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that anti-islam dutch film

March 28, 2008

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“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” -Voltaire- Freedom of expression is one of the principal bases of living in an open, liberal society. We are allowed to say what we think and feel, but not without consequences, of course. […]

when will the killing stop?

March 7, 2008

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It is tragic every time senseless killings make the news. It is even sadder when it involves the long-running blood feud between the Israelis and the Palestinians. After a lull in suicide attacks by Palestinians on Israel for almost two years, the peace was shattered today by the killing of eight Jewish seminary students in […]

poverty doesn’t breed terrorism

July 6, 2007

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The revelation that most of the terrorists detained and involved in last week’s UK and Glasgow car bombing plots being doctors put paid to the conventional wisdom that poverty and lack of education are the crucial factors that drive many a desperate young man towards extremism by blowing themselves and others up. After all, the […]

alan johnston is released

July 3, 2007

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After constantly tightening the screw, Hamas, which now runs Gaza, has managed to get a Palestinian militant group holding BBC reporter Alan Johnston to set him free. The Army of God had held the reporter hostage since March 12, or for nearly four months. He was reported to be back in the BBC’s Gaza office, […]

sacrilege and sir salman

June 18, 2007

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Salman Rushdie is one of the most sublime authors in the English language. So no one should be surprised that he is granted a knighthood to honor his considerable literary achievements. The British ought to stick to their guns on this one and refuse to give in to blackmail, even as Islamist elements in Pakistan […]

alan johnston on tape

June 1, 2007

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At the very least, we can say that abducted BBC reporter Alan Johnston is probably still alive. His kidnappers, the Army of Islam, have released online a videotape of the Gaza-based reporter, who went missing in early March. Claiming to be in good health and that his kidnappers have been treating him well, Johnston was […]

the clash of civilisations revisited

May 28, 2007

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Perhaps Samuel Huntington was right after all. The clash of civilizations theory he espoused a decade ago is once again coming to the forefront. Put aside the quarrel with Al-Qaeda and the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli clashes, new theatres proving Huntington’s theory that nations are seized with increasing threats of violence and conflict along religious/ cultural fault […]