Arab-Israeli, Islam, Middle East, Monarchy, Politics, Religion, Saudi Arabia, September 11, Uncategorized

Saudi Arablia: reconciling tradition with modernity.

The Saudi regime’s main criterion for success in balancing their traditional religious values with modernization has been holding on to power. To ensure their survival as rulers of Saudi Arabia, the ruling faction of the Al-Saud family have harnessed advances in technology and embraced new techniques of governance. These transformations, which have been largely facilitated by the enormous wealth that …


Arab-Israeli, Book Review, Immigration, Islam, Middle East, Politics, Religion, Uncategorized

The origins of Likud Ideology

(Published in Village Magazine, December, 2014) It has been said that there are two possible solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: one realistic the other miraculous. The realistic solution involves divine intervention; the miraculous, a voluntary agreement between the parties. The latest round of conflict is, mercifully, largely over. On August 26th, both Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) accepted a …


Perhaps Ireland can learn from Muslims

(Unpublished, 2005) In a recent article (8/3/2005) Kevin Myers contends that Ireland ‘lacks any real awareness of the enormously complex problems which lie ahead of us as our cities are being transformed by immigration’ before proceeding to offer a typically superficial analysis of what he deems this “complex problem”. The target of Myers’s ire is what he terms Islamic fundamentalism …

Life Under Assad

(Published in Village Magazine November, 2012) I think I may be one of only a handful of people, not engaged in espionage, to have travelled overland on the same day from Jerusalem and Damascus since the foundation of Israel in 1948. Then, in 2003, Israeli border officials allowed travellers to avoid permanent stamps, but the Jordanian entry visa I had …

Qunetra

(Unpublished, 2005) Living in Syria the relentless barrage of anti-Israeli propaganda is exhausting. Zionist agents apparently lurk on every street corner and foreigners avoid the unwanted attention of moustachioed Mukhabarat agents by referring in public to Israel as the “country with no name.” Syrian television features programmes depicting the bloodstained excesses of the Israeli Defence Forces while ordinary Syrians express …