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Our World: The New World War and its Aftermath
Saturday, 24 January 2015 16:30

People all over the world were hoping that the two great wars of the twentieth century, which were real calamities, with millions of deaths and untold number of injuries, and the loss of a great deal of wealth, that those calamities would be the end of war but man is a very strange creature.  Man doesn’t seem to have learned the lessons which history provides, because in less than fifty years the world is once more plunged into a very bloody conflict.  Alas a very different brawl this time, a war, with very different origins and motivations.  It is not about borders and assets, it is a clash between ideas and modes of life which is directed at the Christian west which is run by some extremely militant, fundamentalist Islamic groups, who claim that they are fighting god’s war, [jihad ], against the Christians infidels.  A battle during which they use pretty indiscriminately every lethal weapon they have at the time, with which they have been able to deliver some very big hits to their victims, like the one they have recently engineered in France during which seventeen people were killed in several attacks which started with a massacre at the offices of the satiric Parisian newspaper, Charlie Hebdo during which 12 people including five senior editors were murdered in their office on Friday January 9.  A tragedy which shocked the whole country, and the world, a tragedy to which I will come back again shortly.  I am going to talk about the origin of these murderous organizations and some of their most famous or rather infamous members, and few of their major atrocities.

The Hanoudi letter: the year 2014
Sunday, 21 December 2014 15:12

The 2014 year, which is coming to an end, has been a very unusual year, during very unusual times.  Many incredible things happened during the last few months, like the mid-term elections in the United States which ended with the Republican Party gaining control of the Senate, which gives them the power to complicate, if not block completely, Mr. Obama’s agenda during the last two years of his presidency, which introduces another very erratic dimension to the way American politics are going to be played in the near future.  There have also been many other events, from all over the world, some very significant, like the anniversaries of the first and second world wars, others much less so, but I am not going to go into a detailed discussion of those events.  I want to concentrate on two stories which have been unfolding for most of the 2014, these are, the Ukraine crisis and the Middle East explosion, which has reached very dangerous levels, because of the bursting on the scene of the fanatic, and extremely violent group, the bunch they call themselves the Islamic State, and as I have just said I am concentrating on these two, because of the threats they to the world’s peace and security, and their potential to spill over their borders and engulf the whole world in a very serious clash and possibly war.

The Middle East: A Dream turned into a Nightmare
Friday, 21 November 2014 23:40

For a few months, from mid December 2010, the Middle East was going through some really earth- shattering uprisings which were called the Arab spring.  This was a series of absolutely extraordinary events, which started when a twenty-six year old peddler, Muhammad Bouazizi, in the small town Sidi Bouzid in the south of Tunis, set fire on himself on December 17, 2010 in protest against the cruelty he was receiving at the hands of the police in his city.  This act of self molestation by the poor hawker started a series of truly earth-shattering events that spread across the Middle East with stunning rapidity, resulting in very serious uprisings in many Arabian countries. The Arabs, have been fighting for their rights which have been usurped by their own leaders for a very long time.  These uprisings were essentially grassroots protests, which were led mainly by the younger generations, did not arise from thin air, they were protests against their corrupt, greedy and ignorant rulers.  But it was not to be a lasting spring, because within a very short time, the dream which has inspired the spring and made it a possibility turned into a terrible nightmare.

The Exploding Cauldron: The Iraqi Situation and the U.S.
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 23:07

I would like to apologize to my friends and colleagues who have been behind this site for the last few years, for neglecting and failing to update it during the last few weeks.  The reason for that is twofold, my bad health and the appalling situation in Iraq which was threatening to lead to its disintegration and its dismemberment into three separate and hostile mini states, all of which was the result of the short sided and selfish policies which were practiced by the ignorant and mediocre politicians who were put in place by the Americans after their invasion and occupation of the country in 2003.  The situation in the Middle East, which has been boiling for the last four years is now threatening to explode into a very serious outburst.  Just look for few minutes into the civil wars and the violence which is engulfing Syria, Egypt, Libya and Yemen and Iraq, which is generating an unbelievable load of death and destruction.  I am not talking about that mess today, because I want to concentrate on the situation in Iraq vis-à-vis the American involvement there, which has started a quarter of century ago, and has been from the start, naïve, callous, with an inadequate understanding of history, and the lessons which can be learned from studying it.

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