The Iconoclast

Tuesday, 15 January 2019
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  Here at NER the quizzes we set are deliberately designed to take you on journeys along the less travelled byways of general knowledge. I know that not a few of you do some research and attempt one or two questions because you often email me and tell me about the joys of encountering odd snippets ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/15/2019 3:51 PM by John M. Joyce
Tuesday, 15 January 2019
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by Eric Rozenman A pro-Palestinian activist holds an Israeli flag painted with a Nazi swastika and the sentence “Who would say that David … now is Goliath!” at a rally against the Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip outside the Mexican Foreign Ministry building in Mexico City, July 11, ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/15/2019 12:33 PM by Eric Rozenman
Tuesday, 15 January 2019
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From CGTN Africa Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett has called for calm as police work to contain the situation, at the same time appealing for any information that might be useful to the investigation. “We regret to confirm that at around 3pm today, a group of armed assailants attacked ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/15/2019 10:53 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Tuesday, 15 January 2019
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by Hugh Fitzgerald The instructive and revealing piece was published about ten weeks ago, but with Mustafa Akyol again spreading his deceptions around Christmastime, it is worth recalling: “Lecture explores religious freedom in Islam,” by Thomas Murphy, The Observer, October 24, 2018: Mustafa ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/15/2019 4:57 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Monday, 14 January 2019
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by Esmerelda Weatherwax 2019 is the bi-cenennary of the event in English history called the Peterloo Massacre.  There was a new film of the story and I expect there will be events in Manchester and Lancashire during the year. I was taught about it in school back in the 1960s but I’m not sure it’s ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/14/2019 9:26 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 14 January 2019
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The Saudi teen remains in real and terrible danger because she has renounced Islam. She has shut down her Twitter account due to death threats. by Phyllis Chesler  Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, a Saudi teenager, has just tried to save her own life—and in so doing, has risked death for shaming her ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/14/2019 9:24 AM by Phyllis Chesler
Monday, 14 January 2019
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The U.S. is demonstrating almost effortlessly how illusory is the idea that any other country or group of countries can challenge its pre-eminence. by Conrad Black President Donald Trump speaks to members of the military at a rally at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq on Dec. 26, 2018.(Andrew Harnik/AP) Almost ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/14/2019 5:30 AM by Conrad Black
Monday, 14 January 2019
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by Michael Curtis Ghent Altarpiece found in Altaussee Salt Mines The quality of justice, like mercy, is not strained. It is an attribute to awe and majesty in rectifying evil of the past. It is universally understood, except by unmitigated antisemites, that Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime were ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/14/2019 4:33 AM by Michael Curtis
Sunday, 13 January 2019
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A review of Phyllis Chesler's book by Ida Lichter published in the Middle East Quarterly: 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, ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/13/2019 3:04 PM by New English Review Press
Sunday, 13 January 2019
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by Conrad Black It is time to rekindle our political spirits in this new year, and to take stock of the subjects of encouragement. First, the takeover of the House of Representatives by the Democrats was, on balance, not as jarring to the vital organs as was feared. As a figure of horror, ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/13/2019 4:49 AM by Conrad Black
Sunday, 13 January 2019
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by Hugh Fitzgerald The Archbishop of Tangiers, in Morocco, Santiago Agrelo Martinez, is outraged at the way the E.U. is treating migrants. He claims that setting up camps in Africa where these migrants are to be processed would be tantamount to creating “concentration camps for people who have ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/13/2019 4:35 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 12 January 2019
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He properly identified the crisis of untrammeled immigration. by Conrad Black It wasn’t Demosthenean or Ciceronian, and we could have done without the sonic evidence that the president was inhaling normally, but it was a preemptive knockout blow of the robotic tandem that followed. The president ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/12/2019 5:03 AM by Conrad Black
Friday, 11 January 2019
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  by Sherkoh Abbas, Jerry Gordon and Robert Sklaroff It has been nearly a month since the December 14, 2018 phone call between Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Trump during which an immediate withdrawal of US troops from Syria was discussed by the President. Trump basically said he ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/11/2019 4:16 PM by Sherkoh Abbas, Jerry Gordon, Robert Sklaroff
Friday, 11 January 2019
Friday, 11 January 2019
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The dangers of being perceived as pro-Israel in online feminist spaces. by Phyllis Chesler Does Big Brother—or rather, Big Sister, never sleep? Is she always anonymously patrolling the internet and the airwaves at the ready to attack, accuse, bully, defame and correct anyone who pronounces, ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/11/2019 5:00 AM by Phyllis Chesler
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