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On The Brink Of Nuclear War

By Syed M. Aslam The world has never before been closer to an all-out nuclear war as it is today. The US of A used Muslim countries to send a message to its fiercest foe North Korea which refuses to be coerced by it and instead continue The 59-tomahawk-missile-shower on …

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Every Iraqi is a Daesh suspect in Mosul

By Ulf Laessing The Iraqi intelligence officer kept barking the same question at the 46-year-old man who was looking nervously at his hands after having escaped Mosul: “Why do you still have a beard?” Having walked with his wife and children across frontlines in Iraq’s second-largest city, dodging gunfights between …

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America’s greatest gift is the culture of dissent

By Aditya Sinha America might be a quiet place of unpredictable violence and suspicious neighbours I’m visiting my daughters in San Diego, California: the elder one is a software developer, the younger a freshman at the University of California, that has a beautiful campus and from her residential area you …

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Surreal Politics

Syed M. Aslam Shady characters, meaningless rhetoric, self praise & glorification, ludicrous claims, not-meant-to-be-kept promises, evasive language, and absolutely misleading and gibberish statements taking credit for accomplishments that never were are the hallmarks of what passes off as politics here in our part of the world. In one word politics …

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Welcome to 2017, Sir!

By Syed M. Aslam Welcome to 2017 and- to reality Sir. Isn’t it time for the career politicians, “˜traditional’ as they are, to realize that this is 2009 and not the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s or even early 2000s? It appears as if our politicians are still living, or at least …

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Does May deserve to win by a landslide?

By Charles Moore As one of the few 1983 election campaign veterans still in newspaper journalism, I can testify that Jeremy Corbyn is notably more hopeless even than the then Labour leader, Michael Foot. Foot won only 209 seats to Margaret Thatcher’s 397. I accompanied him on the stump. He …

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If you are too busy, you need a quiet hour

By David Leonhardt When George Shultz was US secretary of state in the 1980s, he liked to carve out one hour each week for quiet reflection. He sat down in his office with a pad of paper and pen, closed the door and told his secretary to interrupt him only …

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Mirchi is more than a pet, she’s family

By Harveena Herr I didn’t want to keep a dog. Every time my child pestered me, it was easy to fob him off by saying that he needed to be just a little bit older so that he could be responsible for his own pet – and take care of …

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Comic relief for crisis-hit Lebanon

By Carol Hills Some advice from an Arab son: If your career choice is to become a comedian, don’t expect your dad to be very excited. Here’s how Lebanese-American Nemr Abou Nassar’s dad responded: “You want to become a clown?” No, explained Nemr, a stand-up comedian. His dad remained skeptical. …

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