clash of civilizations
With our former hegemons in precipitous decline I am often reminded of Aesop's inquisitive fox, who visits an old lion one day as he lies enfeebled amidst the cold shadows of his cave. Presumably the story had as much to say to us in the early 1900s with the slow shrinking of the Pax Britannica as it does today as our vexed Pax Americana gradually hits the dust.
I was listening to a German parliamentarian the other night. She was making some anodyne comments about transatlantic friendship
We like to live our lives, go to bars, go to football games and concerts. We believe -- and rightly so -- that we have the right to live our lives in this way. Only, through the actions of our nations, we make it impossible for many other people to live their lives in the same way.
What makes the Republicans discourse' on Islam and the Muslim world dangerous is that it is disseminated through a wide and powerful network of media outlets and rightwing think tanks then consumed by a public with no direct contact or firsthand knowledge of the Muslim world.
PARIS -- Islamophobia is not a new phenomenon, suddenly uncovered by social media on the Internet. Islamophobia is as old as Islam itself. Yet, Islam can be rightly credited as a trendsetter in interfaith harmony. We all need to articulate that for the sake of humanity.
Mid-late 1960s: West goes East. While it was John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Canada that initiated Rock n' Roll Diplomacy, George Harrison was the first to apply that concept to music.
ISTANBUL -- In his seminal 1996 volume, The Clash of Civilizations, Samuel Huntington described Turkey as a "torn country." According to Huntington, despite its adoption of Western institutions such as democracy and the rule of law, Turkey remains firmly rooted in the culture of the Islamic world and is therefore experiencing a "civilizational crisis." Today, Turkey is still the only secular, democratic republic in the Islamic world; sadly, under Erdoğan's increasingly Islamist rule, it is proving Huntington right with every passing day.
So what is the wound of the people? There is no simple answer, but we are beginning to understand that this is the all-important question because it leads us to engage the conflicts from which we must not shy away and it prevents us from engaging in false ones.
As a Christian standing in what had once been a magnificent church, I could not feel the holiness of those huge disks. I felt bullied by them.
If I'm not on one side, this doesn't mean that I'm with the other. I'm neither on the side of those media that insult my faith and beliefs and spread lies, nor the side of violent criminals who insult my faith and beliefs, and spread lies.