Archive for August, 2011

On Guantanamo

Before coming to Canada, I was working on a documentary film about the story of the remaining two Kuwaitis, detained by the US in Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. The two are among a group of 50 shortlisted detainees who are likely to be detained indefinitely as part of the new US approach to “address” […]

Evil war – Battlefield Canada

I have always blamed the west for having stereotype about the Middle East, but as it turns out, I had stereotypes about the west as well. Coming here from another part of the world, with its own set of political conflicts, economic problems, and social difficulties, I had an idea about Canada that is not […]

Civilization orbits around the planet

The following is a translation of the first op-ed I published in Canada. It was published in Al-Qalam Arabic newspaper in Vancouver on Friday, August 19th, 2011.   Many people argue that the industrial revolution in Europe in the 18th century was sparked by knowledge acquired from the scientific achievements of Islamic civilization through earlier […]

Lonely Nation Syndrome

During a political discussion with a German friend of mine few days ago I discovered that world nations can be divided into two categories with regard to a certain aspect of their world view. ‘Lonely nations’ like Germans for example have a common aspect of their worldview with other lonely nations like Iran or Ethiopia […]