Funny how so many of the questions posed in this forum are Western-centric. The bombs in London make me no less and no more safe where I live.
July 2007 Archives
July 2, 2007 11:13 AM
July 13, 2007 9:56 AM
Last spring, Gazi Hamad, the spokesman for the then Palestinian Prime Minsiter Ismail Haniyeh, wrote a very courageous article in the local Palestinian daily Al Quds. In the article, Hamad criticized a phenomenon he felt was prevailing among Gazan Palestinians. He said that people are trying to solve every conflict, small or big, political or social, by using violence. He complained that people no longer consider civil forms of dealing with conflict, as everyone tries to find a shortcut to solve their problems. Hamad didn't know at the time that hard-line branches of his own Hamas movement would in a few months do just that: try to resolve a conflict with the Fatah security personnel by means of brute force.
July 23, 2007 12:17 PM
If you have been following the news over the past few decades, Sari Nusseibeh's autobiography "Once Upon a Country" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007, 542 pages) definitely fits the category of learning material. It would only fit the category of escape if you have not followed the news, or have no interest in Arab, Islamic or Middle Eastern issues.