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“If you want to free a society, just give them internet access. Because people, the young guys, you know, are all going to go out and see biased media, see the truth about other nations and their own nation and they’re going to be able to contribute and collaborate together.”

What about getting “Now on BBC Radio1” onto Tumblr 

  • It’s doing Twitter - but - maybe doing it on Tumblr makes it effective. the content can be same thing 
  • other BBC stations can be all on board at Tumblr too 
  • That MIGHT bring in bit of outside air into this closed platform but - … 
  • Woah those aren’t official? (Again what’s lame BBC is …)
January 14, 2014, 1:49pm   1 note

Winter is coming 

October 20, 2013, 7:38pm   2 notes
“In the Arab world, in contrast, the heavy lid of authoritarianism was suppressing sectarian, tribal, Islamist and democratic aspirations. So, when the lids were removed, all four surfaced at once.”

This Ain’t Yogurt, Thomas L. Friedman, NYTimes

He repeats ‘when fighting parties in Syria become exhausted’ (There could be some chance of bringing in solution/settlement) - 

but I’m not sure Syria allows the luxury of that kind of standard model. Non linear and unpredictable - that’s more likely. Though, the emphasis on ‘healer’ (or un-divider’) is the only key direction for the outsiders. (though, it’s going to be more rough and very pragmatic - realpolitik on and on.) 

May 05, 2013, 11:18pm  0 notes

▸ [Value of Optimism and Altruism in stress/adverse situation] Emily Esfahani Smith, The Atlantic

Importance of optimism and then altruism - while enduring/conquering stress or adverse situation. 

Dr. Dennis Charney, the dean of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, found when he examined approximately 750 Vietnam war veterans who were held as prisoners of war for six to eight years. Tortured and kept in solitary confinement, these 750 men were remarkably resilient. Unlike many fellow veterans, they did not develop depression or posttraumatic stress disorder after their release, even though they endured extreme stress.

What was their secret? After extensive interviews and tests, Charney found ten characteristics that set them apart. The top one was optimism. The second was altruism. Humor and having a meaning in life — or something to live for — were also important.

Source: The Atlantic

Mar 01, 2013, 10:12am  2 notes      

“The danger is that we could be reaching a point where nuclear weapons would become almost conventional, and there will be the possibility of a nuclear conflict at some point… that would be a turning point in human history.”
Henry Kissinger, Jan 2013

February 12, 2013, 1:41am  0 notes

“In his 2004 memoir, The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace, longtime peace negotiator—and former Obama adviser—Dennis Ross described Netanyahu as “insufferable” because of his uncompromising views. Thanks to a recent election in which his party lost seats, Netanyahu is somewhat weaker today, while Obama is riding a new wave of popularity. But that will do little to budge Bibi toward peace or affect the underlying dynamics in the region.”

Don’t Expect Much From Obama’s Trip to Israel, Michael Hirsh, NationalJournal

Yeah. Hard to see anything meaningful coming out of this visit. But then why do it now in such a hurry. 

Even Lapid comes into power, that doesn’t mean basic demands Israeli public feel legitimate towards settlements and Jerusalem will change. 

February 06, 2013, 6:41pm  1 note

To do

Block all IR/MENA/Islam blogs show up on radar. I’ve been around ever since this clique started and there are ones I don’t follow means I know what they are doing and I don’t follow. This recommendation system is pointless as keep recommending something your customer already declined many times to purchase.

It’s been this way now over more than a year.

Someone needs to use brain a bit.

January 27, 2013, 10:50pm   2 notes
▸ [USA] Bloomberg blasts 'deafening silence' on guns from Obama and Romney, CNN

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg bemoaned Monday what he called a “deafening silence” on gun control from the two presidential candidates after a pair of high-profile shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin killed a combined 18 people.

Long an outspoken advocate for tighter restrictions on guns, Bloomberg originally called on President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney to lay out their respective plans on stemming gun violence after 12 people were shot at a movie theater outside Denver on July 20.


Bloomberg similarly chastised both Obama and Romney for staying silent on guns following the Colorado shooting. Both candidates, Bloomberg said, had records on restricting access to assault weapons. He pointed to an assault weapon ban Romney signed as governor of Massachusetts and a 2008 campaign promise from Obama to reinstate a federal ban on assault weapons.

"The governor has, apparently, changed his views, and the president has spent the last three years trying to avoid the issue, or if he’s facing it, I don’t know anybody that’s seen him face it. And it’s time for both of them to be held accountable," Bloomberg said on CBS.

"Leadership is leading from the front, not doing a survey, finding out what the people want and then doing it. What do they stand for, and why aren’t they standing up?" he asked.

On Monday, Bloomberg’s remarks echoed that sentiment.

"Neither candidate has been willing to address the issue," he said.

The president’s trip to meet with victims of the Colorado shooting, along with Romney’s statement expressing condolences, were the right thing to do, but did not equal leadership on the issue of guns, Bloomberg said.

"Neither of those statements had anything to do with stopping the next massacre. Stopping the fact that we have more guns than people in this country. And that 34 people a day are killed," he said.

Source: CNN

Aug 06, 2012, 5:36pm  1 note      

Log: + (plus) 972 - (minus) Bulgaria

There are many other ways to say this - but why Israelis pick right-leaning candidates/party - looking at those reasons straight - is hard for Israeli left - because that’s exact same reasons why they are so isolated from Israeli society. It’s hard to stare that straight. 

