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A great deal has been written about the waves of protest and revolution in parts of the Middle East; much of it uses the powerful tool of analogy to shed light on the situation and to open up the debate. Is the ‘Arab Spring’ analogous to Prague 1968, Tehran 1979, Berlin 1989 or even Paris 1789? No one can agree but it is certainly fuelling café conversation all over the region. The reference to historical comparisons and more importantly the ensuing debate is helping to make sense of what is happening here in the Middle East, even if it can’t give easy answers.
Number 571 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, asked by the Daily Doingitonpurpose.
Thanks to Arieh Kovler, who noted the original version of the question in Haaretz, a little more specific: “Are these the nails used to crucify Jesus?”
And to Benjamin, who noted the similarity to number 570, asked by the [...]
One week to go and it couldn’t be going worse. Just when I thought I was into my gentle taper with nothing worse than my nerves to contend with and avoiding illness, my hip has started to hurt.
Unfortunately it’s not any muscular pain that I have become used to or familiar niggle that settles after [...]
In the build-up to tonight’s Champions League second-leg against Chelsea, Sir Alex Ferguson has been lavishing praise on Ecuadorian winger Antonio Valencia.
The South American’s second season at Old Trafford came to an abrupt halt in September when he broke his leg against Rangers. Six months later, the former Wigan player has returned, and his form [...]
Steve Carell is the epitomy of ‘uncool’ as straight-laced Cal Weaver, so when he finds himself newly single he’s got plenty to learn.
Last week Iraqi forces entered a camp in Iraq housing members of the Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI). Thirty three residents were killed and over 300 wounded. Were the US authorities, as it has been suggested, told of the intended attack by the Iraqi Government?
Ten months ago, in the early hours of June 11th 2010, after attending the 2010 FIFA World Cup Kick Off Concert in Soweto, Zenani Mandela Jnr was killed in a tragic car accident. Zenani, my only daughter, had just turned thirteen years old on the 9th June 2010. Consequently, her unfortunate and untimely passing was a tragedy shared by millions across the globe. In this very moment; the eyes of the world would turn to road safety and as a result, would recognize the horrific toll a road accident can really take.
Working Class Tory repeats a formative grievance of mine from an unusual perspective. It used to be a left-wing complaint that Labour won more votes in the 1951 election while the Conservatives won more seats. WTC complains that Winston Churchill was useless at winning elections, losing in 1945, 1950 — and “losing” in 1951.
In fact the [...]
Last year France became the first country in Europe to make wearing a veil in public illegal, and now it has become the first to enforce it as yesterday two women were arrested outside Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral. It was a drop in the ocean for religious tolerance but outrage rippled out from the city across the [...]
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