Category Archives: Ethics

Signs of Hope in Pakistan

My readers might have noticed that I was totally silent following the attempted assassination of the courageous young education activist Malala Yusufzai from the Swat region. I was silenced by a deep disgust at the deeds of these Pakistani Taliban … Continue reading

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Professor: Arrest of Pakistani Girl for Blasphemy Part of Decades-Old Witch Hunts

Professor: Arrest of Pakistani Girl for Blasphemy Part of Decades-Old Witch Hunts.

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Wanted Women — The Lives of Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Aafia Siddiqui — By Deborah Scroggins — Book Review – NYTimes.com

Wanted Women — The Lives of Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Aafia Siddiqui — By Deborah Scroggins — Book Review – NYTimes.com.

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Duke Faculty ‘Live Tweet’ Obama’s State of the Union Speech | Duke Today

Duke Faculty ‘Live Tweet’ Obama’s State of the Union Speech | Duke Today.

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Insight for Occupy Around the World

It struck me that the West Indian historian, C L R James’ analysis of history reveals extraordinary insight.  He wrote: “The cruelties of property and privilege are always more ferocious than the revenges of poverty and oppression. For the one … Continue reading

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Chicago by Alaa al-Aswany

Coleridge long ago said poets were humankind’s unacknowledged legislators. But if you care to read further you might agree with me that novelists too could enjoy this privileged position. Recently, I cited the Egyptian novelist, Alaa al-Aswany in an article … Continue reading

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Aesthetics and Transcendence in the Arab Uprisings

Recently I published a piece in Middle East Law and Governance 3 (2011) 171–180 Aesthetics and Transcendence in the Arab Uprisings

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Hizbullah’s part in Gaddafi’s downfall

Hizbullah’s part in Gaddafi’s downfall.

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Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws: Death and Destruction

Another Pakistani politician, this time a Christian cabinet minister was slain by an assassin’s bullet. Shahbaz Bhatti, 41, was ambushed and killed because he campaigned for the country’s blasphemy laws to be amended or abolished. Clearly, passions are running high … Continue reading

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Middle East Spring of Discontent: Libya

The Spring of Discontent surges forward in the Middle East—with Libya and Bahrain showing strong symptoms of public anger and discontent against their rulers. In Tripoli, the Libyan capital, mercenaries that Libya’s dictator, Mu`ammar al-Qadhdhafi had cultivated over the years … Continue reading

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