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"What Christian Artifacts of the Middle East Can Show Us About Tolerance" -- and let's rethink "Tolerance"

Not much.  Though this Times review of Parisian exhibit seems to think so.  The money quote is still…

On one news channel Jack Lang, the former culture minister who is the director-general of the Institut du Monde Arabe, called Christianity an “essential component of the Arab world,” and warned of…

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Peace Through Stupidity

Some years ago, shortly after Kitchener built its new (third) City Hall, I had cause to be walking in front of it. On the sidewalk were two earnest-looking young men, with a folding plastic table covered with papers.  937 more words


President Al-Assad: Hitting National Belongingness Weakens Defense Line against Cultural Invasion Attempts

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 17:28

DAMASCUS, (ST)- President Bashar Al-Assad has stressed that “hitting national belongingness weakens our first defense line, as a society,  against cultural and intellectual invasion attempts that seek turning us into helpless machines that act according to foreign-prepared plans.” 3,634 more words

War On Syria


People in a town in Northeastern Aleppo took to the streets, opposing forced recruitment by the Syrian Democratic Forces.

The sources said that a large number of residents of the town of Kobani (Ein al Arab) took to the streets, condemning the SDF’s forced recruitment in the region. 54 more words


Be a good Israeli and learn Arabic

Today I had some phenomenal experiences in Israel- only because I speak Arabic. Rather than write a post with facts and figures about why my fellow Israelis should learn the language, I’m going to simply share my story. 1,151 more words


Saudi Country Music

Yes, that’s right- tonight, I heard country music on a Saudi radio station.  It took me by total surprise.  It just goes to show that the Middle East is a whole lot more diverse than you might think- and a whole lot more interesting that you’ll find out by reading the news! 971 more words


The Jewish-Arab demographic about-face

Yoram Ettingerhttp://www.TheEttingerReport.com, November 10, 2017

In 2017, Israel is the only advanced economy and Western democracy endowed with a relatively high fertility rate, which facilitates further economic growth with no reliance on migrant labor. 781 more words