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Arab Roundtable on Spreading Protests

We listen to voices from across the Arab world on the spreading protests – and ask what happens next.

Yemeni students chant slogans calling on their president Ali Abdullah Saleh to leave the government in Sanaa, Yemen, 2011. (AP)

There was a weekend of relative calm in the Egyptian uprising. Now, schools are still closed. Banks are open for the first time in many days. Nobody knows where it’s going to go.

But around the Arab world, the last month has lit a fire without precedent in the years of the post-colonial Arab states.  A fire for change, for democracy.

From Egypt to Jordan to Yemen and beyond, Arabs have been in the streets. Arab leaders – autocrats, dictators, kings – have felt the heat.  Where this goes is not yet clear, but it is very consequential.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

Rami Khouri, director of the Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University in Beirut. Internationally syndicated columnist and editor-at-large for Lebanon’s Daily Star Newspaper.

Abdul Ghani al-Iryani, development consultant and political analyst in Sanaa, Yemen.

Gouda Abdel-Khalek, professor of economics at Cairo University.

Prince El-Hassan Bin Talal, member of the Jordanian royal family, the uncle of current King Abdullah II.

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  • aj

    4 MY PEOPLES blood on the streets.
    From Carthage 2 Cairo. God willing, let us return to Damascus, but tonight we’ll take quarter with our brethren in Nablus.

    Long Live The INTIFADA!

    Salaam,.. 4 the Martyrs, Salaam,.. 4 the Righteous.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rZbvi6Tj6E

  • wfoster

    What is needed now are leading figures to emerge on behalf of the protesters.
    Without a clear and strong voice at the table, little can be expected in terms of policy change. Protest without leadership brings only modest change. Who are the next generation of voice that will represent the aspirations of the people?

    Best wishes to those that fight for peace, freedom of expression and democracy!

  • Larry

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/revealed-us-envoys-business-link-to-egypt-2206329.html

    Revealed: US envoy’s business link to Egypt

    Frank Wisner, President Barack Obama’s envoy to Cairo who infuriated the White House this weekend by urging Hosni Mubarak to remain President of Egypt, works for a New York and Washington law firm which works for the dictator’s own Egyptian government.

    Mr Wisner’s astonishing remarks – “President Mubarak’s continued leadership is critical: it’s his opportunity to write his own legacy” – shocked the democratic opposition in Egypt and called into question Mr Obama’s judgement, as well as that of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
    By Robert Fisk in Cairo
    Monday, 7 February 2011

  • Zane S. from Salt Lake, UT

    As much as I would like it, I’m skeptical that these protests would be sustainable in cash-rich countries like Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE, etc. The citizens in those countries are given handsome monetary incentives to acquiesce to the autocratic regimes.

  • Zeno

    The abject misery and servitude of the poor at the hands of the wealthy class causes a conflagration of revolt. The tinder of dissatisfaction and resentment has been building for over thirty years.

    I hope the fight for freedom spreads across the globe. I would also hope that the plutocracy here in the US would take notice, and do some of “the peoples” business.

    What the bulk of the citizenry of the mid-east and the US are unaware of is that our governments do whatever they want to keep their fellow plutocratic regimes in power. Its all about the channeling of public funds into their pockets while convincing the lower 80% that they should support this activity via fear or patriotism.

    Everyone is worried about various radical groups that come into existence when the social and economic unfairness become so extreme. They have the brotherhood, and we have the Tea Party. Those groups are a symptom of of the core sickness of political rot.

    The American People should stop blaming themselves and their country for the actions of Congress. We have ZERO control of their funding of dictatorships and corporate fascism across the globe. Put the blame on Congress where it belongs, because we the people cannot, vote, call, or pay as much as the corporations can to get the government policies they decree as most useful to their business interests.

    Make certain that in ALL of your writings about the funding of the dictatorship in Egypt you write that CONGRESS transferred the funds…Not the American people. Put the blame where it belongs.

