Here are the Blogs in the Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 17 March 2016
“Yet most Muslims do not commit acts of violence. If Islam is intrinsically violent then roughly a billion believers either do not understand their own religion, or are too cowardly or unfaithful to follow its precepts. That is my sarcasm but, indeed, this is what violent Islamists say.” — From this ...Read More...
Posted on 03/17/2016 7:37 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 12 March 2016
Jonathan Power, a well-known foreign-affairs columnist for the past 30 years, whose work now appears in 40 papers, has latterly become a prominent Defender of the Faith (that faith being Islam), and has just produced one more of those bizarre defenses of Islam that we long-suffering Infidels keep receiving, ...Read More...
Posted on 03/12/2016 5:17 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 8 March 2016
Here is an exchange between Todd Caldecott and Max Rodenbeck in the Letters Column of The New York Review of Books, on the latter’s claim (in a previously-published review of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Heretic: Why Islam Needs A Reformation) that the Muslim practice of forced conversion was “historically rare” ...Read More...
Posted on 03/08/2016 9:09 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 7 March 2016
Hasan Azad (a doctoral candidate at Columbia in Islamic Studies) and Thomas Beale (an “e-health expert, platform technologist, and e-community builder”) recently discussed – in a solemn and turgid “exchange” for the benefit of readers of The Islamic Monthly – the momentous question of whether “Islamophobia ...Read More...
Posted on 03/07/2016 6:37 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 3 March 2016
In Argentina, in the time of the right-wing generals, many Argentinians were made to “disappear” – that is, they were killed for their political views, often in such grisly ways as being thrown out of airplanes. They became known, in Spanish, as “los desaparecidos” (“the disappeared ones”). But there ...Read More...
Posted on 03/03/2016 5:13 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 29 February 2016
“Veterans, troubled by rhetoric, rally support of Muslims” reads the headline to a story in the print edition of today’s Boston Sunday Globe (online yesterday it was “Local veterans hold rally in support of Muslims.”) It described a group, Veterans for Peace, that felt it simply had to stand up on behalf ...Read More...
Posted on 02/29/2016 7:05 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 28 February 2016
Saudi spokesmen made three significant – even stunning –announcements last week. The first one came from the Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi, speaking to oil company executives at a meeting in Houston. He announced that Saudi Arabia was going to break completely with its past policy, would no ...Read More...
Posted on 02/28/2016 5:22 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 24 February 2016
From Saudi Arabia comes the news that the mutaween, the feared religious police under the control of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, who patrol the streets and regulate the daily life of the populace, are now being given five-day courses in how to recognize, and ...Read More...
Posted on 02/24/2016 5:12 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 16 February 2016
TRUMP: Obviously, the war in Iraq was a big, fat mistake. All right? Now, you can take it any way you want, and it took — it took Jeb Bush, if you remember at the beginning of his announcement, when he announced for president, it took him five days…..
–at the Republican ...Read More...
Posted on 02/16/2016 7:02 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 13 February 2016
On February 10th, NPR ran a piece about the murders of three people — all Muslims — in Chapel Hill, North Carolina exactly one year before. The murderer was Craig Hicks, who lived in the same apartment complex as the victims. Investigation of his Facebook page showed conclusively that Hicks leaned to ...Read More...
Posted on 02/13/2016 5:02 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 11 February 2016
For quite some time, now, Israel has been out of the headlines. There’s been so much else going on in the Middle East and in the wonderful world of Islam. Among the dizzying vicissitudes, in Iraq and Syria we’ve had nonstop news about many different little wars, involving Sunnis and Shi’a, and regime ...Read More...
Posted on 02/11/2016 6:07 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 8 February 2016
The U.N’s top migration official called German Chancellor Angela Merkel a hero on Friday, saying she had taken a principled stand to support refugees while some European leaders had failed a test of human decency.
Popular support for Merkel has tumbled to its lowest in 4 1/2 years, a poll showed ...Read More...
Posted on 02/08/2016 6:48 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 4 February 2016
“‘Thomas Jefferson’s opponents tried to stir things up by suggesting he was a Muslim. So I was not the first,’ Obama said, sparking laughter. ‘No, it’s true. Look it up. I’m in good company.'” — From USA Today on Barack Obama’s visit to the Islamic Society of Baltimore, February 3, 2016
Barack Obama ...Read More...
Posted on 02/04/2016 5:10 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 2 February 2016
The phenomenon of the “islamochristian” deserves wider attention, and the word wider use. An “islamochristian” is, in its strictest sense, a Christian Arab who identifies with and works to advance the Islamic agenda, out of fear or out of a belief that his “Arabness” requires loyalty to Islam. Islamization ...Read More...
Posted on 02/02/2016 4:53 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 30 January 2016
ROME — A decision to cover up nude statues from Roman antiquity during a visit by President Hassan Rouhani of Iran has drawn ridicule and scorn in Italy — much of it directed at the Italian government — and spurred a debate about the national identity.
The statues, in a corridor leading to a grand ...Read More...
Posted on 01/30/2016 5:43 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 29 January 2016
After World War II, under the leadership of the French statesmen Jean Monnet and others, European governments were determined to find ways to bind their countries together in ways that might prevent the 20th century catastrophes from being repeated. Their first effort, not unnaturally, was to create ...Read More...
Posted on 01/29/2016 7:12 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 26 January 2016
In the Western world, almost 15 years after the 9/11 attacks, and after many thousands of other terrorist attacks by Muslims, why are Western publics still so ill-informed about Islam?
One reason has to do with the way people now find out, not only about Islam, but about so much else. The Internet ...Read More...
Posted on 01/26/2016 5:06 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 23 January 2016
Islam is not a hieratic mystery, which only the initiated, a special priesthood, can possibly understand. It is, rather, sufficiently grasped by more than a billion people who, save for a handful, have been born into it, and have grown up in societies suffused with it, societies where it is impermissible ...Read More...
Posted on 01/23/2016 5:07 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 20 January 2016
Each day brings news of fresh problems — even horrors — that are the result of the Muslim invasion of Europe. Millions of Muslims have been attempting to enter Europe — 1.1 million have managed this year to settle in Germany alone. Many of these migrants are from Syria, and many others pretend to be ...Read More...
Posted on 01/20/2016 6:40 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Tuesday, 12 January 2016
At the beginning of every year, the Pope delivers an address in Rome to welcome the foreign diplomatic corps accredited to the Vatican. Pope Francis, a nice guy, has just delivered such a speech. It deserves attention.
The main theme of Francis’s speech is immigration, the mass movement of peoples, ...Read More...
Posted on 01/12/2016 7:36 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 7 January 2016
The multifarious geopolitical messes in the Middle East, the almost comical variety of resentments, hostilities, mutual denouncements, and hatreds in the Muslim lands that are presented to us each day on some news channel’s platter, the confusion worse compounded that overcomes us when we look at any ...Read More...
Posted on 01/07/2016 8:04 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 30 December 2015
Last week, outside the Public Library in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a personable, presentable, sweet-faced young Muslimah, one Mona Haydar, stood for several hours with her husband Sebastian (a convert to Islam), offering donuts and coffee to passersby under two big signs that read “Ask A Muslim” and ...Read More...
Posted on 12/30/2015 5:48 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 23 December 2015
Nine years ago I wrote about President Bush’s dreams of creating a Light Unto the Muslim Nations in Iraq (you may remember that $2 trillion dollar, decade-long campaign in Iraq, and how wonderfully it all turned out):
“The sentimentalist in the White House contents himself with bromides about how ...Read More...
Posted on 12/23/2015 4:54 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 20 December 2015
By now we have all heard of the decision by the government of Kuwait to end all of its flights between New York and London in order to achieve one thing: to be able to avoid having to transport an Israeli, or maybe even two — horribile dictu — on such a flight.
It is things like this that reveal ...Read More...
Posted on 12/20/2015 4:57 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 17 December 2015
This past Sunday’s Boston Globe carried a front-page article — which continued onto and filled most of two inside pages — on “The New Christian Martyrs.” The author, John L. Allen, Jr., a member of the Globe Staff and himself a Catholic priest, whose usual beat is the Vatican, would — I was certain ...Read More...
Posted on 12/17/2015 2:28 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald