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Category Archives: Middle East

Letter To Obama on Gaza and Palestine

An Open Letter to the new US President was taken out as out as a full page advertisement in the New York Times on 21st January by organisations that include … Continue reading

22 January, 2009 · Leave a comment

Stephen M. Walt on the myth of Israeli strategic 'genius'

Along with his co-author John Mearsheimer, no-one has been more responsible for starting to turn the tide in US academe towards a more sensible US foreign policy and away from … Continue reading

21 January, 2009 · Leave a comment

A Modern Parable for the Middle East

I originally posted this at Haitham Sabbah‘s and at Israel’s 60th Birthday blog, and cross-post it here now. Curiously, I first came across this anecdote as a teenager in a … Continue reading

23 December, 2008 · 2 Comments

“Are you Islamabad?”: A lighthearted look at stereotypes

Vox pops from Arab- and Iranian-Americans, from comedian Dean Obeidallah, Negin Farsad and friends (3.38).

29 July, 2008 · 4 Comments

Timely Reminders

"Those who crusade, not for God in themselves, but against the devil in others, never succeed in making the world better, but leave it either as it was, or sometimes perceptibly worse than what it was, before the crusade began. By thinking primarily of evil we tend, however excellent our intentions, to create occasions for evil to manifest itself."
-- Aldous Huxley

"The only war that matters is the war against the imagination. All others are subsumed by it."
-- Diane DiPrima, "Rant", from Pieces of a Song.

"It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there"
-- William Carlos Williams, "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower"