The global asylum and refugee system is no longer fit for purpose. As a beneficiary of that system, I do not make such a statement lightly. The reality is that it is outdated and can no longer cope with the challenges posed by mass violence and global migration today.
Following the displacement of European Jews during World War II, the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees was devised not out of idealism but as a practical, Eurocentric Cold War policy. It’s been argued that the convention’s architects intended it to provide a method of escape for those caught on the wrong side of the iron curtain.… Seguir leyendo »
Le président François Hollande a qualifié les attaques du 13 novembre d’« actes de guerre » perpétrés par l’Etat islamique (EI) et il a eu raison de reconnaître, quoique avec un peu de retard, que les djihadistes sont depuis plusieurs années en guerre contre l’Occident.
L’EI promettant de nouveaux attentats en Europe, celle-ci – et pas seulement la France – doit se placer tout entière sur le pied de guerre et rassembler toute la force militaire nécessaire pour détruire l’EI et son prétendu califat en Syrie et en Irak. Non le « contenir » ou l’« affaiblir », mais bien le détruire.… Seguir leyendo »
The ferment we see in the Muslim world today is not solely due to despotic political systems, and it is not solely due to failing economies and the poverty they breed. Rather, it is also due largely to Islam itself and the incompatibility of certain of that faith’s key tenets with modernity. That is why the most important conflict in the world today is between those who are hell-bent on preserving, and even increasing, these incompatibilities, and those who are bravely prepared to challenge them — not to overthrow Islam but to reform it.
Forget the crude distinction between “extreme” and “moderate” Muslims.… Seguir leyendo »
Egypt’s newly elected president, Mohamed Morsi, was caught on tape about three years ago urging his followers to “nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred” for Jews and Zionists. Not long after, the then-leader of the Muslim Brotherhood described Zionists as “bloodsuckers who attack the Palestinians,” “warmongers” and “descendants of apes and pigs.”
These remarks are disgusting, but they are neither shocking nor new. As a child growing up in a Muslim family, I constantly heard my mother, other relatives and neighbors wish for the death of Jews, who were considered our darkest enemy. Our religious tutors and the preachers in our mosques set aside extra time to pray for the destruction of Jews.… Seguir leyendo »
In 1985, as a teenager in Kenya, I was an adamant member of the Muslim Brotherhood. Seventeen years later, in 2002, I took part in a political campaign to win votes for the conservative party in the Netherlands.
Those two experiences gave me some insights that I think are relevant to the current crisis in Egypt. They lead me to believe it is highly likely but not inevitable that the Muslim Brotherhood will win the elections to be held in Egypt this coming September.
As a participant in an election campaign, I learned a few basic lessons:
• The party must have a political program all members commit to with a vision of how to govern the country until the next election.… Seguir leyendo »
One of the earlier and most remarkable memories of my youth is a conversation with my grandmother. I had many conversations with her, or rather monologues, but this particular one stands out as she imparted the most important insights of her teachings. It was the moment when I understood how much I was worth. My value was approximately the same as a piece of sheep fat in the sun.
We were on our front yard of white sand. It was a hot day, like almost all days in Mogadishu. There was nothing unusual about the flies that irritated us or the ants that I avoided for fear of their sharp, agonizing bites.… Seguir leyendo »
Qu’ont en commun les controverses entourant le projet de construction d’une mosquée à deux pâtés de maisons de Ground Zero, l’expulsion du Maroc de missionnaires américains en début d’année, l’interdiction des minarets en Suisse l’année dernière et la récente interdiction du port de la burqa en France ?
Ces quatre événements sont présentés par les médias occidentaux comme des problèmes de tolérance religieuse. Or ce n’est pas de cela qu’il s’agit. Ce sont en réalité des symptômes de ce que Samuel Huntington (1927-2008), professeur à Harvard, appelait le «choc des civilisations», et notamment celui entre islam et Occident.
Pour ceux qui ne se souviennent que du côté frappant de la formule, il est utile de rappeler brièvement l’argumentation d’Huntington.… Seguir leyendo »