Daily quote – May the 3rd

“I shook hands with a friendly Arab. I still have my right arm to prove it.” – Spike Milligan Advertisements

(Mentally) packing for Rome

As you might have noticed, I will visit Rome in about three weeks. I will spend eight days there with my schoolmates, since we’re  all attending grammar school and have studied Latin for five years now. Since there will be a strict program to  follow on this excursion, there won’t be much spare time to … Continue reading

Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera is a news service based in what you could call the centre of the Arab world. Although it is providing news from all over the world, the service is very well known and praised (and, of course, critisised) for its covering of the Arab spring. If you want to stay updated, please check … Continue reading

Dailt quote – April the 13th

”The Arab world also won the Nobel with me. I believe that international doors have opened, and that from now on, literate people will consider Arab literature also. We deserve that recognition.” – Naguib Mahfouz

Daily quote – April the 11th

”I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a US occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East, and encourage the worst, rather than best, … Continue reading

Daily quote – April the 9th

”For me, poetry is a situation – a state of being, a way of facing life and facing history.” – Tahar Ben Jelloun

Daily quote – April the 6th – On Arab influence in Western Europe

”To this day the Arab influence is evident in southern Italy, northern Africa and, above all, in Spain.” – Carroll Quigley   As some of you might know, the Arab influence in Spain and Portugal was really big. The most famous example of Arab heritage left in Spain is the Alhambra in Granada, a beautiful … Continue reading

Tahar Ben Jelloun

As you might have noticed, I have referred to quotes made by Tahar Ben Jelloun several times over the last couple of days (click here and here). Born in Marocco, he is one of the most famous contemporary writers in the Arab world and is a very prolific writer, having written more than 30 pieces, … Continue reading

Daily quote – April the 4th

”In the Arab world, there is no link between the cultural habits of peoples and the ways of thinking and creating of modern intellectuals. They are two separate worlds.” – Tahar Ben Jelloun Read more: – Daily quote – April the 1st

Daily quote – April the 3th

”Somebody was asking me the other day – President Bush is now talking about freedom for the Arab world. I say, well, that’s great. I was talking about that fifty years ago.” – Lakhdar Brahimi

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