Entries from Bashir Goth at PostGlobal tagged with 'Middle East'
Hard as it may seem, I can understand people rejecting change and determined to continue to live as the Prophet lived in the 14th century. But what I cannot understand is how they are able to twist the words and actions of the Prophet, in whom they so vehemently believe, and commit such inhuman crimes in his name.
The tragedy of Alan Johnston and other journalists who were kidnapped or slaughtered in cold blood is not about journalistic objectivity; it is about people living in religious obsession losing their minds. People who live with an obsessive feeling of victimization and believe they speak on behalf of God do not follow the rules of humanity.
With Palestine the predominant cause behind Arab nationalism of past decades, America's support for Israel always made it the Arabs' cause for evil in the Middle East. But the U.S. has maintained good friends in the region as well: Egypt, Jordan and the Gulf states. For them, Iran is increasingly the real trouble.
Ahmadinejad's recent moves seem to have succeeded in the short term, in sending a signal to the West and to his allies in the region. Many in the Middle East see him as democratically elected, and U.S. attitudes toward various regimes as confusing and hypocritical.
What is on the rise in the Muslim world is not a leftist movement but an Islamist uprising against American global dominance. U.S. military deployments trigger the same anti-occupation forces that temporarily allied with the U.S. to drive out the Soviet Empire. But not everything American is unpopular; Starbucks and Hollywood have the potential to win over the younger generations.
Somalia/UAE - By delving into the Arab literary wisdom one stumbles on the prophetic manner in which Arab and Muslim poets and philosophers through history have predicted the present situation with precision.
Somalia/UAE - The world looks to the democrats to restore American glory and its global reputation by injecting some sense into the country's foreign policy.
Somalia/U.A.E. - In the Muslim world, a violation of woman's sexual sanctity carries can lead to honor killings. But sex with underage boys is instead met with fleeting scorn. The Muslim community has a lax attitude towards homosexuality despite the religion's stance.
Somalia/United Arab Emirates - For many years, Arabs saw the world through the prism of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Although the Arab people believed the Jewish lobby rather than the American voter shaped the American foreign policy towards the Middle East,...
Somalia/United Arab Emirates - A divided Iraq will create satellite states owing their existence to powerful neighboring rivals. Oil will fuel a struggle for survival.
Somalia/United Arab Emirates - Looking at the Middle East and the Muslim world in general one can see that Pope Benedict's tongue in cheek apology didn't go down well. One of the renowned scholars, Sheikh Yousef Al Qaradawi, said in...
Somalia/United Arab Emirates - [Pick: My Vision by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum] In a region living with the stigma of terrorism, I recently read one refreshing book that portrays the Arabs as just ordinary people who are...
Somalia/United Arab Emirates - A prolonged Middle East conflict will have a serious security impact on Muslim majority Asian and Saarc countries. Violent mob demonstrations and terrorist attacks may scare off foreign investors in Pakistan, Indonesia and Bangladesh. However, there...
United Arab Emirates/Somalia - The Israeli-Hezbollah war has polarized Arab opinion in an unprecedented way. It may have a far reaching impact on other volatile parts of the Muslim world and further complicate the already strained relations between the West and Islam, especially if the West fails to accurately read the situation and respond properly to the changing political landscape in the Middle East.