افتتاحية لموقع ثروة / 22 أيار، 2004
مع أننا لا نستطيع إنكار كون الأسباب الأكثر عمقاً للنزاع في دارفور تكمن في ندرة الموارد في تلك المنطقة وكثرة الموانع الحائلة دون الوصول إليها، وليس مجرد التوتر الإثني والذي يبدو كعامل في الأمر ليس إلا، فإن ردود الأفعال العربية إزاء ما يجري في دارفور، شعبية كانت أم رسمية، وبصريح القول، تقارب العنصرية. ويمكن قول الشيء عينه فيما يتصل بردود الأفعال المتعلقة بالآمال والتطلعات الكردية. Continue reading “هل نحن عنصريون؟”
No matter how powerful the impulse to resist putting it in words is, no matter how vain the claim I am about to make might sound, there is something out there, I just have to say it, that, for whatever reason in the world, seems to be genuinely watching over me. How else can I understand my continuing ability to do what others deem impossible without the slightest harassment from our security apparatus? Or is it simply a matter of time, and I am simply deluding myself in the usual conceit of one who has always been lucky and has always managed to land on his feet in the face of his own folly and, perhaps even, unworthiness? Continue reading “Heretical Superstition!”
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And so it finally happened. American sanctions against Syria are now official. Though everybody knows that America’s bark here was worse than its bite and that the sanctions have no real teeth, they do come both as a warning and as a potential prelude for a more serious assault on Syria’s regime and, perhaps, sovereignty. But, are the authorities in Damascus aware of this? More importantly, can they adapt? Continue reading “Misreading the Sanctions Message”
A Heretic’s Log: A series of philosophical essays written between September 20, 2002 and July 15, 2004.
Values are the result of individual and collective experiences. They are not products that can be exported or imported, or some contagious microbes that can be avoided or quarantined. Nor are they behavioral patterns per se so that they can be expected to spread by mimicry, or, to be more philosophical, mimesis. Indeed, the spread of values depends heavily on two things: education and experience, not imposition, contagion or mimesis. Continue reading “Democracy and Mimesis”