The Iconoclast

Friday, 23 June 2017
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From L'Express, via Breitbart in English The man behind the failed Champs-Élysées attack on Monday was filmed loitering near the Eiffel Tower an hour before his failed attack, raising questions from police and security services. Failed terror suspect Adam Lotfi Djaziri, who was shot by police Monday ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/23/2017 5:42 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 23 June 2017
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Abuse of power led to the terrible fire in London. by Theodore Dalrymple The disastrous fire in Grenfell Tower, a tower block of public housing in London, in which at least 30 and possibly many more people were killed could not have come at a better time for Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/23/2017 5:10 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 23 June 2017
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by Conrad Black William Kaplan’s book Why Dissent Matters is an interesting pastiche of his opinions of a number of modern and current forms of dissent that are presented in a uniformly positive light, but are of greatly differing merit. The areas he examines are the failure of the Israeli military ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/23/2017 4:44 AM by Conrad Black
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Thursday, 22 June 2017
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AYAAN HIRSI ALI and ASRA Q. NOMANI write in the NYTimes (which surprised us by publishing it) Last week, Senator Kamala Harris, a Democrat from California, made headlines when Republican senators interrupted her at a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee while she interrogated Attorney General ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/22/2017 2:26 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Thursday, 22 June 2017
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by Michael Curtis Like the lyricists of The Great American Songbook, policy makers in Washington, D.C. and some of the media cannot make up their mind about climate change. At one point it’s Baby, it’s cold outside: at another the temperature rises and it’s too darn hot; at a third it’s very ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/22/2017 5:22 AM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 22 June 2017
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by Richard Kostelanetz Antifa in Berlin Horrifying it is to hear protestors in America identify Trump as “fascist,” since in 1932 Germany the mob in the streets were Nazis, who having failed in the free election, wanted to overthrow the legitimate government. To placate these mobs, duly elected ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/22/2017 5:17 AM by Richard Kostelanetz
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Thursday, 22 June 2017
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by Fjordman The world is witnessing a massive wave of Islamic terrorist attacks. Hardly a week goes by without such an attack taking place somewhere in the world. Sometimes, militant Muslims carry out several deadly atrocities in just one day. Europe and the Western world are also increasingly ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/22/2017 5:00 AM by NER
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Thursday, 22 June 2017
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Sounds a lot like the Obama policy of "countering violent extremism." Clearly, she is no Churchill.  ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/22/2017 4:49 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Wednesday, 21 June 2017
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 - a policeman at the Flint Michigan airport. ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/21/2017 1:10 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Wednesday, 21 June 2017
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by Richard Kostelanetz So hysterically anti-Trump has not only the NPR network but my local station become that, after a few minutes, I turn away. Whatever “news” can be interpreted to indicate Trump’s incompetence or failure is featured, no matter how dubious the “explanation.” I’m waiting for ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/21/2017 7:41 AM by Richard Kostelanetz
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Wednesday, 21 June 2017
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by Hugh Fitzgerald When the rabbis in Indiana decided to publish their letter demanding that a billboard listing charges against Muhammad be taken down, what were they thinking? Did they think that these charges could not have been true, because no religion could regard as its Perfect Man ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/21/2017 5:09 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Tuesday, 20 June 2017
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From the Metro and the Telegraph Belgian military opened fire on a suspected attacker ‘in a suicide vest’ at a Brussels station tonight. The station and the adjacent historic downtown area, packed with tourists, was evacuated as police set up a security cordon at around 9pm local time, witnesses ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/20/2017 3:52 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 20 June 2017
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by Richard Kostelanetz One of the unfortunate truths to emerge in the wake of the recent presidential election is that “intellectuals” who take pride in understanding people and cultures not their own can’t understand how any American voted for Donald Trump. Not a clue. The truth is that their smug ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/20/2017 4:17 AM by Richard Kostelanetz
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Tuesday, 20 June 2017
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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...
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Posted on 06/20/2017 4:04 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
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Monday, 19 June 2017
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by Richard Kostelanetz Does anyone really believe that Putin, et al, preferred Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton? They’d done biz with her while Trump seemed not only unfamiliar but unpredictable, as indeed he’s been. They’d learned that her judgments could be purchased. I’d sooner accept ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/19/2017 10:26 AM by Richard Kostelanetz
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Monday, 19 June 2017
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by Hugh Fitzgerald In Indianapolis a billboard was recently put up that has caused quite a stir. It has been denounced as an “anti-Islam” billboard, because it lists six things about “the Perfect Man” (a clear reference to Muhammad, known in Islam as al-insan al-kamil, the Perfect Man), who ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/19/2017 10:15 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 19 June 2017
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by Richard Kostelanetz James Hodgkinson Since the allegiances of the man who attempted to shoot Rep. Steve Scalese are known, why don’t anti-gun fanatics advocate disarming all supporters in America of Bernie Sanders. No one doubts who the shooter was, where he’d been, or what he did. If ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/19/2017 7:17 AM by Richard Kostelanetz
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Monday, 19 June 2017
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Kay Wilson said yesterday that despite the attacks perpetrated by Jihadists on British and Israeli citizens WE are not driving vehicles into groups of Muslims, or attacking them with knives. However just that happened last night, outside the Finsbury Park mosque. That's the one that had to be closed ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/19/2017 3:20 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 18 June 2017
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To London for the counter demonstration by Stand Against Hate to the annual Al Quds march and Death to the Jews, Death to Israel, 4 hour (not two minutes) hate. I didn't bother watching the Al Quds mob muster and dither about at Portland Place this year. I went straight to our muster point at the ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/18/2017 3:18 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 18 June 2017
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I have only just got in from the Al Quds march and counter demonstration. I'll have a fuller report up later this evening. Here it is.  But while I do so, this photograph sums our concern up. The policing was done by two of London's police forces, the Metropolitan Police who police all of greater London, ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/18/2017 2:49 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 18 June 2017
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by Conrad Black It being the verge of summer, it is time to be ready to repel insects and philistines. One current infestation of philistines has raised the fatuous roar of lamentation over the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change. Donald Trump had promised throughout his ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/18/2017 5:26 AM by Conrad Black
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Sunday, 18 June 2017
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by Michael Curtis There is a tide in academic and political matters which taken at the flood may lead on to tolerance and respect for civilized behavior. That surge, if not a torrent, may occur as result of a decision on June 14, 2017 by members of the Modern Language Association. For some time ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/18/2017 5:09 AM by Michael Curtis
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Sunday, 18 June 2017
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Having watched all four hours, I can honestly say, this is something Americans need to see.  ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/18/2017 4:25 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Sunday, 18 June 2017
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From Deutsche  Welle A peace march organized by German Muslim groups to condemn terrorism and violence in the name of Islam has been held in Cologne. Organizers had registered 10,000 participants, but actual turnout was much lower. The march, organized by Islamic scholar Lamya Kaddor and peace ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/18/2017 3:53 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 17 June 2017
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by Esmerelda Weatherwax It's that time of the rolling lunar year, the last Friday in Ramadan when all the world's Muslims, Shia and Sunni forgetting their differences, come together to bay for Jewish blood and the capture of Jerusalem, which Holy City they call Al Quds. In London this year it will ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/17/2017 1:20 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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