But it meant a great deal. That figure cannot be ignored, not even by the U.N. The Kurds have a moral right ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/26/2017 5:31 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 25 October 2017
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NYTimes obituary. ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/25/2017 5:52 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Wednesday, 25 October 2017
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Yes, we should look at the Clintons’ improprieties. by Conrad Black The pattern of the Trump administration continues to evolve, despite many perturbations, toward a more conventional relationship with the media and the country. I was taken gently to task last week by my colleague Jonah ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/25/2017 5:27 AM by Conrad Black
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Tuesday, 24 October 2017
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From the Rotherham Advertiser TWELVE men accused of 44 offences in connection with an investigation into child sexual abuse in Rotherham will appear before the Crown Court in December. The defendants, who appeared before Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, are (all addresses are Rotherham ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/24/2017 1:14 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 23 October 2017
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by Gary Fouse This Fox News report strongly implies that coalition forces fighting ISIS in Syria (and perhaps Iraq as well) are taking no prisoners when it comes to foreign fighters. I hope it is true. Obviously, ISIS is no signatory to the Geneva Convention, but it still raises the question ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/23/2017 6:14 PM by Gary Fouse
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Monday, 23 October 2017
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I said after the Chelsea Lads march on Saturday that other groups would be making their views known against the Islamisation of the west. Except it's not just the west - it's any culture that isn't yet Islamic - India - China - Japan - SE Asia - Siberia - Africa.... I only know of the group from ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/23/2017 12:40 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 23 October 2017
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by Hugh Fitzgerald Iran is, with Turkey, the nation that would be most harmed by the creation of an independent Kurdish state in Iraq. With an independent Kurdistan, and a well-armed Peshmerga, just over the border, the seven to eight million Kurds living in western Iran might well be inspired ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/23/2017 5:23 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 23 October 2017
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The rat is an intelligent, flexible and determined creature, that is difficult to eliminate by Theodore Dalrymple A rat’s not called a rat for nothing, and — as we are repeatedly told — we are never very far from one. Certainly not in Paris, where I sit, which has seen a great increase in ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/23/2017 4:46 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 23 October 2017
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From the Chronicle Muslim students took part in a peaceful protest against a university’s plans to limit their prayer space. Earlier this year, Newcastle University announced the temporary closure its Muslim prayer space, in the King George VI Building, over the summer while they removed asbestos ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/23/2017 4:44 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 22 October 2017
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From the Telegraph The only way of dealing with British Islamic State fighters in Syria will be to kill them in almost every case, an international development minister has said. Rory Stewart was asked about the comments on BBC Radio 5 Live's Pienaar's Politics. John Pienaar asked: "What is ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/22/2017 11:38 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 22 October 2017
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by Hugh Fitzgerald On September 25, the Kurds in northern Iraq held what may be seen as the most welcome event in the Middle East since the Six-Day War: a referendum on independence, for which 93% of the voters (including non-Kurds living in Kurdish areas of Iraq) declared themselves in favor. ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/22/2017 5:28 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 21 October 2017
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To London to observe a march against Islamic terrorism, organised at short notice by supporters of Chelsea FC, the West London premier club. Fans of all other clubs were welcome. I missed the second of the Football Lads Alliance marches through central London two weeks ago as I was abroad. However then, ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/21/2017 11:43 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 21 October 2017
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An acerbic Gallic take on Hillary Clinton’s book by Theodore Dalrymple The life of Man being but three score years and ten, nothing on earth would induce me to read Hillary Clinton’s memoir of her electoral defeat, short of an assurance that I had two millennia rather than only two years to ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/21/2017 9:42 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 21 October 2017
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While Quebec becomes an economic leader, most of English Canada is waddling through the wet cement of applied social democratic truisms by Conrad Black Quebec is outpacing Canada economically, for the first time since the piping days of Maurice Duplessis. Under his authoritarian guidance Quebec ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/21/2017 9:00 AM by Conrad Black
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Friday, 20 October 2017
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by Theodore Dalrymple I was recently consulted in the prison in which I work by an inmate who was the proud father of two children. I asked him whether he still saw them: continued contact with their biological offspring being something of a rarity among the imprisoned paternal community. Instead ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/20/2017 8:11 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 20 October 2017
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From the Washington Times Jurors have convicted a Boston-area man accused of plotting to behead Pamela Geller, a right-wing blogger who organized a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in May 2015. David Wright, 28, was found guilty Wednesday of conspiring to provide support to the Islamic State, ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/20/2017 3:53 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 20 October 2017
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From Art World News and the far left Independent, who covered the original story with some relish last week. Islamic art historians and archaeologists are calling into question a Swedish medieval textile expert’s claim that the word “Allah” has been found on a 10th century Viking funeral garment ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/20/2017 3:15 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 20 October 2017
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A Muslim writer pleads victimhood in the Canadian press Warda Naili was in tears Wednesday as Quebec passed a controversial law dubbed the “religious neutrality bill.” Naili, a niqab-wearing Muslim woman who lives in Montreal, cried knowing things were about to get worse. "I cried because it will ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/20/2017 3:04 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 19 October 2017
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The 25th Amendment was not designed for a situation such as this one. by Conrad Black  The Never Trumpers seem to have retreated, more or less in unison, to the last trench before they throw down their arms and run backwards for their lives: They are now invoking the 25th Amendment. This ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/19/2017 10:41 AM by Conrad Black
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