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Obama’s illusive “friends on the right.”

“…And so to my friends on the right…” — President Obama, Prime time address to the nation, Sept. 10, 2013. Since on the Syria matter he doesn’t even have enough “friends on the left,” it’s crucial that President Barack Obama finds appeal among “friends on the right,” while America is on the brink of war […]


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Demohypocrisy Party

Those news reporters and agencies who stick to the most bare basics and simply report news without bias and without filtering it through their own ideological or cynical prism, may be excused from class today. This rant is directed toward the majority of today’s liberal media. The 99%. Those are the ones who are standing […]


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“Electronic Army” of hackers praised by Syrian president hits WaPo. Next?

What’s new today? Oh not much. Just pro-Syrian President Bashar al-Assad hackers taking down a little community newspaper. Well “community” inasmuch as it’s the Washington DC community and the paper is the Washington Post. The Washington Post building is around four blocks away from the White House. And a few more blocks away from the […]


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Troubling questions of loyalty in Washington

While the civil war in Syria intensifies, a flap has broken out in Washington revealing the inside-the-beltway politics in the U.S. capital. It is over Huma Abedin, deputy chief of staff in the office of the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and concerns raised by a few Republican members of the House led by Congresswoman […]


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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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West must resist urge to act in Syria

Syria is caught once again in the long history of sectarian conflicts in the region and, as the killings escalate, the West recoils in horror. The urge to do something, anything, that might end this insanity is natural. And so France’s new president, Francois Hollande, ventures forth declaring, “It is not possible to allow Bashar […]


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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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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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Mimicking the Middle Ages

A daily watch of someone stricken with a severe malady will more or less confirm with every twitching observed that the patient’s situation is critical. Such is the case in observing the daily painfully grievous twitching in the Middle East and across the Arab-Muslim world, and every spike in violence observed merely confirms the Islamic […]


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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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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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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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