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Waq al-Waq

Abbreviated papers on Monday

about 5 years ago

In what is becoming a sad and sick habit lately, I'm desperately trying to meet a deadline and keeping various editors at bay, but that doesn't mean I don't have a few minutes to post. First, as Ibn Silliqi (I think that is the preferred transliteration) pointed out the new AQAP video - although ...

Strange Maps

411 - Lit Map of Frisco

about 5 years ago

Whoever after due and proper warning shall be heard to utter the abominable word “Frisco,” which has no linguistic or other warrant, shall be deemed guilty of a High Misdemeanor, and shall pay into the Imperial Treasury as penalty the sum of twenty-five dollars. - Norton I, Emperor of the United ...

Daylight Atheism

Religion Promotes Morality: The Evidence

about 5 years ago

One could argue that atheism leads to immorality. With no God-given commandments, the atheist pretty much has to make up moral standards as he or she goes along... The philosopher John Locke – one of the intellectual forebears of American democracy – once said that atheists can't ultimately be ...


Lebanon's Problems Go Beyond Politics

about 5 years ago

Attention is finally being paid to Lebanon’s latent political crisis. The prime minister-designate, Saad Hariri, has sacked himself, according to the constitution, for failing to cobble together a power-sharing agreement of various ministries. Hariri blames the Hezbollah-led opposition for blocking ...

Waq al-Waq

The Forum Shell Game

about 5 years ago

Last year on the eve of September 11 the al-Ikhlas forum was taken off-line. I have yet to see a good explanation for its absence although I have heard plenty of conspiracy theories many of which could form the kernel of a good novel. It was a bit disappointing for the students who were about to ...

Waq al-Waq

Double Endorsement

about 5 years ago

I know Greg posted below about Christopher Boucek's Carnegie piece, but having read it last night I want to doubly endorse it. It is a large overview, but unlike many large pieces it hones in on many key and often over-looked details. One I found particularly interesting was the amount of private ...