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Activist, writer, researcher, addicted to sharing information and facts.

Egypt’s New Cabinet: More of the Same


I wrote this piece for  Al-Monitor

Tuesday’s Cabinet reshuffle [May 7] shed little light on Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s leadership and what the Muslim Brotherhood’s plan is for Egypt, at least for the next few months.

In the eyes of many, Morsi has not improved the government; he kept his much-criticized, colorless Prime Minister Hesham Qandil, then he appointed some new faces who were neither qualified nor experienced enough to run the country at this critical juncture. In addition, the premature leaks of “imminent reshuffle,” before cementing any deal with the proposed candidates for ministerial changes, has exposed the reluctance of many technocrats and politicians to join this government, and also reflected the current state of uncertainty in Egypt.

This view is based on the assumption that the reshuffle is aimed at addressing Egypt‘s political and economics woes. It is not — the current leadership has three goals…

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A Brief Introduction To The Iranian Election


Iran election

(Photo of Iran’s presidential candidates via Twitter)

For many Arabs, Iran is an Islamic dictatorship that is deviously trying to manipulate the internal politics of many Arab countries from the Gulf States, particularly Bahrian to Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria. For others, it is a Muslim country, a patron for the “resistance” against Israel that Arabs should build bridges with to counter the US influence in the region.  There is also a third group that has a very ambivalent attitude toward the Persian state. This group shares the anti-Israeli feeling of the Iranian leadership and want to seek a balanced relationship with Iran, but are afraid of the spread of Shia Islam and resent Iranian support of the Assad regime in Syria. Egypt falls in this third category.  Despite that many Arabs talk about Iran in one way or another on a daily basis, many have actually put fourth efforts to…

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Happy Mother’s Day

Steve A. Wiggins

Women’s voices raised in prayer. What could be the objection to that? Religion, of course. A story from the Los Angeles Times reports that chaos broke out in Judaism’s most sacred site, the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, as women prayed in a newly won, court-authorized action. The ultra-orthodox flooded in to block the sacrilege. No doubt religions have come a long way in trying to redress the wrongs perpetrated against women in their holy names, but true equality remains a distant dream. I’m not picking on Judaism here—nearly all religions contain knots, sometimes Gordian in stature, of males who hold their mythology close to their genitals. God made men first, gave them a few extra inches of flesh in a precisely designated region, showing that they are superior. Penis frenzy. Yes, manliness is more than next to godliness, it is divine. So we are taught.

Religions like to make universal…

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Enough is enough! (Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary)

Hungary is going through tough times with the Rightist government turning out to be even more rightist than they said they would be – anti-semitic and anti-Roma Nazi-like groups gaining ground


More than 30 artists occupied the Ludwig Museum on Thursday, May 9th 2013, to demand complete transparency in the selection process for a new director and the institution’s autonomy from right-wing ruling party Fidesz. The Ludwig’s current director, Barnabás Bencsik, endorsed by the Ludwig Foundation for his outstanding work, is competing against Fidesz-backed Júlia Fabényi for the position. Read more here.

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Enough is enough!

Ludwig Museum Budapest, 10 May 2013, 1 pm

From this day on, United for Contemporary Art keeps the building of the Ludwig Museum open 24 hours a day. We are present, and we will work here, hold forums here, and sleep here, until our demands have been granted.

We have come to this decision as the State Secretariat for Culture of the Ministry of Human Resources has ceased to operate as a competent maintainer and resource manager. For months, it has…

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Egyptian Aak. Week 19


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Pristine Angie’s Home − The Wizard of Capitalism

Which Religion Cares the Most about the Homeless? This is a photo taken by Reddit user Ventachinkway that has gone viral on the interweb. While it has sparked lively debate about religion and the homeless, the first thing that came to my mind was “the genius of capitalism in one shot.”

Now don’t get me wrong, I may look like a communist to the untrained eye, but I was raised on Shaw’s Major Barbara. I believe in free economy, corporate Darwinism, advertising manipulation to cater to the obsessive preoccupation with the self, and the mind-numbing industrial conspicuous-consumer complex that capitalism thrives on for the free world to flourish. I believe in it, I just don’t buy into it.

via Pristine Angie’s Home − The Wizard of Capitalism.

Heritage immigration study co-author resigns after past writings on Hispanics having low IQ surface

Does not make Heritage Foundation any less racist but a good thing that they have to acknowledge it.

NBC Latino

Jason Richwine, who came under fire this week when videos from 2008 and a dissertation from 2009 surfaced, which included controversial comments on Hispanic immigrants having low-IQ’s, has resigned from The Heritage Foundation. 

“Jason Richwine let us know he’s decided to resign from his position. He’s no longer employed by Heritage. It is our long-standing policy not to discuss internal personnel matters,” The Heritage Foundation wrote in a statement given to NBC Latino.

Richwine’s comments, which included the belief that Hispanics and blacks were “inassimilable” as compared to past Irish and Sicilian immigrants, were amplified because he was a co-author on a controversial immigration study by The Heritage Foundation.

NBC Latino reached out repeatedly to Richwine and did not receive a response.

RELATED: Heritage immigration study co-author: Latinos incapable of assimilating like Irish, Sicilians

The study calculated the cost of a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants as $6.3 trillion.  The…

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