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Back in Bangladesh – the face of endemic corruption

I arrived in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka last week via the Emirates Airlines. Since the death of my mother some three years ago, I have...

Legitimizing Islamophobia

It is open season on Muslims. There is hardly a country in the world where Muslims do not face genocide, racist attacks, ethnic cleansing,...

Human Rights: Are They Universal?

"Only on paper has humanity yet achieved glory, beauty, truth, knowledge, virtue, and abiding love."-- George Bernard ShawIt is tragic that civilized nations...

Veterans’ Day Mourning

"When I think about heroes, I always think about my friend, Elliott Adams. During the 60s, Adams volunteered for the Army. He fought in Vietnam. He was a paratrooper. He was wounded. After hospitalization, he was redeployed to Korea, and then Alaska. All of those things might make Adams seem like a hero to most people, but that is not why I think of him as a hero. Adams is a former president of Veterans for Peace, but that also is not why he is a hero to me. More than anyone I have known, Adams has dedicated his life since being discharged from the military to working for global peace. He has gone to Gaza with Physicians for Social Responsibility."

Is Pakistan ready for the next generation of suicide bombers?

"The indiscriminate use of force, both by Pakistani military and the Americans had exactly the effect that could be imagined by any sane mind, given the tribesmen's centuries old history of resistance to any oppression. Every collateral death gave rise to a dozen militants and the chain reaction started. Foreign agencies also started capitalizing on the popular tribal resentment against Pakistan's state. Fuel was added to the fire by the notion that it is Americans who fund every bullet and artillery shell fired in FATA by the military (via Coalition Support Fund reimbursements)."

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