January 10, 2013

Who’s Your Hero? Reflections on Assad’s Latest Speech

By Martin Accad Many years ago, when I was 12, I took part in a children’s summer camp in Switzerland, attended mainly by Lebanese, but also by a dozen Syrian kids. I remember a game where each child was asked to declare who their hero was. There were, of course, […]
November 15, 2012

Will Obama’s Second Term Be Worth Dancing For? Revisiting the 2009 Cairo Speech

By Martin Accad On June 4, 2009, about 8 months after he took office for his first term, US President Barack Obama addressed the Muslim world from Cairo, Egypt. His remarks were entitled: “A New Beginning,” and were delivered from the stage of the University of Cairo, at the joint invitation […]
October 18, 2012

Domesticating Slavery in the Contemporary Arab World

by Martin Accad There is an issue in our Arab region these days that has become so blatantly intolerable that most people seem to have instinctively shut off their natural capacity to see it or to talk about it: the situation of “domestic workers.” Both those responsible for this human […]
September 19, 2012

“Terry Jones” Strikes Again! This time with his friends…

By Martin Accad The movie trailer, “Innocence of Muslims,” which was considered by millions to be offensive to Islam and to its prophet Muhammad is in its second week of controversy. Embassies have been burnt down, people have been killed, flags of western nations continue to go up in flames […]
August 16, 2012

Our Utilitarian Ethics and the ‘Arab Spring’

by Martin Accad The phenomenon that has been labeled the ‘Arab Spring’ is known today through its diverse incarnations in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, and Syria. It looks different in each country and is in each place at a different stage. But in each of these places the phenomenon […]
July 23, 2012

My view on Israel/Palestine is Inspired by a Jew

by Martin Accad IMES has just run its 9th annual conference: Middle East Conference 2012. For 5 days we heard from Profs. Colin Chapman, Glen Stassen, Sami Awad, and others, beginning with the historical, political and theological backgrounds to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and eventually focusing on the tragic daily realities […]