The Iconoclast

Tuesday, 22 May 2018
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I couldn't go to any of the commemorative events at the site of Lee Rigby's murder in Woolwich South London this year. Friends did attend and thus I know that, as usual, everything was decently and respectfully done. There are events in Manchester today, including a minute's silence and a memorial ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/22/2018 11:21 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Tuesday, 22 May 2018
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From the Danish edition of The Local , the Guardian and the Birmingham Mail A Danish minister known for her strong anti-immigration views on Monday May 21st called for Muslims to take time off work during the fasting period of Ramadan, saying the practice is "dangerous for all of us". The comments ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/22/2018 1:27 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 21 May 2018
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New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our twenty sixth book, Grief and Other Stories by Theodore Dalrymple. In this, Theodore Dalrymple's second collection of short stories, he begins to let his imagination run. The absurdity of modern life is fully laid bare when ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/21/2018 8:06 AM by NER
Monday, 21 May 2018
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by Hugh Fitzgerald On April 28, at the Azadi (formerly Aryamehr) Stadium in Tehran, the crowd that filled the stadium — it can hold 100,000 spectators — chanted the last thing the ayatollahs wished to hear: “Reza Shah!” “Reza Shah!” over and over again. This chanting was a declaration of longing, ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/21/2018 7:22 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 21 May 2018
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The demonstrations this week along the Gaza border and the attempt by protesters to swarm into Israel under an acrid smokescreen is a gesture of pathetic desperation. by Conrad Black The move of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and the American withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/21/2018 7:03 AM by Conrad Black
Monday, 21 May 2018
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MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for an attack on a church in Russia’s Chechnya republic that killed three people, the group’s Amaq news agency said on Sunday. Four people attacked the Orthodox church on Saturday, killing two policemen and a churchgoer, Russia’s ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/21/2018 3:23 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 20 May 2018
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by Michael Curtis "Don't let's be beastly to the Germans. Their Bach is really far worse than their bite," sang Noel Coward in his song written in war torn Britain in 1943. His satirical parody, a personal favorite of Winston Churchill, was directed against those who took what he thought was ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/20/2018 5:28 AM by Michael Curtis
Sunday, 20 May 2018
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From The Sun and the Guardian Eight people have been killed and dozens more wounded by multiple explosions at a cricket match in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, officials said. The blasts occurred after evening prayers on Friday at a football stadium that was hosting a cricket match at the ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/20/2018 2:44 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 19 May 2018
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The - fortunately-foiled - attack was perpetrated last year; the trial took place in April this year and the sentence was brought down on Friday 19 May.  One of the two Bengali Muslim attackers is called - you couldn't make this up - Mohammad Islam.  The Daily Mail report is as good a summary as any, ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/19/2018 11:04 PM by Christina McIntosh
Saturday, 19 May 2018
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From the Daily Star. and Russia Today RUSSIAN cops have killed four terrorists after a gang of gunmen stormed a church and took hostages. Gunmen stormed the building in a bid to take hostages – with no responsbility for the attack yet claimed. Interfax news agency reports the gunmen were "eliminated" ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/19/2018 10:56 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 19 May 2018
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by Conrad Black The move of the United States embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and the American withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal have been the subjects of an immense volume of nonsensical comment and hand-wringing. The idea that it is anyone’s business apart from Israel and the United ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/19/2018 5:23 AM by Conrad Black
Saturday, 19 May 2018
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I first spotted this in the Nigerian newspaper The Punch. The Israeli press, naturally have the story. The Irish Independent has the story directly from Reuters but nothing in the British press that I have noticed.  PRISTINA (Reuters) - A court in Kosovo jailed eight men on Friday for plotting to ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/19/2018 2:23 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Friday, 18 May 2018
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This nauseating exercise in dawa - very typical of the deluge of Islamopuffery that floods our mainstream media these days - was published at the ABC's news website just the other day.  The author, so far as one can tell from a little judicious googling, is of Italo-Australian extraction, a graduate ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/18/2018 12:03 AM by Christina McIntosh
