The Iconoclast

Wednesday, 17 January 2018
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The current controversy shows that the Democrats are tired. by Conrad Black The first opportunity for a successful end of the Second Civil War, between President Trump and the incumbent political class, has been squandered by the Democrats. Nothing could be done until Senate majority leader ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/17/2018 2:01 PM by Conrad Black
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Wednesday, 17 January 2018
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by Michael Curtis Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier What is America to me, a name, a map, or a flag? In considering the answer, policy makers in Washington should confess publicly that as things stand, "this time the Dream's on me." Every reasonable American realizes the urgent need to fix the ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/17/2018 5:30 AM by Michael Curtis
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Tuesday, 16 January 2018
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by G. Murphy Donovan “There are three “musts” that hold us back: I must do well. You must treat me well. And the world must be easy.”  -  Albert Ellis Branding is everything if you are in the “activist” business. More than a few bizarre brands are trending these days. Black Lives Matter ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/16/2018 3:07 PM by G. Murphy Donovan
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Tuesday, 16 January 2018
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A little more tonight about the trial that started this morning. From the Telegraph the BBC the Independent and the Times Mark Heywood QC, prosecuting, said Haque had resolved in 2016 and early 2017 “to carry out one or more violent attacks in this country, with others if he could”. Mr Heywood ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/16/2018 3:03 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 16 January 2018
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The Scottish and Irish papers are reporting the opening of this trial at the Central Criminal Court Old Bailey already. Despite the defendants meeting at a London mosque, and many of the possible targets being in London the London newspapers are still out to lunch. From the Aberdeen Evening Express ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/16/2018 6:24 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 16 January 2018
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by Theodore Dalrymple A minister of the Tsarist Russian regime once said that the paralytics of the government were locked in a struggle to the death with the paralytics of the revolution. The struggle, as we know, did not end well. In present-day Europe, there seems to be, if not a struggle, ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/16/2018 5:32 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 15 January 2018
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From CBC News Toronto and the Globe and Mail Police previously said they were treating case as a possible hate crime.  An 11-year-old girl's report last week that a man tried to cut off her hijab as she walked to school didn't occur, Toronto police said Monday. "After a detailed investigation, ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/15/2018 1:52 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 15 January 2018
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From the Daily Mail. A prime example of the law of unintended consequences. Or maybe it was intentional - I have my suspicions. But my generation of "Old School" incorruptible, honest and loyal Civil Servants were cleared out of several government departments in 2007-8, to increase diversity and save ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/15/2018 5:04 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 15 January 2018
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From the London Evening Standard, the Daily Mail and the Sunday Times One of the best rated primary schools in the UK has banned girls aged under eight years old from wearing hijabs.  St Stephen's primary school, in Newham, east London, has also forbidden Muslim pupils from fasting on school ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/15/2018 3:08 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 14 January 2018
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by Hugh Fitzgerald By now we have all heard about Peter Hoekstra, the new American ambassador to the Netherlands, who was repeatedly questioned by Dutch journalists on January 10 about a statement he had made in 2015: “There are cars being burned. There are politicians that are being burned,” ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/14/2018 8:45 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 13 January 2018
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by Michael Curtis Catherine Deneuve Political ambition in the United States should be made of sterner stuff than that possessed by successful performers who can and are increasingly manipulating their celebrity for material or political advantage. We know from Hamlet that the theatrical performer ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/13/2018 9:43 AM by Michael Curtis
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Saturday, 13 January 2018
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by Steve Hecht The U.S. news media don’t often cover news about Guatemala, the small Central American nation on Mexico’s southern border. As a result, many Americans were surprised to learn that Guatemala recently announced it would move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Why is Guatemala ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/13/2018 9:15 AM by Steve Hecht
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Saturday, 13 January 2018
