Archive for the 'Politics' Category

A Guernica of our time

Hope not, but the historical parallel between the germinal civil war in the desert of Libya and the attack on Guernica during the Spanish Civil War is beginning to seem eerily more relevant every day. It’s true that  Gaddafi has used his own planes so far to strafe his own people unlike Franco who had […]

Halal Democracy : an oxymoron?

…or just a  politically correct smart sound bite in the wake of the recent upheaval in the middle east? It is certainly not without any traditional or historical rationale, and has appeared in respected media like the New York Times. The obvious implication is that democracy and Islam are not compatible and the recent popular […]

No End of a Lesson

On Saturday 24th April, Armenians in Yerevan marked the solemn commemoration of the 95th anniversary of the genocide that began under the Ottoman Turks in 1915, in which about 1.5 million Armenians were killed. What’s unusual about the above paragraph? This was reported in most serious news outlets, but not all using exactly the same […]

The Not-so-Christian Militia

To call the far right extremist group Hutaree a Christian militia would probably be a crass insult to Christianity and a grave injustice indeed. Even by the standards of so much toxicity permeating today’s political and social discourses, the necrotic pus of their ideological outpouring would seem to be way out and dangerously extreme. A […]

Go Green Manifesto

It’s not a new campaign, more a reaffirmation. The cost – both economic and environmental – of unbridled consumerism and energy consumption is already too high. This can only lead to a complete breakdown and meltdown, unless we have the courage of conviction and the will to do something, both societally and globally, without being […]

Better late than never

And it’s about time too. After declining to meet the Dalai Lama during the holy man’s visit to this country last year, President Obama seems to have at last realized that it was perhaps a mistake  and that the official excuse was rather tenuous; this was  pointed out so eloquently then by the visiting Czech […]

Ask not what your country can do for you…

… ask what you can do for your country.” This memorable passage, part of President John F Kennedy’s inauguration address, is perhaps one of the best-known and most often-quoted of our presidential speeches. We are all familiar with that, but where did this passage come from? Was it  a JFK original? Or, did he paraphrase […]

Faux Pas or Chutzpah?

Did President Obama decline to meet the Dalai Lama on the holy man’s  recent visit to Washington? I had some doubts so I checked with the news sources, and it’s by now common knowledge that Obama did decline to meet the Dalai Lama, he didn’t refuse to meet the holy man, he only postponed the […]