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UK Internet Provider O2 Blocks Me

November 13, 2016

O2, the second-largest mobile telecommunications provider in the United Kingdom, has banned my website, ostensibly only to those under 18 years of age but in fact to everyone using O2. Here's what you find when you land on DanielPipes.org:

What shows up at O2 instead of DanielPipes.org.

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Post-Election Reflections of a #NeverTrumpNorHillary Conservative

November 12, 2016

  • Trump supporters are in such a good mood, they tend to smile all day long.
  • In this spirit, they are forgiving of & condescending to we holdouts.
  • For them, the election washed away all Trump's sins. Criticism of him has become inconceivable. He is the hero.
  • In contrast, they consider Hillary Clinton evil incarnate.
  • But we and Trump enthusiasts do share one thing: delight at the liberals' outlandish orgy of misery.
  • Supporters once pressured us to vote for Trump; now, they pressure us to help his forthcoming administration.
  • They openly laugh (but good naturedly) when we claim to be the Remnant and the Conscience of the conservative movement.
  • The expected battle over the direction of the Republican party has been delayed, but it will occur eventually.

(November 12, 2016)


CAIR Leader: Overthrow the U.S. Government

November 11, 2016

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) successfully presents itself to the media as a benign civil rights organization, comparable to the NAACP or the ADL, a description that conservatives ineffectively rail against. In this light, perhaps a tweet sent out just after midnight EST on Nov. 9 by Hussam Ayloush, long-time head of CAIR's Los Angeles office, will help awaken the press to CAIR's true Islamist identity. Ayloush wrote:

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The SPLC Finds Niqabs and Kippahs Equally Threatening

November 6, 2016

The Southern Poverty Law Center's Heidi Beirich has distributed a standardized reply to the avalanche of protests (including a particularly eloquent one by National Review) against its wretched Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists (of which I am allegedly one). Her apologia makes a quite remarkable claim in reference to me that calls for a response. She writes that

the calling for a ban of any religious dress is indeed extreme, regardless of the religious institution. Calling for a ban on the niqab is akin to banning a kippah. Daniel Pipes, another extremist on this list, has also called for a similar ban. These calls are contrary to religious freedom.

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The Mundane Origins of Germany's Huge Turkish Population

October 30, 2016

In 1961, the German post-war "economic miracle" (Wirtschaftswunder) was in full bloom, with a seemingly insatiable thirst for unskilled workers. After signing government-to-government bilateral agreements with Italy (in 1955), Greece (1960), and Spain (1960), Bonn turned to Ankara and on this day, Oct. 30, in 1961 signed a "Recruitment Agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany and Turkey" (Anwerbeabkommen zwischen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und der Türkei). Little did either side realize the implications of this seemingly minor accord.

Turkish Labor Minister Ali Naili Erdem visited Turkish "guest workers" (Gastarbeitern) in Germany in 1966.

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ISIS Imposes a Partial Ban on Burqas

September 6, 2016

Before getting to the news item at hand, a personal preface:

I am frustrated that Westerners don't perceive the obvious point that burqas and niqabs, both of which cover not only the head but the whole body, threaten public security. A person wearing these Islamic garments can be male or female, can carry an assault rifle, and can usually get away with anything anonymously.

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Two Opposing Views of the Islamist Threat

August 26, 2016

Hugh Fitzgerald posted a 3,300-word piece at JihadWatch.com responding to a news item about Thomas Strothotte, president of Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg, Germany, advocating that all school children learn Arabic until 12 or 13 years of age; Fitzgerald called this a sign of "civilizational surrender."

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More on the Burkini Ban

August 25, 2016

I published an article today in the Philadelphia Inquirer about the "silly hysteria" in France over the novel female bathing article called the burkini, saying it's not a threat and the France authorities should concern themselves with serious matters.

Well the weather on the Riviera is hot and so is this topic. I pursue updates here.

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Parsi vs Daioleslam: Correcting the Record

August 19, 2016

Al-Monitor's congressional correspondent, Julian Pecquet, wrote an article in Al-Monitor about the divided Iranian community in the United States showing the Mujahideen-e Khalq (MeK or NCRI) on one side, against the regime in Tehran, and the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) with the regime. In the course of the article, he paraphrases the head of NIAC, Trita Parsi:

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The 11th Encyclopædia Britannica on Who Is a Palestinian

July 31, 2016

Robert Alexander Stewart Macalister (1870-1950)

As several authors (Aryeh L. Avneri, Joan Peters, Fred M. Gottheil) have shown, the non-Jewish population of Palestine grew because of the many in-migrants who came to work at Zionist economic enterprises. But it's also worth noting that, even before that immigration began, this small territory was already filled with a wide range of peoples.

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