April, 2016 Culture

by Raymond Ibrahim, PJ Media

An ISIS video released last month shows members of its religious police in Mosul, Iraq, burning hundreds of Christian books it deems blasphemous.
While Christianity continues to be physically erased from the Middle East, lesser known is that its historical role and presence is also being expunged from memory.

By Liel Leibovitz

Ber Borochov loved Passover. Ordinarily, the Marxist, Zionist, and Yiddishist had no patience for the superstitions of his forefathers, but in the haggadah he found a hero for his time: the Wicked Son. The Passover story’s obdurate loner, Borochov wrote enthusiastically, rejects collective destiny for individual liberation, and is therefore no less than “the foundation for the construction of new Jewish life.”

Culture, Israel, Politics

Project Syndicate, Christopher Hill
DENVER – US President Barack Obama supposedly “cleared the air” with Saudi King Salman before the latest meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s capital. Given how strained the bilateral relationship is – a situation long in the making – that was probably the best outcome that could reasonably be expected. But it is not enough.

BURAK BEKDİL, hurriyetdailynews
Turkey is a wonderland, according to the official narrative. It is not so much of a wonderland, according to facts and figures.

Turkey’s per capita income is less than half of Greece’s – the country which, over the past few years, has gone through one of the worst financial crises in modern history.

Culture, Politics, Turkey

Khalil Ashawi / Reuters
By Eric Pianin

Since its start more than five years ago in March 2011, the Syrian civil war has been marked by death, carnage and dislocation — with no real end in sight.

by Raymond Ibrahim, The Gatestone Institute 

Egyptian poet Fatma Naoot was sentenced to three years in prison in January for criticizing the slaughter of animals during the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha.Despite Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's many pluralistic words and gestures, which have won him much praise from the nation's Christians and moderates, he appeases the Islamist agenda in one very clear way: by allowing the controversial defamation of religions law, colloquially known as the "blasphemy law," to target Christians and moderates in ways arguably worse than under the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi.

BURAK BEKDİL, hurriyetdailynews
In 2010, Turkey was “shaken” by the surfacing of alleged serial rapes in the southeastern city of Siirt, including “shocking” cases of adults raping minors and minors raping toddlers, killing one.

Culture, Politics, Turkey



By Daniel Koehler for ISN
How should policymakers and researchers conceptualize the process of violent radicalization? Today, Daniel Koehler proposes a model that treats it as a form of intellectual ‘de-pluralization’ which deliberately occurs outside of mainstream political culture.

by Raheem Kassam and Liam Deacon
The Daily Mail amended its false headline claiming the perpetrator of a hit-and-run attack in Brussels was a "far-right" activist. Other media outlets haven't made corrections. The journalists and publications which implied the hit and run in Molenbeek borough of Brussels this weekend was a 'far right' anti Islam attack had no evidence to suggest that it was as they reported, but they knew what story they wanted to write.

By Luke Glowacki 
Luke Glowacki is a postdoctoral fellow in human evolutionary biology at Harvard University.
From Brussels to Paris to San Bernardino to Syria, the world appears to be erupting in violence. In this war, the targets can be anyone and anywhere. While attackers take inspiration from Islamic State leadership, in many cases they seem to act on their own initiative.

by Philip Carl Salzman, Independent Journal Review

Originally published under the title "He Say's There's One Thing That Drives Violence In The Middle East. But It's Not Islam..."
Take a look at recent news reports from around the Arab world and you'll notice an unusual commonality. Egypt's government "struggles to rally Sinai tribes," reads one Reuters headline, while the title of a Gulf News article recounts that former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh "fears tribes will shift allegiance" to his successor, Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi.