A new Arab Spring?

That’s what this author sees coming. We can only hope that it doesn’t result in the more of what the first Arab Spring brought us.

I don’t necessarily disagree. The forces identified as the causes of unrest are real. They are the elements of what, in the West, was termed “modernization.” And those forces will necessitate changes and reforms, just as they did in the West.

The problem is that within an Islamic context, responses such as increased democracy, reduction of the power and influence of the church, and other elements aren’t likely, and perhaps are impossible.

The secularism of the modern West was the result of assorted struggles to delink church and state that took about eight centuries to develop. Islam hasn’t yet begun the process of delinking ideas from religion.

Speaking during the 12th Al Jazeera Forum, held this weekend in Qatar’s capital, Doha, a number of regional experts said it is “inevitable” that change will come to a region with one of the world’s highest percentages of youth.

“Massive uncontrolled urbanisation, pressure on the job markets are among other socioeconomic factors the leading causes behind greater expectations of the youth in the Arab societies,” said Mohamed Mahjoub Haroon, professor of social science at the University of Khartoum, in Sudan.

Haroon identified market forces, economic stagnation and uncontrolled and unplanned urbanisation as the three main socioeconomic factors behind the Arab Spring that swept across several countries in the Middle East and North Africa.


Arab take on the fate of the Iranian nuke deal

It’s interesting to see an Arab voice reference what’s going on in Korea with the future of the Iranian nuke deal. She places the blame for the failed deal squarely on the shoulders of President Obama. But….

As with North Korea, Tehran must be forced into a comparable position where, for its existential survival, it is compelled to abide by international norms. Enough of playing nice; enough of sticking-plaster solutions and burying our heads in the sand pretending that the 2015 deal solved everything. If not faced with a robust program of deterrence, Iran has little to lose by retaliating aggressively to the demise of the nuclear deal and taking its nuclear program out of mothballs.

Trump may be right to describe the deal as a colossal failure. However, the onus is now on his administration to deliver a strategy to combat the multifaceted geostrategic threat posed by an emboldened and unconstrained Iran. Are world leaders up to the challenge of preventing Tehran from completing its transition from regional irritant to global menace?


Progressive hypocrisy on display–with video!

Years ago when I chaired my academic department, a faculty woman came to my office in tears. She informed me that she desperately needed a raise. I asked why. She replied that she had to move. I asked why. Amidst the tears, she explained how the city had redistricted the schools and that her children would now be attending a mostly Black elementary school.

Now, keep in mind, that this woman was probably the most Liberal, Left, Progressive member of my faculty.  She was an outspoken proponent of “diversity,” hiring along gender and racial lines, etc. But here she was, crying, in my office, begging for a raise so that she could move to a new home in a district with a mostly White school population.

For her, “diversity” was wonderful, but only if it didn’t impact her.

About an hour later, our lone Black faculty member came to my office. He was upset. I asked why. He explained that he had overheard the woman whose office was next to his (that’s right, the woman who came to me asking for a raise) complaining about how here kids would have to go to a mostly Black school. He started in on this woman for her utter and blatant hypocrisy and explained that he’d never take her seriously again.

Anyone laboring under the delusion that New York City is a progressive bastion need look no further than the city’s school system, which remains among the most segregated in the country.

In an effort to fight that trend, which has only gotten worse thanks to gentrification, rising income and wealth inequality throughout the city’s five boroughs, schools on the Upper West Side—one of the wealthiest and whitest sections of Manhattan—are looking to adopt a plan that would require all local middle schools to reserve a quarter of their seats for students who score below grade level on state English and math tests.

The plan is designed to make Upper West Side schools more reflective of New York City’s diverse demographics, and make sure underprivileged students have access to the sorts of advantages and resources that the neighborhood’s well-funded schools can provide.

Well, that plan didn’t go over so well in a room full of wealthy white parents.

Local TV station Spectrum News NY1 captured footage of a contentious meeting during which rich, white Manhattanites shouted, ranted and complained about the perceived disadvantages their children would face.


Pro-Life is a form of White Supremacy!

These fools have it backwards. A disproportionate percentage of all babies aborted are, in fact, Black. If any group could be indirectly associated with White Supremacy, it would be the pro-Choice groups. They are the one’s pushing the aborting of Black babies.

As I’ve often said, if the Republicans were the one’s pushing a pro-choice agenda, one that results in an abortion rate for Blacks nearly three times their percentage of the population, what is usually termed “disparate impact,” the Democrats would be accusing the Republicans, rightly, of genocide.

  • A member of the pro-abortion club at the University of Minnesota-Duluth condemned the “pale faces” of the pro-life movement during an open mic event last week.
  • The student also framed the pro-life movement as one that upholds white supremacy, and urged attendees to “rise up and rip white supremacy from its roots.”


Imam! Go to Starbucks and go to hell!

Why? Is he supporting the Black boycott? Hell no! It’s because Starbucks supports the LGBT community! Allah is such a merciful  fellow. File under “religion of peace.”

A popular preacher is under fire on Twitter for saying Muslims who buy from Starbucks will go to hell.

In a 52-minute video uploaded by Islamic channel Fodamara TV on Youtube, Abdul Somad, the preacher in question, says that Muslims will be thrown into hell if they buy from Starbucks, as the coffee shop openly supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

He made the statement when answering a question from a member of the audience on whether Muslims are allowed to buy from a café that supports LGBT rights.

He said: “In the afterlife […] the angels will ask the [LGBT community], ‘How did [your community] grow so big?’  [The LGBT community] will respond, ‘Because of the donations [given to us]. ‘Who gave you the donations?’  ‘Those who are in heaven.'”

God will pull out those who are in heaven and throw them into hell for donating to Starbucks, he added.


And they wonder why public support for “higher” education is declining!

I strongly suspect that close to half, or more, of the population of Texas will think that this is absurd, not to mention a waste of money. But that will not stop Progressives from forging ahead, and then whining when their budgets get cut.

The Counseling and Mental Health Center at the University of Texas at Austin recently launched a new program to help male students “take control over their gender identity and develop a healthy sense of masculinity.”

Treating masculinity as if it were a mental health crisis, “MasculinUT” is organized by the school’s counseling staff and most recently organized a poster series encouraging students to develop a “healthy model of masculinity.”

The program is predicated on a critique of so-called “restrictive masculinity.” Men, the program argues, suffer when they are told to “act like a man” or when they are encouraged to fulfill traditional gender roles, such as being “successful” or “the breadwinner.”