In a repeat of the abduction of around 200 school girls, there has been another attack from suspected Boko Haram militants. [Read more...]
I found myself wanting to respond to this on the basis of my name is invoked and as all my readers know that if you write my words out it invokes my like Beetlejuice. And you will see why I am generally amused by this.
The issue with ISIL is branding and savvy ideology. Fighters were lured in with tales of Assad’s brutal often omnicidal attacks. So they live in the shadow of being epic douchebags fighting equally epic douchebags. So these guys started off as heroes fighting against a corrupt and brutal government. Plucky heroes gone horribly wrong… [Read more...]
I noticed general upswings in the number of readers due to the new front page format, so I need to do this from the beginning!
I am a big fan of photography. I got my first SLR from my dad, his old one. I learnt to shoot on film as a kid. I loved war photographers for what they did in telling the story of those who suffered. [TW - About the murder of James Foley and the transcript of his execution] [Read more...]
I had exams. So I let this slide. My next two are on Saturday and Sunday so I have some time to field this one.
Sam Harris’s take on Israel and Palestine shows an incredible naivety about the situation and buys into the whole notion that the conflict is purely religious in nature. Let’s break it down.
And I fear that writing this will get me accused of being a secret Muslim. The count of accusations due to the prior piece was at 43. [Read more...]
When a zionist once asked me why I think partitioning Israel may have resulted in the current conflict I had to point out that I came from an ethnic group whose identities of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi were determined by a similar partition and indeed on the same religious grounds.
And for this? Between 7 to 10 million people died in the fragmentation of the Raj and the arbitrary lines drawn up for the sake of peace.
Israel vs. Palestine. [Read more...]
A 10 year old girl was raped in Afghanistan by a Mullah within a Mosque.
[warning]TW – Rape, Medical[/warning]
The problem with people who think the zenith of human endeavour was reached during the reign of a tribal leader in the Middle East circa 600 is that they ignore real progress humanity has made since then. Yes I know what people will say.
Mohammed is a Paedophile and this man was simply emulating him. [Read more...]
I am disappointed to write this.
I am a fan of JT Eberhard and I regularly play League of Legends with him for fun. We are facebook friends but I disagree with him because he simply has not gotten the point.
What is harmless and appears pointless to one person may be terrifying to another or indeed misunderstood or seen as racist. [Read more...]
I have made it no secret that I have a mysterious history with Iraq. I have been there on holiday, I have been there as a refugee and I have been there for a variety of reasons.
Iraq is where I picked up my nom de plume. Well the Middle East, there are a lot of Ibn Sina Hospitals out there and as part of my vague past, I was born in one and I have lived in one while my parents worked.
I have long said that Islam is a fractured faith. That the greatest victims of Islam are Muslims. That the religion’s fervour, and fanaticism lead it to be rigid and unchanging. And that with the rise of Saudi Wahabbism and wealth, the language and progress of Islam is being re-written to emphasise the glory of the bedouin tribals whose conservative Islam has become the blue print to aim for.
When the ideal Muslim is portrayed as fundamentalist, then what you see is people trying to beat each other in fundamentalism to be the man on top. Just as the Christians try to beat each other in “piety” and being holy, you see the Muslims do the same. Except the Muslim Ideal in many parts of the world is Jihadi. Young men are encouraged to be brainless, violent thugs and this is glorified. I have been to the camps in Palestine. I have been to Pakistan. I have seen people laud Osama Bin Laden and Lakshar, Hamaas and Hezbollah as heroes. Sure there are other reasons for their popularity (Lakshar are seen as freedom fighters, Hamaas and Hezbollah were the only ones to stand up to aggressive loss of land. Put it this way? [Read more...]