A weirdly strange notion about human procreation – that a child’s identity is derived exclusively from its father – is given wide-spread credence throughout the Middle East. The consequences are tragic, infinitely cruel and extremely bloody …..
….. editorial by Paul D Kennedy Continue reading “The Seed & the Soil”
Most people believe that Islamic political theory is anti-democratic, ie it does not allow for rule by the people. This is not true at all. In fact, in Islamic jurisprudence rulers are only considered legitimate provided they have the consent of those they govern. However the notions that underpin Islamic democracy are very different from the ideas that form the conceptual basis of Western political democracy.
An understanding of what democracy actually means in the context of Islam shows firstly that the countries in the Middle East that claim to be Islamic fall well short of the Islamic ideal. An understanding may also provide pointers as to how ‘spreading democracy’ in the Arabic world can be achieved …..
….. editorial by Paul D Kennedy
Continue reading “Islam & Democracy”
Wearing the niqab or face-veil in public is highly controversial. There are good reasons why the practice should not be allowed. And there are few reasons why women of religion should wish to do so …..
….. editorial by Paul D Kennedy Continue reading “The Niqab & All That”
Female suicide-bombers epitomize the horrors spawned by the ideology of Islamic jihadis. But they were not a jihadi innovation. The politics of the first female suicide-bombers were decidedly secular and jihadis only began using them after their effectiveness had been demonstrated by non-Islamic terrorists …..
….. editorial from Paul D Kennedy Continue reading “From Black Tigers to Black Widows”
Being able to externalize our memory and decision-making capacity is what the information age is all about …..
….. editorial by Paul D Kennedy Continue reading “The Magic of the Information Age”
I read with barely restrained giggles the article Bankers hit out at ‘account order’ on page 2 of the Arab Times on October 2nd …..
…. Letter to the Editor from Paul D Kennedy Continue reading “Poor Bankers – Let’s all shed a tear”
A free, vigorous and sceptical press has long been considered the underpinning of a truly democratic form of government because, without a continuous stream of accurate factual information on current events, citizens cannot know whether the government they voted for is working well and in the best interests of their country and the world at large. Is the American press still doing its job? …..
….. by Paul D Kennedy Continue reading “Infoganda & the Withering of Scepticism”
Evidence is emerging that doctors and medical scientists are involved in the coercive interrogation of suspected terrorists detained in US facilities in Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere. Is a core value of Western civilization being undermined by how the war on terror is being conducted? …..
….. by Paul D Kennedy Continue reading “Biscuits & Morals”
We all want our children to learn English because it is the world’s business language. But will it always be so? Shouldn’t we also be insisting that they learn the language of the country that is likely to dominate at least half the world within another generation?…..
….. by Paul D Kennedy Continue reading “Hey, Kids! Anyone for Chinese?”
Being misinformed about what’s going on in politics seems to be the norm these days. Why is clarity so elusive? No answer really. All the news seems to leave us with today is a series of unanswered questions …..
….. by Paul D Kennedy Continue reading “Tail Wags Dog?”