Category Archives: Middle East

Klaatu Barada Nikto

Isaac Asimov wrote the three laws of robotics in I ROBOT. 1.) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. 2.) A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. 3.) […]

Jerusalem 1920

Population 1922. Jewish 33,971 Muslims 13,413 Christian 14,669 And about 4000 others. Of course the rest of Palestine was another story. Jeiwsh 84,000 Christian 71,000 Muslims 589,000 It was a different world. Jerusalem was a different place.

FREE THE WORLD

In 2011 gold soared to record prices and every day a steady flow of customers entered our diamond exchange on West 47th Street to sell their precious jewelry and family heirlooms. They were of all ages, nationalities, and races. Most of them were honest, but buying stolen merchandise or swag was a crime. Richie Boy, […]

WHAT MUST BE SAID by Gunther Grass

Poetry by eighty-four year-old Germans is rarely read by anyone, however in 2012 Gunther Grass’s WHAT MUST BE SAID has reaped the Nobel Prize winner a firestorm of condemnation from Israel and Germany. The Israeli interior minister went so far as to declare the writer of THE TIN DRUM ‘persona non grata’ and demand that […]

Iraq Break-Up

The World Cup superseded all news over the weekend. The Civil War in Iraq continued without cessation during the last weeks of Ramadan, the holy fasting month of Islam. ISIS the Islamic militant force from Syria is looking for a knockout blow against the US-supported Malaki regime. The Kurds to the north have seized two […]