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Irony in the Middle East: Al Qaeda Fights Indirectly (sort of) for Democracy, And the West Just Fights

This graffiti was found on a street near Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt.  This picture was taken in February 2012 by the author.   Would you believe me if I said Al Qaeda’s actions in Egypt has helped fuel dissent of King Abdullah II in Jordan, and the demands of the people for political reform, … Continue reading

Does the “West” want an open conflict with Syria?

With increased tension between Turkey and Syria, Israel and Syria, and Syria and opposition groups (it’s naive to lump them into one category such as rebels, or revolutionary forces, or under one umbrella organization newly popped up from Doha, Qatar, as they are not an organized opposition, they are groups of opposition) my natural curiosity … Continue reading

[Al Jazeera Opinions] Hamid Dabashi Feeds My Soul

I wrote earlier, in this article, on Incessant Experiences, about why I would not be voting for any Presidential candidate.  And a dear friend of mine also wrote on her Facebook page why she would not be voting.  We were ostracized to some degree, marginalized, dismissed with responses that disregarded what we were saying, dismissed … Continue reading

[Links] The Atlantic’s “The Writing Revolution” – Education in Schools

In this article by Peg Tyre for the Atlantic explains how a Staten Island high school, New Dorp, drastically reversed the scores of their students across the board, and it wasn’t because they “taught for the test,” as is often the case, especially since 2001’s No Child Left Behind Act, or the more recent Race … Continue reading

[Novation] 20% Tax Rule

If you want ideas: A big issue I have with our current system is its lack of incentives for more active participation by the common citizen.  And I think that stems from a feeling of inability, a lack of power, this idea that as soon as you cast your vote it’s as though you’ve cast … Continue reading

A Non-Vote

Must I be forced to choose between, as is oft said, the lesser of two evils? How dare you suppose that those are my only options. How dare you suppose that if I will not vote for them, that I must at least vote for a third party. How dare you suppose that not voting … Continue reading

[A New Idea] Google & Facebook Integration, a Specific

There should be a Google search when he says “Google it”.  I should be able to click on that phrase and have it Google what he is telling me. Laziness aside, can someone answer a question for me?  Maybe two. 1. Newt Gingrich won the South Carolina Primary?  Are you serious?  (this all counts as … Continue reading

[Idea] Food Sovereignty

What a beautiful concept. It essentially means that if you produce some form of food within the city, and sell it locally as well, you do not need to go through any bureaucracy (i.e. regulations, lawyers, etc.). So, you raise chickens, sell it to your neighbor who chops them up and sells them to more … Continue reading

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