A notable German scholar recently said to me: “after the fall of the Brothers from power you talk a lot these days about the need to separate religion from the state; however the reality is that Islamism will continue to be one of the realities of political life in the Arab region whether the rule of the brotherhood had fallen or not.
The following is a poem (slightly abridged) by the Kuwaiti poet Su’ad al-Sabah. Translation the authors own. It offers a satirical viewpoint on women and writing. Continue reading
The following is a short but sweet poem from the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish “Think upon others”. There are, of course, numerous translations of this poem, which are all worth consulting. Continue reading
أريد أن أعيش
ساعديني علی الخروج حيا
من متاهات الشفتين المكتنزتين…والشعر الأسود
إن معركتي معك ليس متكافئة
فأنا لست سوی سمكة ضغيرة
تسبح في حوض من النحاس السائل
ساعديني علی التقاط أنفاسي
فإن نبضي لم يعد طبيعيا
ووقتي صار مرهونا بمزاجية نهديك
فإذا ناما نمت
وإذا استيقظا استيقظت
ساعديني علی التفريق بين بدايات أصابعي
ونهايات عمودك الفقري
ساعديني علی السفر من خريطة جسدك
فإنني أريد أن أعيش
This BBC report from April, when Hezbollah fighters were confirmed to be involved in Syria, explains the groups early activities on the ground and poses questions to readers about the role Hezbollah will play in the conflict, and how there involvement could shape the situation.
Tripoli, Libya: When protestors reached the headquarters of the Tripoli-based militia, the al-Nsour Battalion, militia members open fire on the crowd spurring armed clashes between those loyal to the official security service and the militias and conflict in the city.
Demonstrators protested in front of the Libyan General National Congress on Sunday, calling for the removal of armed militias from the capital. This weekend saw dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries in violent clashes between militias.
The Washington Post has published a report detailing recent Syrian regime army gains in Damascus and northern Syria against the armed rebellion. These victories have raised questions about whether the opposition can be convinced to participate in Geneva II peace talks.
In its struggle for self-determination and independence from Morocco, the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic in Western Sahara is finding support from Latin American countries, who see their shared history of European colonialism as reason to mobilize for the Saharawi people and their cause.