Tag: Mid-East

YES.

Good news this morning: Mubarak has stepped down. Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president, has resigned from his post, handing over power to the armed forces. Omar Suleiman, the vice-president, announced in a televised address that the president was “waiving” his…

Quotations

Nicholas Kristof isn’t necessarily my favorite person to turn to in times of major human rights crises, but: Mr. Mubarak has disgraced the twilight of his presidency. His government appears to have unleashed a brutal crackdown — hunting down human…

a force more powerful

“We may not currently have the might of the Israeli army and the power of traditions confine us in certain roles, however, we know that one woman standing behind another in a line of solidarity is a force more powerful…

Protesting integration in Israel

Ultra-Orthodox Jews protest the integration of a girls’ school because they don’t want their Ashkenazi daughters studying with Sephardim. Tens of thousands of black-clad ultra-Orthodox Jews staged mass demonstrations on Thursday to protest a Supreme Court ruling forcing the integration…

Tony Judt talks some sense.

He has a great article up about how many of the cliches we use when discussing Israel and Palestine are inaccurate and harmful to the peace process. He cuts through most of the usual platitudes (“It’s Israel’s fault” / “It’s…

“Heroes” Just for One Day

“I never met a hero I didn’t like. But then, I never met a hero. But then, maybe I wasn’t looking for one.” That’s a line from a Lester Bangs piece, I believe, actually, his epic interview with Lou Reed.…

Muslim Women on Sex and the City 2

In light of yesterday’s discussion of SatC, I thought I’d direct your attention to Muslimah Media Watch’s discussion of the film. If any non-Arab, non-Muslim readers are itching to say (or repeat), “Well, I don’t think it’s racist, and my…

On the Flotilla Disaster

I’m not going to write too much about this, but here a few articles that may be of interest: Peter Beinart, not exactly an uber-liberal, writes that we shouldn’t blame the Israeli commandos for the flotilla disaster; we should look…