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‘Palestine + 100’ Review

By Layla Azmi Goushey   In Palestine + 100: Stories from a century after the Nakba, twelve Palestinian writers answer the question” What might your country look like in the year 2048?” Their answers are encased in a thrilling collection of speculative, dystopian, and futuristic short fiction edited by Basma …

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Review of Political travails of Time travel

“I enjoyed the question you posed about why Bester didn’t have Hassel murder Jesus.” – Richard Chwedyk Hi Gouthama, At last, I’ve gotten around to reading Political Travails of Time Travel and found it most entertaining and thought-provoking. I was most intrigued with the Indian folktales about the trees of …

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If on a science fiction’s night a traveller

By Gouthama Siddarthan   When my book, ‘I travagli politici del viaggio nel tempo’ – (Translation by Davite Mana), was published in Italian, it was Domenico Attianese, who for the first time introduced it. It was thanks to his introduction that my book hogged a widespread attention. Also, Vincenzo Barone …

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Short Story in Focus – “Lambs of the Desert”

By Layla Azmi Goushey*   “Lambs of the Desert”, a short story by Dr. Emad El-Din Aysha is an intriguing blend of science fiction and resistance Literature.[1] Dr. Aysha, who is bilingual in English and Arabic, and whose birthplace is the United Kingdom, is currently a resident of Cairo, Egypt …

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ShiBboLeTh and India

A message about Silvio Gesell, author of The Natural Economic Order, and the mind behind Money with Demurrage, was received approvingly Friday by The New Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi. The message was sent by Angel NicGillicuddy author of ShiBboLeTh the book. India has a history of supporting the …

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The Invisible Theatre

By Gouthama Siddarthan*   The other day I happened on a performance of ‘Annanmaar koothu’ (Elder Brothers Theatre), one of the Tamils’ antediluvian folk story-in-songs.  This folk form assumes significance, deeply rooted in the western part of Tamil Nadu, that is, Kongu region, and narrating aesthetically designed battlefield scenes conjuring …

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Car designing and postmodernism

By Gouthama Siddarthan*   Among  several programmes on the my favourite American TV channel  History TV, the most charming and appealing one is the  Leepu and Pitbull reality television series.  That has gone down well with lovers of cars remodelled out of the old and the condemned. The show revolves around …

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Married to a Bedouin

A New Zealand nurse visited the ancient city of Petra in Jordan, where she met a Bedouin seller of souvenirs and loved him and lived with him in his cave. By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem — ‘”Where you staying?” the Bedouin asked. “Why you not stay with me tonight – in …

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May the Fortunes Smile on You… A Dialogue with Eslam Abdel-Rahman, Egypt’s answer to Dan Brown!

By Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD     وَإِذْ يَمْكُرُ بِكَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لِيُثْبِتُوكَ أَوْ يَقْتُلُوكَ أَوْ يُخْرِجُوكَ ۚ وَيَمْكُرُونَ وَيَمْكُرُ اللَّهُ ۖ وَاللَّهُ خَيْرُ الْمَاكِرِينَ And [remember, O Muhammad], when those who disbelieved plotted against you to restrain you or kill you or evict you [from Makkah]. But they plan, …

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Can a Horror Be an Evilma?

By Gouthama Siddarthan* —     Speculative fiction has, of late, been catching up in the world of writing which is highly enamoured of it.  But there is a great danger of this fascination falling into the groove of popular legal thriller. The danger bristles with the risky possibility of …

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Angolan President arrives in UAE

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received the President of Angola, Joao Lourenco, who was in the UAE to attend the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, ADSW, at Al Shati Palace on Sunday. H.H. Sheikh …

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UAE commercial exchange with Armenia on the rise

The total value of non-oil trade between the UAE and the Republic of Armenia reached AED920 million during 2017, compared to AED375 million in 2015, the Ministry of Economy has said. In a report on the trade policy review between the two countries, the ministry said that doubling of trade …

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Why Did the Muslim Brotherhood Fail?

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem — First appeared on al-Mesbar Studies and Research Centre — The “Arab Spring” revolutions lent an unprecedented opportunity for the Muslim Brotherhood movement to emerge from secrecy and take political power, whether by ballot or by bullet, in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and elsewhere. Indeed, the Brotherhood …

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‘Feelings Out of the Law’ by Rola Ghanem

By: Wasan Abu-Baker* Dr. Rola Ghanem is a Palestinian contemporary novelist, from the city of Tulkarem. Her short story, Feelings Out of the Law, is a beautiful piece that creatively covers a significance topic within Palestinian society.  She is brave to bring to light social issues found in society which …

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BOOK REVIEW – ‘Tower of the Stork’ by Dima Al Samman

Reviewed by: Wasan Abu-Baker*   Dima Al Samman, is a contemporary Jerusalemite Palestinian novelist. She was born and raised in ancient Jerusalem and earned her bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Birzeit University.  She received a High Diploma in Television Direction and is currently the Director General of the Palestinian Ministry …

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