"Three UAE nationals have been arrested in the past 72 hours, their current whereabouts still unknown. As pro-reform individuals, their detention seems to be a testimony to the failing ‘liberal autocracy’ experiment in the United Arab Emirates. The international community should take immediate note."
19 thing we have gained/learned already in the struggle for reform in Jordan
"1. Jordanians have been forced to be interested in politics and public affairs. It’s Politics 101 for many young Jordanians. (Question from a young colleague at the office: “Ahmad.. What is a ‘Leftist’ party?”)
2. Students, workers and other groups suddenly have a voice after years and years of not being heard. Political organizations reflecting their voices are being born everywhere (compare that to the pathetic political scene during the last election, where slogans mostly ranged from the mundane to the nonsensical)."
Why England responded different than the USA to the burning of the Quran.
A Florida Pastor and an British National Party candidate- both burn the Muslim Holy Book, yet both are dealt with differently.
Is the issue respect for religion and cultural habit or fear of Muslim retaliation?
Inspired by fellow bloggers:
Like yesterday's mistake topic echoed through the local blogging community, today we have Ola bouncing off Roba of Andfaraway. On small pleasures:
"We always talk about small pleasures, but if you think of it, small pleasures make up the bigger part of the overall pleasures in life. I mean, what are the “big” pleasures in life? Launching a new business, having a new baby, getting a big promotion, finding the love of your life, toppling a dictator… this kind of thing."
And Ola's list:-
"1- Catching my 3 year-old niece having a spontaneous moment of serenity. A child consumed in a book is such a sight for the sore eyes.
2- A cup of tea, anytime, anywhere......."