China’s Muslim Theme Park

A curator of a museum of the Hui experience is faced with a difficult task. He or she must convey that Chinese Muslims have always been linked to the wider Islamic world, while still demonstrating that their primary loyalties are to the Chinese nation. The exhibits must reinforce that the Hui have always been integrated into Chinese society, while giving the impression that the Chinese Communist Party has done more to advance their status than did previous regimes.… Read More China’s Muslim Theme Park

Mapping the Violent End of an Era

  The Rand MacNally era of the Middle East has ended. That is an historically heavily loaded and brilliant statement.  Simple, but powerful in that it provides a context for understanding the Middle East today.  There is much more than just this, but it helpful to understand. Many of the current borders of the Middle…

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Saudi FM says ‘Assad not part of the solution’ in Syria

I didn’t realize that this article is 3 months old.  But given that the Syrian Opposition has accepted an invitation to talks by Saudi Arabia it is important to note it. Russia and Saudi Arabia failed in talks to overcome their differences on the fate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “A key reason behind the… Read More Saudi FM says ‘Assad not part of the solution’ in Syria

The question of the mass settlement of Jews in Palestine, 1945

Is it ever really about people? For me?  Yes.  This is a sensitive topic that I hesitate to post about.  This is a personal perspective of an event in history, not a statement of sympathy for one group over another.  That is reserved for face to face conversations.  Not a blog. I am curious, but… Read More The question of the mass settlement of Jews in Palestine, 1945