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May 12, 2003

TUNISIAN INTELLECTUAL CONDEMNS ARAB WORLD'S INTRANSIGENCE ON PEACE WITH ISRAEL AND THE WEST

Tell the truth and lose your job! And this is the why the arab world continues to live a lie and in the dark ages
MEMRI

In two articles that appeared on the liberal website Elaph(1), Tunisian intellectual Al-'Afif Al-Akhdar analyzed and criticized
dominant values in the Arab world. Al-Akhdar, currently residing in Paris, was a regular columnist for the London Arabic-language daily
Al-Hayat, but was fired at the instruction of the paper's owner, Saudi Prince Khaled ibn Sultan, for saying during a talk show on
Al-Jazeera that Saudi practices such amputating body parts render the regime "barbaric."(2) In the first article, Al-Akhdar sets out the
logic and goal of the attack on Baghdad, as "told" by the missiles as they fall on the city; in the second, he looks at deeply rooted
thought patterns and values in the Arab world. The following are excerpts from the two articles
Read what this writer has to say that cost him his job.[more]