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A battle of perceptions

  • Thanks to my solitary existence, I often end up spending endless hours watching television. I keep telling myself to get a life and do something useful and worthwhile like read a book or go for a walk. But, as many of you would agree, it’s not easy resisting the charms of the so-called idiot box...
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A fork in the road for Egypt

  • Those who cannot remember the past, warned George Santayana, are condemned to repeat it. Having lived under the glorious military rule for the better part of the past several decades, Egypt’s secular and forever protesting elites knew what they were wishing for when they returned to Tahrir...
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A million mutinies among the believers

  • In a tribute to the inimitable Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on his 10th death anniversary last week (Nov. 11), veteran Palestinian journalist and analyst Abdel Bari Atwan lamented the fact that the Palestinians today cannot claim a leader of Arafat’s stature, his charisma and vision, and...
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A tiny window of opportunity in Syria

  • Often, reading about the two Great Wars of the last century and the staggering scale of casualties, one wonders how could the world have allowed human slaughter at such epic scale to go on for so long? The combined toll of the two world wars exceeded a horrific hundred million. Millions more died...
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A world full of Muslims?

  • A distant Indian friend seems to spend much of his time scouring world media for all things Islamophobic. He shares the insight thoughtfully with people like yours truly often with his own commentary in big, bold type. His mails often begin with ‘Mad Muslims did this… or that.’ He often trolls me...
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Among the believers

  • The last time I had visited the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah was more than 10 years ago. But it seems like yesterday, with the memories of my young children circumambulating the Kaaba and earnestly praying still fresh in mind. My son looked cute in his ihram (the two-piece unstitched cloth...
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Are Arabs ready for the future?

  • Is it finally the end of El Dorado? After surging and serenading above $100 a barrel for years, the much prized oil suddenly finds itself cheap and in diminished global esteem. Oil prices hit a new five-year low this past week, sending shock waves across oil producing nations and oil-dependent...
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Attack on Malala: A turning point for Pakistan

  • IN the lives of individuals as well as nations sometimes seemingly small, inconsequential incidents can set off profound, watershed changes. Has that turning point arrived for Pakistan? As a well wisher of the country and as someone who has with the rest of the Muslim world watched with grave...
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Bin Laden’s ghost continues to haunt

  • It's one year since Osama Bin Laden was killed in a Hollywood style operation in the picturesque town of Abbotabad. His shadow still hangs over Pakistan and Afghanistan and the West’s decade-long war though. The man is dead; his oppressive legacy lives on.The first anniversary of Abbotabad...
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Coming storm and a divided house

  • If there is a threshold of pain and tolerance, this must be it. If this does not wake us up, I do not know what will! The unimaginable and unthinkable affront to Madinah, the city of mercy and love where Islam’s beloved Prophet, peace be upon him, lies resting, is an open and audacious attack on...
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