UAE and Israeli Settlers Find Common Ground in Jerusalem

UAE and Israeli Settlers Find Common Ground in Jerusalem

Weakened by Joe Biden’s electoral defeat of US President Donald J. Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu risks being caught between a rock and a hard place as Jordan, the Palestine Authority and the United Arab Emirates manoeuvre for control of what is to Jews the Temple Mount and to Muslims the Haram ash-Sharif, the…

The Battle for the Soul of Islam

The Battle for the Soul of Islam

Jordanian ruler Abdullah I bin Al-Hussein gloated in 1924 when Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the visionary who carved modern Turkey out of the ruins of the Ottoman empire, abolished the Caliphate. “The Turks have committed suicide. They had in the Caliphate one of the greatest political forces, and have thrown it away… I feel like sending…

Is a ‘Great Social / Civilizational Reset’ Upon Us?

Is a ‘Great Social / Civilizational Reset’ Upon Us?

The simmering tensions between France’s extreme secularist system and Islamic society’s vehement condemnation of that Western government’s support for what they regard as blasphemous depictions of the Prophet Muhammad increase the likelihood that a “Great Social/Civliizational Reset” — which shouldn’t be wrongly equated with the so-called “Clash of Civilizations” scenario — is in the process…

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity Does Not Apply to France’s Muslim Population

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity Does Not Apply to France’s Muslim Population

On 16 October, French teacher Samuel Paty was decapitated outside his secondary school in a Paris suburb while on his way home. The attacker, 18-year old Abdullakh Anzorov, a Russian-born refugee of Chechen descent, was allegedly enraged by the teacher’s sharing of Charlie Hebdo’s controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad with his class a week and a half before the attack.  The…

The French Schoolteacher Terrorist Attack Raises Questions About Self-Censorship

The French Schoolteacher Terrorist Attack Raises Questions About Self-Censorship

The terrorist attack that was committed by a religious extremist against a French schoolteacher who showed his students cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad as part of a free speech lesson raises questions about the issue of self-censorship in Western societies, with the two points of contention being whether the victim shouldn’t have done what he…