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  1. Salams Abu Muslim, Do you not think that unlike Gaddafi, Seyyed Nasrallah (HA) has a substantially greater popular base? One can measure this, for example, by looking at Hezbollah's representation in the current Lebanese parliament: 12 seats out of a total of 128 (and not including their March 8 allies). Surely the people/factions that dislike him and the Hezb, disliked them before the events in Syria? Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.
  2. Salams, Thanks for posting this. I forgot that today's the debut broadcast of his RT show.
  3. A Chance for Peace With Iran Will the Israel lobby scuttle it? by Justin Raimondo, April 16, 2012 Print This | Share This With the price of gasoline rising, and President Barack Obama’s reelection prospects sinking, delaying a showdown with Iran and ratcheting down regional tensions has become a political necessity for this administration. The question is: can the Israel lobby scuttle revived negotiations? That the participants came out of the 12-hour Istanbul meeting with reports of progress – and an agreement to meet again, on May 23, in Baghdad – is good news that must be taken in context.
  4. Katy Perry and the military-pop-cultural complex Asking whether the US military's PR offensive is subsidising the entertainment industry with taxpayer dollars is not unpatriotic by Naomi Wolf
  5. A fair argument against the article. I half agree with you. I think the writer was going for the same vibe as the Stuff White People Like blog (which I personally dig): satirizing a certain strata of the affluent middle classes, namely liberal and urban-dwelling hipster types (and they generally tend to be White European). However, in that particular blog, the author (Christian Lander) pointedly refers to "the wrong kind of white people" in reference to other classes and subcultures, thus demonstrating that his satirical target is a certain subculture (which happens to be composed mainly of Wh
  6. Salams Marbles, Thanks for taking the time to respond. That was very informative. Looking forward to the next installment.
  7. by Marc Michael I usually get along with white people. For starters, I grew up in a white country. Some of my best friends are white. In my long history of befriending them, I have learnt one thing: if you want to retain white friends, you must adhere to a number of sacred rules: the stuff white people like. For those who are not familiar with it, there is a helpful website aptly titled by the same name. Although they‘ve managed to exhaust the concept with their 134 entries spanning issues as diverse as TED talks, Ultimate Frisbee or Asian Fusion Food, the site remains lacking in one glaring
  8. @kingpomba: A definition of hypocrisy is the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform. Where you see semantic games I see methodological consistency (or the lack thereof) on the basis of philosophical principles. I'm not looking for victory, just that societies and individuals act in accordance with what they claim to believe. As a devout Muslim I believe that Divine Law mandates certain prohibitions (e.g. production, sale and consumption of alcohol, interest bearing loans, eating of pork etc). I also believe that it imposes certai
  9. kingpomba: Your statement is an example of the fallacy of exhaustive hypotheses (or a false dilemma).
  10. Zakir Naik is a Nasibi for sure. Respect to the Muslims of Kishanganj for speaking out against this jahil.
  11. Salams Arash, Yeah I think that on France you're actually spot on. No point in arguing on that one. You're also right that I've not considered Montesquieu, Voltaire, Rousseau etc (we could probably stick the Englishman Tom Paine into that French tradition). Basically, the French state has had a massive problem with organized religion since the Jacobins. I think that for New Zealand to go ahead with this would be hypocrisy though, it being part of the Anglo-Saxon tradition of liberalism. I guess the funny thing is that more British Muslims were upset about the hijab ban than French ones. I hav
  12. Salams again Arash, Well let me just lay my cards out on the table first: I'm an Islamist by ideological conviction, a supporter of Wilayat Al-Faqih. Just to get that out of the way. I agree that I can't call illegality on the French anti-hijab legislation. For sure it was passed by the French National Assembly and had the support of most French people. My argument is about being true to the tenets of one's self-professed philosophy, not twisting the definition of one of those tenets (separation of church and state) in order to appease a racist and Islamophobic strata of the French electorate.
  13. God this thread is making me feel old :(
  14. Salams Arash, Secularism, in a liberal democracy, is to ensure that the state does not establish an official religion and that state institutions do not discriminate against citizens on the basis of religious affiliation. Personal practice of religion (including the wearing of its symbols) is protected in principle. That principle is the absolute freedom of belief (and non-belief). Freedom of political and religious belief are core tenets of liberalism. To argue that a secular state has the right to ban religious observance (which includes personal dress) is philosophically contradictory to t
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