Thursday, 17 May 2018
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by Hugh Fizgerald The Yarmouk camp for so-called “Palestinian” refugees in southern Damascus was under relentless bombardment by the Syrian government this past April. The Assad regime was attempting destroy the last remnants of ISIS fighters in the camp, but in so doing, it bombed the way it ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/17/2018 5:49 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 16 May 2018
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by A.J. Caschetta The Democrats’ outrage over Gina Haspel’s candidacy for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency is based on three erroneous assumptions: first, the belief that the CIA engaged in a thinly-veiled torture program against Al-Qaeda detainees; second, the belief that the program ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/16/2018 6:42 AM by A.J. Caschetta
Tuesday, 15 May 2018
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by Michael Curtis It is rewarding to think continually of those who were truly great. All the world is aware of and esteems the unique man with a distinctive mass of hair, unlit pipe in his mouth, the playful, sometimes absent-minded personality who loved playing the violin, and who is universally ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/15/2018 12:07 PM by Michael Curtis
Tuesday, 15 May 2018
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by Hugh Fitzgerald On April 30, Mahmoud Abbas addressed the opening session of the Palestinian National Council in Ramallah. This is the 13th year of his four-year term, and he thought it was time. Among other things, in his 90-minute speech he delivered himself of his thoughts on “the Jews.” ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/15/2018 6:45 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 14 May 2018
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From the Scottish Daily Record Safaa Boular was 17 when she and her older sister allegedly plotted an attack on London in coded conversations about an Alice In Wonderland-themed Mad Hatter's tea party. She allegedly settled on a grenade and gun ambush at the British Museum after IS fighter Naweed ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/14/2018 11:41 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwaxe
Monday, 14 May 2018
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A second family of suicide bombers has struck the Indonesian city of Surabaya, a day after a couple and their four children attacked three churches, killing 14 people.   Harrowing footage caught on a CCTV camera shows the moment the bomb was detonated as two scooters carrying a family of five approached ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/14/2018 6:25 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwaxe
Monday, 14 May 2018
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From the Telegraph Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of al-Qaeda, on Sunday said America's decision to shift its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem was evidence that negotiations and "appeasement" have failed Palestinians as he urged Muslims carry out jihad against the United States. In a five-minute video ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/14/2018 1:51 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 14 May 2018
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From the Danish edition of The Local Denmark’s minister for immigration Inger Støjberg says she is not surprised that fewer Muslims have been approved for Danish citizenship since the government introduced stricter rules in 2015. According to research carried out by newspaper Politiken, 70 percent ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/14/2018 1:23 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 13 May 2018
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A knife-wielding attacker (aka jihad terrorist) who killed a passerby and injured four others in Paris on Saturday evening had been flagged as a security risk and interviewed by counter-terrorist police. French police took the man’s parents into custody on Sunday for questioning about his links to ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/13/2018 10:33 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 13 May 2018
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The other day in a waiting-room I picked up a recent copy of "Time" Magazine, and glancing through its 'Letters' page, "The Conversation", my attention was drawn to a letter from a reader in Berlin.   That letter is worthy of note, because it reveals that, although outlets such as "Time" are still ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/13/2018 5:43 AM by Christina McIntosh
Sunday, 13 May 2018
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by Gary Fouse As I write this, Paris has experienced its latest terrorist attack. It follows the all too common pattern: A young man of Middle Eastern or African origin starts attacking people with a knife, wounding or killing people before being shot or captured by police. In Saturday's case, ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/13/2018 5:42 AM by Gary Fouse
Sunday, 13 May 2018
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by Michael Curtis Perhaps it was Heraclitus around 500 B.C. who first expressed the idea, but it was Oscar Wilde who has a character in his play An Ideal Husband say, "to expect the unexpected shows a throughly modern intellect." Those with such an intellect, or even more those with a more outmoded ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/13/2018 5:12 AM by Michael Curtis
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