January 01, 2007
The Aqoul New Year Post
A hoary Lounsbury / Aqoul tradition, we start every new month, and new year, with a general post inviting feedback, commentary, complaint, observations, and the like. Likely to be duly ignored, but regardless, as the last year closed with Saddam being mistaken for a sheep going to sacrifice (understandably so of course) and the Iraqi government (or shall we say, the Shia Ruling Factions) gratuitiously underlining Shia-Sunni divide by executing said sheep on the Iraqi Sunni Eid el Adha (the Iraqi Shia declaring Eid a day later, oddly like the Maghreb), we might invite speculation on 2007 and what it holds for MENA.
Of course, with rumors of Americans compounding their errors in blindly reacting to the mere term "Islamist", and siding with the "ex"-Marxist Ethiopian dictatorship and the corrupt warlords in Somalia, one can expect that the future is not so bright that one would want shades...
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Islamic finance, US version:
Actually google it up, you'll find plenty of it...
Posted by: Shaheen at January 1, 2007 01:37 PM
Thanks for that reference to one of my favorite wacky songs, "Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades" by Tikbuk3 (where oh where have they gone?).
Sorry, that was 'Timbuk3.'
Posted by: Richard Silverstein at January 2, 2007 04:03 AM
crap, my last stupid comment got through... Well, I was tired and sleepy. Sorry.
Posted by: Shaheen at January 2, 2007 06:41 AM
Are there Qaeda links to the Somali Islamists or is it just wishful thinking on the US's part?
Posted by: secretdubai at January 4, 2007 05:56 AM
There seem to be some genuine links according to non-US sources, but they do not seem to be high level. Rather like one would expect, then.
Rather than 'wishful thinking', I would call it knee-jerking on the part of the US.
Posted by: The Lounsbury at January 4, 2007 06:18 AM
Posted by: Klaus at January 5, 2007 02:28 AM
L: your man Muammar is at it again. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6232859.stm
Ha, that's the funniest thing I've read all day.
I know. I was thinking of writing something, but have a proposal to finish.
Posted by: The Lounsbury at January 5, 2007 07:12 PM
Posted by: Klaus at January 11, 2007 11:28 AM