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Arab Spring now a Christian nightmare

In the 1990s, western democracies stepped forward to stop ethnic cleansing in former Yugoslavia by dispatching NATO forces in support of UN peacekeeping operations in the Balkans. The disintegration of Yugoslavia precipitated ethnic strife, and like all such struggles anywhere in the world, the Balkan conflict was complex and layered with history of grievances, identity […]


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View from Algeria of North Africa tumult

ORAN, ALGERIA – A cool evening breeze brings relief over the faded glory of the city I am visiting. This was once the prized French metropolitan on the Mediterranean that Albert Camus made the setting of his novel, The Plague. The crowd is gone and the street is about empty. But inside the cafe where […]


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Military key to a balanced Egypt

As Egyptians voted in the first round of their presidential election, there is anticipation that a new era of popularly elected government for the country is in the making. But the odds are stacked against Egypt and, ironically, this is for the better. Sixty years of authoritarian rule inaugurated in the July 1952 military coup […]


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Arab convulsion grips Syria

The unfolding violence in Syria should finally put an end to the illusion fostered in the West that ‘Arab Spring’ was ringing in freedom and democracy into the Middle East. Few in the West comprehend the extent to which the Arab-Muslim world is in the midst of a historical convulsion. It is somewhat similar to […]


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World teeters as past mistakes repeated

As 2011 ends it might well be remembered as “annus horribilis” or the horrible year. The March tsunami that overwhelmed Japan demonstrated nature’s immense power to dwarf or drown all human efforts to build stronger, better and safer methods of a high-tech civilization. The swelling of the ocean tides around Japan’s 40-year-old Fukushima nuclear plant […]


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Women continue to pay the price

A year ago on Dec. 17, 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian street vendor, set himself on fire in despair with poverty and absence of any hope. He saw himself caged, as did so many others, in his native country turned into a prison of daily abuse from where there seemed to be no exit. Bouazizi […]


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“Ruthless men hide behind veil of religion”

Revolutions are known to devour their children, and popular uprisings driven by the promise of change for the better have been notorious for turning into nightmares. The so-called Arab Spring is another dark night unfolding across the Middle East. This was predictable, and inevitable. The Tunisian fruit-seller who sparked this Arab Spring by self-immolating was […]


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Sectarian tensions reveal Arab fault line

As the regime of the Syrian strongman falters and Bashar al-Assad is probably haunted by images of the terrifying end of Libya’s tyrant, Moammar Gadhafi, the Arab Spring is turning into an inter-Arab and sectarian Sunni-Shiite regional conflict. The recent decision of the 22-member Arab League to suspend Syria for the violent repression of the […]


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“Arab Spring a mask for ruthless men”

The Biblical story of Jonah in the belly of a whale is a fascinating allegory of moral instruction taught by God to man, or of man’s struggle for redemption in a sinful world. It might also be read as a metaphor indicating only those individuals, or people, know best the nature of any beast if […]


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Democratic Egypt to Ban Bikinis, Beer and King Tut

Remember when every Ron Burgundy out there was giddy as a schoolgirl telling us that Egyptian “freedom fighters” were getting rid of that old meanie Mubarak and were headed for a “democracy” in the land of Pharaoh? I sure do. I particularly remember the reporters selling us that smack during the outset of the Arab […]


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There is power in the wink of a column

Words cannot contend with the instant, electronically transmissible pictures from around the world available to us. In another age — now increasingly remote from our digital world of information overload — words evoked images for readers whose ability to imagine things had not been bludgeoned by the sheer abundance of graphic pictures with which we […]


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Arab history a relic of history

Only the politically correct, and they are the majority in the contemporary West, remain surprised of how quickly the so-called “Arab spring” has turned into an “Arab frenzy” and is headed into an “Arab inferno.” In the long run, everything can likely work out and Arabs hopefully may learn to distinguish between mobocracy, as a […]


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A bewildering history of the Arab world

No matter what season it is in Arab politics, spring or winter, there is one near certainty since time immemorial: Arab politics teeter on the fine line separating Bedouin savagery and some form of authoritarian order. In such a world, democracy is another word for mobocracy. This is what we have been witnessing behind the […]


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Democracy bloodied

Well, that one didn’t take long did it? The great Arab spring, the awakening of democracy and pluralism in the Middle East, hugs and kisses all round, and even perhaps a goodwill tour from some dreadful CBC comedy team. No, it’s all a fantasy. A liberal, western, relativist fantasy. Christians murdered and churches destroyed in […]


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