A Closer Look at the Country of Major Uprisings: EGYPT

What happened to the so-called Arab spring which was cheered so enthusiastically at the outset by the western public opinion and western elites? Well, it is now anything but a spring. It is sad that both the goodwill and the rage of the oppressed masses have been exploited for the strategic interests of international powers. It is difficult to put up with the endorsement that the Bahrain administration gets from the Western alliance against its uprising people, while Libya’s old administration was toppled through the support of NATO. It is…

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Islamophobia/Islamophilia: Beyond the Politics of Friend and Enemy

Andrew Shryock, editor of this volume of nine articles, says that Islamophobia can be a very nebulous term. And he defines it roughly as a blanket fear or dislike of Muslims. “Some people treat it as an ‘irrational’ fear, but I don’t think that adds anything important to the concept. It can be quite rational,” he says. And he defines Islamophilia as a blanket affection for Islam and Muslims; an apologetic, defensive attitude; usually is activated by Islamophobia. “The two go together,” he says. [Live Web Chat: Islamophobia/Islamophilia, muslimvoices.org] The…

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The Wrethched of the Earth

With NATO air support the insurgents in Libya has toppled the Gaddafi regime and Gaddafi’s whereabouts is unknown for now (31 August 2011) but it has been reported that Gaddafi’s family (wife, daughter and brides) has taken refuge in Algeria. Robert Fisk from Independent says “For years, the Algerians have supported Gaddafi’s independent – albeit crazed – policies because their own history has taught them to never accept orders from abroad. The moment the French – occupiers, colonisers and persecutors of Algeria for 132 years – bombed Libya, the Gaddafi…

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Sectarianism in Iraq: Why do they clash?

22-year-old Sunni Iraqi boy facing me was telling that the real perpetrator of the sectarian violence in Iraq were Shias because their clerics were encouraging and invoking them to kill at least one Sunni in their life. “That was a duty that each Shia youth was charged with by their clerics”, said the Sunni boy who was talking to me. Since the population rates are important they (Shias) are increasing their population by giving more births. “Even clerics say them to bring their wives to them so that they impregnate…

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Dancing on the Heads of Snakes

Yemen, your desert is made of sand What did you want from my son? I don’t know your way or your sign I am just missing my son O Yemen damned Yemen… This Turkish folk-song cited from journalist Victoria Clark’s latest book Yemen: Dancing on the heads of snakes clearly shows the tragic and traumatic psychological damages that The Ottoman military campaigns to the area to keep Yemen under its suzerainty have inflicted upon the collective unconscious of Turks. Even the primary school kids in modern Turkish Republic still sing…

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An Abortive Initiation: A Necessary Engagement

After the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers in New York city, the radical posture adopted by American administrators towards the Muslim world was the beginning of a too tiresome, frustrating and difficult process for Muslims. In the wake of the attacks what the USA did was to wage two wars, the first one was against Afghanistan and backed up by the international community and the other one was against Iraq and was an illegal war in terms of being appropriate to the international treaties. During these notorious wars America…

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“Who speaks for Islam?”

Research conducted by Gallup showed that Bush was not telling the truth and on the contrary, Muslims admire for the freedom and technological developments of the Western World. Public opinion researches giving the results opposite to the customary and memorized propagandas or not supporting the views of dominating powers are bound to face with the campaigns of denigration and destruction.

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