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Cycles of Terror

By on Jan 8, 2015 in Featured, Politics | 7 comments

I’ve said before that “If you want to find the truth, assume that everybody is lying, but if you want to solve a problem, assume that everybody is telling the truth.” Today, I find this relevant. We have what appears to be a recurring pattern. A terrorist attack takes place, whether it’s on the WTC in New York, or (with much lesser casualties) at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, and the reactions have, by now, become fairly predictable; the world condemns the murder of innocent civilians, the attacks are labelled Islamic Terrorism, the Muslim world at large, for fear of being lumped in with terrorists are quick to condemn the attacks and the attackers in the harshest ways possible, making it clear that no such attacks on innocent lives can be considered Islamic at all, that Islam is a religion of love & peace like Christianity, the Western world gets...

Free Speech, Cartoons, and Terrorism…

By on Jan 7, 2015 in Politics | 2 comments

Americans, like citizens from other countries that have ‘absolute’ freedom of speech, do not quite understand that in France, things aren’t quite the same way. For example, in France, Roger Garaudy, a historian was sentenced to jail after he wrote a book. He was accused of ‘holocaust denial’ for his book “The Founding Myths of Israeli Politics”. Now I’ve read his book, and I can tell you this, he relied massively on Jewish sources, so much so that it felt to me like he had not so much written the book as ‘edited’ it. Previous to this book, Garaudy had written a book about Islamic Fundamentalism, and then about Christian Fundamentalism, in both cases, there was no state-sponsored backlash, no legal repercussions. It was when he wrote about Zionism that the hammer came down. Suddenly his ‘freedom of speech’ was seen...

A Bomber Called Mariam

By on Sep 26, 2014 in Politics | 0 comments

They are taken with the woman in her pilot costume, they see her wearing her helmet, in their heads, they consider her as part of an ‘oppressed’ group, which is to say, Arab women, and they imagine her, flying in the air, as good a pilot as Maverick in Top Gun, and they imagine her dropping bombs on an aggressive crowd of (in their imaginations) undoubtedly bearded men. There’s nothing progressive about bombs. Bombs explode. They make a mess. When they go off, they very rarely damage only the intended victim. A bomb is the most primitive way to kill somebody. More often than not, it kills collectively, which is to say – unselectively. Unlike a sniper’s reticle – it doesn’t see faces. A bomb kills indiscriminately. A bomb does not know if the head that it’s ripping off belongs to a terrorist, a freedom fighter, a doctor, a nurse, a woman, or a child. It, there is no other way to say...

Egypt : Injustice & Dissolution

By on Apr 25, 2014 in Politics | 2 comments

There is one thing clearly at the root of Egypt’s current dissolution as a ‘state’, and it is the absolute absence of justice. The police force, at best, is supposedly fighting off the terrorist bombing waves, and the army is supposedly liberating Sinai from the Bedouins. Go figure. The Executive : Cops The police force’s absent-minded presence, when they used to patrol around in their shiny new cars during the Mubarak era, is slimmer, not quite to be seen. They huddle, they close off streets they’re worried about, they continue to use their half-trucks and metal barriers to choke traffic, giving themselves and others perhaps, an illusion of control. Never mind that there might not even be an officer there. Never mind that sometimes, afraid to wear their bulls-eye uniforms they’re dressed like...

Egypt: The Regime’s Oppression Cannot Last

By on Mar 3, 2014 in Featured, Politics | 6 comments

The Egyptian people are used to disappointment. Anybody who can see the outside world, or who was alive and conscious before or during Nasser knows that our trajectory has been going downhill. There is one generation that you’ll generally find most antithetical to the revolution, and that is the quinquagenarians. They’ve had it tough, all they know is military rule and disappointment, but the real tragedy is that many of them literally do not know any better. This, for them, is the best of all possible Egypts.

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