Category Archives: News and Views
Khalid Kishtainy, author, translator and broadcaster
Libya’s political leaders must not mistake the lack of demonstrative political pressure to address the issue of national reconciliation as a sign that all is forgiven. Dealing with our past is akin to treating national internal bleeding whose symptoms might not be immediately apparent to the naked eye but whose long term consequences for the health of Libya’s body politic can be extremely harmful.
This week I have built up a library of such photographs in my mind, images of dead and horribly injured Palestinian children in Gaza. Some of them so brutally battered by the force of the artillery that rained down upon them, they were pulled from the rubble looking more like dirty, broken, discarded dolls than anything that ever drew breath. Yet each of these babies was, perhaps only yesterday, loved and treasured. Today, they are – at least to the world outside Gaza – merely statistics.
I remember it well. I put the letter in the post box on the same day Muntazir Al Zaidi threw his shoes at President Bush. I remember it well. How could I forget that?”
A journalist asked me: “Is sexual harassment against young women due to sexual hunger among young men?”
Happiness is a beautiful woman that becomes a prostitute, he explains, because Sadness has convinced people they can buy her. In the end, Sadness murders Happiness and people in high places say she had it coming.
While McKinnon plans his defence, Talha Ahsan languishes in solitary confinement in a maximum security prison, probably in Florida, facing trial in a US court. He was not even allowed to say goodbye to his devoted family who continue to campaign on his behalf.
The Taliban and Al Qaeda are reported to be outraged by the international press coverage Malala has attracted, turning her into a
“Darling, don’t wait for me. I won’t be able to come home tonight. Some very urgent business has cropped up. Baghdad is in danger of flood.”
Last month I took a carpet to be cleaned. It was a gift from the oasis of Siwa, beautifully hand-woven in stripes of alternating white and red. The dyes aren’t colorfast, so I had to cross the river to the upscale neighborhood of Zamalek to find a dry-cleaner. The person behind the counter examined the carpet and said ‘no problem’.