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The Divine in Man

by Faysal Mikdadi

Thu 28th Aug 2014
A work by the Palestinian poet, writer and artist, Dr Faysal Mikdadi... [read more]

Never Again

by Faysal Mikdadi

Thu 21st Aug 2014
A work by the Palestinian poet, writer and artist, Dr Faysal Mikdadi... [read more]

The Yellow-Vented Bulbul‏

by Faysal Mikdadi

Mon 18th Aug 2014
A work by the Palestinian poet, writer and artist, Dr Faysal Mikdadi... [read more]
 

I Am a Palestinian

by Faysal Mikdadi

Sat 9th Aug 2014
A work by the Palestinian poet, writer and artist, Dr Faysal Mikdadi... [read more]

God’s Promise

by Faysal Mikdadi

Sat 2nd Aug 2014
A work by the Palestinian poet, writer and artist, Dr Faysal Mikdadi... [read more]

Cycle

by Faysal Mikdadi

Tue 29th Jul 2014
A work by the Palestinian poet, writer and artist, Dr Faysal Mikdadi... [read more]
 

E=MC2

by Faysal Mikdadi

Mon 28th Jul 2014
A work by the Palestinian poet, writer and artist, Dr Faysal Mikdadi... [read more]

The Dead

by Faysal Mikdadi

Tue 22nd Jul 2014
A work by the Palestinian poet, writer and artist, Dr Faysal Mikdadi... [read more]

Fascism Today

by Faysal Mikdadi

Thu 8th May 2014
A friend reminded us on Facebook that today, 8 May, is the anniversary of the end of the War in Europe when Fascism was thankfully defeated... [read more]
 

Betrayal Tinged with Greed and Stupidity

by Faysal Mikdadi

Sun 27th Apr 2014
When, last July, an Israeli friend sent me a message about the news of John Kerry's declaration of the resumption of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, both she and I were not particularly hopeful.... [read more]

Twelve Years a Slave, Sixty Six Years a Living Dead

by Faysal Mikdadi

Sun 13th Apr 2014
Dr Faysal Mikdadi dreams of his lost love - Palestine... [read more]

Letter to President Obama

by Faysal Mikdadi

Tue 18th Mar 2014
Dear Mr. President, I was sorry to hear that you have been upset by that rogue President Putin... [read more]
 

The Promise of the New and the Delusion of the Old

by Faysal Mikdadi

Wed 12th Mar 2014
In 1952 the Egyptian Army Officers' Revolution of the 23 July brought in a new era of hope and pride. By 1967 it had brought us Arabs to the brink of disaster... [read more]

Little Pharaoh

by Faysal Mikdadi

Sun 2nd Feb 2014
The moment General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and his forces removed Morsi from the Egyptian Presidency, I said that he was doing precisely what President Gamal Abdel Nasser did back in 1952... [read more]

Peace Comes through Forgiveness

by Faysal Mikdadi

Fri 3rd Jan 2014
I am a Palestinian. My family moved to Beirut after Israel was created because we were the "myth" that was Palestine... [read more]
 

Britain's Legacy in Palestine (Part 2 of 2)

by Faysal Mikdadi

Sat 28th Dec 2013
Dr Faysal Mikdadi publishes an excellent account of Palestine's history, focusing on how the economic, racist, religious, nationalistic, commercial and orientalist attitudes of Britain shaped the land and its people (Part 2 of 2)... [read more]

Britain's Legacy in Palestine (Part 1 of 2)

by Faysal Mikdadi

Fri 27th Dec 2013
Dr Faysal Mikdadi publishes an excellent account of Palestine's history, focusing on how the economic, racist, religious, nationalistic, commercial and orientalist attitudes of Britain shaped the land and its people (Part 1 of 2)... [read more]

Racism Is Alive and Well - Yet So Polite

by Faysal Mikdadi

Wed 18th Dec 2013
Carol Anne Grayson's recent article evoked so many memories of my own life in Britain since the late 1960s. Grayson is undoubtedly right in feeling so uneasy at what she had experienced of Britain's racism... [read more]
 

A Lifetime of Disillusion

by Faysal Mikdadi

Sat 9th Nov 2013
I recently turned sixty five. This is the same age as the State of Israel. From our side of the fence (or should I say 'of the Separation Wall'), it the same date as the birthday of our dispossession as a Palestinian people... [read more]

Blitz or Bling

by Faysal Mikdadi

Tue 5th Nov 2013
The great British Blitz tradition has been replaced by the great bling tradition. We live purely on sensationalism, exaggeration, self indulgence, dishonest reporting and, sadly, undignified realities... [read more]

Is Islam Compatible with Democracy?

by Faysal Mikdadi

Tue 29th Oct 2013
The Western world, used to its democratic frame of mind, is constantly telling Muslims in general and Arabs in particular, to build democratic governments... [read more]
 

The Culture of Blame Will Get Us Nowhere

by Faysal Mikdadi

Sat 5th Oct 2013
Dr Faysal Mikdadi challenges the culture of blame associated with the long running conflict between Palestinins and Israelis ... [read more]

The Delusion of Democracy

by Faysal Mikdadi

Wed 25th Sep 2013
It is an amazing fact that in most democracies the majority does not rule, writes Dr Faysal Mikdadi... [read more]

Why Do They Hate Our Freedoms So Much?

by Faysal Mikdadi

Sun 1st Sep 2013
Former President Bush Junior, not remembered for being remotely articulate, claimed that "our enemies hate our freedoms".... [read more]
 

