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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. […]

musing on myanmar

October 14, 2007

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Power, as Mao had said, comes from the barrel of a gun. His classic teaching to the Chinese Communist Party has sadly proved true once again in recent days in Myanmar, where the unflinching willingness of the Burmese military junta to use force to quell protests, have stifled the moral authority wielded by the country’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

un-prosecuting prostitution

June 15, 2007

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As mankind’s oldest profession, prostitution is never going to go away, no matter how much we might pretend it doesn’t exist. The Dutch, in their progressive wisdom, has shown the world how legalizing and de-tabooing prostitution could lead to better health and protection of sex workers. Mexico City’s legislators are following in those enlightened footsteps […]

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 […]

thailand’s travails

May 28, 2007

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I’ve always loved Thailand and Thais. What’s not to love about charming, easy-going and tolerant people with ever-ready huge smiles and a country of such natural gorgeousness? Which makes the two recent political developments in Thailand extremely incongruent and distressing for Thailand’s image to the outside world. One concerns the appointment of a former Thai […]