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Chapel Hill: Stop Calling it ‘Terrorism’

Chapel Hill: Stop Calling it ‘Terrorism’

  • February 14, 2015
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Were the Chapel Hill murders a hate-crime or an ‘ordinary’ crime in which the religious identity of the victims was not a factor?  Within hours of the killings, leading voices amongst the American conservative/’counterjihad’ movement were already denying or playing down any suggestion that the three victims were killed because they were Muslims.

At Frontpage Magazine and Jihad Watch, Craig Stephen Hicks was variously described as a lone psycho,  or an ‘angry leftist’ because of some of the Likes in his Facebook page.   In fact Ricks’ list is far too varied to reach any...

The Chapel Hill Murders

The Chapel Hill Murders

  • February 12, 2015
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There are times when one feels numbed into a stupefaction by the horrors that churn through the mass media on an almost daily basis.   But the murders of the three North Carolina Muslim students Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha two days ago on a North Carolina...

The United States of Human Rights

  • February 04, 2015
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Let no one say that the United States government doesn’t take human rights seriously.   Let every dictator or human right abuser take note that the United States will not tolerate any regime that commits acts of violence and terror against their own people.     On Monday an Egyptian court upheld 183 death sentences...

My Name is Emerson, Steve Emerson

My Name is Emerson, Steve Emerson

  • January 12, 2015
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Many people in Birmingham may be surprised to learn from Fox News yesterday that their city has become an “entirely Muslim” city which non-Muslims “simply don’t go in.” But no one familiar with Steven Emerson, the pundit who expounded these views, will be surprised at all.     Emerson is one of the most prominent ‘terrorism...

The CIA’s Torture Gardens

  • December 11, 2014
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America, perhaps more than any other country, has a striking ability to turn even the grimmest evidence of moral failure into a testament to its exalted moral status, and the response to the Senate Intelligence Select Committee Report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program is no exception.

As heavily-redacted as it is,  ...

A Plague of Violent Cops

A Plague of Violent Cops

  • December 05, 2014
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Policemen have long been a indispensable feature of popular entertainment.   Today, cops and detectives pour through our cinemas and tv screens in an endless stream, and tv cop dramas and police procedurals routinely take their viewer into  dark and dangerous places that other dramas cannot reach.

The stories they tell are not pretty, and cop shows...

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