The Meaning of “Being News”: The Persecution of Religious Minorities by ISIS

The rise of The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and its extreme form of intolerance, persecution of Christians and Yezidis, and brutality have shocked the world. As noted by many commentators, ISIS is too violent and intolerant even for al-Qaeda, which is some feat to achieve.… Read the rest

The Newborn Christians and Jews that the World Really Needs

In January 2009, I published an article on my other website Qur’ that was triggered by a massive Israeli attack on Gaza, just like the one we are witnessing today. Everything in that article remains as true and relevant today as it was back then, so I am republishing it in full below.Read the rest

Silence that Amounts to Complicity: The Terrorism that Western Politicians and Media Don’t Talk About

Since the attacks of 11/September/2001 on the USA, terrorism has been presented in the West as the most immediate danger to the globe. You cannot read an “unbiased” newspaper, watch an “informative” news bulletin, or listen to an “honest” politician without the subject of terrorism coming up.… Read the rest

The Dangerous Message of the Coup in Egypt: Political Islam has no Place in Democracy

The democratically elected but now deposed President of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, seems to have managed in the twelve months he was in power to upset a lot of people on all sides of the political divides. This culminated in mass demonstrations that had not been seen since the overthrow of the dictator Hosni Mubarak.… Read the rest

Seeing The Arab Spring Through the Spectacles of Sectarianism

The highly respected and influential Sunni cleric Shaikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi recently attacked the Syrian regime and called on Muslims to join the military resistance in that country. He also declared that he had been wrong in defending the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah in the past in front of clerics of Saudi Arabia.… Read the rest

The War on Terror: Globalizing Terrorists and Localizing Victims

Simon Jenkins, who is a journalist I respect, wrote a very good article about the Boston terrorist attack. The title of the piece gives away its main point: After the bomb, mass hysteria is the Boston terrorist’s greatest weapon. He convincingly argues that the huge publicity that the “terrorists” behind this outrage are getting is exactly what they wanted.… Read the rest

Gun Ownership and the Underlying Culture of Violence in the USA: A Culture Beyond Borders

America was recently shocked by yet another tragedy of an unprovoked gun attack on innocent victims. What made the Newtown, Connecticut, massacre particularly sickening and sad is that 20 of its 27 victims were young children aged 6-7 years. The widespread gun ownership in the USA is often and logically linked to such mass murders.… Read the rest

Burning the Right to Question History: The Criminalization of Holocaust Denial

Many in France and elsewhere have reacted to the vicious murder of the Charlie Hebdo journalists by expressing their unwavering support for the right to freedom of speech. They argue that although derogatory cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad offend 1.6 billion Muslims, an offensive act of this unique scale must still be protected by the right to freedom of expression of the offenders. The holiness of this right, sadly, is not as absolute as those enthusiasts suggest. Over two years ago, I wrote an article about the fact that the holocaust is the only historical event the denying of which is illegal — and that is in as many as 17 countries. I am not a holocaust denier, but I am completely against criminalizing questioning the historicity of any event. The real farce is that France is one of the countries in which a person exercising their right to freedom of speech to deny the holocaust would land them in prison. The purpose of the law? You guessed it, fighting anti-Semitism. If this farcical hypocrisy is not enough, the French constitutional authority ruled that this law cannot be extended to the denial of the Armenian Genocide in Turkey. The reason it does not apply? You guessed it, it would violate the right to freedom of speech! And let’s not forget that in 2009 Charlie Hebdo sacked one of its cartoonists over an alleged anti-Semitic cartoon. But then Charlie Hebdo used to be called Hara-Kiri Hebdo before it was banned in 1970 for a headline that downplayed the gravity of the death of Charles de Gaulle. And this is how the universal right to freedom of hypocrisy works... Read the rest