Here are the Blogs in the Geoffrey Clarfield
Sunday, 18 March 2018
by Geoffrey Clarfield
In George Orwell’s dystopia, written during WWII he imagines a totalitarian future where history is inverted and language is perverted. This is what we now mean by “politically correct speech.” And so we must draw inspiration from someone, who in 1984, took on the false ...Read More...
Posted on 03/18/2018 5:57 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Tuesday, 6 March 2018
Opinion from the Economist
LAST weekend China stepped from autocracy into dictatorship. That was when Xi Jinping, already the world’s most powerful man, let it be known that he will change China’s constitution so that he can rule as president for as long as he chooses—and conceivably for life. ...Read More...
Posted on 03/06/2018 12:17 PM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Wednesday, 14 February 2018
A report from Jews Down Under:
A conference is a great way to meet people interested in what you are interested in, to hear speakers talk about what you are interested in and to have the opportunity to ask questions of those who know more than you do. There are people who come to conferences ...Read More...
Posted on 02/14/2018 5:37 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Monday, 8 January 2018
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (source: Medium.com)
The anachronism shown. The Phyla and Waves Models used by Semiticists is not very scientific. Note that areal diffusion makes transmission arrows very fuzzy. The only right way to proceed is by PCA, which explain why as ...Read More...
Posted on 01/08/2018 9:28 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Sunday, 25 June 2017
by Geoffrey Clarfield
Tom Wolfe’s The Kingdom of Speech is a short book with four themes.
The first is that the ethnographic evidence provided by anthropologist and linguist Daniel L. Everett, based on decades of participant observation and a thorough, analytic, experience-based documentation ...Read More...
Posted on 06/25/2017 4:27 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
Ken White writes in National Review Online:
At six in the morning, a man is startled awake by an insistent pounding on his front door. He opens it to find armed government agents. One group of them begins to ransack the man’s home. Two others take him outside and put him into the back seat of ...Read More...
Posted on 06/20/2017 4:04 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Tuesday, 6 June 2017
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One heroic-cum-tragic exception was Malcolm Caldwell, a communist lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies who was such a fan of Pol Pot and his murderous regime that he went over to see it in person. He had a private interview with Pol Pot himself and was murdered ...Read More...
Posted on 06/06/2017 7:42 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Monday, 5 June 2017
See their website here.
IAM supports the universal tradition of academic freedom that is an indispensable characteristic of higher education in Israel. At the same time, it is concerned by the activities of a small group of academics--sometimes described as revisionist historians or post-Zionists, ...Read More...
Posted on 06/05/2017 11:57 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Saturday, 3 June 2017
Tiana Lowe writes in NRO:
In 1999, the Evergreen State College of Washington featured convicted cop-killer and Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal as its commencement speaker via a recording. Abu-Jamal was on death row and could not attend, yet the college eagerly gave him a platform to speak. Eighteen ...Read More...
Posted on 06/03/2017 5:17 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Thursday, 12 January 2017
Tarek Fatah writes:
“Your throat will be slit." Glaring at me across the TV monitor, the red-bearded Mullah smirked as he delivered a death threat on India’s most-watched national news network, Zee News.
The remark stunned the host and the panel who were discussing a ‘fatwa’ against Prime ...Read More...
Posted on 01/12/2017 10:17 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Saturday, 7 January 2017
by Geoffrey Clarfield
Millennials are enamoured by the United Nations. Consider the young undergrad, Antonio Soriano who is the UNESCO Delegate for the Harvard National Model United Nations of 2017. He writes:
Welcome to Harvard National Model United Nations 2017! My name ...Read More...
Posted on 01/07/2017 5:56 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Tuesday, 22 November 2016
Michael Totten's review of Arab Fall By Eric Trager in Commentary:
Almost everyone got the Arab Spring wrong.
At a casual glance, the Middle East and North Africa appeared to be sprouting political liberals like daisies at the tail end of 2010, when a nonviolent revolution in Tunisia spread to ...Read More...
Posted on 11/22/2016 7:41 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Friday, 18 November 2016
Scott Johnson writes at Powerline:
In a delicious coda to the defeat of Lady Clinton in the election on Tuesday, Minneapolis Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison has emerged as a leading contender to take the helm of the Democratic National Committee. He hasn’t yet announced his bid, but he has won ...Read More...
