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  • Op-Ed: Élites are more dangerous to Israel than Islam

    02/28/2016 3:47:55 AM PST · by Mr Apple · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | February 27, 2016 | Giulio Meotti
    Penning an article for the Financial Times, historian Simon Schama, a liberal belonging to the establishment, writes that “the problem of the left with the Jews has a long and unfortunate history” and that “criticism of Israeli government policies became a rejection of Israel’s right to exist”. Schama then asks: “Why is it so much easier to hate the Jews?” This is an article that should be sent to all those intellectuals, journalists, writers, academics who for years, every day, in Italy and the West, demonized the Jewish State. The good people on the left who feel that it is...
  • He hated Britain and excused Stalin's genocide. But was hero of the BBC.., Eric Hobsbawm

    10/03/2012 6:41:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 3, 2012 | AN Wilson
    On Monday evening, the BBC altered its programme schedule to broadcast an hour-long tribute to an old man who had died aged 95, with fawning contributions from the likes of historian Simon Schama and Labour peer Melvyn Bragg. The next day, the Left-leaning Guardian filled not only the front page and the whole of an inside page but also devoted almost its entire G2 Supplement to the news. The Times devoted a leading article to the death, and a two-page obituary. You might imagine, given all this coverage and the fact that Tony Blair and Ed Miliband also went out...
  • Americans Divided Over Black History Month (MSN Asks: Do We Need It?)

    02/19/2007 9:22:51 AM PST · by Mr. Brightside · 74 replies · 2,176+ views
    MSN ^ | 2/19/07
    A poll of almost 10,000 Americans conducted in January shows there is no consensus on the topic of Black History Month. The survey, conducted by MSN and Zogby International, found that 43 percent of Americans believe setting one month of the year to focus on a racially defined observance is a token gesture, while 39 percent say that is an opportunity to raise awareness of African-American history and accomplishments (18 percent are not sure). Is it, as one scholar wrote in the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, "simply a guilt-driven public relations scam to pacify blacks who otherwise receive...
  • Moore wins Book Of The Year

    02/25/2003 1:54:13 AM PST · by jordan8 · 8 replies · 208+ views
    BBC ^ | 2-25-03 | staff
    Moore's book was originally shelved by US publishers A satirical anti-war attack on President George Bush and the US political machine was the surprise winner of the top prize at the British Book Awards. Stupid White Men, by author and filmmaker Michael Moore, took the Book of the Year award. Moore's book beat Roy Keane's bestselling autobiography, one of the fancied favourites, as well as Booker winner, Life of Pi, and Ian McEwan's Atonement. Moore's triumph was boosted by a strong telephone vote from the public, who were invited to participate in the awards for the first time this year....
  • We should take out these British newspapers on our way to Iraq

    09/11/2002 4:07:59 AM PDT · by ejdrapes · 6 replies · 122+ views
    WE NEED JAW-JAW AND LAW-LAW BEFORE WAR-WAR Today we mourn the 3,044 people killed in the world's worst terrorist attack, and ask how many more lives the War on Terror will cost...THIS WAR IS A FAILURENot a single leading member of al Qaeda has been captured or confirmed as killed, says John Pilger...BOY GEORGE The shortcomings of George W Bush are what make him so fascinating, says Christopher Hitchens... The Dead and the GuiltySimon Schama on the questions Americans should be asking on the anniversary of September 11.Was Septemnber 11th a work of art?"Talk: British artist Damien Hirst has...
  • Europe's deflation torture is a gift to the Far Left

    05/23/2010 1:55:11 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies · 672+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/23/2010 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    If Europe’s ultra-Left has so far reaped little dividend from the great "Crisis of Capitalism", this will surely change as the eurozone’s 1930s policies of wage deflation sap the credibility of the governing centre and the EU itself. The tragedy of the interwar years in Germany was that the Social Democrats - then the world’s foremost socialist party - became fatally tainted by acquiescing in Bruning’s deflation torture from 1930 to 1932. They did so, of course, because they dared not confront the orthodoxies of the Gold Standard. By then the fixed-exchange mechanism had gone horribly wrong - in much...
  • How Cromwell gave us Joan Collins and other luminaries

    06/17/2006 12:42:49 AM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 13 replies · 832+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 17 June 2006 | Charles Moore
    Exactly 350 years ago, we began to be a multi-racial society. 1656 marked the return of Jews to England. They had been driven out by an edict of Edward I in 1290. In the intervening centuries - known as the Middle Period - Jews quite often came to this country on business, but they were not permitted to reside here or practise their religion. Their status, in fact, was that of Christians (and Jews) in Saudi Arabia today. In 1656, Cromwell let 300 of them return, and Jews have been here ever since. Among the eventual consequences of this re-admission...
  • Why Robespierre Chose Terror - The lessons of the first totalitarian revolution

    04/17/2006 5:51:06 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 56 replies · 2,625+ views
    City Journal ^ | Apr 16, 2006 | John Kekes
    The American attitude toward the French Revolution has been generally favorable—naturally enough for a nation itself born in revolution. But as revolutions go, the French one in 1789 was among the worst. True, in the name of liberty, equality, and fraternity, it overthrew a corrupt regime. Yet what these fine ideals led to was, first, the Terror and mass murder in France, and then Napoleon and his wars, which took hundreds of thousands of lives in Europe and Russia. After this pointless slaughter came the restoration of the same corrupt regime that the Revolution overthrew. Aside from immense suffering, the...
  • The Fog of Peace

    09/21/2002 9:42:18 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 90 replies · 471+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 09/30/2002 | David Brooks
    The evasions, distractions, and miasma of the anti-war left. EITHER SADDAM HUSSEIN will remain in power or he will be deposed. President Bush has suggested deposing him, but as the debate over that proposal has evolved, an interesting pattern has emerged. The people in the peace camp attack President Bush's plan, but they are unwilling to face the implications of their own. Almost nobody in the peace camp will stand up and say that Saddam Hussein is not a fundamental problem for the world. Almost nobody in that camp is willing even to describe what the world will look like...
  • The Left’s war on Britishness

    07/21/2005 11:48:50 PM PDT · by Eurotwit · 44 replies · 2,599+ views
    The Spectator ^ | Issue: 23 July 2005 | Anthony Browne
    The terrorist attacks of 7 July, as the ludicrous BBC refuses to call them, have raised many questions. We might ask what turned ordinary Muslim youths into mass murderers. Or we might wonder how a religion of peace can inspire people to terrorism across the world. A more pressing question, however, is: why Britain? Not why was Britain attacked, because the list of countries targeted by Islamist terrorism is growing so fast it will soon be quicker to list those unaffected. But rather: why did Britain become the first country in the developed world to produce its own suicide bombers?...
  • Mark Steyn : Believe It Or Not, It Wasn't Just Rednecks Who Voted for Bush

    11/06/2004 3:38:52 PM PST · by quidnunc · 219 replies · 8,340+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | November 7, 2004 | Mark Steyn
    The big question after Tuesday was: will it just be more of the same in George W Bush's second term, or will there be a change of tone? And apparently it's the latter. The great European thinkers have decided that instead of doing another four years of lame Bush-is-a-moron cracks they're going to do four years of lame Americans-are-morons cracks. Inaugurating the new second-term outreach was Brian Reade in the Daily Mirror, who attributed the President's victory to: "The self-righteous, gun-totin', military-lovin', sister-marryin', abortion-hatin', gay-loathin', foreigner-despisin', non-passport-ownin' rednecks, who believe God gave America the biggest dick in the world so...
  • Bush vs. Nietzsche: The politics of evil.

    03/23/2002 10:07:21 AM PST · by Pokey78 · 26 replies · 377+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 04/01/2002 | James W. Ceaser
    One hundred and sixteen years ago Friedrich Nietzsche pronounced Western civilization ready to move "Beyond Good and Evil," the famous title of his last major book. George W. Bush begs to differ. In so doing, he has reopened one of the great controversies of modern times. We are, says Bush, engaged today in "a monumental struggle between good and evil." It is only in these old terms, he believes, that we can make sense of our world. As Bush told the American people on September 11: "Today, our nation saw evil." Bush's conception of evil stands as a stark monument...
  • Kissing Cousins....Ann Coulter

    03/19/2003 5:19:45 PM PST · by Rummyfan · 46 replies · 209+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 19 March 2003 | Ann Coulter
    Kissing cousins: New York literati and Nazis -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: March 19, 2003 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2003 Universal Press Syndicate It became clear the nation was finally going to war with Iraq this week when the New York Times pulled two dozen reporters off the Augusta National Golf Club story. In a speech to the nation on Monday night, President Bush gave Saddam Hussein 48 hours to get out of Baghdad, warning that the American military was poised to remove him forcibly. Many still held out hope that Saddam would abandon power without a fight, primarily so we could listen...
  • Marks Steyn: It's lonely at the top -

    10/26/2006 11:12:25 AM PDT · by UnklGene · 27 replies · 2,891+ views
    Western Standard ^ | October 23, 2006 | Mark Steyn
    It's lonely at the top Exclusive Excerpt: In his new book, America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It, Mark Steyn finds the U.S. uniquely prepared to survive the clash of civilizations Mark Steyn - October 23, 2006 America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It by Mark Steyn Regnery, 256 pages Were I a Kerry voter, though, I'd feel deep anger, not only at them returning Bush to power, but for allowing the outside world to lump us all into the same category of moronic muppets. The self-righteous, gun-totin', military-lovin', sister-marryin', abortion-hatin', gay-loathin',...
  • Brits blame Obama as BP-linked pensions plummet

    06/10/2010 7:53:15 PM PDT · by advance_copy · 32 replies · 800+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 6/10/10 | Jennifer Carlile
    The oil polluting Louisiana’s marshes lies about 5,000 miles away from Britain’s coastline. But while wildlife, the fishing industry and tourism here are safe from the slick, the leak is hitting Britons’ pockets and their pride. By Wednesday night, BP's shares had lost more than half of their market value -- or at least $71 billion -- in the 52 days since the crisis began. Almost every pension fund in the U.K. owns shares in the energy giant, raising serious questions about the impact the firm's plummeting value will have on the retirement plans for millions of Britons. President Barack...
  • Barack Obama's 1967-President's UN speech puts history on its head.

    10/04/2009 3:08:11 PM PDT · by SJackson · 25 replies · 1,505+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10-4-09 | ZALMAN SHOVAL
    US President Barack Obama's inspirational speech at the UN included more than a few passages about the Middle East conflict. He expressed the hope for "a just and lasting peace between Israel, Palestine, and the Arab world," a wish shared by all Israelis. Upon closer look at some of the president's statements, several question marks arise. Obama addresses the 64th session of the General Assembly at United Nations headquarters. Photo: AP [file] The speech didn't, for instance, mention Islamic fundamentalism or Jihadism, the principal reasons for instability in the Middle East and beyond. Nor did it condemn the Arab world's...
  • Newsroom Roil Is Tina's Beast of Burden (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    05/23/2011 5:20:23 PM PDT · by abb · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Adweek ^ | May 23, 2011 | Lucia Moses
    When word spread that the legendary Tina Brown was going to take over as editor of Newsweek, merging it with her news and aggregation site The Daily Beast, it did wonders for morale at the moribund magazine. “Initially, a lot of us were really excited,” says one recently departed editor. “The attitude was, Tina Brown was coming in to save Newsweek.” But now, three months into her reign, current and former staffers describe a newsroom in a constant state of turmoil, uncertainty, and confusion. On the eve of Newsweek’s relaunch in March, Brown sought to distance herself from past extravagances,...
  • The American empire, a fine old British tradition

    01/12/2003 3:21:40 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 4 replies · 485+ views
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | 01/13/03 | William Rees-Mogg
    It is one of the happy sidelines of British culture that we produce the best tele-historians, rather as we used to produce — perhaps still do — the best Shakespearean actors. Since the classical period of A.J.P. Taylor and Hugh Trevor-Roper, still with us as Lord Dacre of Glanton, we have moved to the modern times of Niall Ferguson, Simon Schama and David Starkey. Last Thursday Professor Ferguson was presenting the first episode of his ambitious Channel 4 series Empire. It is likely to win him this year’s Golden Lorgnette, or whatever the award for television historians is called. Dr...
  • Faking History

