Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Advances In Endoscopy
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by Len Krisak (January 2014)

Sprouting wires that snake from seven leads,

She swallows it—a camera-pill that tumbles

Through her gut, Fantastic Voyage-like,

A lozenge lensing where intestine feeds.

Will there be blood? We wait. The science humbles.  more>>>

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Posted on 12/31/2013 12:00 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Winter’s Tale
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by Bibhu Padhi (January 2014)

Winter’s touch is here.

The remote bones suddenly

surface from nowhere.  more>>>

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Amusement on a Long Flight Alone
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by Norman Berdichevsky (January 2014)


If you’re like me and are not adept at packing suitcases and hand luggage, a long flight can be excruciatingly boring if you’ve put all your usual recreational educational time-killer devices, books, magazines, ipod, laptop or desk calendar away, out of reach, and your airline has cut back on everything from earphones, meals, blankets and newspapers along with on-board luggage capacity.  more>>>

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Posted on 12/31/2013 12:00 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Five Notes on Guns and the Police
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by Richard Kostelanetz (January 2014)


Having written before on this website about common misunderstandings about guns in America, may I comment upon two recent incidents that drew (too) much press attention at the time, but are now far enough behind us to be seen more objectively.  more>>>

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Goldie
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by G. Murphy Donovan (January 2014)


“No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank

Goldie was Sam’s face; or more precisely, the public face of the small grocery store at the corner of White Plains Road and Rhinelander Avenue in the East Bronx. Sam’s was a literal mom-and-pop operation that hung by a fiscal thread after the Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A&P) opened a supermarket a mere two blocks away on Morris Park Avenue. Sam’s little corner shop survived longer than most small retailers for two reasons, the hero sandwich and wife Goldie.  more>>>

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Flight from an Afghan Seraglio
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by Jerry Gordon (January 2014)

An American Bride in Kabul: A Memoir 
by Phillis Chesler
Palgrave Macmillan (October 1, 2013)
ISBN: 978-0230342217

Want to know what it is like to live as a non-Muslim woman under sharia? Dr. Phyllis Chesler, noted feminist author and defender of universal women’s rights, experienced sharia first hand during a brief marriage to an Afghan Muslim husband and troubled sojourn in Kabul, Afghanistan. During this time she was a virtual prisoner in purdah, the women’s enclosure, in a polygamous household of a wealthy prominent family.  more>>>

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Twisting Jewish Values to Promote False Peace
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by Matthew Hausman (January 2014)


Have you heard the one about the old Jewish lady from Brooklyn who wants to visit a Hindu holy man in Nepal? Her friends tell her she’s crazy, but she saves her money, flies to Nepal and makes the arduous trip up the mountain anyway. When she arrives she’s told by a disciple that her audience will last only a minute and that she must limit her conversation to six words. Not easily intimidated, she insists on seeing the great master immediately. After being ushered into his chamber, she looks him straight in the eye and says the six words that most accurately convey her thoughts.

 “Sheldon, it’s your mother. Come home!”  more>>>

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Raja Shehadeh: A Moderate or a Moderate Façade?
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by Robert Harris (January 2014)


“Raja Shehadeh is Palestine’s leading writer. He is also a lawyer and the founder of the pioneering Palestinian human rights organisation Al-Haq.” - Mountains to the Sea Book Festival, 2013.

Since the millennium, Raja Shehadeh has become a common fixture at literary and cultural events throughout the West, and makes a frequent appearance in literary reviews etc. His books have earned him a substantial amount of praise and a number of awards, including the 2008 Orwell Prize, for which he again made the shortlist this year.  more>>>

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Al Shabaab’s Jihad - The Secret History Behind the Westgate Mall Attack
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by Geoffrey Clarfield (January 2014)


Less than four months ago on September 21, 2013, a group of Islamic terrorists from the Somali based militia, Al Shabaab (the “youth,” in Arabic) attacked the Westgate Mall, an upscale shopping center in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya.  As a former resident of that city, I knew it well. I used to drive by its Nakumatt supermarket almost every day on my way to work at the National Museums of Kenya.  more>>>

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013
An American Feminist Fighting Sharia: an Interview with Dr. Phyllis Chesler
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by Jerry Gordon (January 2014)


In December 2003 we organized a summit with noted counter-Jihadists at a private university club in Manhattan. We were endeavoring to develop a concerted campaign in America to warn about the threat of Qur’anic doctrine and sharia to Constitutional guarantees of free expression, liberty and freedom. We had assembled notable figures from both academic and non-academic research sources to attend the conference. Among the attendees was Dr. Phyllis Chesler, noted radical feminist, author of bestselling books and peer–reviewed journal articles, ground breaking pioneer in the fields of women’s studies and founder of the Women’s Psychology Association.  more>>>

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Hungary Sets Up a State Authority to Rewrite History
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by Thomas Ország-Land (January 2014)


The physical destruction of European Jewry during the Nazi era has been probably the most thoroughly documented disaster in all human history. A huge proportion of the eyewitness accounts, expert analyses and artistic depiction of that catastrophe pertains to the organized murder of close to 600,000 Hungarian citizens of Jewish birth perpetrated by the Hungarian state in collaboration with Nazi Germany. This happened at the close of the Second World War when an Allied victory was already obvious.  more>>>

