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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Celebrating Obama's Achievments
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Posted on 06/30/2015 1:12 PM by Geoffrey Clarfield
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Reminders for Future Ages by Miklós Radnóti
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Translated from the Hungarian & Edited by Thomas Ország-Land (July 2015)
 

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THE BULL

Hitherto, I lived the throbbing life of a youthful bull

bored in the noonday heat among pregnant cows in the field,

running around in unending circles declaring his powers  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 10:44 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Uncertain Shores
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by Dilip Mohapatra (July 2015)


Looks like I am done.

My chart blown away

and interred in the wake

of my schooner  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 10:40 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
A Kind of Looking Back
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by Bibhu Padhi (July 2015)


Small print: I think I know

you will betray me

again, and I’ll feel alone.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 10:32 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
The Passport
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by Gopikrishnan Kottoor (July 2015)



The blue cloth hyacinths that father brought home from Bangkok

Stood heady on the carved round table in the black earthen vase.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 10:24 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Esther by Hans Kaltneker
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translated by William Ruleman (July 2015)

 

O how before all other women, she

Arises shimmering as the stars overhead.

With what a lovelier reality

Her maiden’s form adorns her master’s bed  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 10:20 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Two More Tries At It
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by P. David Hornik (July 2015)
 

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I know an astronomer. Once there were only about a dozen people in the world who understood the intricacies of his work; but he kept turning further and further into himself, his own investigations, and now there are even fewer, if any.

When he interviewed me about becoming his editor, I explained that, for my part, I have no comprehension whatsoever of his work. But he said that was all right, as long as I could help with the English. In all the time since he hired me, though, he hasn’t written a single thing. Yet I’ve still had to spend many hours in his study—he says my presence helps his concentration, and he wants me to be on hand in case anything does happen.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 10:14 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Islamic State beheads first women civilians
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Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant jihadists have beheaded two women in Syria for sorcery, an extension of the punishment which is normally reserved for men.

The case marks the first time a woman civilian is recorded as having been beheaded, though the punishment has been inflicted on women soldiers from the Kurdish militia, the YPJ, the female version of the YPG.

Women have been stoned to death for adultery. Sorcery, in Islamic countries, usually means fortune-telling, a practice that is specifically outlawed in the Koran but remains popular.

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Posted on 06/30/2015 10:08 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
The Best Friend
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by James Como (July 2015)


Rain was falling hard and it was the tail end of rush hour, so when Eli snagged a cab on eighty-sixth and Lexington he knew he had been lucky. Well, maybe not lucky.

“Hey you prick! That was my taxi!” The pudgy young woman had the door in her hand when Eli splashed a puddle and slid into the back seat. As he jerked the door closed he saw that her face looked swollen, with a flattened nose and squinty eyes. She banged on the glass with the handle of her umbrella. He was happy with himself. He was ugly too, but not that ugly.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 10:04 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Sītā’s Suicide: How the Ideology of Pativrata Sati Destroys Indian Women
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by Ankur Betageri (July 2015)


 

To the memory of my great-great-grandmother, Hakmi Bāi,
who was whipped to death by her husband for eating paan (betel leaf).
 
O foolish race of mortals, that gave gods such jobs to do,
Then went and made them fierce with anger into the bargain too!
What groans you purchased for yourselves, what grievous injury
For us, what tears you fashioned for the children yet to be!
                                               —Lucretius, The Nature of Things[i]
                                                   Trans. by A.E. Stallings

The relationship of Rāma and Sītā in Vālmiki’s Rāmāyana, though not a happy and harmonious one by any stretch of imagination, has always been projected as the ideal husband-wife relationship in Hindu society. What was their relationship really like? Contrary to the evidence present in Rāmāyana, Rāma is seen as a monogamist, and not just as a monogamist, but as a loving and devoted husband. Since he is a glorified maryada purushottama, the embodiment of decency and the best among men, he is an ideal to all Hindu men – just as Muhammad is to Muslim men – and following him they become not only patriarchal husbands eternally peeved by their wives’ independence but also possessive husbands paranoid about their wives’ chastity—roles that Rāma performed to perfection in the Rāmāyanamore>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 9:56 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Religious Schools, Ideology and Terrorism
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by Samir Yousif (July 2015)


Introduction

Is it possible that a man commits suicide without being aware of what he is doing? How can we conceive what perspective, hopes and goals he wishes to accomplish by committing such an act? In this context the subject of our examination is a young healthy man, or maybe a woman. In our previous work "Religious Indoctrination,"[1] the issue of creating terrorists through family indoctrination was presented. This kind of scenario is found with Muslim families in Western societies where the parents play the central role of religious indoctrination due to the absence of well establish social institutions that take care of such religious indoctrination. In both Asia and  Africa it is crystal clear that Islamic Religious Schools were established with the basic aim of spreading terrorism through education. These Schools are scattered internationally and are well-financed and attract generations of young men from the surrounding poor and mostly illiterate Muslim communities.[2] It is of great interest to note that all these schools adopt the Sunni version of Islam, and to be more specific, they aim at spreading the Wahhabi doctrine.[3]  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 9:36 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Islam, an Arabic Religion
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by Sha’i ben-Tekoa (July 2015)


And who are the Arabs?

