Today in Middle Eastern history: Jordan’s Black September begins (1970)

Anybody familiar with the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre might wonder if the title of this post refers to the Palestinian terrorist organization that perpetrated the Munich attack, and the answer is See, “Black September,” the organization, never would have existed if it weren’t for “Black September,” the event that began on September 16, 1970 in… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Jordan’s Black September begins (1970)

More details on Ahmed Mohamed’s story

In my haste to get out the door for an appointment, I left out some of the juicier details of the story of that 14 year old kid in Texas who got hauled in by the cops for building a clock, mostly because his name is “Ahmed Mohamed” and not “Joe White American.” For one… Continue reading More details on Ahmed Mohamed’s story

Arrested for “telling time while Arab”

Irving, Texas, sounds like a warm and welcoming place, the kind of place where a young, budding engineer can build a clock from scratch, and, if he looks too Muslim-y, wind up getting arrested on suspicion of being a bomb-toting terrorist: A high school student in Texas whose hobby was inventing thought he had a… Continue reading Arrested for “telling time while Arab”

Hungarian PM tests the E.U.’s limits

I mentioned Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán yesterday, and, with his willingness to say what other people are only thinking, he’s really emerged as the face of Europe’s anti-refugee element. Orbán is an interesting guy, a former advocate of liberal democracy against Soviet hegemony who now models himself after Vladimir Putin and openly talks about… Continue reading Hungarian PM tests the E.U.’s limits

It goes back further than that

Joshua Keating turns to recent history to explain why Eastern European countries have been so downright hostile to inbound Syrian refugees: So what accounts for this hostility in the countries that Donald Rumsfeld once called “new Europe”? For one thing, Eastern Europe (I’m using the term to distinguish these countries from places like Germany and… Continue reading It goes back further than that

A falling out among friends?

The investigation into that fatal (the death toll is now 107) crane collapse last Friday in Mecca has a target: the Saudi Binladin Group: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman sanctioned the powerful Saudi Binladin Group Tuesday over the collapse of a construction crane at Mecca’s Grand Mosque, which killed more than 100 people days before the… Continue reading A falling out among friends?

They’re escaping a f***ing war, you walking pile of toxic sludge

I’m not a regular Bible reader, but some passages stuck with me from my days as a Good Catholic. Like this one, Matthew 6:5-6: 5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be… Continue reading They’re escaping a f***ing war, you walking pile of toxic sludge