Sunday, July 9, 2006

News, films, Books...

ولكن من يقرأ ويتعظ في دولة قرر شعبها، من خلال انتخابات نيابية، وقرر سياسيوها من خلال مجلس مختار، تسليم امورنا لمجموعة من المتزمتين الدينيين الكارهين للاصلاح، حتى ولو انتموا له اسما؟
"My peace is gone, my heart is heavy"
"The Evil One has left, the evil ones remain".
Violent Islamic radicals know they are heretical
The Guardian
"During the 20th century, a militant piety erupted in almost every major world faith: in Buddhism, Sikhism, Hinduism and Confucianism, as well as in Judaism, Christianity and Islam It is often called "fundamentalism". Its aim is to bring God and/or religion from the sidelines back to centre stage... fundamentalists are rebels who have separated themselves irrevocably and on principle from the main body of the faithful."
I'm guided by a signal in the heavens
I'm guided by this birthmark on my skin
I'm guided by the beauty of our weapons
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin
Leonard Cohen
Next We Take Tehran
"President Bush may or may not order a massive aerial bombardment of Iran later this year. Or he may wait until 2007. Or he may simply escalate a risky confrontation with Iran through covert action and economic sanctions. But whatever the next act in the crisis, don’t be fooled by the assertion that the problem is Iran’s pursuit of nuclear arms."
And in Poland:
Identical twins are now the President and the prime minister...and they intend to fire up a 'moral revolution'
"Pretensions to moral superiority are devastatingly destructive."
Mary Douglas
The Film
(Jon Stewart fans, heads up)
Forking Paths
Labyrinths: Borges haunts the pages of new books from three Latin American maestros
(Martínez, Bolaño and Galeano)
The Village Voice
And for people who like history that is written with ease, who are interested in the history of religion and philosophy and who like to trace the origins of things..
A History
It's an easy read, and it plays a game of "six degrees of separation" between religions, philosophers and historical moments that we all know, but don't often link (even though we should)


Shemsi said...

Hi Kwtia!

That Wordplay movie looks. . umm. . interesting? Hehe. I do love the crossword puzzles though :)

I read "Santa Evita" by Martinez, and really liked it. I couldn't get throught the Peron novel though. Now you've got me curious about the Tango Singer!

I had kind of quit reading your blog when you got all political because:

a. I don't really understand what the political nuances in Kuwait are

b. I was moving at the time and didn't have time to really read the Kuwaiti papers and blogs to try to understand the politics.

So, anyway, hi again!

kwtia said...

:) You know what I was just thinking yesterday that it's been a long time since you dropped by...Good to have you back!
The Tango Singer is in my shopping cart waiting to be checked out whenever I get round to shelling out some money..
I understand about the reason for quiting the blog, and hope your move and new home are enjoyable..
Welcome back :)

kwtia said...

At 4:01 PM, Chai-7aleeb said...

C'est La Vie.We live in Kuwait..........!!!!!!!!

Hi Chai-7aleeb
Sorry I had to delete the two other times my post published and so I moved your comment here..
That's a lot of exclamation marks..

Shemsi said...

Yeah, it's been a weird couple of months. My husband and I moved to South Carolina from Texas. We don't start work until mid-Aug, so we're just trying to adjust. I put some pictures up on our blog, if you want to take a look. It's very beautiful out here, but it's really strange to be around so many trees after living in Kuwait and Dallas :)

kwtia said...

Shemsi, It looks beautiful with all those must have lots of clean fresh air :) Enjoy your time off till work starts..stay out in all that green.

Shemsi said...

My mom said she'd watch Wordplay for the both of us (it's not showing here either). I guess you and I will just have to wait for the DVD :)