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Aijaz Zaka Syed

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Life under siege in Syria

When the history of our troubled times is written, justice will hopefully be done to Syria’s real heroes — its faceless, ordinary people. They defy great odds day after perilous day to survive, perpetually in the line of fire and besieged from all sides.

November 04, 2016

Hobson’s choice in US elections

This US election may well go down as the most divisive and toxic on record. The bitter war of words, accusations and acrimony is truly unprecedented. What is even more remarkable about this contest is the singularly unappetizing nature of both the choices on offer.

October 28, 2016

In the footsteps of refugees

Muhammed Muheisen is perhaps the only Arab photographer and journalist, as far as I know, who has won the coveted Pulitzer Prize, which is like journalism’s Nobel.

October 21, 2016

Can Syria save Obama’s legacy?

For those of us who generally admire President Obama as a man of principle, it is wrenching to watch his paralysis. As I see it, Syria has been his worst mistake, a huge blot on his legacy, writes Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times.

October 14, 2016

Refugee crisis a test of humanity

So how low can Donald Trump really go? Just when you think the ever engaging freak show that is this US election cannot get any more interesting, the Republican nominee comes up with something more absurd and insensitive to sustain the interest of his growing fan club.

September 23, 2016

Where Islam and democracy meet

Ever wondered why the Middle East, the heart of the Islamic world, remains in constant state of flux and without the conditions essential for peace, stability, responsive governance and overall human development?

September 16, 2016

Who’s afraid of refugees?

Viet Thanh Nguyen is an American writer and author of the bestselling novel, The Sympathizer. He came to America with his family in the summer of 1975 after a long and arduous journey from the war ravaged Vietnam.

September 09, 2016

Bewitching neighborly love

At a time when just about everyone is losing their heads, joining in the hate fest directed by BJP’s Parivar, it’s heartening to see a little known actor show some spine.

September 02, 2016

From Aylan Kurdi to Omran...

Every now and then something happens that restores your faith in humanity — just a wee bit.

August 26, 2016

Building bridges in divisive times

Dr. Akbar Ahmed is a man of many parts. Civil servant, diplomat, author, filmmaker (creator of biopic Jinnah) and teacher, he has also served as Pakistan’s ambassador to the UK.

August 18, 2016