Category Archives: Politics

Italy’s shambolic appeasement of Islamism

Plywood boxes concealed the nude statues at the museum in Rome Photo via BBC   Iranian President Rouhani is in Europe seeking to boost economic ties after the implementation of the Iran deal and the lifting of sanctions on his … Continue reading

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The cultural elements of the Cologne attacks

Along with the new year, a new challenge has come to Germany—and the rest of Europe: coordinated group sexual harassment. On December 31, 2015, about 1,500 men, including some who had recently arrived to Europe as asylum seekers, sexually assaulted … Continue reading

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Few Thoughts on Syria’s Zahran Alloush

Zahran Alloush Credit Amer Almohibany/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Last Friday, Zahran Alloush, the powerful leader of the Army of Islam, one of the many rebel groups fighting the Assad regime in Syria, was killed in an air strike by … Continue reading

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San Bernardino and Gun Control

Photograph of Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik- via  Breitbart.com The horrific massacre in San Bernardino, California, that killed 14 people and wounded 21, has now been officially labeled as a terrorism investigation. The New York Times (NYT) Editorial Board appealed … Continue reading

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The Sad Affairs of the British Left

  ( Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn  via BBC)   A stormy debate erupted when the British PM David Cameron announced his plans to join the anti-Isis coalition. While Mr. Cameron has passionately argued that Britain can no longer “sub-contract” its … Continue reading

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The world’s failed war on terrorism

Initially published in Egypt’s Ahram       This Cartoon by Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune sums up my thoughts about our disunity in fighting terrorism   Sinai, Beirut, Paris, Bamako, and Tunis: the latest terror attacks across three continents are a … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Erdogan and the Ankara bombing

Initially published in Egypt’s Ahram Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan You reap what you sow. There are many reasons behind the current polarised, divided Turkey, all of which can be traced to one man, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Indeed, he … Continue reading

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The cultural challenges of the Syrian refugee crisis

Initially published in Egypt’s Ahram When refugees embark on the dangerous, often deadly, trip towards Europe, many of them are consciously aware that the price of settling in the Western world will include accepting different laws and ways of life. The … Continue reading

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Iran Deal: A potential kiss of death for liberalism in the Middle East

Initially published in Egypt’s Ahram. After 12 years of diplomatic proposals and 20 months of tough negotiations, theocratic Iran and world powers have reached a nuclear deal that, regardless of its potential advantages, is undoubtedly a victory for smart illiberalism and … Continue reading

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Violent Islamism: Our amazing disgrace

Initially published in Egypt’s Ahram Friday’s carnage on three continents, in which scores of people died in Tunisia, Kuwait, and France has appalled the global community and reinforced international condemnation of the Islamic State (IS), which has claimed responsibility for them. … Continue reading

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