Category: The Middle East
By Arkansas Times’ “The Observer” (David Koon), June 14, 2018
If you can, cast your mind back to when you were very young and recall what it felt like to be separated from your mother and father. Not just playing in the yard or another part of the house, but truly, even for a moment, lost. Recall the vice crush of panic in your chest.
If you were ever a parent, remember the feeling of being in a … [more]
Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2018/06/20/in-your-name/
Selections from a recent Facebook conversation. Names have been changed to protect the innocent, the willfully ignorant, the woefully beguiled, and the morally repugnant (see fundie #5). Due to the branching nature of such conversations on social media, this is stitched together from various, sometimes parallel/simultaneous narratives and is therefore only a linear approximation of a non-linear medium. Grammar and spelling have been only rarely altered so as to preserve the intellectual intensity and profundity (and inanity) of the comments … [more]
Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2018/05/28/suffering-fools/
Sometime in the mid-1930s, when my dad was about 12, a Ford Tri-Motor (aka “The Tin Goose”) flew onto a cow pasture just outside of Holdenville, Oklahoma. For the next several days, for the mere price of a bread wrapper and fifty cents, a person could buy a short flight. Bereft of even a half-dollar in those Depression days, my father spent every afternoon and evening at that pasture, watching as the airplane took off and landed.
On the last … [more]
Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2018/05/12/a-wrinkle-in-time/
A wonderful time of year
Monsieur d’Nalgar: Mr. Lindholm informed me of several corrections that are now reflected herein. These corrections were made via social media after the letter was published in the Sentinel Record… The comments that follow were also harvested from social media. Vendredi 22 décembre 2017 à l’ère commune. Joyeux Noël à tous!
It’s a wonderful time of the year.
The world is captivated by the story of the birth of Jesus. It is a … [more]
Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2017/12/21/believing-like-jesus/
Filed under Christianity, Culture, Egypt, Foreign Policy, History, Iraq, Islam, Israel, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, The Middle East
November 20, 2017
Invention of the Mizrahim
By Susan Abulhawa, 20 Sept 2017
The State of Israel was conceived at the turn of the 20th century in Eastern Europe by a group of elite European Jews who launched a movement called Zionism that sought to establish a physical nation state exclusive to Jews. It was a typical settler colonial enterprise, complete with the narrative of a divine mandate and a non-existent or savage indigenous population, central to which was the myth … [more]
Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2017/11/20/memory-is-stubborn/
Sebastian Gorka, the West Wing’s Phony Foreign-Policy Guru
By Bob Dreyfuss, August 10, 2017
The Breitbart News headline, back in November 2014, rang like a five-alarm fire bell: MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD OVERRUNS NATIONAL CATHEDRAL IN DC. Its author, Breitbart’s national-security editor, was Dr. Sebastian L. v. Gorka, who currently occupies a top White House post as “deputy assistant” to President Donald Trump. And like just about anything Gorka has said or written, the Breitbart headline was wrong in every … [more]
Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2017/08/11/hands-off-relationship-with-the-truth/
Howard Zinn’s July 4 Wisdom Stands the Test of Time
By Howard Zinn, July 4, 2017
On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.
Is not nationalism—that devotion to a flag, an anthem, a boundary so fierce it engenders mass murder—one of the great evils of our time, along … [more]
Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2017/07/05/self-deception-started-early/