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February 25, 2012

The British Left’s Plot: Let the Leveson Inquiry Destroy Tabloid Press©

It is hilarious how British left which has doubled in volume its attacks on News International and Rupert Murdoch since the latter announced the launch of the Sun On Sunday, are in total panic.
There are frantic illogical attacks on any professional journalist or politician welcoming the launch of the new paper.  The British left find the  the tabloid press its popular investigative role on behalf of Mr and Mrs average British taxpayer, draining the swamp of taxpayers fund in which the left happily exist, hence  the British left’s final aim is destroying the tabloid by  turning the Leveson into a witch hunt against Fleet Street.

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The British Left’s Plot: Let the Leveson Inquiry Destroy Tabloid Press©

It is hilarious how British left which has doubled in volume its attacks on News International and Rupert Murdoch since the latter announced the launch of the Sun On Sunday, are in total panic.
There are frantic illogical attacks on any professional journalist or politician welcoming the launch of the new paper.  The British left find the  the tabloid press its popular investigative role on behalf of Mr and Mrs average British taxpayer, draining the swamp of taxpayers fund in which the left happily exist, hence  the British left’s final aim is destroying the tabloid by  turning the Leveson into a witch hunt against Fleet Street.

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February 5, 2012

It is daft to link Kuwait Elections with “Arab Spring” or rise of Islamism©

Filed under: Middle East, Democracy, reform, Current Affairs Comment, Gulf Security, The Gulf — Adel Darwish @ 5:14 pm

Many journalists are wrongly linking Kuwait parliamentarian elections with the daft expression “arab spring,” and relate liberals and women losing seats to rise of Islamism comparing it with Muslim Brother’s gains in Egypt. They can’t be more wrong, the election has little to do with neither.Kuwaiti elections on Thursday produced a fragmented parliament ( national assembly ) dominated by opposition ( the nearest definition since there are no political parties in the oil rich small Gulf nation), as 34 of the 50 members are known to oppose the government.

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January 23, 2012

First Islamist Speaker in Egypt’s 188 Year Parliament history©

On Monday 23 January 2012, Egyptian parliament elected the first Islamist speaker in its 188 years history, while one Islamists member added his own ‘conditions’ to the traditional oath of allegiance to the nation which every MP is required to give at the end of  their maiden speech.  As each MP vows to give his full support and allegiance to the nation, its constitution and laws, an Islamist MP added ‘as long as they don’t contradict Allah’s laws’.  It was evident to many that not all Islamists, accused by liberals and nationalists of ‘pretending’ to accept parliamentarian democracy as means to an end not as a political system, can manage to stick to the script until the end of act one.
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January 20, 2012

The Egyptian revolution one year on: Loss of liberty©

Filed under: Middle East, Democracy, Current Affairs Comment, Egypt, Free-speech & humanrights — Adel Darwish @ 9:37 pm

In what appear to be a slow reversal of fortunes, the very conservative Saudi soceity, seem to be slowly but steadily benfeting, in an indirect way, from which has been spared the revolutions that swept Tuinisa, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Syria, eventhough there has been no mass protest in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi king has been pushing reforms and ushring, modest, but effective steps to modernise his conservative society. In contrast, the most remarkable of all revolutions, the Lotus revolution, sparked in Tahrir Square on January 25 last year, seem to have uncertain future as the voters, seduced by some meaningless  slogans about Islamic values have replaced Mubarak’s dictatorship, with a most backward totalitarian dictatorship.

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December 30, 2011

Egyptian Military Sticking up Two Fingers to Obama©

In ordering Egyptian police to storm the offices of 17 human rights groups and NGOs ( Non-governmental organisations)on Thursday ( Dec 29), the ruling military junta sticks up two fingers to President Obama’s administration and to the United States Congress as well silencing internal voices of criticism. A muted response, that didn’t go beyond empty rhetoric exposes president Obama’s weakness and cast doubt on his commitment to democracy in the Middle East and North Africa.
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November 14, 2011

Iran’s Nuclear Programme More Threat to Arabs than to Israel ©

The media coverage of the Iranian’s quest for  nuclear weapons and the subsequent threat to regional and world peace seems to fall into an obvious trap of missing a crucial point, namely Iran’s true objectives of obtaining nuclear weapons. Iran’s radical Islamists leaders are not targetting Israel as they say, but they wanted to blackmail Arab neighbours into accepting Iran’s stratgey for the region. 
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September 14, 2011

Lessons of 9/11 Ten Years On ©

Ten years passed since  the tragedy of 9/11, during which some lessons have been learned and many lessons missed both in the Britain (and the west in general) and in Islamic nations. Remarkably, same errors of the past have been, and still, being repeated.

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August 28, 2011

Why Fall of Gaddafi is most positive of all 2011 Revolutions?©

the fall of col Gaddafi’s 42 year dictatorship is so far the most remarkable and optimistic news for revolutionaries and reformists in Middle East and North Africa region (MENAR). It is even better news for humanity and the future of democracy than those heralded by the two, half successful, Jasmine and Lotus Revolutions in neighbouring Tunisia and Egypt.

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August 22, 2011

How Gaddafi’s Dictatorship Crumbles©

Role of British Special forces.

They played a most crucial rolem and without NATO air campaign Gaddafi would have won.

British special forces helped by other commonwealth forces as well as some French must be given credit for training the Libyan rebel forces ( Freedom Fighters as they like to be called)0n the ground and directing them.