  • Al Dorman

    @Zeno:
    The blame belongs with us. Just as the Egyptian people were responsible for their dictator, and the Russians are for their crackpot authoritarian system. It is our money and our government and our moral responsibility for where it ends up. It wasn’t so long ago that massive tax-protests contributed to the changes in public sentiment towards Vietnam.

    I think it would also be a good time to bring up another responsibility of ours: making it clear to our elected representatives to either adopt an even-handed approach towards Israel-Palestine or stop trying. And in the meantime, perhaps boycott and divest from this apartheid state. Propping up Israel is not in democracy or America’s interest.

  • cory

    Zeno,

    I wish you were right about a global uprising of the have-nots. I fear that it is more likely a shift in power from one ruling class to another. Military strongman to wealthy capitalists, etc. There is a basic problem with any government. When few rule many, human vice and frailty mandate abuse on a systemic scale. I don’t have a solution either. I guess I hope that when the abuse gets to obscene, the masses will do something to correct it. I think benevolent, custodial leadership is imposible for humans.

    Leftfield, Wisconsin

  • cory

    Al Dorman (and all other Israel bashers),

    I will be the very first to admit that the creation of a Jewish state in the heart of the mid-east after WWII made no sense. I will also willingly admit that the Palestinians and others have gotten a raw deal. Finally, I detest the amount of money and technology we pour into Israel.

    But…

    What do you suggest we do now? Let’em die on the vine and be devoured by their Arab neighbors? We (the west) put them there, and have an undeniable responsibility in this situation. I don’t see any easy solutions.

    Leftfield, Wisconsin

  • Harriet Sanford

    I disagree that WE put Israel there. Unless you discount the Holy Bible, GOD put Israel there, and is responsible for their successes in succeeding wars. There will always be a remnant of the Jewish folk.

  • Zeno

    “The blame belongs with us. Just as the Egyptian people were responsible for their dictator, and the Russians are for their crackpot authoritarian system. It is our money and our government and our moral responsibility for where it ends up. -Posted by Al Dorman

    I agree. Up to a point. That point being where it becomes pointless to call or write to a representative who is cashing check from any number of huge corporations who are in opposition to the public good. Even voting is rather pointless now, because the vote is either for multi-millionaire A or multi-millionaire B who start out with a mental mindset of its us the wealthy, against the people…period.

  • cory

    Harriet Sanford,

    By your logic, Hitler was justified in demanding the Sudetenland from Czechoslovakia in the 30′s because it held German populations. How about the Basque populations in Spain or Native Americans in the Americas? The existence of an ethnic or religious population does not mandate the creation of a nation-state.

    The political and geographical entity that constitutes the modern nation state of Israel was created after WWII. It’s genesis was the Balfour declaration in 1917. It was created for political reasons.

    As far as God… where did he put the Armenians, Uighurs and the Cherokee? Why did he put them there?

    Leftfield, Wisconsin

  • Brandstad

    The protesters have already won.

    Anyone still protesting is only asking for chaos. Let the leaders carry out their terms and make sure that there are fair and free elections once it is time. Throwing out a government without allowing time for planning only results in chaos and doesn’t help the country in the long run.

  • Brandstad

    “Understanding Egypt: Making Stone Soup” by Damon Vickers

    “We are facing a moment in history that is unlike anything we have seen in our lifetimes. Never before have so many people in so many regions of the world simultaneously beat the drums of revolution. While change is inevitable, what can we do to prepare ourselves? And how might a widespread transition to extremist Islamic rule in the Middle East effect your pocketbook? Your investments? And perhaps the politics here in the United States.”

  • jonas

    How typical of government radio to have a dude such as El-Hassan Bin Talal on its panel of “analysts”. As you well know, he was a long term member of the Jordanian government where he took part in policies oftoturing and killing anyone who disagreed with the dicatorship and/or who advocated for free speech and free and fair elections; you know, we call it democracy.

