Western China violence comes to Beijing

I have been following the low-level insurgency in China’s western Xinjiang Province for years, from the chaos that coincided with the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2009 riots to the recent disturbances earlier this year…but this was surprising. It appears to be some semblance of a suicide car bombing, but the details are still murky … More Western China violence comes to Beijing

Back to the old days

Prior to 2001, the Taliban government of Afghanistan regularly persecuted Shiite Muslims and treated them as lesser human beings. Those in the western hemisphere who have nominally paid attention to the region and the Shia of Afghanistan might remember their suffering in the book The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, as well as the movie … More Back to the old days

Denying reality will not strengthen your case

I spent Friday night arguing with a friend of mine at a hotel restaurant here in Tijuana about Islamic fundamentalists, the attacks they commit, and whether or not they exist. He denies what I believe to be obvious fact: that the above-mentioned fanatics slaughter innocent Muslims, religious minorities, and anyone who doesn’t fit into their … More Denying reality will not strengthen your case