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October 19, 2004


A wonderful thing about starting this website has been getting to know like-minded people from all over, in the US and elsewhere. Despite my tendency to focus on humanity's bouts of horrific bloodletting, I actually am naturally optimistic. And e-meeting so many great individuals makes me even more so.

So today I'd like to direct your attention to some writings of one of these people, Anna Ghonim, an American living in Cairo with her family. Just a few of her pieces are online, but as more become available I'll link to them here.

1. "Bad Show: Bush's Appearance on Arab TV"

Apparently when Bush spoke on Al Arabiyya about Abu Ghraib, the US government didn't bother to translate it. And that's as it should be, since when you want to communicate with others you should always be sure to make it as difficult as possible for them to understand you.

2. "Hulagu II: the return of barbarians to Baghdad"

What the 2003 looting of Baghdad looks like to a culture that can remember things that happened before yesterday.

3. "Is Peace in the Middle East Possible?"

What both sides need to do to reach peace in Israel/Palestine. Hint: as in every situation, the stronger side needs to go first.

Posted at October 19, 2004 05:27 AM | TrackBack

(Just a tech note... your #2 and #3 links are the same. Don't know if that was intentional or not...)


Posted by: Matthew at October 19, 2004 06:38 AM


No, not intentional. Thanks for pointing that out; I've fixed it.

Posted by: Jonathan Schwarz at October 19, 2004 07:05 AM