Category: Lebanon

Jan 18 2016

Once upon a time

 

Important!

What follows is an email conversation that occurred between 2002 and 2007, when I first launched the ill-fated Mission: Meeting website.  Since there is renewed interest in a similar venture, perhaps made more urgent because (1) so little has changed, and 2) so many extraordinary eyewitnesses to the humanity of the “Holy Land” are of a generation that is, ironically, leaving us behind, I am sharing this now in the hope that it might breathe new life into an … [more]

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Nov 23 2015

Historians and other nincompoops

Whoa there, David Cameron! Haste and rhetoric is no recipe for peace

By Robert Fisk, Sunday 22 November 2015 19:28 BST

 

Eisenhower famously sent some brusque advice to Anthony Eden in 1956 when he decided that Britain’s deceitful war in Egypt should come to an end. “Whoa, boy!” were his words. And they should be repeated now to the politicians, historians and other nincompoops who regard themselves as the soothsayers of eternal war.

Each morning, I awake to … [more]

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Nov 20 2015

Zara’u fa akalna, nazra’u fa ya’kulun

Stories My Father Told Me

By Helen Zughaib with Elia Kamal Zughaib, November/December 2015

 

 

Important!

One evening about 10 years ago, after a family dinner filled with my father’s stories of his childhood and youth in Damascus and Lebanon, my mother and I were in the kitchen when she said, “Someday, we ought to record your father telling his stories.” Many of them told about experiences with his parents and paternal grandparents, whom he referred to using the … [more]

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Aug 31 2015

Correct reading, it used to work wonders

 

Important!

Kamal Salibi was my Facebook friend for just a few months. Before he died in 2011, he told me that the greatest pleasure he got from his theories was seeing how crazy it made the Israelis. Making hasbara trolls crazy seems to be the best litmus test of how close you’re getting to the real truth about Israel…

~ Monseiur Jacques d’Nalgar

Kamal Salibi: Scholar and teacher regarded as one of the foremost historians of the Middle East

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Aug 24 2015

Apoplexy of fear and hatred


Brigitte Gabriel is a vicious and probably deranged Islamophobe

By Hussein Ibish, October 1, 2009

 

A lot of readers seemed to benefit from and enjoy my evaluation of Irshad Manji from yesterday’s Ibishblog posting, and I have been asked to give my views on another charmer, called Brigitte Gabriel. I argued that Manji is not an Islamophobe as has sometimes been alleged, but that she is an anti-Arab racist and an ignoramus to boot. About Gabriel, there can … [more]

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Dec 07 2014

Overhaul of governments and institutions

How ISIS Should Shape Our View of the Church and Its Mission Globally

By Martin Accad, December 4, 2014

 

I’ve been blogging and speaking much about ISIS in recent months. Last July, as we were beginning to get to grips with the savagery of the group, I tried to call us all, as people who claim to love God, to face and fight our own demons instead of claiming they have nothing to do with us. By the … [more]

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Aug 16 2014

How about a War on War?

War Is People Too

By Jeffrey Hutchins, 2014

 

It’s very interesting that Corporations are now legally invested with nearly all the same rights and protections as individual people. We have made Corporations the second androids: beings made out of non-living parts.

The first android, of course, was Religion. Every person’s vision of God or No God is so sacrosanct in America that we allow no laws that deal with the establishment of any particular religion or the free exercise … [more]

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