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warبينما تتجه أنظار العالم إلى الشرق الأوسط بوصفه البؤرة الأكثر سخونة آنياً، و بينما ترسل كبرى الدول أساطيلها و مدمراتها إلى شرق المتوسط يجد ابن هذا الشرق نفسه مفعولاً به آكثر منه فاعلاً في المعركة الدائرة على أرضه وإن كان يشكل هو آحد تفاصيها… ولا بد مع تشابك خيوط اللعبة السياسية وتعقيدها وانكشاف بعض عناصرها كتكرار ممل لحروب القرون الوسطى وما قبل القرون القرون الوسطى أن نبحث عن جذور المشكلة في ما هو أبعد من السياسية الآنية، لا سيما وأن إشارات كثيرة تدل على الامتداد التاريخي للأزمة الراهنة من صراع الشرق والغرب إلى صراع السنة والشيعة… إلخ. فهل حقاً أن جذور الصراع تكمن في ما يزعم له من مبررات أم أن عوامل أخرى اجتمعت المرة تلو المرة وقادت الجماعات البشرية إلى تصادم حتمي؟ (more…)
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Decapitating the statues of two prominent Arab thinkers Taha Hussein and Abul Alaa Al-Maarri in Egypt and Syria is an alarming sign in both cultural and political meanings.

Abul Alaa

Hussien and Maari share a lot of common features: both were physically blind, both were skeptics and both were anti-mainstream; both (each in a different age) lead the critique of religious thought to high peaks of rationality , for which they were considered by some religious authorities to be infidel. (more…)

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As Egypt struggles its way through the worst political crisis after revolution a retrospective view to the principles of Muslim Brotherhood and events that took place since the fall of Mubarak can explain a lot of what is taking place there now.

President Morsi with the flags of Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt behind

President Morsi with the flags of Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt behind

Last year after presidential elections we met some  liberal Egyptian activists who took part in 2011 revolution and we were shocked to know they voted for Morsi, preferring a representative of a religious party to a liberal statesman.  (more…)

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In a previous post (The Eclipse of Reason and Growing Religious Intolerance / October 29) I highlighted the growing influence of religious extremists on Facebook after the social network administration banned a decent picture of Dana Bakdounes, posted on the page of The Uprising of Women in the Arab World that was reported to be “insulting” by some religious extremists. Once the Facebook administration responded to the report it was clear that religious extremists,  reactionists and anti-feminists found the point of maximum vulnerability and targeted it to suppress the Facebook based movement. (more…)

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You cannot pass by the title “Joseph Anton”  between regular newly issued books in a Beirut bookstore without noticing it. Joseph – from Conrad, Anton – from Chekhov, is the name the British novelist Salman Rushdie used for himself during his years of hiding and has chosen as a title of his recently published memoir. While the book is now available in Beirut, its author is still banned in relation to his highly controversial novel The Satanic Verses.

Rushdie's memior in a Beirut Bookshop

Salman Rushdie’s “Joseph Anton- a memoir” in a Beirut Bookshop

On February 14, 1989, Salman Rushdie received a phone call from a BBC reporter informing him he was the subject of a death fatwa issued by Iran’s leader Ayatollah Khomeini. (more…)

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When the west started backing Islamic resistance against the Soviets in Afghanistan nobody knew that it is helping roll the clock centuries back to reestablish a medieval-like societies and mentalities in different parts of the world. Since then, the influence of extremists in Islamic states and even in the west itself has grown much bigger. The long bearded genie, in short worn-out thobe, with an exploding belt on his waist is set free. Jihadists and Salafis around the world turned their back to “foreign enemies” and started the battle to subdue their own nations.

Some events that took place last month are worth notice:

In Pakistan, Taliban shot the 14 year old activist Malala Yousafzai in head and nearly killed her on the background of her supporting the right of girls in education. Taliban has banned girls from attending school. Malala received treatment in UK and is back home despite the continuous threat. “If Malala survives, we will target her again,” says Taliban.

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