Surely among the first written mentions of them since the invention of writing are the few found in the Bible. The first is Isaiah 13:20, which is a prophetic vision of a Babylonia so destroyed “not even an Arab would pitch his tent there.” The second was written a century and a half later, Jeremiah 3:20, and lists the Jewish people’s lust after other gods “….like an Arab in the desert...on the roads,” by implication lying in wait to pounce upon and ambush innocent travelers. Their idolatry was compared to a temptation that had overcome them.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 9:32 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
The Nation State of the Jewish People
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by Robert Wolfe (July 2015)


When I first heard that Netanyahu wanted to enact a Basic Law defining Israel as "the nation state of the Jewish people," my only objection was that such a law didn't seem necessary. Of course Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people. No one doubts this. Israel was founded as a "Jewish state," and a Jewish state it has remained unto this day. Why make a law of a well established reality? But even though I didn't see the need to legislate the Jewishness of Israel, I didn't see anything wrong with it either and I was surprised when all kinds of people began criticizing the proposed law.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 9:27 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
The IDF Sword Batallion
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by Norman Berdichevsky (July 2015)


Two non-Jewish minority communities in Israel, the Druze (a deviant Shi’a Muslim group) and Circassians (Sunni Muslims whose ancestors were exiled to Palestine from the Caucasus), are subject to mandatory conscription to the IDF. Additionally, members of several Bedouin tribes volunteer as well as individual Muslim and Christian Arabs. The decision of the first two groups to accept obligatory service in the Israeli military forces was made at their own request. As early as the summer of 1948, after years of intense pressure by the Palestinian Higher Arab committee to join in the fight to prevent a Jewish state, units of the three groups defected and switched sides to fight with the Jews.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 9:23 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Dangerous Liaisons: RAND Corporation and the Herzl Institute
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by G. Murphy Donovan (July 2015)


"We can be the vanguard of culture against barbarianism." – Theodor Herzl

Some say that bad news comes in threes. If that folklore is true, Israel just hit a disaster trifecta: an impending bilateral agreement on the Persian atomic bomb program that excludes Israel, a malicious leak of classified data on Israel’s nuclear capabilities, and the announcement of a RAND Corporation/Herzl Institute collaboration to “rethink long-term strategy for Israel.”  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 9:18 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Empowering Kurdistan
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by Jerry Gordon (July 2015)


In the Wall Street Journal Weekend edition, June 20-21, 2015, Yaroslav Trofimov writes of the possible rise of an independent Kurdistan, “The State of The Kurds.” An independent Kurdistan was promised by the WWI Allies in the Treaty of Sevres that ended the Ottoman Empire in 1920. That commitment was dashed by the rise of the Turkish Republic under the secularist Kemal Atatürk which confirmed in the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne the denial of an independent Kurdistan in what is now Eastern Turkey. All territory combined, a future Kurdistan (encompassing eastern Turkey, Northern Syria, northwest Iran and northern Iraq) might comprise a landlocked republic of 30 million with significant energy and agricultural resources.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 9:08 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
The Conspiracy of Left and Right to Discredit Science
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by Lorna Salzman (July 2015)


Huffington Post is laughable. This pretension at publishing is a low-brow joke foisted onto liberals but it is by no means the worst. Democracy Now, truthdig, alternet, et al, are far worse because they eschew lurid trivia about sex over 70 and micro-penises in favor of “serious” political analysis. Huffington gets the clown prize when it complains that “..slave owning, Indian-killing Andrew Jackson” is still on the $20 bill. Pretty soon a Huffington yellow journalist will publish heavy-breathing exposes of all the signers of the Declaration of Independence, leading to demands to remove all mention of them from our textbooks, not just our paper currency. “Benjamin Franklin was a philanderer in Paris” (we’ve already had a version of “Thomas Jefferson seduced and impregnated his favorite slave and then cut her out of his will”). Alexander Hamilton! Boy, is he going to get it from the leftist Vice Squad….even though Aaron Burr finished off that libertine and his capitalist economic views.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 8:59 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Spengler, Urbanism and a New Primary-Symbol
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by David Beauchamp (July 2015)


