Archivio Categoria: The Opinion

feb 14

Identity by Ahmed Habouss

Why has the dialogue between culture and religion become so difficult in the globalization era?

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mag 29

Kung Fu for Philosophers

In a 2005 news report about the Shaolin Temple, the Buddhist monastery in China well-known for its martial arts, a monk addressed a common misunderstanding: “Many people have a misconception that martial arts is about fighting and killing,” the monk was quoted as saying, “It is actually about improving your wisdom and intelligence.” Continue reading …

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lug 29

A Madman and His Manifesto

July 28, 2011, 8:30 pm By TIMOTHY EGAN It passed with only scant notice, as with so many of the rude extremes of American life in a kinetic media age. The bodies of those Norwegian children slaughtered by a terrorist had yet to be fully recovered, let alone buried, when Glenn Beck compared the victims …

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Paradox in the EuroZone

Why the Euro is Not Worth Saving By MARK WEISBROT The Euro is crashing today to record lows against the Swiss Franc, and interest rates on Italian and Spanish bonds have hit record highs. This latest episode in the Eurozone crisis is a result of fears that the contagion is now hitting Italy. With a …

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Editorial The Debt Alarm Is Heard

As negotiators in the debt-ceiling talks sputtered and raged, the chill reality of an imminent government default crept up Wednesday and made a mockery of their gamesmanship. Two major rating agencies warned that a once-unthinkable downgrade of the nation’s credit rating would be at hand if this crisis was not immediately defused. That finally punctured …

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giu 29

Saudi Forces Withdrawing From Bahrain

  Lynsey Addario for The New York Times Protests like this one in February prompted Saudi Arabia to send troops. By NADA BAKRI Published: June 28, 2011   BEIRUT, Lebanon — Saudi Arabia will withdraw most of its 1,200 troops from neighboring Bahrain by next week after a three-month mission to quell an uprising against …

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giu 28

Standing Up to the King

Damon Winter/The New York Times Nicholas D. Kristof Perhaps no Arab ruler responded as wisely to this year’s pro-democracy protests as the king of Morocco — although that is an exceptionally low bar. When other dictators in the Arab world answered protesters with gunfire, King Mohammed VI grudgingly accepted demonstrations, at least when he was …

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giu 20

Libya and the Potemkin alliance

America’s intervention in Libya’s civil war, the most protracted and least surreptitious assassination attempt in history, was supposed to last “days, not weeks,” but is in its fourth month and has revealed NATO to be an increasingly fictitious military organization. Although this war has no discernible connection with U.S. national security, it serves the national …

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giu 10

Non Means Non

Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times   In Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” an American writer clambers into a yellow vintage Peugeot every night and is transported back to hobnob with Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Picasso, Dali, Toulouse-Lautrec and Gertrude Stein in the shimmering movable feast. The star-struck aspiring novelist from Pasadena, played by Owen …

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