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Weekend Bloggerback
Best of Blogs: January 28-29, 2006

From the left, the right, the in-between: we include the political,
the social, the cultural and the undefinable. Weekend special: The Palestinian election.

Featured Blog I: Chain-Thinker
Finding Your Inner Libertarian

[Liberals should remember that libertarians are their first cousins. And libertarians should remember that today's conservatives are libertarian in name and profit only.]

Inside every American — red, blue, purple, green, and every other color of the rainbow — there is a libertarian screaming to get out. Whenever our free wills feel threatened by authoritarianism, our inner libertarians come out and make us proclaim that we do not want the government — or anybody else, for that matter — telling us how to live or what to think and believe. Regardless of America’s vast diversity of cultures and philosophies derived from the many nations and peoples of Earth, our need and desire for the liberty to exercise our free will is practically universal. Despite the partisan politics that often divide us against ourselves and our own best interests, the vast majority of Americans want to live in freedom and peace so that we may pursue happiness, spirituality and prosperity in the manners of our individual choosing. Are you in touch with your inner libertarian? Do you nurture it with tolerance and forgiveness or have you neglected it in favor of your personal anxieties and arbitrary prejudices? Read the full post at M.R. Toigo's Land of the Free...

 

Featured Blogger II: _Arafat Fatah Dino
And Who the Hell Is Hamas Anyway?

[The Angry Arab, born on Lebnanese soil and rooted in California's academic sunshine, gives, as always, his unadulterated analytical treatment to the Mideast's latest adulterations of the so-called peace process, now reduced to a can of processed ham that neither side, of course, will touch.]

Does anybody know? This was destined to happen. The Fath movement (nobody knows when it was founded and Lebanese writer Michel Abu Jawdah found, when interviewing the founders, that they gave different dates as to when it was actually founded--sometimes in late 1950s), was destined to fall. It was so closely linked to the personality and leadership of `Arafat; it fell with him, it seems. `Arafat did not want a movement that would institutionalize Palestinian struggle for independence, or to husband their popular resources. Instead, he institutionalized corruption through the PLO and Fath structures. I never ever admired Fath as a movement, or its rhetoric, particularly its rhetoric, not to mention what it did under `Arafat, who ordered the murder of a cartoonist, Naji Al-`Ali, I shall never forget, and who agreed to the humiliating conditions of Oslo, and who, with Sadat and Saudi Arabia did the most to undermine Palestinian struggle for liberation. But there were many decent and honest members of Fath that I liked and admired. One of them remains a friend to this day. He tried to recruit me back when I was in high school: he recruited a few at my high school, and he was frustrated at my strong opposition to Fath. He now lives in the US, and maintained a friendship. He was a clean Fath member, and not like the dirty Dahlan, Rajjub, and Abu Mazen. In Lebanon, we would refer to Fath as a collection of dakakin (shops); you would find many shops in Fath under `Arafat: a Soviet Marxist shop (headed by Abu Salih); a Saudi shop (headed by Al-Hasan brothers); a Maoist shop (headed by Munir Shafiq—he now is a Muslim fundamentalist); a Ba`thist shop (headed by Faruq Al-Qaddumi); a Muslim Brotherhood Shop (headed by Abu Jihad)... Read the Angry Arab's remaining shopping list, and analysis,at his News Service...

 

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