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A few cool BBC articles today struck me as both neat and indicative. In the United States, we perceive the Middle East as a stagnant backward region still living like Bedouin in the time of the Prophet Muhammad. This is highly untrue, but worse it’s simply boring to think that way. The cause of conflict in the region is directly associated with change and adaptation to the future. It has been when people try to answer this question that things get interesting, sometimes violent. This article about vegetarian activism (and reactivism among the police force) in the Jordanian capital of Amman just goes to show one of the more bizarre ways that new ideas are “taking root,” so to speak.

Then there is this article here about what golf means in both Iran and Egypt, and what that means to the rest of the world. To an extent I can agree that there is a dynamism in other parts of the region not present in many Arab countries, but I don’t think it fair to stop there; Lebanon really doesn’t deserve to be heaped into the same pile as Egypt, and outstanding political issues still menace the Arab states (and help prop up dictators) that don’t quite reach into Iran or Turkey.