November 03, 2009
The Ancient New Month Post of November 2009
A new month, and due to my ancient tradition, the new month open post.
Posted by The Lounsbury at November 3, 2009 07:00 AM
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On the "truth is stupider than fiction" front: the Iraqi military is apparently using dowsing rods to detect bombs.
Posted by: Tom Scudder at November 5, 2009 12:16 PM
Oh dear. and I have gone through checkpoints where they use such things.
I rather thought they must work....
Posted by: The Lounsbury at November 5, 2009 05:52 PM
rather worthy article from Qantara on the Maghrebi culture:
'Is Northern Africa Losing Its "Soul"?'
"The tragic aspect of this development is that the Islamists have an extremely narrow-minded, one-dimensional view of Maghreb identity, one that is also reduced to the religious dimension. What they forget is that northern Africa, as the French-Tunisian writer Abdelwahab Meddeb has convincingly proved, possessed its own multiple, multi-layered identity, in which the cultures of the various invaders, the Jewish and the Berber components always played an important role.
The Islam practiced in the Maghreb was also strongly influenced by the mystical traditions of the brotherhoods and permeated by pre-Islamic elements. This heritage of tolerance is now at risk, with fanatical Salafis aiming to introduce a "pure" Islam with a sole claim to religious truth – using violent means if need be."
Posted by: Dawud at November 8, 2009 03:25 AM
interested in 'Aqoul's take on this:
private Citigroup shareholders' memo
describing America as 'plutonomy' for the 'wealthy elite'
Posted by: dawud at November 25, 2009 07:57 PM