    12/31/2004 2:59:45 PM PST · by Land of the Irish · 32 replies · 621+ views
    Christian Order ^ | November 2004 | Editor
    Current 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1990s     November 2004Faking History THE EDITORMake no mistake, history is written by the victors. One need only observe the power exercised over popular imagination by the all-conquering secular humanists of our day, whose agnosticism and atheism currently underpin Western culture. A major part of reinforcing their secular status quo is the prevalence of studiously false, anti-Catholic depictions of epochal eras and events. Long debunked caricatures and clichés - from the so-called ‘Dark Ages’ to the Crusades to the Reformation and beyond - still dominate their revisionist films, documentaries, literature and texts....
  • The morally numb v the Saddam realists (IDIOT INTELLECTUALS ALERT)

    09/08/2002 12:45:29 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 15 replies · 268+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | September 8, 2002 | Ferdinand Mount
    ‘There’s just too much anger, too much ruptured vanity, too much shock, too much identity crisis. And, worst of all, too much patriotism.” With this scathing analysis the great novelist Norman Mailer, self-appointed shrink to the American people, celebrates the first anniversary of the attack on the twin towers, adding for good measure that “we have a pre-totalitarian situation here now”. Mailer’s rumbustious rhetoric, displayed in an interview in today’s Sunday Times Magazine, is certainly undimmed by the years. Yet from my own modest travels in America and conversations with Americans since September 11, he might be describing a different...
  • A welcome slice of American pie (Brits disparage Yank food?)

    04/17/2010 4:02:12 AM PDT · by decimon · 59 replies · 1,197+ views
    BBC ^ | Apr 16, 2010 | Unknown
    Forget greasy burgers, a growing enthusiasm for good local food in the US is getting the nation salivating, says Simon Schama.Ask people in the UK what they think of American food and all too often their faces settle into the amused expression Mahatma Gandhi is said to have assumed when asked what he thought of Western civilisation. "It would," he replied, "be a very good idea." The same, many think, would be true of American food. For most people in Europe, I suspect, it seems not so much food at all as fuel. The burgers and fries shovelled down while...
  • Whining from losers has grown tiresome

    12/04/2004 2:43:46 PM PST · by Huntress · 21 replies · 1,073+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | 12/04/04 | Blake Hurst
    Sally Field was widely ridiculed some years ago for gushing in her Oscar acceptance speech that: “You like me, you really like me.” Post-election analysis is split about the reasons President Bush won re-election. Immediate reaction focused upon exit polls that seemed to show moral values as the deciding issue; later commentary has rejected that conclusion as the result of a poorly drawn question. I don't know why Bush won, as people voted the way they did for any number of reasons. But one thing can safely be said about the election. To paraphrase Sally, the chattering classes hate people...
  • A Different Tea Party: The Massachusetts result gives opposition to Obama a fillip

    01/21/2010 8:39:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 522+ views
    The Calcutta Telegraph ^ | January 22, 2010 | Swapan Dasgupta
    Less than two years ago, the American historian, Simon Schama, began The American Future: A History with the melodramatic lines: “I can tell you, give a minute or two, when American democracy came back from the dead because I was there: 7.15 pm. Central Time, 3 January 2008, Precinct 53, Theodore Roosevelt High.” Schama then went on to describe the presidential primaries in the nondescript town of Des Moines in Iowa and the silent upsurge that saw an unknown Senator Barack Obama edge past his better known Democratic Party rivals in Precinct 53. “It didn’t take a genius, much less...
  • The Post-Racial Nirvana

    01/21/2009 11:19:16 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 8 replies · 623+ views
    the Spectator ^ | 21ST JANUARY 2009 | Melanie Phillips
    In his toe-curling Guardian article today (sorry, can’t find a link) fawning over the Obama inauguration, the historian Simon Schama writes: Though Obama referred (without speaking specifically of Martin Luther King) to the dream that had been set before America decades ago on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial having been made reality, it was left to the veteran civil rights campaigner of that older generation, the Rev Joseph Lowery, to pluck the strings of the heart with his fabulously politically incorrect couplets: ‘If you're black don't give it back/if you're yeller, just be meller.’ ‘Fabulously politically incorrect’, eh? This...
  • David Cameron's worrying ignorance about Sarah Palin, the Tea Party and America

