Dance Taking The Arab World by Storm-Penguin Dance

Dancing PenguinsThe “Penguin Dance” has become a popular dance at weddings and in playgrounds among young Arabs. In other countries it is known as the Bunny Hop.

 

Traditional dance is important in Arab Gulf states, the “penguin dance” is opposed by some as being nontraditional and unmasculine.

Sidekick-sidekick. Sidekick-sidekick. Bunny-hop forward. Bunny-hop back. Hop Hop Hop.

Online:  Penguin Dance, Goofy Wedding Staple, Sweeps Saudi Arabia

Mindset: Palestinian Magical Thinking

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The Puzzle of Peace

Predictably another Israeli-Palestinian peace process has failed. How is that so many can try so hard for so long  and still fail to make any process? Jonathan Spyer, writing at PJ Media, clearly expresses an excellent insight of the failure of the peace talks that can be traced back to the fantasy world in which most Palestinian leaders live and which they keep many of their people locked into also.

The Palestinians see themselves as part of the local majority Arabic-speaking Sunni Muslim culture. From this point of view, the establishment of a non-Muslim sovereignty in Israel was not only an injustice, it was also an anomaly. Israel, being an anomaly, is therefore bound eventually to be defeated and disappear. So there is no need to reconcile to it, with all the humiliation therein.

What May Be Next?

Palestinian nationalism in both its Fatah and Hamas variants rejects the possibility of accepting the permanence of Jewish statehood in any part of the area west of the Jordan River.

For the Palestinian Authority, the nine-month period of negotiations came as an unwelcome interruption to a very different strategy to which it will now return.  This strategy consists of an attempt to place pressure on Israel through action in international forums to isolate and delegitimize the Jewish state.

Online:  PJ Media Palestinian Magical Thinking

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Anti-Semitism heard at major Islamic conference in France

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Paris, France

At the 31st Congress of the Union of Islamic Organizations in France (UOIF) Anti-Semitic speeches were given ‘places of honor’.  The 31st UOIF congress was advertised to discuss assimilation, culture, and immigration, but descended into an anti-Semitic rant.
Speaking at the 31st Congress of the Union of Islamic Organizations in France, Hani Ramadan a prominent Muslim leader from Geneva railed against Jewish and pro-Israeli groups in the United States.  Hani Ramaden also stated, “All the evil in the world originates from the Jews and the Zionist barbarism.”

All evil in the world, all the backwardness of Islam, all violence and barbarism is due to Jewish groups? A rational person would not believe that.

Hani Ramadan is a prominent Muslim leader and his father Said Ramadan was the son-in-law of Hassan al-Banna the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood. Hani’s brother Tariq Ramadan, for years was banned from entering the United States by the U.S. State Department for giving donations to charity organizations that funded terrorist organizations such as Hamas. Continue reading “Anti-Semitism heard at major Islamic conference in France”

Former city comptroller Ahmad arrested in Pakistan

jail bar photoAmer Ahmad, former Mayor Rahm Emanuel aid, was arrested at an airport in Lahore,  Pakistan, when he was on the run to avoid a prison sentence.  Authorities confiscated $176,000, 17,000 in Euros and a fake passport.   While working for Democratic Treasurer Kevin Boyce (Ohio House of Representatives),  Ahmad steered state business to his financial adviser in exchange for more than $500,000 in kickbacks. Amer Ahmad plead guilty in December to bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery, money laundering, and wire fraud.

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Palestinian Unity Agreement

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Hamas is classified as a terrorist group by the United States government.  How will the unity agreement between Fatah and Hamas affect foreign aid? Should Hamas and Fatah succeed in creating a unity government it would be illegal for the U.S. to provide foreign aid assistance to a group that it has classified as a terrorist group. Even through “Hamas has agreed to allow technocrats to run the new government” foreign aid funds could be misused and diverted to benefit Hamas.

Rival political parties Hamas and Fatah reached a reconciliation agreement in April.   These two groups envision forming a unity government within five weeks with general elections in December.  How credible and workable will this agreement be when other unity agreements have failed between these two parties as the fundamental issues that divide these two groups still remains?

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Confirmed case of MERS in the United States

camel photoThe Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced May 2nd the first confirmed case of Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the United States in Indiana.  The person was providing healthcare in Saudi Arabia before traveling by plane from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to London, England into O’Hara International Airport in Chicago, Illinois and then took a bus from Chicago to Indiana.  The U.S. patient began suffering symptoms April 27th.

The CDC is investigating along with health officials in Indiana; the CDC said “this case represents a very low risk to the general public.” Health officials do not know how the MERS virus spreads but it is thought it is transmitted from people who have very close contact with an infected person.

The MERS virus has been found in camels, but doctors are not sure how it is spreading to humans.  The hub of the MERS outbreak is Saudi Arabia.  Of the “401 confirmed cases of MERS infection in 12 countries all have originated in six countries in the Arabian Peninsula” states the CDC.

There is no vaccine, this virus’ symptoms are shortness of breath, coughing and fever. People with existing conditions or weakened immune systems are more at risk.

Photo by Bob McCaffrey

Online:  CDC announces first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus infection (MERS) in the United States Press Release