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İyad el-Baghdadi | إياد البغدادي
Not that Baghdadi. Islamic Libertarian. President, . Founder, . Fellow. Board. Refugee. Made in the UAE.
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İyad el-Baghdadi | إياد البغدادي retweeted
Rami G. Khouri 1h
This is troubling because tough militarism by Usa, Egypt and others for 25 years has only seen the criminal terror networks expand. World needs wiser hands at the helm than militarists gone wild. Dignity, decency, equal opportunity, quality education are good places to start.
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Hassan Hassan حَسَنْ 2h
Replying to @hxhassan
A piece from last December about the serious and potential impact of ISIS rule on Sufi legacy:
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Hassan Hassan حَسَنْ 2h
The areas that ISIS once controlled in Syria & Iraq happened to be strongholds for [Naqashbandi] Sufism; it waged war against them, expelled their clerics, destroyed their shrines & replaced their mosque imams. Nobody knows whether it can be fully revived:
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سلطان العامر 2h
زمان، كان المتصهين شخص مثقف ومطلع لكنه غير أخلاقي ولا يهمه موضوع العدل والظلم. فتصهينه كان دليل ضعف حساسيته للظلم. الآن، المتصهين واحد جاهل. يعني سبب تصهينه موب إنه ما يهتم للعدل والظلم، بل إنه ما يدري وش السالفة. فإذا شفتوا ناس متصهينين،لا تقسون عليهم، تراهم جهلة يحتاجون تعليم.
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İyad el-Baghdadi | إياد البغدادي 3h
Replying to @LaraFriedmanDC
Thank you!
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İyad el-Baghdadi | إياد البغدادي retweeted
Lara Friedman 4h
When it comes to Saudi/gulf analysis, read the NYT or whatever else, but also pay attention to for expert insights (& correctives) via tweets & now his fascinating new podcast: Arab Tyrant Manual
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İyad el-Baghdadi | إياد البغدادي 4h
Replying to @iyad_elbaghdadi
3. The casualties of reform should be corrupt people, not reform-minded intellectuals. 4. You must be aware how many people have been arrested for tweeting, and as a result how many have been silenced for fear of arrest.
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İyad el-Baghdadi | إياد البغدادي 4h
1. If you advocate taking away people's rights for no reason, please don't complain when it's your turn to be put in jail 2. If you don't have political rights, the current liberties you enjoy can be taken away from you in an afternoon
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İyad el-Baghdadi | إياد البغدادي 4h
Replying to @iyad_elbaghdadi
You wanna turn Saudi Arabia into a post-oil, post-religious state? Great. But put political rights on that very agenda if you want us to take you seriously. You can't have a sustainably dynamic society or economy without political rights.
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İyad el-Baghdadi | إياد البغدادي 4h
Replying to @iyad_elbaghdadi
My fear is that Saudi Arabia will become a far more repressive place under MBS (it already has), its very inspiring and dynamic public sphere shut down (largely this has happened), and its most inspiring voices and activists silenced, harassed, and persecuted (also happened).
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İyad el-Baghdadi | إياد البغدادي 4h
Replying to @iyad_elbaghdadi
Besides, MBS's behavior (and failures) when it comes to the Yemen or Qatar or Lebanon crises doesn't exactly inspire confidence in his ability to transform Saudi Arabia, or the destination of said transformation.
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İyad el-Baghdadi | إياد البغدادي 4h
Replying to @OnlyAgape
You mean Sacha Baron Cohen's newest character?
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İyad el-Baghdadi | إياد البغدادي 4h
Replying to @Chrisfalchen
The voices I mentioned would be enthusiastic for reform but they'd demand political rights, more transparency, and more realism. These aren't anti-reform people, these are real reformers.
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İyad el-Baghdadi | إياد البغدادي retweeted
Cole Bunzel 5h
ISIS’s competitor group in Sinai, Jund al-Islam, condemns attack on Sufi mosque; warns against rallying around Egyptian govt.
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İyad el-Baghdadi | إياد البغدادي 4h
Replying to @KhaledBeydoun
Wrong picture
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İyad el-Baghdadi | إياد البغدادي 4h
Replying to @iyad_elbaghdadi
The Achille's heal of MBS "Saudi 2030": Transform the Kingdom while completely ignoring your citizenry as agents - plan has no political rights, no freedom of speech, no civil society, zero space for dissent or disagreement.
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İyad el-Baghdadi | إياد البغدادي 4h
Replying to @iyad_elbaghdadi
MBS wants to "liberate" women while sending threats to Saudi women's rights activists not to speak to the media about the very rights they just won.
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İyad el-Baghdadi | إياد البغدادي 4h
MBS wants to do economic reform while placing independent economists like in jail, and wants to do religious reform while placing independent Muslim reformers like in jail.
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İyad el-Baghdadi | إياد البغدادي 4h
For starters he should have the conversation on corruption and reform not with Western elites but with Saudi independent experts and intellectuals (instead of silencing them). Real reform must be based upon activating the people, not writing them out of the reform formula.
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İyad el-Baghdadi | إياد البغدادي retweeted
Murtaza Mohammad Hussain 5h
Thomas Friedman is obviously terrible but his writing provides a genuine insight into how the global elite thinks about things.
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