    He is a brutal guy who helped prop up a brutal dictatorship. What’s next, having Pinochet’s main advisor as a special guest? Or one of the greek colonels?

    Don’t forget to bow and call him your highness when you slober over him, oops, I mean talk to him.

    Instead of demanding money from listeners, demand money from him from the billions he and his family stole from jordan.

  • feelthelove

    zeno wrote: “The American People should stop blaming themselves and their country for the actions of Congress. We have ZERO control of their funding of dictatorships and corporate fascism across the globe. Put the blame on Congress where it belongs, because we the people cannot, vote, call, or pay as much as the corporations can to get the government policies they decree as most useful to their business interests.”

    Man this is so true, and so sad. And now it’s “down with the US” in Egypt.

  • John

    I disagree that WE put Israel there. Unless you discount the Holy Bible, GOD put Israel there, and is responsible for their successes in succeeding wars. – Posted by Harriet Sanford,

    – Can god pick up their defense tab instead of us?

  • feethelove

    Of course it is not just the corporations, it is also organizations like the AIPAC.

  • Kevin

    “If one day, a people desires to live, then fate will answer their call. And their night will begin to fade, and their chains break and fall.” – Tunisian Poet Abul-Qasim Al Shabi

    Long live Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, and all other nations that yearn to live free from outside manipulation and internal strife.

  • richard

    Al Dorman

    Israel is NOT AN APARTHEID STATE STOP YOUR LIES!!!!

  • feethelove

    “I disagree that WE put Israel there. Unless you discount the Holy Bible, GOD put Israel there, and is responsible for their successes in succeeding wars. There will always be a remnant of the Jewish folk.”
    Posted by Harriet Sanford, on February 7th, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Einstein said, “Both the universe and human stupidity are infinite and I’m not sure about the universe.

    Gurdjieff said, “Even God has no defense against stupitity.”

    Gurdjieff also said that religion is the number one cause of insanity. Which must be true because you would have to be insane to believe such nonsense. Or programmed when you are young.

    And after reading what Harriet wrote I am inclined to agree. Yes Harriet we should discount the bible as there is nothing holy or true in it.

    Even the general historical stories related in the bible are mostly lies. When are you going to wake up and see the lies for what they are? Never? I thought as much.

  • Kevin

    Tom,

    Please ask Prince Hassan why his brother King Hussein was on the CIA payroll? Why was his brother an agent of the US instead of the guardian of his own people?

    Doesn’t this plant the seed for resentment and eventually revolution, when people realize that their leaders have sold them out?

    Time Magazine:
    http://bit.ly/fMr1s

  • richard

    Al Dorman

    ISRAEL IS NOT AN APARTHIED STATE .The one who TOLD YOU IS A MORON!!!!! (OR MOST LIKELY A RACIST ) Israel has Arab political parties ,In south Africa they were not allowed . There are Arab members of the Knesset the Israeli parliament, in south Africa they were not allowed ..There is an Arab judge in the Israeli supreme court. In south Africa they were not allowed .There are Arab offices in the Israeli army ,In south Africa they were not allowed .There is an Arab general in the Israeli army .In south Africa they were not allowed . Jew and Arab live together in Israel . In south Africa they were not allowed …..Therefore Israel is NOT a apartheid state .

  • Kevin

    Richard,

    Based on your ridiculously stringent definition of Apartheid, Israel is still the closest thing to an Apartheid state than any other country in the world.

  • feelthelove
  • http://onanov.com Donald Baxter, Iowa City, IA

    Hillary Clinton’s soundbite makes me think she might have been describing the Bush Administration.

  • at

    Donald thanks for my first good laugh of the day. She could have been — your are correct.

