April 10, 2016
by Ismail Rifaat
Comments Off

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.

Continue Reading →

November 16, 2015
by Ismail Rifaat
Comments Off

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.

Continue Reading →

October 17, 2015
by Ismail Rifaat
Comments Off

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.

Continue Reading →

June 26, 2015
by Ismail Rifaat
Comments Off

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.

Continue Reading →

July 12, 2013
by Ismail Rifaat
Comments Off

A Potentially Momentous Date for Egypt

Posted July 12, 2013

Being born in Egypt, I care about, and follow developments there. I recently visited in February/April and experienced firsthand how many people were disenchanted about prevailing conditions; including members of my family and friends, as well as others such as the taxi drivers whom I chatted with. Apart from enjoying meeting family and friends, a Nile cruise, and the clear waters of the Red sea, I was myself dismayed at the apparent chaotic conditions that prevailed in Egypt; such as haphazard urban development, lack of security, and mile long lines of vehicles waiting at diesel pumping stations.

Here in the US we have just celebrated the fourth of July. The French will soon celebrate the fourteenth of July. I feel that the third of July -the day the Egyptian army ousted former President Morsi- might assume a similar status in the annals of history.…

Continue Reading →

February 7, 2013
by Ismail Rifaat
Comments Off

The Mission of this Web Site and the Intent to continue to Fulfill the Mission in the Future

February 2013

This site was created over ten years ago with the goal of presenting the general concept of Tychiformation as a possible approach to addressing global affairs. The definition of the conceptand its potential application are expressed in the left column of this Home Page. The content of the site morphed over the years to address issues in more detail, in parallel with the development of my thoughts as documented in the two books that I authored after the inception of the site. Both books are featured on the right column of this page. The books reflectan articulated progressive position. In this context I wish to add that to my mind “progressive” is synonymous with “rational”; i.e. in my view, ‘not influenced by inflexible religious, ethnic, political, or nationalistic preconceptions and prejudice’. Thus, the mission of the site evolved into airing progressive views regarding both global, as well as domestic US conditions and developments.…

Continue Reading →