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Graham Fuller is an ex-CIA spy, and a Rand Corp. researcher who lived and worked in Turkey, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, North Yemen and Afghanistan. He now lives in Squamish north of Vancouver.He is the author of six books and many articles on Islam. His writing focused on Asian Islamic politics, religion and ethnicity. His articles have appeared in scholarly journals and everything from The New York Times to the Christian Science Monitor.
A recent survey by WorldPublicOpinion.org in Egypt, Pakistan, Morocco and Indonesia found that a majority thinks that the USA's goal is to weaken and divide Islam.
The survey also contains responses on things like:
Jack Shaheen is a Christian Arab American professor of Lebanese descent.After observing how Arabs are portrayed in the media, and especially entertainment, he authored a book: Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood vilifies a people, which is also available as a documentary on DVD.You can see excerpts from it on
Lee Iacocca, a great American icon, has written a book called Where have all the leaders gone?In it, he describes the 9 C's which are qualities of leaders, Curiosity, Creativity, Communication, Character, Courage, Conviction, Charisma, Competence, Common Sense, and Crisis Leadership. For everyone he lambasts G.W Bush and Congress for shortcomings over the tenure of the current administration.
The Red Cross describes civilian life in Iraq as "unbearable and unacceptable", and it is an "ever-worsening humanitarian crisis".From this CBC article.
I never bothered to look at the details of an airline ticket before.
A while ago, the BBC reported on a poll conducted in Egypt by a government agency. The poll of 1,000 Egyptians was surprising in its findings. Israel was perceived as the most hostile to to Egypt, which is in itself no surprise. However, it is followed by Denmark, Britain and the United States, in that order!
Although often a brutal dictator, Saddam Hussein's execution was remarkable in many ways.
The mobile phone video of Saddam's execution was taped by one of the attendees, who is a high ranking official.
First, there is his calmness, and composure, and even courage. He was not afraid to die. He refused the blind fold too.
When a group of onlookers mocked him, his reply was "هية هاي المرجلة" meaning "Is this manliness?"
An analysis on the BBC lists the bitter options facing the Bush administration as on what to do with the Iraq quagmire.
Read the details on the BBC.
In the words of a farmer, the most profound man in Iraq, who are the foreign fighters?
Most Profound Man in Iraq — an unidentified farmer in a fairly remote area who, after being asked by Reconnaissance Marines if he had seen any foreign fighters in the area replied "Yes, you."
Another telling quote about high ranking visitors:
VIPs demand briefs and "battlefield" tours (we take them to quiet sections of Fallujah, which is plenty scary for them). Our briefs and commentary seem to have no effect on their preconceived notions of what's going on in Iraq. Their trips allow them to say that they've been to Fallujah, which gives them an unfortunate degree of credibility in perpetuating their fantasies about the insurgency here.
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