Of the many great philosophers produced by the German speaking lands over the centuries, Oswald Spengler was one who has not quite endured the way others have. Perhaps it was his uneventful personal life as a school teacher, his sweeping quasi-scientific style and esoteric leanings, or his ideological tendency to authoritarianism before his death in 1936. Whatever the reason, he never earned a lasting reputation as a serious scholar.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 8:54 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
The Protocols of The Elders of PC
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by Richard Butrick (July 2015)


If one senses the incisive observations and inferences of Machiavelli upon perusing The Protocols of the Elders of Zion one would be right. The origins of the Protocols go back to the French Revolution have had a tortuous right of passage through France, Germany and Russia. But it was not until 1905 that it was published in a public edition by the Russian mystic priest Sergius Nilus. The underlying conceptual basis throughout its various transformations, however, from which some passages are directly cribbed, is from the pamphlet "Dialogues in Hell Between Machiavelli and Montesquieu," published by the non-Jewish French satirist Maurice Joly in 1864.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 8:42 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Jimmy Carter and Hamas
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by Joseph S. Spoerl (July 2015)


In the midst of last summer’s war between Israel and the Hamas regime in Gaza, Jimmy Carter wrote: “…the United States and the EU should recognize that Hamas is not just a military but also a political force. Hamas cannot be wished away… Only by recognizing its legitimacy as a political actor – one that represents a substantial portion of the Palestinian people – can the West begin to provide the right incentives for Hamas to lay down its weapons.”  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 8:24 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Absurd Identity Politics; Rachel Dolezal, et. al.
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by Norman Berdichevsky (July 2015)


Rachel Dolezal’s numerous interviews and the absurd answers given to factual questions about her birth certificate, callously rejecting both her parents and their heritage, dismissing the relevance of DNA tests and insisting how she feels is paramount to any facts would embarrass a seven year old. These are patently ridiculous answers and became trenchantly self-serving, naked attempts at fraud. After all, she is on record for bringing suit against Howard University for discriminating against her because she is (at least was at the time) white. For more than a generation now, one of the most powerful weapons used by the Liberal-Left in American politics is to classify individuals by a group identity such as race, ethnicity or sex, now termed "gender," to justify differential treatment of citizens, usually referred to by the euphemism of “affirmative action.”  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 8:19 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Against Mine Too: Rape-as-Politics Revisited
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by Samuel Hux (July 2015)


Is eating a revolutionary or conservative act? That is, when you lunch or sup or break fast with another human being, what is its political dimension? When one shovels it into a generously open mouth with teeth exposed and tongue darting, or when one slips it passed purse-like tight lips.  .  . is the first an expression of the proud, defiant ostentation of the possessing classes and the second a sign of the social ressentiment of the seething dispossessed, or is the one the public disguise of the other?  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 8:11 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Moslem Saint or Sufi?
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by Geoffrey Clarfield and John Robert Colombo (July 2015)


Introductory note: What you are about to read is a melange: a reworking of a review that John Robert Colombo prepared of a book written by Martin Lings, about a Moslem Saint or Sufi (your choice). Interspersed throughout in italics are comments on the review and the subject of the review that have been imaginatively, and retroactively attributed to the great Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borge.

For those who are familiar with that giant of a 20th man of letters, his original tales were ever so slight retellings of true events, but with enough twists and turns that they could be nothing other than fiction, or perhaps, non verifiable alternate histories. We have followed in his footsteps here.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 8:05 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Books Do Furnish A Mind, Part IV
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by Ibn Warraq (July 2015)


 

Do I boast of my omnivorousness of reading, even apart from the romances? Certainly no! never, except in joke. It's against my theories and ratiocinations, which take upon themselves to assert that we all generally err by reading too much, and out of proportion to what we think. I should be wiser, I am persuaded, if I had not read half as much—should have had stronger and better exercised faculties, and should stand higher in my own appreciation. The fact is, that the ne plus ultra of intellectual indolence is this reading of books. It comes next to what the Americans call 'whittling.'
                                        -- Elizabeth Barrett Browning (in a letter to R.H. Horne), 1843.


The answer to the skeptic’s question above [“Have you read them all?”] is, of course, no, I have not read every single book I own cover to cover.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 7:53 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015
From Scotland to Timor
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by Theodore Dalrymple (July 2015)


Once you have reached a certain age and experienced the majority of all that you will ever experience, almost everything reminds you of something else. It is as if the world were full of double entendres in which nothing meant only what it appeared to mean. The association of ideas becomes so strong that the past becomes almost as real and living as the present: you experience two realities simultaneously. This is pleasurable and is one of the compensations of age. It deepens and enriches life.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/30/2015 7:48 AM by NER
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