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Commercialization of Sanctity!

By Syed M. Aslam Is there nothing that the rating-hungry showmen stop at to fuel hedonism in a society that has already crossed all limits of superficiality and decency? In fact, decency has long been pushed into back seat with naked capitalism, the shining front office of which is democracy, …

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When a radio show finds talent from the rubble

By Simon Valmary It’s a radio talent contest with a mission: showcasing the skills of Mosul’s youth after years of extremist rule and a months-long battle for the city. The recorded lyrics of competitor MC Rico, a rapper from Iraq’s second city, filled the studio of Al Ghad – Arabic …

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Same Old Sales Pitch!

By Syed M. Aslam Are you gullible enough to be fooled by same old sales pitches that the ruling elites have been pushing down your throat time after time after time at election time? Would you be naïve enough this time around as well to be taken for a ride …

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Macron’s agenda could divide the EU further

By Jochen Bittner Correct me if I’m wrong, but I can’t remember a single European partner opening its wallet after 1989, when Germany faced its greatest economic challenge in postwar history. Somehow, without much support from its neighbours, this country managed to reunify a prosperous West with a post-Communist East …

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Gwadar will be the economic funnel for the region

By Sajjad Ashraf Pakistan’s deep-sea port Gwadar, which the Chinese built and are now operating under a 40-year agreement, remains a subject of considerable interest for much of the world. The port, 605km east of the world’s biggest energy choke point – Straits of Hormuz, has a much bigger strategic …

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An updated legacy

By Joseph A. Kechichian When former president Jamal Abdul Nasser of Egypt died in 1970, the Arab world lost its most charismatic leader, a statesman who had enjoyed unprecedented legitimacy. Few managed to replace him after his untimely demise, though Muammar Gaddafi of Libya, Hafiz Al Assad of Syria and …

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Spurious media will eventually fade away

By Mustafa Al Zarooni The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” said Malcolm X, the African-American Muslim human rights activist back in …

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