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CAIR Again Lies About Me

January 18, 2022

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In a press conference on Jan. 12, Edward A. Mitchell of the Council on American-Islamic Relations stated the following at 25:02 about an individual named Tariq Nelson:

Mr. Nelson mentions that IPT [the Investigative Project on Terrorism] connected him with Daniel Pipes. ... Mr. Pipes called Mr. Nelson. And Mr. Pipes, according to Mr. Nelson, asked him to start speaking out against Muslims, the Muslim, the mainstream Muslim community, which is what some other extremist Muslims have done in coordination with hate groups. Tariq Nelson refused to do that and therefore the Middle East Forum did not work with him.

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More Vanished American Words

January 9, 2022

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I recently published 25 "vanished American words" that someone born around 1950 would understand and those born after 1960 would probably not. I asked for additional suggestions and got many. Selecting out the best of them, here is a new list, now over four times longer. Some are very obscure (Gestetner) and others not so much (telephone booth).

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2021's Biggest Hits at DanielPipes.org

January 5, 2022

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Traffic statistics at DanielPipes.org indicate that the following ten articles are my most read writings published in 2021, in ascending order. (Gary Gambill of the Middle East Forum kindly provided the tabulations and summaries.)

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Vanished American Words

December 31, 2021

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As New Year's approaches, I wonder what words and concepts familiar to an American born around 1950 have disappeared to the point that they puzzle most of those under 60 years of age?

Here is a list complied with help from my contemporaries and from younger folk. Further suggestions are welcome.


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What to Make of Éric Zemmour?

December 2, 2021

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What to make of Éric Zemmour, the just-declared candidate for president in France in 2022?

His last name in Arabic means, perhaps suitably for an intellectual, honking, as what geese and car horns do.* His parents fled Algeria and he openly identifies as a Jew but presents himself as the representative of traditional Catholic Deep France and the scourge of immigrants and Islam. He adopts positions on Jewish issues so extreme that France's Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia called him an antisemite. He's been twice found guilty of hate speech and wears these condemnations proudly. His anti-feminist positions are antediluvian. He's pro-Russian and anti-American.

A screengrab from Éric Zemmour's low-key announcement that he is a candidate for president of France.

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Why Risk One's Life to Go from France to Britain?

November 28, 2021

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One of the enduring mysteries of illegal migration in Europe concerns the desperation to leave France in favor of the United Kingdom. France being a safe, rich country under the rule of law, why not make a life there? Why risk life and limb to cross the treacherous English Channel where, this month, 27 people died in a single incident?

The Daily Telegraph (London) dispatched Helen Chandler-Wilde and Luke Mintz to find out. Here are six testimonials they collected from Middle Eastern males:

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The Liverpool Bomber and Fake Muslim Conversion to Christianity

November 21, 2021

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The case of Emad Jamil Al Swealmeen, 32, highlights the danger of Muslims fraudulently converting to Christianity.

Emad Jamil Al Swealmeen (السويلميين), who studied cake decorating at The City of Liverpool College in 2018-19, looked like a nice person.

Swealmeen came to public attention on Nov. 14, when he (probably inadvertently) detonated an improvised explosive device outside Liverpool Women's Hospital at 10:59a.m. as he rode in a taxi, just seconds before the national two minutes' silence for Remembrance Sunday at 11a.m., killing himself and wounding the taxi driver. The police believe he was an Islamist and a jihadi. His biography is worth noting:

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Bibliography – My Writings Commemorating 50 Years

June 18, 2021

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For a historian, growing older has the special quality of having lived through history. With this in mind, I have since 2013 repeatedly commemorated the passage of fifty years that I personally experienced:

(June 18, 2021)

 

2020's Biggest Hits at DanielPipes.org

January 2, 2021

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Traffic statistics at DanielPipes.org indicate that the following ten articles are my most read writings published in 2020, in ascending order. (Gary Gambill of the Middle East Forum kindly provided the tabulations and summaries.)

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What Would Ben-Gurion Do?

May 28, 2020

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My Middle East Forum colleague Nave Dromi disagrees with the negative view I expressed of Israel's annexing some parts of the West Bank.

My six-part argument, as spelled out here, boils down to dismissing annexation as too-expensive symbolism. It brings no rewards but creates problems everywhere one looks. Therefore, I conclude, annexation obstructs her and my goal of an Israel Victory and Palestinian defeat.

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