September 23, 2016
by Ismail Rifaat
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The Philosophical Foundations of Tychiformation

A Report of Personal Experience, and Suggestions for Strategic Direct Democratic TychiformationThis site features three books that I published in the past few years. However, I actually authored four.

The first book I wrote is titled “A Report of Personal Experience, and Suggestions for Strategic Direct Democratic Tychiformation”. I completed the 8th ‘final’ draft in June 2003. It is philosophical -the main reason why I did not publish it, since very few nowadays are inclined to read a philosophical discourse. The book though is relevant to exposing the development of my thoughts. Therefore, I decided to make it available for free download. Thus, the website now presents a complete record of the evolution of the concept of tychiformation.

In a nut shell, around 1963 I embarked on an excursion in thought, and after several years of professional practice as an architect and urban planner, I conceived the motion of tychiformation; this is articulated in my first unpublished book.

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August 6, 2016
by Ismail Rifaat
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“Our Revolution”

The Race to the White House this year was often entertaining. However, apart from the usual presidential campaign antics, it reflected a most serious and meaningful development. In contrast with scores of politicians blowing their horns, one candidate stood out among the crowd as a sincere person who thoroughly understands the issues that plague the country, and who has an actual plan to address them, namely: Senator Bernie Sanders. No wonder that he earned the sympathy of millions of voters, and came close to securing the Democratic Party nomination. Alas, the political establishment and the news media systematically contrived to stifle his campaign, and he had to graciously withdraw from the race.

I am an ardent believer in Senator Sanders’ message. His position and views are almost identical to those expressed on this site as well as my published books. Thankfully, he decided to continue advancing his views and is establishing an entity that he dubbed “Our Revolution” to promote the progressive cause.

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April 10, 2016
by Ismail Rifaat
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Medal Award

Glad to announce that on Thursday April 7, 2016, “The Crisis of Islamism” was awarded a bronze medal in the Independent Publishers’ IPPY contest. The medal was awarded in the national category of Current Events I; Political / Economic / Foreign Affairs.

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November 16, 2015
by Ismail Rifaat
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Terrorism in France

The news media and social networks are buzzing with an outpouring of expressions of sympathy with the French people. I wish to join all those who care in expressing my contempt of the terrorist assaults in Paris, and my sympathy with the French people. The central question though remains to be: what to do about religious radicalism in order to avert future terrorist incidents?

No doubt, the governments in France and elsewhere in Western countries will tighten security measures by imposing restrictions on travel, and by instituting legislation that would further curb the civil rights of their citizens; Moslem, and otherwise. At best, however, this would amount to treating symptoms, with little potential impact on resolving issues. The approach has been tried and progressively augmented after each recent incident of terrorism, without bringing about much tangible progress in curbing terrorism; instead, it led to ever more inconvenience, and compromise of the liberties of common innocent people.

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October 17, 2015
by Ismail Rifaat
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The Democratic Party Presidential Debates

The democrats’ debate was quite refreshing, compared with the previous two debates by republican presidential aspirants. In the least, and by contrast, it was cordial and civil, and addressed many significant issues that I feel should be of concern to the majority of US citizens.

Environmental issues were touched upon, and the attitudes of the candidates were generally in line with progressive attitudes compared with those of denying republicans; thus in sympathy with the views expressed in my first book “Planning for Survival”.

The lopsided distribution of wealth, and the greed and abuses of many capitalist entities in the US was discussed, and Senator Sanders boldly proposed that a measure of socialism is needed to rectify matters; as I argued in my second book “For the People by the People”. In spite of the panic that the word “socialism” invokes in the minds of many American voters, I believe, and hope, that his expressed position would ultimately bolster, rather than compromise his candidacy.

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June 26, 2015
by Ismail Rifaat
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MY NEW BOOK

I am glad to announce the publication of “THE CRISIS OF ISLAMISM, ITS CAUSES AND HOW TO ADDRESS THEM: THE ROLES OF ISRAEL, THE UNITED STATES, AND ARAB LEADERS”.

Writing the book was inspired by ‘the second Egyptian revolution’; the subject of my last blog. The book addresses the current topical and sad developments in the Middle East by probing the roots of the problems that led to their emergence. I start by recounting pertinent personal experience as I grew up and as I visited Egypt over the years. The account reveals three main causes of problems in the ME region, namely, the creation and subsequent action of the State of Israel, repeated interventions by Western Powers, and the action of certain Arab political and religious leaders. The three main causes of problems are analyzed, and action is suggested to address them.

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