Iran: Pulling the strings of terror


Iran: Pulling the strings of terror, Israel Hayom, Dr. Ephraim Kam , March 9, 2014

(Achieving a satisfactory “comprehensive” solution under the P5+1 “deal” is useful for political purposes. Amorphous mumblings about eliminating Iran’s nuclear threat, particularly by those involved in the negotiations, seem likely to be disingenuous. Talk of Iran’s persistent dishonesty and support for terrorism does not contribute to getting a satisfactory “comprehensive” solution either and is also likely to be disingenuous. — DM)

[I]t is likely that the damage to Iran’s image will be slight. Its involvement in terrorism has been well-known for years. Capturing this vessel, therefore, is not going to change that very much. And since it is also a high Western priority to reach a final deal over the nuclear issue, it is unlikely that this affair is going to put the brakes on the nuclear talks. 

The Iranians have already gotten used to…

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Again, Some Things You Only See in Russia!

Once again, I stand befuddled before these photos coming out of Russia. It must be such a great place to be an amateur photographer, because there are so many amusing and unique situations you can only ever really find in Russia, a very unique place indeed…


My contribution to: MENA Women: Opportunities and Obstacles in 2014

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This was published as part of the annual Wilson Center’s Middle East Program celebration of International Women’s Day. You can find articles by women from all across the Middle East. I highly recommend Hala Al Dosari’s article on page 7.

The year 2014 marks the third year since the Arab Spring began in early 2011. Three years in and women in the MENA region are just now beginning to find their bearings and leave their mark. While women in the rest of the world were making strides in women’s rights, women in the Arab world had but only a few victories here and there that were never generalized or widespread to all. Fortunately, things have now changed dramatically, especially for Saudi Arabian women.

Although the same obstacles, including the guardianship system and gender segregation, are still in place, the difference now is in the virtual opportunities. Grassroots movements in Saudi Arabia have finally come into their own…

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BBC Panorama: British Schools, Islamic Rules (Part 1 of 2) HQ

Political Pip Spit or Swallow its up to You

So what is being taught in Islamic schools? Equality for all. The rights of women. Apparently some schools forget where in the world they are and the nationality of the children they teach.

I am increasingly off faith schools some say they are the best but you don’t have to look far in these islands to see the damage such segregation has done and that’s before you look at Islam.

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Why Women Are Smarter Than Men

12A woman and a man are involved in a car accident on a snowy, cold Monday morning; it’s a bad one. Both of their cars are totally demolished, but amazingly neither of them is hurt. God works in mysterious ways.

After they crawl out of their cars, the man is yelling about women drivers.

The woman says, ‘So, you’re a man. That’s interesting. I’m a woman. Wow, just look at our cars! There’s nothing left, but we’re unhurt. This must be a sign from God that we should be friends and live in peace for the rest of our days.’

Flattered, the man replies, ‘Oh yes, I agree completely, this must be a sign from God! But you’re still at fault…women shouldn’t be allowed to drive.’

The woman continues, ‘And look at this, here’s another miracle. My car is completely demolished but this bottle of wine didn’t break. Surely God wants us to drink this wine and celebrate our good fortune.’ She hands the bottle to the man.

The man nods his head in agreement, opens it and drinks half the bottle and then hands it back to the woman.

The woman takes the bottle, puts the cap back on and hands it back to the man.

The man asks, ‘Aren’t you having any?’

The woman replies, ‘No. I think I’ll just wait for the police…’