International Relations and the Classroom

by Faysal Mikdadi

Sat 17th Aug 2013
We in Britain are often subject to the age old criticism of being insular and self engrossed. Whereas this is not strictly speaking true, there is an element of truth in this belief... [read more]

The Palestinian Right to Education

by Faysal Mikdadi

Fri 9th Aug 2013
Dr Faysal Mikdadi explains how education is the key to Palestinian liberation and democracy... [read more]

The Martian

by Faysal Mikdadi

Tue 23rd Jul 2013
A Martian landed in the woods near Thomas Hardy's Cottage... ... [read more]
 

What It Is Like Being Invisible

by Faysal Mikdadi

Mon 13th May 2013
"Someone must have traduced Joseph K., for without having done anything wrong he was arrested one fine morning"... [read more]

My World Is Upside Down

by Faysal Mikdadi

Thu 18th Apr 2013
What does the ordinary Arab man or woman in the street think about current events? Dr Faysal Mikdadi ponders... [read more]

Maalouf's Disordered World

by Faysal Mikdadi

Thu 11th Apr 2013
Dr Faysal Mikdadi reviews Amin Maalouf's Disordered World... [read more]
 

Iraqi Freedom Ten Years after Liberation

by Faysal Mikdadi

Wed 13th Mar 2013
Next week, on Tuesday 19 March, many of us will remember how, precisely ten years ago, in another and dreamlike existence, we incredulously watched the beginning of the invasion of Iraq. Faisl Mikdadi shares some personal reflection... [read more]

"Leave. Go to Brixton- you'll make it there"

by Faysal Mikdadi

Fri 11th Jan 2013
I am a Palestinian British Muslim. I take great pride in my dual heritage. There shouldn't be a price to pay for this duality, but there is. I have paid it always reluctantly, occasionally resentfully and once or twice bitterly, writes Faisal Mikdadi... [read more]

New Year Resolutions in the Arab Spring

by Faysal Mikdadi

Wed 2nd Jan 2013
Regrettably 2013 has started in a most ghastly realisation of my pessimistic forecast, writes Faysal Mikdadi. The Egyptian comedian, Bassem Youssef, has dared to poke fun at President Morsi and a charge has been filed against him for parodying the President's speeches... [read more]
 

We Arabs know very little about democracy and understand even less

by Faysal Mikdadi

Mon 17th Dec 2012
This is not a self hating statement made in frustration. It is simply the truth. The Arab World has never ever enjoyed a democracy as we understand it today in the Western World or as it was understood at the height of Athenian democratic rule, Dr Faisal Mikdadi says... [read more]

Palestine and Israel: A Modest Suggestion for Peace (Part 2)

by Faysal Mikdadi

Thu 29th Nov 2012
Faisal Mikdadi discusses the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and presents a road map for achieving peace between all peoples and factions that reside in these lands (Part 2)... [read more]

Palestine and Israel: A Modest Suggestion for Peace (Part 1)

by Faysal Mikdadi

Wed 28th Nov 2012
Faisal Mikdadi discusses the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and presents a road map for achieving peace between all peoples and factions that reside in these lands (Part 1)... [read more]
 

Time Magazine and My Psychosis

by Faysal Mikdadi

Sun 4th Nov 2012
Dr. Faysal Mikdadi discusses a recent letter he wrote to Time magazine... [read more]

Bahrain

by Faysal Mikdadi

Sat 3rd Nov 2012
History replays itself over and over again. An endless loop. And we watch. Mesmerised. As if it were the first time. And we never learn... From Hungary to Bahrain, Dr Faisal Mikdadi contemplates the struggle for democracy.... [read more]

Is Iran a threat?

by Faysal Mikdadi

Fri 12th Oct 2012
Dr Faisal Mikdadi asks if Iran is a threat and if so, to whom?... [read more]
 

Whose truth is it anyhow?

by Faysal Mikdadi

Wed 26th Sep 2012
Dr Faysal Mikdadi remembers the Sabra and Shatilla massacre in 1982 and examines the findings of the Kahan Commission which found that responsibility lay with former Israeli Defence minister, Ariel Sharon... [read more]

The USA: Glorious Diversity or Cruel Contradiction?

by Faysal Mikdadi

Mon 24th Sep 2012
Faysal Mikdadi takes a look at the reality of the 'American Dream'... [read more]

Palestine- The Right of Return

by Faysal Mikdadi

Thu 13th Sep 2012
Dr Faisal Mikdadi looks at some of the arguments used to justify Israel's annexation of Palestinian land and discusses the 'right of return'... [read more]
 

The Implication of Syria's Civil Strife

by Faysal Mikdadi

Fri 7th Sep 2012
Syria's Civil War is essentially a war between the majority Sunni Muslims and the minority Alawites (Shi'ites) who have ruled Syria for over 40 years. The result is a foregone conclusion. President Assad will lose and the Alawites will be ousted. Or will they? And before they do, what will be the price paid by others, asks Faysal Mikdadi.... [read more]

Genetic Memories

by Faysal Mikdadi

Fri 31st Aug 2012
Doreen Carvajal writes in the New York Times about the possibility that our genes carry some memories of our ancestors' experiences and 'unfinished business'. Dr Faysal Mikdadi wonders whether this is beneficial, now and for a future generation. ... [read more]

Israel’s Plans for a New Arab World

by Faysal Mikdadi

Wed 22nd Aug 2012
Dr Faysal Mikdadi discusses the consequences of the division and disorganisation seen amongst the countries of the Arab world... [read more]