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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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Assad: The devil we know.

We do not understand the Arab world. We think we do, we like to think we do, but we don’t. It’s far more complex and nuanced than we give it credit for, and few parts of it are as multifaceted and layered as Syria. The struggles of the Middle East are seldom about good and […]


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Empty church discloses a harsh reality

  ALGIERS, ALGERIA  – Notre Dame d’Afrique sits on top of a cliff overlooking Algiers. It was completed in 1872 and since then has been one of the landmarks of the Algerian capital, its neo-Byzantine style architecture with an impressive dome standing imperially over a city that still reflects, despite its present shabbiness, the legacy of […]


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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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Women stand to lose most in Arab Spring

The monthly journal Foreign Policy recently published an essay by Mona Eltahawy titled “Why Do They Hate Us?” Eltahawy is an American of Egyptian origin, a graduate from the American University in Cairo with a master’s degree in journalism, who publishes views on politics and culture inside the Arab world. In the large amount of […]


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Avoiding Arab-Muslim heart of darkness

The bloodletting in Syria should end any further romanticizing of the so-called “Arab Spring.” There is more ugly reality yet to see as Egypt’s experiment with the Islamist version of democracy unfolds. I do not speak lightly of the Arab-Muslim world’s heart of darkness. I have seen it in the all-male crowded streets of Peshawar, […]


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Lesson from Iraq for Syria

In a recent Wall Street Journal column, Fouad Ajami laments America’s abdication of Syria as the country slides ever deeper into the morass of a bloody civil war. Ajami is the pre-eminent Arab-American academic and public intellectual writing about the contemporary Middle East. His realism, honesty, insight of the Arab world and elegant style, make […]


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The obscene chutzpah of Gunter Grass

There are people who thrive upon the noxious fumes of their infamy. In 2006, Gunter Grass published his memoir, Peeling the Onion, and informed the world he served in the Waffen SS of Hitler’s army in the late months of the Second World War. This confession came seven years after Grass was awarded the 1999 […]


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Pakistan practically an enemy state

Last week I wrote Pakistan is the centre of the global-jihad complex and, in effect, is practically an enemy state at war with the West and its democratic allies, India and Israel. For reasons of diplomacy western officials are loathe to characterize Pakistan as an adversary. The big question, and no one in the western […]


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Afghanistan determined to stay in Dark Ages

After nearly a decade of much blood and treasure spent in rescuing Afghans from their Dark Age, it is now well past the time for the Canadian government and its allies to end their mission in Afghanistan and depart. It should be left to historians to assess how wise or mistaken was the effort to […]


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West should let Arab-Muslim world be

Arab despots are doomed, to be overthrown and hanged or shot, as were Saddam Hussein and Moammar Gadhafi. They have had their moment on history’s stage and, almost without exception, they have been deserving of utmost contempt. Their exit does not, however, mean an end to some variation of authoritarian rule that will remain tyrannical […]


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Islam, honour, murder

I sat last Sunday watching television with a mixture of incredulity and anger as a police inspector stood in front of a camera and explained the evils of domestic violence. He was discussing, of course, the Shafia case and the murder of four innocent women, some of them mere girls, by their Muslim father, their […]


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Ex-Muslim ‘royalty’ faces dicey future over claims of Islam deception

“Allah is the greatest enemy of the Muslim people, and Islam imprisons my brothers and sisters, the Palestinians, and all of the Arab world,” explains Mosab Hassan Yousef. Unlike the rest of us in the studio, he is utterly calm and seems to have no fear of the repercussions and consequences of what he says. […]


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West given rosy view of Islamism

Ten years after 9/11, it could be said there is far less clarity of understanding about Islamism and Islamist terrorism than there was in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on America. Indeed, it is ironical — though the man responsible for 9/11 has been disposed of deservingly, the U.S. and rest of the West […]


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Taking Jesus to heart in Ramadan

In preparing to fast during the month of Ramadan, the ninth and sacred month in Islam’s lunar calendar, I wondered as I often do what the woeful condition of Muslims indicates to others about their Islam. Fasting and daily prayers are two of the five pillars of traditional Islam. The obligatory practice of both is […]


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