Another thing is like - okay, so if 972 is not just another Electronic Intifada - where is the coverage on today’s killing in Bulgaria? I expected one - at least and didn’t find it. 

That means 972 is not serious at thinking through Israel’s future - at all. And I know that sort of type gathers and create ‘critical’ cliques against Israel and Israelis. 

It shouldn’t be difficult to see then, how those cliques look like from Israelis’ eyes.

It’s a place people sort of share the stories of life and death

The place is based on the story of life and death of immediate relatives and close generations. 

People have that sense and reflex. 

and even probably novice or just-started type of USA govt, state dept assistants etc would know this, and use this knowledge when they just hear that news of bombing in Bulgaria - 

Israeli people’s reflex will act up - and we have to interface with them accordingly. 

If you really want different future - I thought - someone at 972 will cover this topic within today. Will try. I know it’s a harder and not easy subject - but - 

but how are you going to make sense if you give up on what your people collectively have as the basis of unity and identity - and meaning of the place? 

July 18, 2012, 8:49pm   2 notes

Why do they hate us? The men issue
By the brilliant KarlreMarks

Everything is usual, keeping anything as Arab entertainment 


Why do they hate us? The men issue

By the brilliant KarlreMarks

Everything is usual, keeping anything as Arab entertainment 

“This article explores the economic underpinnings of the Arab Spring. We locate the roots of the region’s long-term economic failure in a statist model of development that is financed through external windfalls and rests on inefficient forms of intervention and redistribution. We argue that the rising cost of repression and redistribution is calling into question the long-term sustainability of this development model.”
Adeel Malik and Bassem Awadallah, ‘The Economics of the Arab Spring,’ University of Oxford: Centre for the Study of African Economies (December 2011)  (via fuckyeahemergence)

January 08, 2012, 5:05am  6 notes




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D: I see. Makes sense. Foreign stuff perceived as ‘exotic’ or ‘different’ … (but it’s just full of chemicals and tricks… industrial foods.)

:( yeah-actually McDonald is consider exotic sometimes.
I guess people just find very foreign things exotic etc..actually it is scary because the rise in obesity among children in the UAE is sky rocketing-people blame these food chains that are benefiting welp.
Arab restaurants etc aren’t as much in malls, like you probably will see one or two and only older people go there.
Maybe a few asian (usually thai or chiniese) stuff at the food courts but in reality it is getting more and more less in huge malls.
Dubai mall actually is okay compared to more local malls near me.
Farooj is arab owned yet a fast food place-but still serves Lebanese stuff(oh and also shawerma yay)
But if people ever want to taste real cultural food-they’d have to stay clear of central places like the mall (lol many (tourists) people think if they go to the mall they are gonna taste emirati culture LOL)

You know.

We Japanese people do consider American fastfoods etc as ‘genuine crap’. 

  • It’s full of chemicals
  • destroys your sensitivity about food
  • disconnect your appetite from your body
  • destroys your health very quickly
  • you lose your invaluable (local) cooking culture, local tradition -
  • and even local markets etc. (You can lose your souks - all can turn into built up giant malls or so called strip malls.) 

American food chains, and their local copies can actually destroy hundreds-years old local markets and their restaurants and desert makers - in like few years. 

Thing is we Japanese are aware of all this ‘destructive power’ of American fastfood and industrial food. (Though there are degrading changes happening in Japan too) 

We do have McDonalds, Subway, KFC, now Starbucks etc too.

But not to the level of threatening our traditional stuff. 

*Thing is our stomach is very weak.

We can’t keep eating American salty greasy food all the time. Japanese ppl usually can’t eat McDonalds twice a day. (Once a day is more than enough and risky for us.) 

We also become sick if we eat McDonalds as lunch and then have pizza etc for dinner. Japanese body can’t take in that much meat and cheese etc, fall sick instantly. :) 

/much meat/oh god Somalis eat so much meat and depending on the region-fish too.
I don’t eat McDonalds and i was raised to never eat fast food stuff-would have it rarely (even when i lived in the US)-i grew up on Somali food mostly..never had what my parents called ‘american’ food-unless i was taking hotdogs to school-even that is considered disgusting~lol
The thing is it is destroying the local culture and market-the only people that will bother are tourists but people living in the UAE won’t actually bother..lol.
Unless you count the sort of growing local teen culture of going to Yemeni restaurants on fridays after soccer etc.
Hmm i usually have Lebanese, Turkish, Somali, Yemeni, Indian food but the rising ‘American’ brands are something i barely go to unless i am on campus-no choice really…
My campus serves some Emirati local dishes-but it is close to what i have usually lol (somali stuff) 
As for cheese-love it but not the silly ones ugh in packets and stuff-the cool thing is they sell real good cheese here like fresh cheese and labna at the local grocery but most (argh) people don’t want that anymore…actually most commercials on TV are more Cheese related~lol but ew mostly Philadelphia, Puck, Kraft brands-the Arab brands are sometimes ignored-but the Arab ones taste better anyways.
People don’t go to the very old souqs as much anymore-culture is going to die out :( sometimes only tourists are to be found in some old souqs-sadly not many residents bother to go to them~the mall replaced many places.. 

A big problem (locals being very quick to abandon their traditions - and say ‘get Americanized’ ) - I kind of know - and we all probably know - 

but if keeping old souks and old market might be the way to save this world - ”International Relations” field can become bit more interesting and hopeful? 

Very essential subject though. 

December 16, 2011, 2:44am   7 notes
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