Tunisia goes to the poll stations

Today, Tunisia - the country where the Arab revolt/Arab spring started at the start of the year - goes to the polls.

Much is being said about these elections, with many people having many opinions.

Some fear that Tunisia will fall back from the heights of "feminism" that it reached under the previous secularist govenments which had forced women to uncover.

Others say that if the Islamic minded parties win, then freedom will be eroded.

Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit exchanged for Palestinian prisoners

Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, captured 5 years ago in 2006 when he was just 19 has now been released - being exchanged for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners - some of whom had been convicted of serious crimes, others who had not been charged at all.

He has spent a long time in captivity, and so have some of the people released.

One thing which I noted is that the 1000:1 ratio used here has been used previously too, when 1000 Palestinians (generally civillians) were killed for each Israeli (generally a soldier) in the assault in Gaza at the end of 2008/start of 2009.

The "civilised world" wants a two state solution between Israel and Palestine...

Except now that the Palestinians are taking this solution to the UN, all hell breaks loose.

The US says it will veto it, Israel is dead set against and even Tony Blair has risen from the lower regions of hell to try and stir against it.

I guess they all want a two state solution as long as it is not real.

Unity is not about having no differences

but it is about tolerating them.

Think about it.

People are always calling for "the ummah" to "unite" and generally set out new places and positions to unite, telling them to leave the bickering of old.

But what these people don't understand is that there have been differing opinions and views from the start - going as far back as the first caliph and how to deal with the insurgent tribes in Arabia or even earlier to how to elect a new leader.

Book Review: "Islam without Extremes" by Mustafa Akyol

I have recently read a book by Mustafa Akyol titled "Islam without extremes", which is trying to answer the great mystery in Islam. The author quotes David Forte who makes the following statement:

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