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Archive for January, 2007

Five Things and a Question

The answer to this question was obvious to the person who asked it, but frankly I’m not so sure. “What good does it do to believe in something, if one doesn’t believe in the universality of one’s belief?” In other words, is is possible to “believe in something” without believing it applies to everyone? What do you think?

Doga’s Wisdom

The other day, my friend Doga sent me a few thoughts that I thought were interesting enough to share with you.

Reviews Are In

The reviews are in on President Bush’s “surge” plan for Iraq, and they aren’t pretty. Yesterday, one day after Bush announced his plan to send 21,500 additional troops to Iraq, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice faced a firing squad of skepticism from both Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

A Black Eye for Moroccan Freedom

The case against the Moroccan magazine Nichane was brought before a judge yesterday, and the situation looks grim for Nichane and its two journalists, editor Driss Ksikes and Sanaa Elaji. Sanaa is the friend, or at least the acquaintance, of several people I’ve met online since I began writing this blog, so I’m starting to feel that this touches me personally.

Jokes in Defense of Freedom!

Moroccan journalists Driss Ksikes, editor of the magazine Nichane, and Sanaa Elaji, author of the controversial article “Jokes: How Moroccans Laugh about Sex, Religion and Politics,” go on trial January 8 for “injuring Islam, the respect due His Majesty the King, and common decency.”

Killing Saddam

The way Saddam died left me feeling sorry for him. I never thought I would feel this way for a man who once killed a political rival by pounding nails into his skull. Maybe he didn’t deserve to be treated any better than he treated his fellow Iraqis, but two wrongs don’t make a right.

Islam and Reform

If the focus is not on segregating beaches and cinemas, or banning bars and discos, but rather on projects of social justice such as fighting illiteracy, aiding the rural poor, or providing standards of accountability in government, then political Islam has the potential to evolve into a powerful and broad-based popular movement, one whose aim is democratic reform.