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Monday, April 23, 2007

Salahuddin Shoaib Choudhury: What are you willing to do for peace and freedom?

Salahuddin Shoaib Choudhury is the Bangladesh journalist who is being persecuted because he advocates peace and moderation and speaks out against Muslim extremism. I have been writing about Salahuddin Shoaib Choudhury since he was arrested for the "crime" of trying to come to Israel to address a dialogue conference in 2003. The extensive and grueling nightmare was not due to the technical violation of attempting to come to Israel, an offence that carries a six month maximum penalty, but to his outspoken stance against Islamist extremism, for which he faces the death penalty for "sedition." [more]

by Moderator @ 04:05 AM CST [Link]


Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Middle East Misinformation: How to believe what you want to believe

Stalwart supporters of the Iraq war, the Iraq anti-War, the Palestinians and the Israelis may not like what I have to say here, but it has to be said. There is a vast industry in Middle East misinformation, which caters to the need of people to believe what they want to believe, and to believe it quite dogmatically, and exclude any other point of view. [more]

by Moderator @ 05:18 PM CST [Link]


Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The Arab Peace Initiative versus the culture of confrontation

The Arab peace initiative, renewed at the recent Arab summit, has created the expected confusion in Israel. The doves, predictably, insist that Israel must seize the opportunity. The Arab side has come a long way since the "three nos" of the Khartoum conference, and offers peace, as hardnosed Zeev Schiff notes. The offer cannot be dismissed easily. Even if it is a bad offer, the admission that Israel has the right to exist and that there could be peace in principle establishes a precedent, a change in the culture of the conflict, and it must not be ignored. From Israel's point of view, it is a giant step forward that should be amplified and bolstered in any way possible.


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