  • Cathy Etheridge

    As always, Tom Ashbrook’s racism is just stunning! Just despicible! Why does he always refer to “Moslem extremism,” and never to “Jewish extremism.” The country occupying its neighbors is Israel. The country bombing its neighbors is Israel. The country blockading its neighbors is Israel. Therefore the extremism that that Tom Ashbrook and all of us should be pontificating on is Jewish extremism. Everything else is just lying. It is so obviously ignoring the giant elephant in the room that there can be no other interpretation except deliberate misrepresentation.
    Another example of this constant mouthing of racist brainwashing: much of the official business of Egypt is conducted in the presidential residence, just as much of US official business is conducted in the White House. Why is Hosni Mubarak’s residence referred to as a “palace,” while the president’s residences in North American and European countries are called “presidential residences”?

  • azim
  • Rex, Washington, DC

    Should America just give up on Democracy in the Middle East? Was Iraq worth it? Would it be in everyone’s best interest for dictators to everything under control?

  • Kim Salerno

    It’s time for a frank and public debate about what constitutes American interests in the middle east. We spend a lot of money on foreign aid, to what end? The much feared disorder, unrest and extremism has already arrived meanwhile we foot the bill for military engagement from North Africa to Pakistan, desperately trying to preserve an existing order. How does this order benefit the American taxpayer? It is time to publicly redefine American diplomatic, economic and ideological needs. The crisis is in the middle east is already here, where is the American taxpayer?

  • Brandstad

    Tom,

    Can you or your guests read the Muslim Brotherhood’s self stated goals?

  • Mark

    You have been discussing the possibility of religion and the rich taking over democracies in the Arab world, but the US is seeing that happen here with our own political power class. Isn’t it a bit hypocritical for us to worry about them, when our own country is at the mercy of the super-rich and the superstitious masses?

    Mark in Boston

  • at

    I don’t think that Israel will be seriously attacked again no matter what happens. They have nuclear weapons and in my opinion, will use them.

    The reality is that Israel is there. My hope is that at some point they can become a good neighbor in a good international neighborhood, but I am not holding my breath. Because both the Muslims and the Jews believe a bunch of religious nonsense.

  • Mary Lahaj

    Hi- Ilove this program. I have three comments in my woman’s voice:

    1) Change is never easy. Ask the Israelites when they followed Moses out of Egypt, only to discover that the promise land was far away, and that they would have to wander for 40 years in the desert. There were three groups: A) Those who wanted to go back to slavery, at least it was a familiar kind of evil and they had a roof over head. B) Those who wanted to go forward and make the changes necessary for a better life. C) Those who resist change and don’t want it. This group is the most worrisome for me. They need a lecture on courage, democracy, justice, and revolution. I hope they don’t prevail.

    2) Don’t let Obama consult with Bernard Lewis because he’s been senile since before the first Gulf War, but nobody will admit it. He gave Bush really bad advice.

    3) Every people has a right to self-determination. I just can’t believe that for the Palestinians to be humanized, the whole world has to change. I hope it will.

  • Doug

    When you and your guest point to Iran as what can go wrong, could you please, please point out that Iran is what it is today precisely because of US and British intervention? Specifically, the CIA’s coup overthrowing democratically elected Mohammad Mossadegh and the installation of the Shah is directly responsible for Iran today.

  • John

    If the majority of the Iranians don’t support their government, how is the fact that only a minority of Egyptians will vote for the Islamists supposed to be reassuring. In a power vacuum, a small party that is already organized has a advantage over fledgling democratic/secular parties.

  • John

    1) Change is never easy. Ask the Israelites when they followed Moses out of Egypt, only to discover that the promise land was far away, and that they would have to wander for 40 years in the desert. – Posted by Mary Lahaj

    – No historical evidence for any of this.

  • Avi

    Democracy is always welcome. Not in the sense of ‘off with their heads’ but in the sense of oppressed people finally taking their political faith in their own hands and calling for true government of the people and for the people.
    All the misguided worries about Islamism and about the future of Israel are completely wrong. First, because the West has no right to meddle in the domestic affair of other countrys (always Arab and weak, never Asian and nuclear armed). Second, because a free population is LESS rather than MORE likely to focus on domestic issues (of which they have many).
    Finally, a democratic Egypt will eventually be a more stabilizing force on Israel, which is in many cases the aggressor when it comes to its dealing with the Palestinians.

