Monthly Archives: July 2009

Rafsanjani’s Sermon

I doubt whether any of Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s numerous Friday prayer sermons in the past has ever attracted more attention than yesterday’s speech when he tried to calm down the present unrest in Iran and stylized himself as … Continue reading

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One Giant Leap

“One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Neil Armstrong, 2:56 UTC, July 21, 1969 Ever fascinated by the uselessness of the first moon landing forty years ago, I gave all of my students the following advice: … Continue reading

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In East Anatolia

Rebel Land [1] is the story about the ethnic and religious conflicts in East Anatolia in the 20th century. It is remarkable as it blends known and largely unknown historical facts with personal experiences of an investigative journalist and very … Continue reading

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Mr. Biden’s Green Light?

Exactly one year ago, in July 2008, former President G. W. Bush had more or less encouraged Israel for going ahead with its preparations of a military strike against Iran in order to stop Tehran’s assumed illicit nuclear weapons program. It … Continue reading

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