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An Indian user on Blog Catalogue raised the question of sides in the recent Gaza conflict. Apparently there was some concern in his country over the ‘disproportionate’ Israeli reaction to attacks by Hamas. This is my response.

You conclude your well-argued, balanced and reasonable perspective with a clear statement of principle: "Let's support the innocent people in both Palestine and Israel who wish to live a normal life like all others." How could I possibly fail to agree with those sentiments; how could anyone fail to agree? The latest news is that a ceasefire has been concluded,... Read More

Chop off his head, chop off his head, he does not pray as I do

I am the mullah and a fatwa have I decreed

Back to 1603 we all should be

We will have no phones, no lights, no motor cars

No TVs, no CDs, no radios, no music for I have decreed

Back to 1603 we all should be

I am the mullah, and the Koran have I studied

And I shall say what shall be or is not to be

“But what shall become of our luxuries?”

Chop off his head, chop off his head

For he questions what I have said

I am the mullah and decrees shall I make

And... Read More

In Libya, Egypt and Yemen too

It's love, and a bad movie, that sends on a rampage

The silent majority –

who claim to object the fanatic minority –

To ask for blood and the heads

Of those

Who do not understand

What love and tolerance mean.

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A man of love, we can call him Jilel

Who adored promised virgins of hell

Not a bomb on his person

Not a saw to chop heads

Bad director must die, he would yell.

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Movie go to hell

Then we'll be in peace again –

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Story 1:

In 2010, before the Arab spring, a serious of shark attacks on swimmers in the water of the Egyptian resort of Sharm El Sheikh lead to the Egyptian media blaming Israel for training the sharks to destroy the Egyptian economy.

Story 2:

At the onset of the Libyan revolution, Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan tyrant – for years a supporter of anti-American and anti-Israeli campaign – was blamed by the Arab media for working for the Israeli Mossad.

Story 3:

When his father, Hafez al-Assad died, there was a moment of hope that the UK-educated, self spoken new... Read More

Are you following events in Syria? Secretary of State Hillary Clinton certainly is. She recently berated Russia and China for the tacit support they have given to the beleaguered regime of President Bashar Assad.

She was talking at a conference held in Paris by the so-called Friends of Syria group, which has promised to massively increase aid to the rebel forces. There she was, Dame Hillary, waving her verbal wand, threatening to cast spells on the Russians and Chinese unless they get off the sidelines and support the “legitimate aspirations” of the people of Syria.

What are... Read More

"Israel and the United States are conferring about imposing new sanctions against Iran in the event that international negotiations don't stop the Islamic Republic's nuclear program," according to a U.S. offical, reports Reuters.

The comment, according to Reuters, hints that Washington continues to apply the brakes on any preemptive Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear facilities.

Over the past months it has been made relatively clear by Israel that they are growing increasingly impatient with the "lack of progress towards circumscribing the nuclear program during the negotiations,... Read More

Egyptians reacted with mixed emotions to the life sentence of the former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarack for his role in the killing of pro-reform demonstators as his two sons were acquitted of corruption in the verdict, reports CNN. This mixed ruling triggered protests and a crowd of approximately 10,000 people assembled at Cairo's Tahrir Square. Protesters also vented similar emotions at the port cities of Alexandria and Suez on the Red Sea.

"When the pro-democracy protests started in January last year, few would have dreamed this would be the punishment handed down to the man... Read More

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