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Noam Chomsky on the war against ISIL

We speak to the renowned US academic, and look at the state of Egypt five years after the Arab Spring.  In this episode of  UpFront , Mehdi Hasan speaks to the renowned American academic Noam Chomsky about his public spat with the Turkish president, the war against ISIL and Russia's annexation of Crimea. We also look at the ramifications of the Saudi Arabia-Iran feud, and debate the state of Egypt five years after the Arab Spring. Headliner: Noam Chomsky on ISIL, Turkey and Ukraine Noam Chomsky has been described as "arguably the most important intellectual alive". And as one of the world's most celebrated academics, he has published more than 100 books and is a leading critic on United States foreign policy.   In the first of a special two-part interview, Chomsky sits down with Mehdi Hasan to discuss the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group, Ukraine and Turkey.   Chomsky and other "so-called intellectuals" were recently criticised by

General Guidelines for Dialogue & Discussion

DIALOGUE is an exchange of ideas or opinions on a particular issue, especially a political or religious issue, with a view to reaching an amicable agreement or settlement. Dialogue is a written or spoken conversational exchange between two or more people, and a literary and theatrical form that depicts such an exchange. DISCUSSION is  the action or process of talking about something in order to reach a decision or to EXCHANGE ideas. Discussion is an act or instance of discussing; consideration or examination by argument, comment, etc., especially to explore solutions; informal debate. General Guide lines for a Good Discussion: The purpose of a good discussion is to work with others to come up with the best set of ideas or ways to deal with a situation. In an argument or a debate, only one side wins. In a good discussion, everybody wins! Here are some quotes to draw inferences: “I am convinced about the veracity of my opinions, but I do consider it likely that they m

Most of your Facebook friends ar'nt real

Think you have 1000, 750, 500 or 200 friends based on your Facebook connections? Think again. A new study has revealed that it's impossible to have more than 150 friends. The 150 limit, known as "Dunbar's Number", was named after British professor and study author Robin Dunbar. Advertisement "The 150-layer is the important one: this defines the people you have real reciprocated relationships with, those where you feel obligations and would willingly do favours," the scientist explained to AFP. The study also looked at the different boundaries within friends circles on the online social media site. According to the professor, we tend to have five intimate friends, 15 best friends, 50 good friends, 150 friends, 500 acquaintances and 1500 people we can recognise on the site. "People can [and sometimes do] have 500 or even 1000 friends on Facebook, but all they are doing is including people who we would normally call acquaintances or people we just

Ten Facts Everyone Needs To Know About Israel

1. Out of the 14.2 million Jewish people in the world, (in 2016), only a minority of 43% reside in Israel. 2. Whilst 75% of Israelis are Jewish, 21% are indigenous Arabs with restricted civil rights. 3. Israel has the highest birth rate in the developed world, with an average of 3 children per woman. 4. The Netanyahu government now receives more than US$6 billion every year from the US congress/ AIPAC lobby i.e. equating to $1000 annually for every Jewish Israeli, courtesy of the American taxpayer. 5. Israel has induced over 500,000 of its citizens to illegally settle in the Occupied Palestinian West Bank and East Jerusalem in an attempt to frustrate the wishes of the UN for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state for five million indigenous Arabs. 6. Israel is the only undeclared nuclear weapon state in the world with a secret stockpile of up to 400 nuclear warheads. It is not a party to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to which Europe, America and even I


Iqbal was a versatile genius. The myriad aspects of his personality like the sparkling glow of a big diamond, dazzle the eye. Some people are enamoured of the elegance of his style and the beauty of his art. Some others are impressed by the width of his knowledge and the depth of his thought. Still others seek light from his philosophical vision and political acumen. But, when a student of contemporary history looks at Iqbal he feels that although he was a great poet, a noble master of his art, an inspired thinker, a sharp politician and an illustrious philosopher, he was some thing more than all that, he was a pioneer of the Renaissance of Islam in this country. And herein lies his real greatness. The Muslim society had long been undergoing a spell of degeneration. The disintegration which set in after the early Caliphate continued to gradually sap the foundations of the Islamic civilization and after a long period of rout and rally, the dark night of gloom and stupor was cast over i

The Road to Defeat of ISIS Goes Through Riyadh

When President Barack Obama told the people of America on Monday that "it is the responsibility of Muslims around the world to root out misguided ideas that lead to radicalization," he was stating what should have been obvious: Americans and Europeans cannot purge Islam of the poisonous ideology that has taken root within the faith. The United States, France and Russia can drop all the bombs they want on Iraq and Syria, but they cannot defeat the Islamic State by destroying buildings and trucks . If they wished, they have the power to send thousands of ground troops, armed with heavy weapons, to occupy both countries, wipe out ISIS forces, and then stay there to keep order. That still would not result in the elimination of ISIS. Its followers would simply go underground and bide their time. The loud voices that have responded to the mass murders in Paris by calling for intensified military action have a thin grasp of history. The United States sent more than a half million

Muslim youths think IS, Al Qaeda distort Islam: poll

A majority of Arab Muslim youths see the actions of extremists such as the militant Islamic State group (IS) and Al Qaeda as a perversion of Islam’s teachings, according to a new poll. The Zogby Research Services poll of 5,374 young Muslim men and women from the Middle East and North Africa also found that many millennials blame corruption and repressive governments for the rise of militants groups. “At least three-quarters of millennial respondents in all countries surveyed” said movements like IS and Al Qaeda “are either a complete perversion of Islam’s teachings or mostly wrong”, the polling firm said. The survey was conducted in October and November 2015 with respondents aged 15 to 34 in Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, and the Palestinian territories. More than 90 per cent of respondents in Morocco and the UAE called both extremist groups a “complete perversion of Islam”, as did 83 per cent of respondents in Egypt and more than

The Muslim Extremist Discourse: Constructing Us Versus Them

This unique book analyzes the discourse of militant organizations affiliated with al-Qaeda. It interrogates the discourse of these extremist organizations, which publish their own newspapers. These publications, widely distributed to the local population, play a critical role in securing and maintaining public support for the militant organizations. The book examines how these organizations discursively construct the socio-political reality of their world, in the process defining the Self and the Other. The Self becomes umma, or the global Muslim community, while the Other becomes the West, including the United States, Israel, and India. This book presents an analysis of three historical moments the assassination of al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden, the controversial YouTube video Innocence of the Muslims, and the shooting of the Pakistani child activist and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai. This analysis reveals the discursive strategies used by the militant organizations to create what

Genesis of Terror & Road to Peace

After 911, the world is in turmoil. The history of violence can be traced back to Russian (ex USSR) invasion of Afghanistan in 80's, followed by war in Afghanistan actively supported by USA, which abandoned Afghans after defeat of ex USSR. After Al-Qaida & Taliban, new terror groups like Daesh (wrongly called IS or Islamic State is neither Islamic nor State) in the Middle East, North Africa and Boko Haram in Nigeria have emerged. Daesh is radicalising young Muslims in USA, West, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and other parts of the world through social media but the number is small. No integrated response to expose and defeat the twisted ideology of terror exists to defeat the radicalisation for recruitment.  Daesh came in to existence due to US policies and Sectarian policies of Iraqi regime supported by its neighbour. Syrian oppressor ruler has added further impetus to the war. Daesh controlled area is land locked, surrounded by opponents. Mysteriously it is gettin