Liberal life, violent ideologies: the anomalies of Europe’s youth being attracted to extremist dogma
A Speech by Kanwal Sibal, former Foreign Secretary of India, delivered in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom on March 24, 2015
Let me begin by making some general observations, which may not be scholarly but which express a commonsensical reaction to the topic that we are discussing this afternoon.
It is indeed anomalous that European youth, whether Muslim or non-Muslim, should be attracted to such a cruel ideology as the one represented by the Islamic State.
That non-Muslim European youth should be beguiled by such an inhumanly violent set of beliefs is truly astonishing.
As regards European Muslims, it defies logic that having been brought up in liberal, democratic societies which guarantee human freedoms, especially freedom of thought and speech, they should be attracted to the kind of obscurantist thinking that is espoused by jihadi groups.
It is not easily comprehensible how the liberal societies in which they live, the liberal education they have received in secular institutions, should have left such little impact on them.
Christian and Muslim leaders yesterday agreed to establish such a structure in Bkerké. It will hold quarterly meetings. The failure to elect a new president and the Islamist threat are the main issues that require a solution. On the long run, the arrival of Syrian and Iraqi refugees, on top of existing Palestinian refugees, threatens the country’s very existence.
An interfaith meeting was held yesterday in Bkerké, See of the Patriarchate of Antioch of the Maronites. Lebanon’s Christian and Muslim religious leaders met to take stock of the region’s tragic developments, and understand the country’s predicament in the evolving situation.
Participants decided to make the meeting a permanent Islamic-Christian forum, convened at quarterly intervals. Although late, yesterday’s decision to make the meeting permanent is to be welcomed.
By Sara Flounders and Lamont Lilly, Workers World, March 17, 2015
U.S. efforts to overturn the government of Syria have now extended into a fifth year. It is increasingly clear that thousands of predictions reported in the corporate media by Western politicians, think tanks, diplomats and generals of a quick overturn and easy destruction of Syrian sovereignty have been overly optimistic, imperialist dreams. But four years of sabotage, bombings, assassinations and a mercenary invasion of more than 20,000 fighters recruited from over 60 countries have spread great ruin and loss of life.
The U.S. State Department has once again made its arrogant demand that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must step down. This demand confirms U.S. imperialism’s determination to overthrow the elected Syrian government. Washington intends to impose the chaos of feuding mercenaries and fanatical militias as seen today in Libya and Iraq.
A delegation from the International Action Center headed by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark traveled to Syria in late February to present a different message.
There is no military solution to the Yemen crisis. It is essentially a tussle for power between various political actors. The solution has to be political.
Military air-strikes helmed by Saudi Arabia, and supported by most of the other Gulf monarchies and other governments in the region, notably Egypt, have exacerbated an already volatile situation. If these governments decide in the next few days to launch a ground offensive, the consequences will be horrendous.
Statement by H.E. Mr. Gholamali Khoshroo, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations in the Open Debate in the Security Council on the Victims of Attacks and Abuses on Ethnic or Religious Ground in the Middle East, March 27, 2015
In the name of God, the Compassionate and the Merciful
Allow me to begin by expressing my appreciation to you and French Presidency for convening this meeting on the multifaceted challenges that we face in combating violence and extremism in the Middle East and beyond. I also thank the Secretary-General and High Commissioner for Human Rights and other briefers for their inputs to this debate.
The Islamic Republic of Iran strongly condemns widespread targeting and killing of ethnic and religious minorities by Daesh terrorists and all other extremist groups. We also condemn the destruction of Mosques, holy shrines, churches, temples as well as artifacts, and archeological treasures representing the rich cultural heritage of humanity.
On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia launched a series of airstrikes inside Yemen and reportedly deployed 150,000 troops supported by over 100 fighter aircraft targeting Shiite Houthi rebels who are embroiled in a vicious civil war with the majority-Sunni-run Yemeni Government.
EDINBURGH (Sputnik), Mark Hirst – A major Saudi Arabian military intervention in Yemen is an outright breach of international law that could have serious consequences for the entire region, Dr. Hans Koechler, President of the International Progress Organization (IPO) in Austria, told Sputnik on Thursday.
Our challenge is to see in technology both today’s instruments of employer control and the preconditions for a post-scarcity society.
By Peter Frase, Jacobin, March, 2015
Is Google making us stupid? Is Facebook making us lonely? Are robots going to steal our jobs? These, it seems, are the anxieties that afflict many today.
Capitalism is defined by the drive to maximize profits, and one of the surest paths to that goal has always been reducing the cost of wage labor. Hence, the constant push to increase productivity through new production techniques, automation, and now computerization and robotization.
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