Tuesday, January 31, 2006

On the State of the Union address

In today's issue of Slate magazine, there was an interesting article about the State of the Union address, the annual speech that the President of the United States delivers in front of Congress, where he discusses his political agenda, both foreign and domestic, for the upcoming year. The address is aired on all major american television networks (for those of you who are not in the US and would like to hear what it's like, c-span will broadcast it live tonight on the internet, starting at 9:00pm eastern time).

I wonder what President Bush will say tonight about the results of the legislative elections in Palestine last week. Hamas has acted in such a measured fashion after its victory that it is hard to guess what the Administration's position will be. All we can do is wait and see what happens tonighht. In the meantime, I can only recommend that you go through the Slate article, as it gives an unusual (and, for me, a rather original and quite refreshing) perspective on the address.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Joyeuse année 1427

A l’occasion du nouvel an du calendrier musulman (l'Hégire), Oumma.com publie un article intéressant sur la signification et l’importance en Islam de la Hijra à Medine. La Hijra, précise l’article, fut, d’un point de vue stratégique, d’une importance capitale, puisque sans elle, le Prophète (pbuh) et ses compagnons auraient eu plus de difficulté à gagner les coeurs des autres tribus arabes. Ces dernieres, en effet, auraient jalousé Quraich d’avoir eu la primeur du message de l’Islam. La Hijra a également une signification religieuse profonde puisqu’elle était le résultat d’un ordre de Dieu et qu’elle signifiait un abandon à Lui. Omar avait vu juste.

Sana Saida 1427!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Billionnaire seeking virgin bride

In yesterday's New York Times, there was an interesting story about how young, rich Chinese entrepreneurs are looking for brides these days. I must confess that I was quite surprised to hear that some of these rich businessmen insisted that their would-be bride be virgin. Rich people, even in my part of the world, tend to have a rather "modern", hedonistic lifestyle, and could not care less about such old-fashioned ideas as chastity or virginity. It's quite refreshing to see that permissive moral attitudes from western culture have not pervaded the Chinese mentality, as of yet.

On a side note: in today's NYT, there was a story about the phenomenal growth rate of the Chinese economy. Have a look: it's quite interesting!

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Edward Said and freedom of thought

In today's al-Hayat, an interesting article about the late Prof. Edward Said, and how he has been illegally monitored by the FBI for over thirty years [for an english version of this, click here]. It seems like anyone in this country who dares to speak out for the legitimate rights of the palestinian people will end up on some kind of "black list". Freedom of thought? Tell me about it!

Monday, January 09, 2006

Eid Mubarak!

A small present to wish you a happy Eidul Adha!!!

Eid Mubarak everybody :-)

Friday, January 06, 2006

حول كسوة الكعبة

In today's issue of Asharq al-Awsat, an interesting article about the cover of the Ka'ba, the holy muslim shrine in Mecca. Click here if you want to know more...