Monthly Archives: December 2014

Revisionist Rewriting of 9th Century Arabic Enlightenment

The self-proclamation of a terrorist organization as new “Islamic State” and “caliphate” led by an individual who has changed his name to al-Baghdadi has not been met with general enthusiasm or sympathy in the Islamic world, not even in Salafi … Continue reading

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Dianne Feinstein

Kudos to Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairperson of the U.S. Senate Select Committee of Intelligence, which has released 525 heavily redacted pages [pdf] of the original CIA torture report. I suppose that Feinstein has not read all 6200 pages. I have instantly stopped … Continue reading

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Transparency Index 2014

How do I perceive corruption in a country? When living in the Middle East, corruption was expected everywhere. It was presumed that even some of the colleagues from the west were deeply ensnared in corruption when our new faculty’s expensive equipment … Continue reading

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