Eyas's Blog

Occasional musings on software development, tech, the Middle East, and anything else.

Interesting read on the reign of Talal of Jordan: “Jordan in Transition”

King Talal of Jordan is one of the personalities that always alluded to my interest; with little information available on the 11-month-reigning king, the figure remains mysterious on multiple levels. I recently came across a very interesting book, entitled “ From Abdullah to Hussein: Jordan in Transition ”, a book by Robert Barry Satloff ( @Amazon . A chapter within the book discusses the short…

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Islamic Achievements in the Shadow of Eurocentrism: How Islam Paved Europe's Future and Europe Forgot

The essay below was written as a mid-term assignment for a class I’m doing at MIT. I thought it was worth sharing, so here it is below: More often than not, it may seem to many as if the world, historically, evolved under the leadership of Europe. As Europe went ‘dormant’ in the Dark Ages, many believe that, with it, History stood still. Certainly, this can be witnessed in science and technology…

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The Goldstone Report: a Defining Moment in U.S. Foreign Policy?

I’ve been enthusiastic about Barrack Obama since the U.S. elections, and I have always had a good feeling about the type of change we might witness in the rest of the world. Such enthusiasm was rewarded during Obama’s speech to the Muslim world, where it became evident that – according to U.S. claims – the United States intends to become more fair, balanced, and open in their foreign policy. My…

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Netanyahu, Tear Down this Wall!

Israel cannot rely on a right of self‑defence or on a state of necessity in order to preclude the wrongfulness of the construction of the wall. The Court accordingly finds that the construction of the wall and its associated régime are contrary to international law. International Court of Justice Why is it so that a structure proclaimed illegal (or in breach of international treaties) by the…

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More thoughts on the Arab-Israeli Conflict

I have initially wrote when I was applying to universities as a response to one of the questions. I recently went through it and felt it was relevant to share here. Once the actual website is complete, I’ll probably have a copy of this in my ‘writings’ section. For now, here is it: The Arab-Israeli conflict is a regional issue that has plagued over sixty years of Middle East history; nearly a…

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