Posted by ahmed On November 21st, 2014
Thomas Friedman, three Pulitzer Prize winner, New York Times foreign affairs columnist, with host of best seller books, a man known for his Big ideas, who never ceased to amaze us with a new one every now and then, from the bazar, to the ridiculous, from the Burger war theory, “no two countries with McDonalds go to war with each other”, but when they do, as Belén Fernández reported in Alter Net online, magazine reported, “… in which case it is preferable if the outcome of the conflict indicates that Serbs “wanted to stand in line for burgers, much more than they wanted to stand in line for Kosovo.” in his other big idea, in The world is Flat” his discovered that the internet leveled the playing field, and an Indian man with a modem can simply compete with General Motors, or IBM. In his Book, Lexus and Olive Tree, Mr. Friedman professed that ‘Globalization is what is new…world affairs today can only be explained as the interaction between what is new as an Internet Web site, and what is old as a gnarled olive tree on the banks of the river Jordan.'(p.25)
The book was based on one visit to an automated car plant in Tokyo, where cars were made almost entirely by reports, glad he didn’t visit a sweatshop in China, or Vietnam) on his return on a train, he read an article about people in Beirut and Jerusalem who were fighting over who owned which olive tree. I mean isn’t this what is behind all fighting around the worlds, resources…! Mr. Friedman has a great affinity of what is new and what modern technology can offer humanity in solving our social and cultural problems,
Thomas Friedman has a knack of ignoring history, facts, and socio-politics, where he can reduce a complicated social issue to a sound bite and a six-grader essays.
Here are a few of his big ideas in the last 20 years researched by Belén Fernández
*2004: If the U.S. lowers its profile in the Arab world, the Arabs will realize that their children are being outperformed academically by the children of their maids.
*2003: Saudi Arabia suffers from an excess of democracy.
* 2002 Massacres of Muslims are a sign of freedom.
* and most of all he thinks.. that:
…. the Iraq war was the most radical-liberal revolutionary war the U.S. has ever launched..
At his new column at the Times last week, he is came up with another big idea, an idea that is so outlandish and out of history. Where in his own world “Dubai is the capital of the Arab Spring — the real revolution started here,”… , yes folks, and he had more than 3 years to think and research this shit.
He goes on to explain, “The Arab awakening “did not start because they wanted freedom and democracy. It started in the mind of the average (Arab) who the saw the evidence in Dubai that we could do things that are hard, and we could do them world class (like Dubai Ports and Emirates Airlines).. , not years of Mubarak, Ben Ali, Gaddafi, Salah, Bashar dictatorship. I have been watching Arab Spring closely, wrote about it and talked about it extensively, I have been in Egypt three times since the revolution, I attended three one_million _men march in Tahrir Square, all this time, I never saw a sign of Dubai, Emirates, or even one chant to the right to have a fine clean airline, right to have clean bathrooms maybe, in matter of fact, the Arab Spring that started by the escaping of the Tunisian dictator Ben Ali, he went to of all places, Saudi Arabia, which along with Dubai, and Emirates sheikhs, are leading a vicious bloody counter revolution, supporting old dictators regime to return back to power, in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, and Syria, making sure that the Arab Spring is dead on arrival before reaching the kingdom gates..
Based on Mr. Friedman almost racist analysis and oversimplification of Arabs and their struggle, he thinks, Arabs don’t aspire for freedom and dignity, like in the west, they just want malls, iPhones, and good clean airliners like in Dubai.
The Mr. big idea man, instead of getting into the real issue of western imperialist policy in the middle east, and the failure of its military expansionism, in Iraq and Afghanistan, “So if the Middle East is a region we can neither fix nor ignore, what’s left? I’m for “containment” and “amplification.” He explained, He instead think, the problem is that Arabs inspiration is not to become free citizen with dignity and smart leaders, but to become free consumer with an iPod and smartphone.
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Posted by ahmed On November 20th, 2014
I received this poetic letter from an Egyptian mother, where Abo Elbaraa, her 16 year old son was arrested , 1/12/2014 sent to detention in EL Merg, Mansoura, (my home town) put on trial as an adult, tortured, and abused in prison… ,he was accused of threatening national security for flashing Rabaa sign being in one of the protests that is taken place daily in Egypt. I cant verify her story but what is going on in Egypt now… I have seen worst…!! please give her a word of support.
Mother of Albaraa
Salam Alykom,/Peace Upon You
Dear Mr. Ahmed
It is very hard for me to tell my son story… it is a story of a young kid who filled my life with love and kindness .,on Jan/ 12/2014, at night, the security came brook the door, stormed into my house, and without any warning or explanation, they snatched my son away, as everyone in the house was in shocked, my son vanished in the dark.
Since his missing, I feel like a prisoner without any sight, walking aimlessly on an endless road, ..looking for a smile, lost in a sea of sadness, breathing air that is suffocating me.
My son was gentle young man , loving and giving kid…, loved by everyone.. he never had any grudges, loves the younger and respect the older.. ,
He loves to inspire his friends to do the right things, and steer them away from unseemingly ways. Missed by his friends, and relatives and wishing him all the best… and safe return, with all prisoners in Egypt.
Om Albaraa, Mother of Albaraa
“Please call my mother and let her know that security is taking me away, .. I have no idea where they are taking me” , that was the last words heard from Albaraa to Rania Abd El Mouman , a friend with the mother, who was released from the same detention with Albaraa
Posted by ahmed On November 18th, 2014