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Leave ISIS to the Homies

Leave ISIS to the Homies Ilana Mercer discerns confusion in America’s Middle Eastern policy There was a great cry throughout the land. Non-stop propaganda from a monolithic media-military-congressional complex had convinced a petrified people of the need for a military … Continue reading

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A burial to die for?

                  A burial to die for? Bill Hartley attends a green interment Any listener to BBC Radio Four’s The Archers will be aware that the village of Ambridge has a Green Burial Ground. It gets frequent mentions as characters ranging … Continue reading

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Killing English, with Bill O’Reilly

Killing English, with Bill O’Reilly Ilana Mercer Educates her Masters  Richard Burton exulted in his love of English. “I am as thrilled by the English language as I am by a lovely woman,” exclaimed the great actor. Bill O’Reilly, however, … Continue reading

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Rand Paul Opportunistic – and Wrong – on Race

  Rand Paul Opportunistic—and Wrong—on Race The Ferguson Riots – Ilana Mercer distinguishes between divergent discourses Police brutality? Yes! Militarization of the police force? You bet! “A Government of Wolves”? Yes again! “The Rise of the Warrior Cop”? No doubt! … Continue reading

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A semblance of change – UK parliamentary politics then and now

A semblance of change – UK parliamentary politics then and now ALEX KURTAGIC finds underlying similarities between the major British political parties In The Problem of Democracy, Alain de Benoist writes that the term ‘democracy’ is so widely misused today … Continue reading

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Manifesto for Sad People EDWARD DUTTON

Manifesto for Sad People Edward Dutton Enjoys the Definitive Application of Absurdism Adventures in Stationery: A Journey through Your Pencil Case, James Ward, 2014, Profile Books, Hardback, 280pp. The philosophical school known as Absurdism developed from the belief that life … Continue reading

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Mission to Kabul, a Footnote in Weltpolitik STODDARD MARTIN

  Mission to Kabul: a Footnote in Weltpolitik Stoddard Martin discerns a curious continuity in German foreign policy The Kaiser’s Mission to Kabul: A Secret Expedition to Afghanistan in World War 1, Jules Stewart, I. B. Tauris, London, 2014, HB, … Continue reading

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Endnotes STUART MILLSON

ENDNOTES, September 2014 In this edition: a report from the Proms: William Mathias and Elgar, and composers of the Great War  * Coronation music from Somm Records  * Classic Sibelius from Iceland. For conductor Mark Wigglesworth, Sir Edward Elgar’s First … Continue reading

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EpiQR – River Grille, Bristol EM MARSHALL-LUCK

EM MARSHALL-LUCK River Grille Prince Street, Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QF Situated in the smart and shiny yet austerely façaded Bristol Hotel, the River Grille restaurant faces out on the other side from the gritty main road, overlooking the river … Continue reading

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‘The prison house of language’? LIAM GUILAR

‘THE PRISON HOUSE OF LANGUAGE’?   Midwinter, Wessex, eight seven eight AD. Metalled men, fur wrapped, steaming still to watch the hawk strike, then urge their shaggy ponies through the snow. Guthrum, refusing a verb’s negation, approaches an unexpected victory. … Continue reading

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