Posted on 11/18/2016 7:16 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Thursday, 17 November 2016
Mudar Zahran writes in the Jewish Press:
Many Western and Israeli journalists paint a rosy picture of a Jordan’s “peaceful regime” and “stable throne.” As you will see in the next few lines, those descriptions are very far from the truth.
Even worse, some journalists, do claim “authority” on Jordan’s ...Read More...
Posted on 11/17/2016 1:43 PM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Saturday, 4 June 2016
Robert Minto writes in Open Letters Monthly
The Philosopher: A History in Six Types
By J.E.H. Smith
Princeton University Press: 2016
In 2012 the philosophy professor Justin Smith was hired to teach in Paris, but he discovered quickly that he would have difficulty living in the City of Light ...Read More...
Posted on 06/04/2016 2:36 PM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Thursday, 31 March 2016
Anna Bikont wrties in The Tablet:
We Poles had our presidential race last year. In a televised debate—the most important debate of the race—the two main candidates asked each other questions. The first round of these questions, posed by candidate Andrzej Duda, did not deal with the state of the Polish ...Read More...
Posted on 03/31/2016 1:02 PM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Tuesday, 15 March 2016
Malcolm Dash writes in the Jerusalem Post.
When Egypt’s then-president Mohamed Morsi said in June 2013 that “all options” including military intervention were on the table if Ethiopia continued to develop dams on the Nile River, many dismissed it as posturing.
But experts claim Cairo is deadly ...Read More...
Posted on 03/15/2016 1:11 PM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Wednesday, 24 February 2016
Ethan Dor-Shav writes in Azure:
A first visit to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem can be overwhelming. The museum’s renowned Judaica collection, the sculpture garden, the Shrine of the Book, and the astonishing collection of archeological finds reaching back to the dawn of Jewish collective memory ...Read More...
Posted on 02/24/2016 5:32 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Friday, 29 January 2016
Dacid Goldman writes in the Asia Times:
As a matter of arithmetic, Iran is flat broke at the prevailing price of hydrocarbons. Under the P5+1 nuclear deal, Iran will recoup somewhere between $55 and $150 billion of frozen assets, depending on whether one believes the Secretary of the US Treasury ...Read More...
Posted on 01/29/2016 7:39 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Thursday, 7 January 2016
From The Tablet:
On Monday California Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) introduced a bill (AB-1552) that, if adopted, would prohibit state-run government entities from doing business with companies that engage in boycotts with a “person or entity…based on the race, color, religion, gender, ...Read More...
Posted on 01/07/2016 5:14 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Wednesday, 6 January 2016
Max Samarov & Amanda Botfeld write in The Tower:
Education is important. What shapes our youth shapes the future, and so we need to craft our school curricula carefully. So it is worth carefully deconstructing the troubling new K-12 curriculum, Reframing Israel, produced by Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman. ...Read More...
Posted on 01/06/2016 2:24 PM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Thursday, 31 December 2015
Matthew J. Franck writes in First Things:
Next autumn will mark forty years since I arrived on a college campus as a freshman. I’ve never left the academy since then. I have been student or teacher at many types of institutions: the small liberal-arts college, the “Research I” state university that ...Read More...
Posted on 12/31/2015 4:49 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Tuesday, 22 December 2015
H. Sterling Burnett writes:
In a letter to members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars, raises concerns over the fact NAS’s sole candidate for the presidency of the organization is Marcia McNutt, current editor-in-chief of the journal ...Read More...
Posted on 12/22/2015 1:08 PM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Tuesday, 22 December 2015
Walid Shoebat writes:
A video shows Canadian children singing a song which celebrates Muhammad’s arrival in Medina after he forced Christians to convert to Islam and beheaded those who refused.
Infowars The video clip was posted on YouTube one day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and ...Read More...
Posted on 12/22/2015 12:59 PM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Tuesday, 22 December 2015
Steve Emerson and Pete Hoekstra write in National Review Online:
Following an intensive 18-month governmental study, the United Kingdom issued a startling indictment of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB). It described the organization as fiercely anti-democratic, openly supportive of terrorism, dedicated ...Read More...
Posted on 12/22/2015 12:51 PM by Geoffrey Clarfield