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Friday, 07 December 2018
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by Marc Epstein December 7, 2003 -- WITH the passage of time, the attack on Pearl Harbor had begun to fade from memory. But 9/11 changed all that; how could it not? The comparisons were irresistible. In both instances airplanes descending out of the skies caught America unprepared, inflicting ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/07/2018 8:56 AM by Marc Epstein
Friday, 07 December 2018
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by Hugh Fitzgerald One of the many ways that Muslims manage to enter and settle in the West is by marrying a Muslim who is already living in the West as a legal migrant or even as a citizen. One version is that where Pakistani-British men return to Pakistan to find a bride, most often a cousin, ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/07/2018 4:48 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 06 December 2018
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by Michael Curtis The last time I saw Paris, I heard the laughter of her heart in every street cafe, her heart was warm and gay. I'll remember her that way. I also remember the march celebrating the liberation of Paris on August 26, 1945 of General Charles de Gaulle and his entourage, to accompaniment ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/06/2018 12:26 PM by Michael Curtis
Thursday, 06 December 2018
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by Hugh Fitzgerald It’s always of interest when someone well known outside of politics, and whose views you do not know, suddenly reveals himself or herself as being eminently sensible on the fraught subjects of Israel and antisemitism. I don’t know much about the designer Karl Lagerfeld — ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/06/2018 5:08 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 05 December 2018
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by Hugh Fitzgerald Robert Spencer notes that “a powerful statement of the right to sex slaves in Islam was delivered on May 25, 2011 by a female Kuwaiti politician, Salwa al-Mutairi, who spoke in favor  of the Islamic practice of sexual slavery of non-Muslim women, emphasizing that the practice ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/05/2018 6:47 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 05 December 2018
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Congress passed a law, but a court says it's unconstitutional. What is the remedy? by Phyllis Chesler On November 20, 2018, the United States District Court in Michigan ruled that the federal law which criminalized Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) more than twenty years ago is “unconstitutional”, ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/05/2018 5:09 AM by Phyllis Chesler
Tuesday, 04 December 2018
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Anger at a tax hike has turned into violence and mayhem. by Theodore Dalrymple Many believe anger to be an emotion that justifies whatever is done in its name. But it is doubtful whether the violent scenes on the Champs Elysées in Paris over the weekend were a manifestation of genuine anger. ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/04/2018 6:43 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Tuesday, 04 December 2018
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George H. W. Bush was a decent, honorable, and admirable man but not a distinguished political leader. by Conrad Black George H. W. Bush did, as many have stated, exemplify the highest civic and human virtues. A political or historical evaluation of him will be more complicated and, necessarily, ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/04/2018 3:52 AM by Conrad Black
Monday, 03 December 2018
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by David Solway Long ago, in another life, I belonged to the Union of Canadian Writers and was a member in good standing of PEN Canada. I’m can’t recall why I originally joined these guilds since I generally shun collectives of any sort. I believe I may have responded to an invitation or the ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/03/2018 10:25 AM by David Solway
Monday, 03 December 2018
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by Michael Curtis It may be too dramatic to imagine there’s no sun up in the sky, stormy weather, keeps raining all the time, at Columbia University in New York City, but the campus, no gem of the university cosmos, was defiled by a rude foe whose impious hand invaded the shrine of academic integrity ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/03/2018 9:43 AM by Michael Curtis
Sunday, 02 December 2018
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Ida Lichter writes in MEF: Chesler's feminist awakening followed marriage to an Afghan student in the 1960s. Living in his home country, she found charming individuals, but the patriarchal society embraced purdah, arranged marriage, polygamy, forced pregnancies, and veiling. These and other sexist ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/02/2018 4:35 PM by NER
Sunday, 02 December 2018
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by Hugh Fitzgerald Nigel Farage said last Friday that he wants Gerard Batten out as UKIP leader for naming Tommy Robinson his adviser on rape gangs and prison reform. Farage complained about Batten’s “fixation with Tommy Robinson and discussing Islam.” And it’s true: Batten has been saying some ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/02/2018 6:39 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 02 December 2018
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From the Scottish Sun A HATE killer serving life for murdering a shopkeeper he claimed had insulted Islam held jail meet-and-greets with fantatics who hail him as a hero.  Tanveer Ahmed, 33, also autographed snaps of himself for visitors in awe at his “execution” of fellow Muslim Asad Shah, 40, ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/02/2018 5:54 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 01 December 2018
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by Theodore Dalrymple The political cross-currents of Brexit are now so many, so various and so swirling that the average person, and perhaps the above-average person, no longer knows what to think. He becomes dizzy when he tries to do so, and thus averts his mind from the whole question and ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/01/2018 1:55 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 01 December 2018
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An investment by the public sector in Canadian media can be beneficial, if it is politically even-handed and underwrites quality by Conrad Black The federal government has introduced a $595-million, five-year boost for Canada's ailing media.(photo: Aaron Lynett) The federal government’s ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/01/2018 5:31 AM by Conrad Black
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