    10/04/2010 4:34:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 1+ views
    The London Telegraph ^ | October 4, 2010 | Toby Harnden
    A perceptive spot by my colleague Ben Brogan of a throwaway line by David Cameron in his FT interview with Obama-worshipping historian Simon Schama. Later, I would ask him what he thinks of American conservatism’s lurch to the libertarian extreme. “How shall I put this? We seem to have drifted apart… there is an element of American conservatism that is headed in a very culture war direction, which is just different. There are differences with the American right.” Of course, the question was framed by Schama in a tendentious way, tossing in the word “extreme” (in Schama’s world view, I...
  • Europeans Wondering if Americans Are Just Dumb

    11/07/2004 12:00:21 PM PST · by quidnunc · 92 replies · 2,374+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | November 7, 2004 | Tom Hundley
    London – Europe's gut reaction to President Bush's re-election was clearly displayed on the front page of the Daily Mirror, a London tabloid. "How can 59,054,087 people be so DUMB?" the headline asked. It's no secret that most Europeans do not consider Bush to be an intellectual giant, but now it seems they have grave doubts about the rest of us, or at least the 59 million of us who voted for Bush. Simon Schama, the eminent British historian and writer who now teaches at Columbia University, divides us into two nations. One America, he explains to the liberal readership...
  • Obama’s brave remarks reveal a true patriot (Yes, he's serious!)

    08/15/2010 12:49:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | August 15, 2010 | Simon Schama
    Has Barack Obama just committed political suicide? By appearing to endorse the building of a mosque and Islamic cultural centre at the threshold of Ground Zero, has he set himself at odds with the majority of Americans who regard the idea as a desecration of “hallowed ground”? Beleaguered Democrats fighting a rearguard action in upcoming mid-term elections are shaking their heads at this new handicap with which the president has burdened them. Republican notables such as Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin, jostling for position in the wannabe president stakes, can scarcely contain their glee. But the critics are deluded. If...
  • Columbia (University) Writing Professor Sends World's Haughtiest Email to Former Students

    09/29/2010 6:58:51 PM PDT · by Feline_AIDS · 29 replies ^ | Hamilton Nolan
    Janette Turner Hospital is the author of Orpheus Lost and other books, and a professor at Columbia. She sent MFA students at her old school, the University of South Carolina, the following note about their inferiority. It is amazing. Hospital sent this note to all of the MFA students on the University of South Carolina listserv. More than one of them forwarded it to us. "We're all enraged," one MFA grad from USC tells us. "She is nuts!" says another. Indeed. What's your favorite part? The personal revelations? The breathtaking undertone of insult towards those in South Carolina? Her special...
  • The Unloved American

    03/07/2003 2:16:31 PM PST · by Grit · 36 replies · 202+ views
    The New Yorker ^ | March 3, 2003 | SIMON SCHAMA
    THE UNLOVED AMERICAN by SIMON SCHAMA Two centuries of alienating Europe. Issue of 2003-03-10 Posted 2003-03-03 On the Fourth of July in 1889, Rudyard Kipling found himself near Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone with a party of tourists from New England. He winced as a "clergyman rose up and told them they were the greatest, freest, sublimest, most chivalrous, and richest people on the face of the earth, and they all said Amen." Kipling--who had travelled from India to California, and then across the North American continent--was bewildered by the patriotic hyperbole that seemed to come so naturally to the...
  • Historian Schama Makes Newsweek Debut Bashing Tea Partiers Over Respect for Founding Fathers

    Columbia University professor Simon Schama made his Newsweek debut yesterday with a blog post that indirectly attacked Tea Party activists and conservatives for what Schama considers a historically illiterate ancestor worship of the Founding Fathers. "The Constitution’s framers were flawed like today’s politicians, so it’s high time we stop embalming them in infallibility," snarked the subheading for Schama's June 26 post.