4 Mar 2015
After the changeover takes place, citizens will become shareholders and decisions about how the company is run will be decided by voting at the company’s quarterly meetings. To preserve the company’s delicate demographic balance, the CEO, CFO and Chairman of the board will be selected from the Maronite, Sunni and Shia communities and a similar distribution of seats will be utilised in selecting the members of the company’s board.
27 Feb 2015
In order to understand the Middle East and North Africa/the Arab World/The Near Muslim East one must begin with its centre of gravity and most populous nation, Egypt. Following the general tumult that ensued from the Arab Spring/Arab Uprisings, Egypt is now ruled by the military strongman and former army leader Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi. Sisi, a bald Sunni Muslim secular leader came to power after overthrowing democratically-elected moderate Islamist Sunni (not-bald) Mohammed Morsi .
25 Feb 2015
The AI, knows as Auden, has impressed scientists and programmers with its ability to learn how to play vintage games like Atari very quickly and also to be incredibly specific about the coffee and ale it drinks. Within hours of its release, Auden was pontificating about the aroma and acidity of its black coffee and acquired a taste for ale produced by an obscure microbrewery. It also bought one of those oversized glasses despite having perfect 20/20 vision.
Labels: on the lighter side
19 Feb 2015
In the interview Obama maintained that his aim is denying religious legitimacy to radicals by promoting this alternative vision of Islam. He insisted again that the likes of ISIS and al-Qaeda aren’t true Muslims, in a manifestation of his strategy for ‘takfiring the takfiris’. (Excommunicating the excommunicators.) The president wants ordinary Muslims to take a lighter approach to Islam that will help show this alternate vision, which contrasts sharply with the infuriatingly literalist interpretation of ISIS.
17 Feb 2015
This is the first time I speak about my ordeal with Twitter mobs in public, and I do it with a sense of duty and to raise awareness about the dangers of this kind of online bullying, in hope that we could learn something from this unpleasant episode.
The story begins yesterday around six in the evening, when I came across a website called It's Back To The Future Day! which proclaimed that today (yesterday) was the day that Marty McFly went forward to in Back to the Future, along with a picture of the dashboard of the car showing the actual day. So I tweeted the image with a line that said "If you want to feel really old, today is the 'future' in Back to the Future", not expecting that this single tweet would change my life forever.
If you want to feel really old, today is the 'future' in Back to the Future (right to the minute) pic.twitter.com/RNyGlY5BmM
— Karl Sharro (@KarlreMarks) February 16, 2015
13 Feb 2015
11 Feb 2015
After the end of the ten-year Trojan War, Odysseus is trying to return home to Ithaca to be reunited with his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus. Fearing that Odysseus had died, Penelope and Telemachus are in agony. They are tormented by the prospect of life without him. Fortunately, after half an hour of this mental anguish they receive a text message from Odysseus saying that he is on his way home. Odysseus books a trip on his mobile phone app and manages to return home in time for dinner that night.
30 Jan 2015
*By which we mean the food of the Levant**, but we said Middle Eastern to draw you in.
**It’s really Lebanese food that we are talking about, but we don’t want to alienate Syrians and Palestinians.