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Donald L. Conover
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- #DuranAdam #StandingMan The Man Who Said and Did Nothing
- A Song for the People of Turkey
- Science vs. Pseudoscience – Huffington Post
- Memet Ali Alabora Press Conference June 10 (Turkish & English)
- Carl Jung: “Man is a gateway…”
- Hey Patriarchy! Hear our voice… – Hey Ataerkil Sistem! Sesimizi Duy…
- Making Gold in Turkey
- Chapulation Song- We’ll be Watching You / Seni İzliyor Olacağız by Çağlayan
- Pınar Öğün – El Cezire (Al Jazeera)
- Relax USA Gov’t… Rahat ol Amerika… (English & Turkish)
- What’s Happening in Turkey?
- The First Week of Gezi Resistance in Istanbul
- Mehmet Ali Alabora – CNN International
- Myth and Meaning
- Carl Jung Depth Psychology: Depths and surface should mix so that new life can develop.
Category Archives: Western Opinion of Islam
It seems odd to be talking about the 10th “anniversary” of 9/11, because we have no real closure. Each of us harbors a queasy feeling at the base of our being that says the event is not over. We know … Continue reading
I am most grateful to Patrick Shen and Greg Bennick, who produced Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality. Their movie provided a direction toward many of the views about the Middle East that I hold today, and they pointed me … Continue reading
President Barack Obama has a difficult problem when it comes to responding to a situation like Libya. This is true regardless of his political party. The President of the United States does not have the luxury of being able to just fly in the Marines to save Libyan civilians, without some sort of approval from the international community at large. Continue reading
Freedom of Religion is the first of the Freedoms mentioned in the 1st Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. We Americans had good reason for putting it there! European colonization of North America was largely driven by religious warfare. It is very likely that a majority of Americans are descended from peoples who were seeking Freedom of Religion. I know my ancestors were. Continue reading
It is time for the Islamic movements to recognise the real world, and come out of their fantasy about being victorious and stupid conspiracy theories that are product of elderly Arab men gossiping in coffee houses. Warfare has changed considerably; a Woody Allen type of character can easily eliminate a brigade of fierce Mujahideen from the cockpit of a F16. The battles are not determined by the bravery of soldiers, but by possessing the means to fight a state with immense firepower. Since in practical terms, only a state can fight another state that brings to the subject of the return of the Islamic State (Caliphate). Unfortunately, this word seems to have intoxicated those who advocate the Caliphate, their thought process is simplistic – once the Caliphate returns, it will unify the Muslim nations and displace the US leadership. Of all the people, one would expect Islamic activists to be sober, and take heed from history. Continue reading
It seems it is often true that when I engage a Muslim in discourse, the topic often morphs into a discussion of religion, and how the West does not understand Islam as a religion of peace.
While I agree that this is an important topic, and one I often emphasize myself, it is not the only topic. Today I criticized an acquaintance for suggesting that people in the West “seek to demolish Islam.” He also said, “Ask God to bring together the Muslims on the truth and make them victorious over their enemies.”
The people in this country who want to sell hate are bad enough, but the Glenn Beck radio and TV shows and Rush Limbaugh’s radio show have a global audience. What are their sponsors thinking? The title of this article is intended as satire, but it might as well be true. They are making the recruiting of our enemies easy by their rhetoric. Any advertiser that would condone this should never hear the end of it.
I would be remiss if I did not draw your attention to the story of this young British woman, whose family immigrated from Bangladesh: http://bit.ly/ceBhqE I urge you to visit her blog and offer your encouragement! Read especially Part 1 of the story. Continue reading
Many Muslims are bitter about the attitudes of people in the West toward their culture and Islam in general. This bitterness is both justified and not, but in this post I will be discussing ways to change the status quo. Continue reading
I certainly sympathize with your point about not being subjugated. My point in part is that subjugation and abuse of women is a worldwide problem and phenomenon. Many US divorces are brought on by this. In my opinion, Muslim women also do not want to be subjugated, and they are now seeing that women outside the Muslim World are standing up for their rights. This information dissemination cannot be stopped. As this process happens, Muslim women will naturally stand up for their own rights, and the nature of Islam itself will change. But this will take much courage and a very long time. Continue reading