• Books: Bury the Chains by Adam Hochschild, Endless War: Hidden Functions of the "war on terror" by David Keen, Capital Vol. 1, Tin Drum by Günter Grass, What is Islam? by Shahab Ahmed, Desiring Arabs by Joseph Massad, Spies, Soldiers and Statesmen by Hazem Kandil, La Condition Humaine by André Malraux, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Imagined Community by Benedict Anderson, Culture and Imperialism by Edward Said, The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon, The Richness of Life by Stephen Jay Gould, Children of the Alley by Naguib Mahfouz, The Mass Psychology of Fascism by Wilhelm Reich, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, 1984 by George Orwell, Noli me Tangere by José Rizal, Age of Extremes by Eric Hobsbawm, ذهنية التحريم لصادق جلال العظم, Karl Marx by Francis Wheen, وليمة لأعشاب البحر لحيدر حيدر, Candide by Voltaire, النزعات المادية في الفلسفة العربية الإسلامية لحسين مروة, Listen Little Man by Wilhelm Reich ..
  • Films: Alexanderplatz by Rainer Fassbinder, Clockwork Orange, Apocalypse Now, The Battle of Algiers, films by P. P. Passolini, Persepolis, Midnight Express, 1984, Papillion, Gangs of New York, Sophie Scholl, Life of Brian, Ivan the Terrble, Battleship Potemkine ...

Monday, April 04, 2016

"Panama Papers" are the tip of the ice-berg. One can just imagine the whole size of the ice-berg itself. 

However, let's not be distracted. Let's be tolerant. This is part of our way of life that many oppose. Our immedite enemy is that immigrant next door, that Muslim refugee at the gate, that unemployed on benefits, that greedy British teacher or junior doctor on strike, that French worker on the street.

We have tolerated the banks plunder, the wars and occupations, the actions of our allies. Let's focus on Putin, but tolerate the Russian oligarchs in our midst. Let's comdemn the Turkish authoritarian measures or the Chinese dictatoship for the public consumption or the Saudi theocracy, but do business with all of them.

It is the best of all possible worlds. We are still a "democracy" and we are "civilised". After all, look at how others are killing each other or treating women. Their conditions are certainly unrelated to how the civilised West and its elite's way of life.

A classical Arab poet put it eloquently: 

لقد أسمعتَ لو ناديت حيا   ولكن لا حياة لمن تنادي     
You would move a livng if you talked to one
But there is no life in whom you are talking to.

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