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Turkey's Erdogan between allies and foes

Posted on October 8, 2014 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (53)


Despite the crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood in countries such as Egypt and Yemen, where the movement has entrenched grassroots of affiliates and supporters, the Turkish “Justice and Development” Party - AK succeeded to win 51.79% of the votes, during the presidential elections held on 10 August 2014. This was the first presidential elections during which the people, rathe...

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Your jokes are no longer tolerated, Sir

Posted on May 3, 2014 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Jokes have long been perceived as a good manner to break the ice among individuals, stamp social gatherings with a jovial touch, and render multi-background peoples closer to each others. Being witty was nothing less than a grace and a charming trait pretty much desired by women. Nevertheless, such social perception, which was well reputed during the 1980s and 1990s, is absolutely not a...

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I got literally booby-trapped

Posted on April 26, 2014 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The nuance between beauty and desire, between stability and adventurism, between "the right one" and the "glamorous other" had carved his life since teenage years. He grew up as an idealist but soon started to discover the grand disaccord between the "should" and the "pragmatic". After all, our vices and virtues are none but dresses that we tailor as per the moment and mood.

 

He had never reached a reconciliat...

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The White Bear rising again from hibernation

Posted on March 15, 2014 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)


The recent unrests in Ukraine do not resemble the “Orange Revolution”, which brought Victor Yuchenko to power on 23 January, 2005. Indeed, the last anti-government protests, that conquered Kiev since early 2014 and resulted in bloody clashes with the anti-riot police, were alarming especially...
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The seven wisdoms of the sea ...

Posted on February 8, 2014 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)


He has been stuck in an apartment tighter than his agonies since months now. One living room, an attached kitchenette, and a two-meter square corner, which perfectly fit his breathless body, framed his world. The only available window was blocked with thick dark curtains to insure complete detachment from the insane world outside. A fluorescent neon light was abandoned constantly lit to reflect t...
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One last supper for Falcons, Pharaohs and Phoenicians

Posted on February 2, 2014 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)


The Arab World had witnessed an extravagant number of summits since the era of Ottoman domination. Some of those gatherings were stamped “historic”, others were noted as “encouraging”, while most of them ended up being “positive”. Yet, no senior conference or ratified accord succeeded so far to offer a comprehensive and permanent s...
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Adharoun Yatima (Orphaned Promises)

Posted on January 24, 2014 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (4)


 

 

إنهمرت عليك بأعذار يتيمة

مخارج نطق لامست م...

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Lawrence of Arabia and the new Orient Express

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The contemporary world was attracted to the fables of the Orient since the early colonisation movement if not before. Stories like "One Thousand and One Night" has nested in the minds of dreamers from diverse human races and has haunted or even poisoned their fantasies ever after. Sheikhdoms, harems, the rule of the desert rather than the jungle, and the conqueror...

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Renting a flat on the nth cloud ...

Posted on January 17, 2014 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)


He was a dreamer and aspirer, yet he lacked patience. His mind was self brainwashed by too many traits but none of them was his own. In his teenage years, he wished another belonging, surrounding and life stream. One day, as his boss was overwhelmed with the maintenance of an already dead fridge, he sneaked on top of a table and gazed up, through that dimmed window, towards a tiny cloud. He portrayed himse...

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Heaven could not wait too long for Mohammad Chatah and Mohammad Al-Chaar

Posted on December 30, 2013 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (103)

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Words of commiseration lose their meaning when scourges turn into a monthly - sometimes weekly - bread. Tears of sorrow dry when targeted killings cripple furthermore the aggressor yet fail to intimidate the breeze of revolution. In fact, death could rejuvenate hope, resuscitate purposefulness and perseverance, a...

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