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Murder in the City of Light

Murder in the City of Light

  • November 14, 2015
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Let’s get one thing straight: The responsibility for last night’s disgusting massacre in Paris belongs to the shrunken specimens of humanity that carried them out and the organization that sent them to do it.  The attacks are yet more evidence that Daesh/ISIS is one of the most vicious and repugnant gangs of mass murderers in...

The Day of Terror

The Day of Terror

  • June 27, 2015
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In his memoir The Devil in France, the German-Jewish novelist Lion Feuchtwanger looked back on the historical circumstances that had resulted in his internment in a French prison in Tunisia during World War I,   and driven him into exile in southern France following Hitler’s ascent to power, and his internment in French concentration camps...

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...

ISIS: the Cinematic Caliphate

ISIS: the Cinematic Caliphate

  • February 09, 2015
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Ever since its astonishing rampage through central Iraq last year, the organization known as ISIS/Daesh has demonstrated a propensity for extreme violence and cruelty that makes its jihadist predecessors look mild by comparison.    At times ISIS almost appears to engaged in some kind of competition to surpass each disgusting act of viciousness with something...

Ebola, He Come

Ebola, He Come

  • October 15, 2014
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We all have irrational fears of something.  For some of us it might be snakes, spiders or darkness.   For others it will be rats, crowds, heights or open spaces.   What makes these fears irrational is their inability to distinguish between the threat that we carry in our own minds and the reality of the...

Islamic State and the Spectacle of Terror

Islamic State and the Spectacle of Terror

  • September 20, 2014
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In Don de Lillo’s 1991 novel Mao II, the writer-protagonist Bill Gray declares: “Years ago I thought it was possible for a novelist to alter the inner life of the culture.   Now bomb-makers and gunmen have taken over that territory.   They make raids on human consciousness.”

De Lillo was writing at a time when...

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