Monday, September 24, 2012

No Threat Is Bigger Than Terrorism

It is mindboggling how many issues around the world remain unresolved! Conflicts, wars, tensions, land disputes, political divisions, violence, economic strife, cultural failures, ethnic confrontations, just to name a few. Each nation faces challenges man-made or imposed by nature or geography. Every one of us can list a number of unresolved issues that block our path, preventing us from moving forward, slowing us down or derailing us.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Claiming Back Our Arab Spring

We’ve come to the real test of an Arab awakening that awed us, inspired us, energized us and gave us much hope in a future we’ve only been able to dream of before.

The test came in a simple, naïve, uncomplicated straightforward form, and we failed miserably.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Autumn wisdom

We all love to be free. At least that’s what we say at every opportunity. We like to express our opinion, we like to practice our religion, we like to dress as we wish and we love to say what is on our mind without restrictions. Most of us accept rules and regulations and abide by them. The majority of us respects the law and stays out of trouble. It could be because we fear the punishment that might ensue if we don’t, but hopefully out of good citizenry most of the time.

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Monday, September 3, 2012

The Accidental Refugees

A note circulating online a few weeks back addressed “our Syrian refugee brethren in Jordan,” and offered free housing to Syrian families in need of a place to stay. The terms “Syrian Refugees” sounded alien and shocking to me at the time. But since then, just like a well-orchestrated symphony, the words started popping up in various places, seeping into the news next to reports of bombings, massacres, a rising death toll, roadside bombs and the clearly evident sectarian strife. Words such as Christian and Druze started to appear occasionally as if to annotate the narrative and make it more fitting of a soon-to-be-announced full fledged civil war.

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