  • cory

    Cathy Etheridge,

    Okay, I have just made you emperor of Earth with absolute authority. Your first matter of order is Israel. What do you do with them?

    I’d appreciate a clear answer. What should happen to Israel. I’ll accept all your pronouncements about them at face value, but I want to know what should be done with them?

    Leftfield, Wisconsin

  • T. Winter Gibson

    @ richard – Just because there were ‘freed’ slaves it doesn’t mean the slavery didn’t exist. Israel is an occupying government that is starving the Gaza strip. To think that some of us are more focused on those in power versus the powerless is mind blowing. If you read the Bible, (as you claim), you will notice that GOD is never on the side of the oppressor. He always (100%) sides with the downtrodden. Whether you like it or not Israel is among the oppressive regimes in the region and until she gives her own people justice, she will never have any peace. So, just because there are Arabs in political positions in the Knesset doesn’t mean that there is no oppression towards Arabs. How many check points do the Arabs run in Israel? Generations of Arabs were displaced after WWII by European converts to Judaism. Sad, so sad… But God sees all and His justice is swift…

  • T. Winter Gibson

    Mary Lahaj,
    Your Old Testament exegesis needs work… but that’s not as important to me as your last comment. “Every people has a right to self-determination. I just can’t believe that for the Palestinians to be humanized, the whole world has to change.”

    So, your okay with the whole world changing and the ‘dehumanizing’ of Palestinians for Israel’s right to self-determination? This is the hypocrisy that needs to be confronted. This gross double-standard as if it was right to STEAL land from the indigenous people of that region.

    Your Bible said nothing about European converts to Judaism having the right to take Palestinian land. And, how come there is no Egyptian record of Jews being in bondage in Egypt? You watch too many Charlton Heston movies (propaganda).

  • John

    If you read the Bible, (as you claim), you will notice that GOD is never on the side of the oppressor. He always (100%) sides with the downtrodden. – Posted by T. Winter Gibson,

    What bible are you reading? Weren’t the first-born Egyptian sons he allegedly killed mostly innocent? Why are we still being punished for original sin? Even the CIA’s minions can’t torture you after death as this god does. Please keep myths out of real world issues.

  • T. Winter Gibson

    John,
    Your operative word is ‘allegedly.’ You might be too focused on bashing religionists. Slow your roll… your argument isn’t with me.

  • Larry

    If god really did create man and appear in the desert or where ever and speak to man of the religion they should follow, wouldn’t he follow up every 100 years or so to straighten out how people have forgotten, twisted, or lied about his words?

    So funny what people believe and kill others over.

  • richard

    T. Winter Gibson
    ” Israel is an occupying government that is starving the Gaza strip’

    Israel is not occupying anyone in gaza that’s a myth they are not starving, more propaganda against Israel . UNRWA alone employs 22,000 people and spends 400 million a dollars year plus the world community’s MILLIONS etc..etc….The people of Darfur ARE THE ONES STARVING!!!!!

  • at

    cory wrote “Okay, I have just made you emperor of Earth with absolute authority. Your first matter of order is Israel. What do you do with them?

    I’d appreciate a clear answer. What should happen to Israel. I’ll accept all your pronouncements about them at face value, but I want to know what should be done with them?”

    Well I don’t think that Cathy is going to answer, so being the silly person I am, I have volunteered to take your challange.

    If I were God I would make all the people in that region into atheists. Then what would they have to distinguish themselves from each other? Both the Palestinians and the Jews (in as much as they actually are Jewish and not Kazaar converts and such) are both the descendants of the same people so, I bet if you got rid of their belief in these ego enhancing death-denying lies, they would get along just like humans.

