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Atwar Bahjat, My Hero

Atwar Bahjat, My Hero

I never had the good fortune to meet Atwar Bahjat. If I had, I would have told her that she was my hero. Her brutal murder last week has robbed me of the privilege of meeting her and so I shall share my admiration with you instead. As one of the very few female Arab...
Letters from Denmark

Letters from Denmark

The war on the people of Denmark must stop. It is one thing to be offended by the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten last September and it is quite another to hold all Danes responsible for them. For...
The Muslim World is Lost at Sea without a Captain

The Muslim World is Lost at Sea without a Captain

If it is true that the captain of the doomed Egyptian ferry did indeed abandon his ship, leaving the passengers to fend for themselves, then his behaviour was an apt metaphor for the Muslim world: it is lost at sea without a captain. In fact, the entire ferry tragedy...
Jill Carroll and Arab Hypocrisy

Jill Carroll and Arab Hypocrisy

The terrorists who kidnapped American journalist Jill Carroll thought they would win Arab sympathy if they demanded the release of Iraqi women detained by U.S. forces. After all, what could be a surer bet than claiming to be acting in the name of the “honour” of our...
Sharon as the Quintessential Arab leader

Sharon as the Quintessential Arab leader

The Arab world hates Ariel Sharon so much not because he is responsible for the death of so many Arabs but because he is essentially the mirror image of the Arab leaders that have ruled us for decades. He is the better and improved mirror image. If hatred for Sharon...