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I am an Egyptian American born in Alexandria. I immigrated to the US in the late eighties, during this time lived in many places in US and Europe. I work as an IT manager and love it. I love to travel, it makes me feel young, and it awakes in me sense of adventure and curiosity. I love knowing people from different cultures; it never fails to amaze me how we all live in our little worlds that never meet. History is my second amazement, it always differ depending on who is winning, that leads me to my third hobby, politics is it history or human nature that is the culprit?
After Spring, Any Thing Can Happen
The people of the Arab World, wearing headscarf or jeans and sometimes both, demanded freedom and were willing to die for democracy. Where the so-called Arab Spring lead us next will depend on many factors!
Afghanstan - A Plan to Win
Our enemy is not a race, a tribe, or a nation. The fight is against a distorted ideology based on a flawed interpretation of the reasons behind the demise of Islam as a political power and Muslims' role in the world.
Jobs and the blame game
Is it possible to maintain American standard of living, while losing jobs or creating the wrong ones?
Why America is losing jobs even during economic expansions like the one we had in the nineties?
Monday, February 2, 2009(7 comments)
Bye Bye GOP!
As I listen to the same tried and failed proposals, argued by conservative leaders I ponder a simple question. What is the future of the Republican Party in our country?
Sunday, January 25, 2009(4 comments)
Is Obama Ready For The Test?
As the magnitude of the devastation in Gaza becomes more apparent in the coming days with media access to the enclave -suspended during the operation- I expect the calls for War Crimes investigations to gain momentum.Will Obama have the vision and the courage to do the right thing?
Gaza, the questions and answers
Now, is the time for Jewish Americans to put pressure on the American government to help Israel make the tough choices, and now is the time for Arab Americans to work with their Jewish counterparts to help solve the Middle East crisis through honest dialogue.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
The American people and the world spent the last eight years in a binary universe, imposed by our own government. The mantra of the era expressed simply and not so elegantly by our current president "You are with us, or against us."
Saturday, November 29, 2008(5 comments)
Guns, Religion, and Carrots
Although it might sound unreasonable to demand from the western world during these tough economic times to feed the hungry, cure the sick, and create jobs for the unemployed as a way to fight terrorism. In reality, it is cheaper than the tried and failed approach of the last seven years.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Now, it is your turn to prove to Pat that the world can be a safer place, to Kevin that his sacrifices of seventy-two years are not in vain, to Mona that the will of the people are stronger than all the special interests in the world, and to Tim and Lisa that they can earn a decent living and raise a family in their homeland.
Monday, November 3, 2008
The Final Verdict
this election is like no other in the history of the United States, because in these uncharacteristically hard times we have to make a choice not between two accomplished men, or two different economic ideologies, but between two distinctly different worldviews created through personal experiences that shaped America and the world in the eyes of these men.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Thoughts on the economic aftershocks
While the immediate impact of this crisis like all powerful earthquakes is easy to predict, the after shocks of the economic turmoil are the ones difficult to forecast, and most likely will linger with us for many years to come. Will the dissatisfaction of the American electorate bring about a government that is capable of understanding the job at hand and addressing the complexity of the new world order?
Tuesday, July 8, 2008(3 comments)
Independent or Flip-Flopper
The same critics that discovered Obama's secret liberal identity during the primary, now are certain that he belongs to the gang of unprincipled politicians willing to promise anything until elected.
To talk or not to talk
To talk or not to talk, to hear but refuse to listen, to see but ignore the facts is not a Shakespearian quote from the fifteenths century but a style of governing.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Loyalty That Merits an Insult
James Carville the legendary campaign manager of President Clinton, and advisory to Sen. Hillary Clinton explained to the people of this country what they knew by heart but couldn't put in words.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
History teaches us that greatness is not an entitlement, and pride is not a strategy. It is the vibrant economy of a nation, and the endless struggle for achieving success one person at a time through common purpose, individual achievements, and the right kind of leadership.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Elections and the Innocent Questions
The trick is always in the question. Did the surge succeed? How much credit goes to who suggested verses that supported? Should this be a source of pride and a sign of vision?
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Decoding the Middle East
For President Bush trip to the Middle East to succeed in achieving any real benefits it will require much more than photo ops with old men wearing traditional head covers and holding hands with our president. But why is he going anyway?
Friday, November 23, 2007(2 comments)
Checks and Balances in the Age of Lions and Lambs
For an American traveling internationally in the war on terror age, it is always an adventure.The recently released movie "Lions for Lambs" raised many questions that reminded me of this feeling.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Caroline, Polling, and the American Democracy
Democracy is not about constitutions, election cycles, voting, and representation. Even Sadam had those. Democracy is about people willing to invest in learning the facts so they can vote their interests. Will Caroline vote her interest?
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Open letter to all presidential hopefuls
The list of your names is extremely long. The debates are already too many. The questions are repetitive at best and the answers seem insincere although well rehearsed.