  • at, koudBee CA

    Larry wrote: “If god really did create man and appear in the desert or where ever and speak to man of the religion they should follow, wouldn’t he follow up every 100 years or so to straighten out how people have forgotten, twisted, or lied about his words?”

    Larry, What if god did continual follow-ups, and it is just the deafness-to and denial-of these continual updates that are called religions. Wouldn’t that be strange?
    Ask the frozen people.

  • T. Winter Gibson

    Richard,
    Wrong again! There’s OIL in that thar Southern Sudanese desert… and George Clooney and the boys are stroking the right emotional buttons to keep Christians and Muslims divided along silly religious lines… when they should be united economically to thwart the corporate onslaught.

  • Sandy Untermyer

    As I write this, today, February 7th, 2011 at 1:59 pm, Barack Obama, our US President, is advancing the cause, in Egypt, now in a peaceful revolution, of Omar Suleiman.

    And who’s he? Well, he’s the the guy strongman Hosni Mubarak just brought in as Vice-President, who used to be in charge of the torture in Egypt of their political prisoners.

    Which is why the US sends the people we want tortured directly to Suleiman. He takes care of everything for us. Now that torturer is our guy, too. So the Obama administration is trying to get Suleiman in as the next president.

    This stuff isn’t even kept well-hidden. They aren’t even ashamed. You can read all about it in the NY Times. Douthat even has an Op-Ed in there about it today. (Spoiler alert: He’s cool with it all.) And it’s on NPR, what I listen to in the car. I’ve even seen bits on the “NBC Nightly News.”
    Nothing hidden or conspiracy-theory about it.

    Of course, the legal successor to Mubarak under the Egyptian Constitution is the leader of the Parliament, not the Vice President. But that’s Mubarak’s own guy — the whole Parliament, he owns it. So the people won’t take the leader of the Parliament as the next leader.

    Last September 8th, the Administration made it a State Secret to open discussion of our torturing or rendition of people the Administration doesn’t like (i.e., terrorists). Also last year, Obama himself, backed by the courts, ruled that the President can have any American assassinated without a trial.

    Pursuing one publisher of embarassing political material, a right guaranteed by our Constituton, the Obama administration also publicly pressured Bank of America, PayPal, Visa, and MasterCard to cut off that publisher’s ability to do business worldwide. And the guy isn’t even an American citizen, but an Australian living in Europe. (Probably the reason the Wall Street Journal, which usually defends American corporations, didn’t object.)

    So now the Obama Administration wants to put in their own chief torturer as the next President of Egypt. Well, why not?

    …Except, remember?

    Only two years ago, Obama was all about “Hope” and “Change.” He used to teach a class on the Constitution. Today Barry Obama represents the kind of corrupt bureaucrat we see pursuing Jason Bourne in order to kill him.

    Lest he reveal the dirty little secrets, including assasinations, of a nasty state policy.

    In the films, of course, Jason Bourne wins.

    (Mr.) Sandy Untermyer
    Appling GA 30802

  • Joshua Hendrickson, Talent OR

    @ at:

    Making atheists out of the Israelis and Palestinians would be a terrific first step, but it wouldn’t solve most of the problems, which, regardless of their religious motivations, have real world consequences in land and lives. Tribes are certainly assisted by beliefs in a deity, but the lack of such beliefs would not in itself end tribalism.

    @ t. winter gibson:

    It’s refreshing that you take the “history” recounted in the Bible with a nice big block of salt. But on what grounds do you consider God to be 100% on the side of the oppressed? Or that His justice is swift? By all evidence in actual history, if there is a real deity, he is Kurt Vonnegut’s God the Utterly Indifferent. Which, of course, is the same as No God At All.

    @ richard:

    Israel is not South Africa … but it does come closer to the model of Apartheid than any other nation today. Basing a nation on race is an outmoded idea, to say nothing of Israel’s unfortunate situation as the last late holdover from the colonial era. Zionism was a bad idea based on good intentions and poor reasoning. We all must work to find a humane solution to this ongoing problem.

  • Zinovy Vayman, Galilee

    Come on !
    Israel is a Bantustan in Palestine. 85% Palestine (including territories controlled by the Israeli army) is forbidden for Jews even to walk.
    Very poor and inept Jews live in Israel and they are the target of apartheid. Same with the Holocaust–poor Jews died en masse while rich ones moved to Germanic countries and were accepted. Impoverished Jews of Israel are not accepted in Europe, America or Australia.

  • bob

    The Continuing struggles in the Middle East are the most convincing argument you’ll ever need for the First Amendment. Too bad that we stopped following it not long after it was written.

  • KCW

    To the question “what does Egypt’s upheaval mean for Israel?,” the military/economic control of Palestine has to enter the discussion, as the last journalist guest eloquently put it. For Zionists in this dialogue here, pounding your assertions in all capital-letters does not make them more persuasive–only pugilistic.

  • Jeff Ewener

    Maybe the best remark was from Mr al-Iryani on Yemen. A couple months ago, the govt & opposition were in negotiation, and the opposition asked for very mild concessions which the govt refused. Now, post-Tunisia, post-Tahrir, the govt is suddenly offering much bigger concessions, but the opposition refuses.

    Perhaps this foreshadows the new reality for Israel. Soon after Tzipi Livni so blithely rejected the astounding concessions offered by the bought-and-paid-for PA, according to the Aljazeera papers, Israel may find itself suddenly willing to offer more, but getting no traction from new Palestinian negotiators, genuinely supported by a renewed Arab world, who insist on drawing the line on the Green Line.

    Rami Khouri’s last remarks suggested, without actually saying, that the Palestinians currently have no partner for peace. The changes in the Arab world may force one to arise in Israel.

  • Cathy

    Cory, sorry I didn’t see your comment yesterday. I would stop giving Israel military aid. I would start supporting the Palestinians in the UN and stop vetoing UN sanctions against Israel. I would hope that they would pay reparations to the Palestinians that they have displaced, just as they have received and are still receiving reparations from Germany.
    I would call out anyone speaking of “chosen people.” and “holy lands.” God is not a racist and He did not create magic rocks. Anyone willing to ignore the ethical teachings of their religion for the sake of controlling magic rocks (holy lands) either has not thought much about their beliefs or or is rationalizing their greed.
    I would love to visit Leftfield Wisconsin. Congratulations Cheeseheads. I’m writing from Massachusetts

  • at

    back @ Joshua:

    Joshua of course you are correct. That is sort of what I meant by they would interact like humans. We are tribal.

    So if you ever come back and read this post I would like to change my godlike act from making them atheist to making the inhabitants of the region possessed of a scientific and skeptical outlook.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mohammad-Saleh/756987194 Mohammad Saleh

    The key word is dignity. As an Arab, we are not treated the right way in our own houses. I mean, Bu Izaizy burned himself because of an insult he received when he only wanted to file a complaint. Where the hell are we living people?
    That has to stop now. Reforms have to start. Education, health care and human welfare are the most urgent now. Still, the road is very long. I know there are lots of decent people around the world who are willing lend helping hands to their human brothers here in these badly formed countries. Financing has never been a problem as far as I can tell. All these countries have fed their leaders with billions of dollars over years.

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Holy week with an unholy shooter. South Koreans scramble to save hundreds. Putin plays to the crowd in questioning. Seven days gave us seven sounds.

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Our Week In The Web: April 18, 2014
Friday, Apr 18, 2014

Space moon oceans, Gabriel García Márquez and the problems with depressing weeks in the news. Also: important / unnecessary infographics that help explain everyone’s favorite 1980′s power ballad.

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Some Tools And Tricks For College Financial Aid
Thursday, Apr 17, 2014

Some helpful links and tools for navigating FAFSA and other college financial aid tools.

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