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Could the Crisis in Turkey Impact US Policy in the Middle East?
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by Jerry Gordon (January 2014)

Since  December 17, 2013, police in Ankara, Istanbul and other cities in Turkey have arrested more than  52 persons in a wide-ranging corruption probe. Those arrested include some prominent persons and sons of AKP cabinet ministers on charges of bribery, illicit gold trading and payoffs on tenders for construction deals.  more>>>

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013
The Is-Ought Gap, Post-Modernism and the French Facelift
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by Richard Butrick (January 2014)


Basically, the empiricist criterion of truth is that a statement is empirically true if and only if (1) it implies at least one observation statement or its negation and (2) it does not imply any false observation statements. The first clause rules out any logically true statements, “a rose is a rose” or metaphorically “true” statements, “life is a dome of many colored glass.”  more>>>

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013
The Psychobabble Bubble
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by G. Murphy Donovan (January 2014)


Those looking for symptoms of cultural lunacy never have far to look. Two recent examples tell the tale. A six year old from Colorado was suspended from public school for kissing a classmate’s hand. Never mind that the little girl friend was flattered and not offended. Nonetheless, by a teacher’s reading of school rules, the lad was guilty of “sexual harassment.” It’s never too early to sexualize or criminalize childhood in public schools these days.  more>>>

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013
The “Neocon Cabal”: Its Roots and Resonances
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by Sam Bluefarb (January 2014)


By Way of Introduction

The following essay was written some time early in the first term of the George W. Bush administration (2001-2009) when, because of their disproportionate influence on that administration, neo-conservatives (or neo-cons) were the unremitting targets of liberal / progressive critics. Lost in that swirling controversy was the profound historical fact that, long before neo-conservatives evolved into a so-called “movement,” most were leftists, made up of ex-Stalinists, a mixed bag of affiliated and unaffiliated socialists, social democrats, and ex-Trotzkyists who, in their new role, became the most active  nucleus of the “neo-con cabal,” closely identified with their seminal periodical, Partisan Review (1937-2003).  more>>>

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Royal Envy
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by David P. Gontar (January 2014)


I.  Introduction: Situating Royal Envy

Successive soliloquies of Kings Henry the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth reflecting desperate envy of peasantry and proletarians are challenging for readers of Shakespeare. What do these discourses signify, and what are we to make of an apparent transmission of heterodox desire across three generations?  more>>>

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013
How Christianity Civilized Barbarian Europe in Just One Hundred Years
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by Emmet Scott (January 2014)


At the dawn of the tenth century most of Europe was a rural backwater. All of the lands east of the Elbe (and almost all east of the Rhine) were barbarian-infested wastelands without a trace of literate civilization. Those to the west, in Gaul and Britain, and even in Italy, were not much better. In this region there prevailed an almost universal illiteracy and a subsistence barter economy of the most primitive kind. There existed only a handful of towns with more than 30,000 people, and even these were nothing like the towns of the Roman period. England had none, with the possible exception of London.  more>>>

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Gracious in Triumph
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by Conrad Black (January 2014)


In January 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev had recourse to traditional Soviet repressive methods in Georgia and Latvia, but his heart wasn’t in it, and he wasn’t prepared to kill people as Stalin and Khrushchev and even occasionally Brezhnev had done. On March 17, 1991, 76.4% of Soviet voters ostensibly voted to remain in a reformed Soviet Union, although the Baltic republics and Georgia and Armenia voted to secede and Moldova abstained. But on June 12, Boris Yeltsin, who had defected from the Communist Party and sought full democracy, denationalization and decontrol of all industry and agriculture, and the Russian secession from the Soviet Union, was elected head of the Russian Republic with 57% in a free vote. He was now a very serious rival, in terms of legitimacy, to speak for the Russians, to Gorbachev.  more>>>

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Religion and the Law
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by Rebecca Bynum (January 2013)


According to the Internal Revenue Manual 7(10)69, Exempt Organizations Examination Guidelines Handbook, text 321.3(3), an organization is defined as a “church” if it has the following broadly and neutrally defined characteristics: (a) a distinct legal existence, (b) a recognized creed and form of worship, (c) a definite and distinct ecclesiastical government, (d) a formal code of doctrine and discipline, (e) a distinct religious history, (f) a membership not associated with any other church or denomination, ...  more>>>

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013
John Stuart Mill and Racism
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by Ibn Warraq (January 2014)


The following is an excerpt from Ibn Warraq's new book, Sir Walter Scott's Crusades and Other Fantasies.

Edward Said wrote that George Eliot was no different from John Stuart Mill and Karl Marx, “both of them seemed to have believed that such ideas as liberty, representative government, and individual happiness must not be applied in the Orient for reasons that today we would call racist.”1 Marxists, such as Said himself, can grapple with their Savior’s feet of clay, but Mill is well worth defending. I hope these few remarks will go someway towards fulfilling that task, pointing readers to fuller discussions in some recent studies.  more>>>

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