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As I said some time ago, and several times, word is out about that which menaces us.  The authorities were pleased that they thought the EDL was diminished by their persecution of Tommy Robinson and other members. Thankfully information once known cannot be widely unknowed. Small groups are forming ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/13/2018 6:13 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 13 January 2018
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The Liberals are courting disaster with feel-good measures, casual appropriation of income from those who earned it to those who haven’t. by Conrad Black Canada voted to change governments just a year before the United States did and the countries are taking more divergent policy tracks than ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/13/2018 4:43 AM by Conrad Black
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Saturday, 13 January 2018
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The trial started yesterday morning. From Deutsche Welle and the Daily Mail A 26-year-old Palestinian man on Friday confessed in front of a German court to killing one person and injuring six others in a knife attack at a supermarket in the northern German city of Hamburg. The man, identified ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/13/2018 4:15 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 12 January 2018
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A woman has been arrested at Heathrow Airport on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts, Scotland Yard has said. The 27-year-old is a UK national. She had just arrived on a flight from the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa when she was arrested on Friday. Police said she had been taken to a south ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/12/2018 1:03 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 12 January 2018
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This is a historic moment that can be seized to assist peaceful political change in Iran by Walid Phares President Obama’s abandonment of Iranians on the streets of Tehran in 2009 was not some random tactical mistake; it was strategic policy that sacrificed democracy in Iran in order to establish ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/12/2018 4:36 AM by Walid Phares
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Friday, 12 January 2018
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From the German edition of The Local A 26-year-old Palestinian man goes on trial in a German court on Friday over his deadly knife rampage in a Hamburg supermarket that prosecutors believe was an Islamist attack. Ahmad Alhaw took a 20-centimetre (eight-inch) knife from the shelves of a supermarket ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/12/2018 4:01 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 12 January 2018
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US president Donald Trump said he would not travel to the UK to open the new American embassy next month, blaming the "bad deal" to relocate it. Theresa May was the first world leader to visit Mr Trump in the White House, and the US president accepted at the time an invitation for a state visit. The ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/12/2018 1:41 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 11 January 2018
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He has shamed the sane opponents of Trump into separating from the bloodless assassin. by Conrad Black  Having encountered Michael Wolff and having had an acidulous public exchange with him, I attest that he is an utterly odious man. He can’t write properly, has no professional integrity, ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/11/2018 5:21 AM by Conrad Black
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Thursday, 11 January 2018
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by Michael Curtis Commenting on President Woodrow Wilson's "long overdue " decision to enter World War I, Winston Churchill wrote that if the president had acted acted earlier it would have meant abridgement of the slaughter, sparing of the agony, prevention of ruin and catastrophe. Even if the ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/11/2018 4:33 AM by Michael Curtis
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Thursday, 11 January 2018
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by Gary Fouse I did not watch the Golden Globe awards show, thus, I did not catch Oprah Winfrey's speech. Only today have I taken the time to watch it. Without nit-picking the content, I think we can all agree it was a powerful speech. She spoke without notes or a teleprompter and showed that ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/11/2018 4:18 AM by Gary Fouse
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Thursday, 11 January 2018
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From the Jerusalem Post Photograph from Times of Israel Hamas praised a shooting attack near Nablus, in which 35-year-old Rabbi Raziel Shevach (left) was killed, calling it “heroic.” Shevach, who was a resident of the Havat Gilad outpost in the West Bank, came under fire on Tuesday evening while ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/11/2018 3:55 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 10 January 2018
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by Nidra Poller In October 2016 UNESCO plunged to new depths, adopting a resolution that, identifying Israel as the Occupying Power, obliterates the 3,000 year bond between Judaism and Jerusalem and splices the Christian connection to its Judaic source. As if naming the Temple Mount "Al-Haram ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/10/2018 11:06 AM by Nidra Poller
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Wednesday, 10 January 2018
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Excerpt: Where was one to start trying to educate an adult student who thought the Great Depression began in the 1960s; who was unable to distinguish between the First and Second World Wars; who thought that Moscow was the capital of Missouri; who was convinced the native peoples crossed the ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/10/2018 7:26 AM by David Solway
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