Sunday, July 1, 2007(3 comments)
It's the business, stupid
The sickly immigration bill is dead. Therefore, it is time for George W. to look for glory elsewhere, while the law enforcement lovers and the love your brother believers in Congress can search for a new fight. However, for you and me we are stuck with the problem of immigration. But is it really immigration?
Friday, June 8, 2007(1 comments)
The Middle East Victory - Forty Years and Counting!
Forty years ago on June fifth of Nineteen-Sixty-Seven the war broke in the Middle East. It was the third war in less than twenty years. The immediate outcome of the military conflict was nothing short of an earthquake. Many historians and political analysts regardless of their affiliation agree that the Middle East we know today is a direct result of the Sixty-Seven War.
Sunday, May 13, 2007(1 comments)
Waiting for an Independent
As we watch with amazement, sadness, and sometimes pure horror the continuous skirmish between the White House and Congress, it is obvious that each branch of the government is using all available means to score political points.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007(1 comments)
Politics of the impossible
over and over again, actions and decisions by the west and Israel in the Middle east have produced unintended, adverse consequences.
Can We Leave Iraq?
While I believe that immediate troop withdrawal is not in the best interest of the United States, I disagree with the recycled rhetoric about extremism, war on terror and moderate forces in the region.
Sunday, December 24, 2006(6 comments)
Everything is possible!
Is it possible that the rest of the good German people did not object, they chose silence and prayed that somebody else will stop the young patriotic representative?
Everything is possible!
Friday, December 15, 2006
The Amazing Study!
McCain the presidential hopeful, Talabani the Iraqi president, Olmert the Israeli prime minister all agree on one thing: the Baker-Hamilton recommendation stinks!
Sunday, December 3, 2006
Here we go again, the decider decided!
Rumsfeld is a hero, George W is strong, Maliki is the man for the job, Al-Sader signs agreement with the two largest Sunni groups, the pro western government in Lebanon is falling, and we will not have a graceful exit.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Local is Global
A change in policy will improve our standing globally which will enhance our life domestically, but this political change will happen only when the unintended and unsigned alliance between Al-Qaeda, the New Cons and the AIPAC is uncovered and eliminated.
Sunday, November 19, 2006(8 comments)
Open Letter to the American Jewish Community
Will the AIPAC be smart enough to lead Israel and America towards a final solution that will allow both countries to prosper?
Will AIPAC miss the boat?
The answer to this question will be determined in the next few months, and the victim or the winner will be the old Jewish couple living next door and the rest of us!
Monday, November 6, 2006
"What was asked of us" book review
We the outsiders see the war in terms of black and white, justified or not justified, victory or defeat.
A book-signing event last week in midtown Atlanta introduced two dozens of people to "What Was Asked of Us", a personal account of twenty-nine Iraq veterans. This book is the first unvarnished, unfiltered and uncensored history of the Iraq war-straight from the mouths of the men and women who are fighting it.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Iraq: The One and Only Way Out
The only valid question today should not be why we invaded Iraq. History will answer that question. We need to get out of this mess without paying a price for years to come -- and there is only one way out!
Thursday, October 19, 2006
America waiting for a Yunus!
Is it too much to dream that a Yunus will come to America?
That the price of a single Abrams tank can pay for thousands of families to start new life in Gaza, the west bank or Baghdad.
That the budget for building a wall on the border with Mexico will become hundreds of macro loans to help poor Mexicans live and work in their country.
Monday, October 9, 2006
Dear Democratic Party leaders, are you up to the job?
Dear Democratic Party leaders, I do not have a magic wand, I cannot rewrite your political agenda, but this time it is not about you, or your party, or your politics, it is about America, our future and our survival. Are you up to the job?
Wednesday, October 4, 2006
On the Intifada's anniversary, is there a winner?
The Israeli forces or settlers killed people like us but live on $2.10 a day. People with no hope, and the only dream they had called Oslo turned slowly over seven years into a nightmare. This is when people like us rise against their captors that insist on killing or degrading them. The sixth anniversary of the Intifada is a very sad memory of how the world failed and how it is paying the price.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
The world is laughing, are we listening?
The world leaders nodded their heads up and down while looking at each other as the Venezuelan president described his American counterpart as lunatic that thinks he owns the world. The signs of all that the US has lost in respect, diplomacy and world influence were tragically visible, though the US media failed to report them.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
The big bad wolf will eat US!
The boy is not really a boy it is the Republican Party, the president and the media. The cry is not because they are bored, with nothing to do while they are watching over the sheep. It is an intentional cry, and by coincident it happens every two years!
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
The untold story of accountability and security (Healthcare & Homeland)
As the fifth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, we have the opportunity and the responsibility to decide on our next choice for representative. It is time to reflect and review the record, make choices not based on fear, or, the lesser of two evils but by learning the record.
This is the second of four articles discussing the government performance on defining domestic issues (view other articles by author).
Can a good Muslim be a good American?
Simplicity is and will continue to be America's greatest threat. To win the war on terror, we need to identify analyze and understand the real enemy. It took America fifty years to understand communism, and only then we became the victors. The question becomes who is the enemy? Is it Islam the religion? Is it American Muslims? Or is it extremism?