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June 2, 2011

Egypt is in Danger

Filed under: Middle East, Democracy, Current Affairs Comment, Egypt — Adel Darwish @ 10:40 pm

From Alex Webster in Cairo & Adel Darwish

six month go president Barak Obama described the Lotus Revolution as ‘ an inspiration for the whole world’ when from January 25 and over 18 days, they Egyptian overthrew their pharaoh for the first time in 7000 years, by mass largely peaceful means. Last month’s events lead liberal secular Egyptians who made the revolution fear a free-fall into totalitarianism

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We are falsely accused of misrepresenting Arabs©

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Adel Darwish, SOAS, London university, 1 June 2011

I was asked by some media academics (mainly leftwing Arabic and pro-Arab) to give a 30 minute talk followed by Q & A as port of in a two day conference and work shop held at London university on what they called ‘“Misrepresentation” of ARABS by Western Media Arabs in Western Media), which sounded a bit bizarre, since we journalists don’t have an agenda against anyone or any race.
here is what I said:
When I attend seminars or conferences like this, I often wrestle with two conflicting thoughts. One is have the organisers found evidence of which I wasn’t aware to suggest holding conference?
The second is my very own knowledge based on experience that repeated accusations of this type are often exaggerated or based on selected emotional experience, since my fellow journalists who didn’t know much about the region would always come to the foreign desk and ask experts to give them the background. And would I then spoil the party by saying the very substance of the conference doesn’t exist in the suggested format?

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April 21, 2011

Mubarks’ Arrest: a Diversion by Egyptian Military Junta ©

A Mubarak factus est vile tricephalus Aegypti:
As soon as I heard the news of the arrest of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, and his two sons, Gamal and Ala’a;  the Latin expression ‘Vile Tricephalus’ came to mind : Is it a trucephalus scapegoat diverting attention away not only from the Military abuse of power and violation of human-rights but also, worse still, pulling the wool over the eyes to hide a sophisticated wider conspiracy?   
Different parties, especially the innocent revolutionaries, received news of the Mubaraks’ arrest with gratifying vengeful jubilance, taking it as the first signs of the victory of the Lotus Revolution. The national committee of the revolution called off the Million persons demonstration scheduled two days later, making Friday April 15, the first weekend without a demonstration in Tahrir Square this year. 

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July 14, 2010

Nasr Hamed Abu Zaid: A modernist Islamic philosopher forced into exile by reactionary fundamentalists ©

Filed under: Middle East, reform, Egypt, Free-speech & humanrights, Obituaries & Profiles — Adel Darwish @ 8:52 pm

When I interviewed Dr Nasr Hamed Abu Zaid in 1995, then professor of Islamic Philosophy at Cairo University and his partner Dr Ibtihal Younis who taught French Literature, they tried to put a brave face on their predicament. ‘When we lived in sin no one paid attention,’ joked Dr Younis, who became Mrs Abu-Zaid two months earlier, ‘ now we are respectably married, they [ Muslim fundamentalists] want us divorced.’
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July 11, 2010

Obituary- Abu Daoud: Palestinian Terrorist who masterminded Munich 1972

When the Munich Olympic Games started in 1972, hardly any one heard of ‘Black September Organisation’ BSO( Ayloul al-Aswad) the Palestinian terror organisation, apart from a handful of Middle East specialists and intelligence services’ agents following the deadly game of assassinations and counter assassinations between Palestinian guerrilla groups and Israeli intelligence service Mossad. The game, sometimes spectacularly violent, was often more about revenge rather than a pre-emptive step.

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June 12, 2010

British Muslims slow to Addressing their Negative Image©

Majority of Britons think Islam is unfair to women, lacks justice and is linked in their minds with extremism and terrorism, according to a recent opinion poll. The poll, conducted by You Gov on behalf of Explore Islam Foundation, a moderate Islamic organisation trying to promote Islam as a faith for peace and self discipline, found that 58% of Britons linked Islam with extremism while half of those asked associated the faith with terrorism. Last week’s poll also discovered that 69% of Britons believe Islam encourages the oppression of women while less than four of out ten asked thought Islam was having a positive impact on society. Only 13% believed it was a religion based on peace, while a mere six percent associated Islam with justice.

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Leftists Hijack El-Baradaie’s Egypt Reform Agenda

Left wing Egyptians have turned Egyptian popular diplomat, Mohamed El-Baradei’s London lecture into Farce……but he still walks tall and remains popular, thanks to public at large.
Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and a hopeful candidate for 2012 Egyptian Presidency election, was in London tonight where he spoke for 20 minutes on need for change in Egypt and his hope for restoring democracy and rule of law that existed before the 1952 military coup.

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June 7, 2010

Civil Serveants to block ministers media interviews

The Liberal Democrats Conservative coalition is to put an Islamic style Niqab on their ‘Transparency’ promise, by blocking ministers’s media interviews

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April 28, 2010

Only Brown can turn a benign encounter into ‘Disaster of the Year’ !!

Filed under: Democracy, Current Affairs Comment, Journalism & Media, Media, Britain — Adel Darwish @ 10:23 pm

What happened to Gordan Brown today, was not just a ‘ Brown moment’ or the kind of gaffe that Prince Philip fires to keep us hacks amused, no it is  an example of how New Labour own spin not just comes back to haunt them, but it’s made them captive to their own control freakery and their spin, their obsession with controlling situation and keeping the leader ‘on message’was to blame for what happened to Brown today. (more…)

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