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The centurions

The centurions

In an act of zip-line diplomacy, Egyptian President Abdel-Fatah al-Sissi was the first to send a congratulatory call to president-elect Donald Trum ...

The concierge of Glasnost

The concierge of Glasnost

As a journalist with international standing I live a Spinx-like existence. Agree to an interview and I will offer a reasonable level of confidentia ...

The sound of silence

The sound of silence

  Gathered at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to protest President Trump’s temporary ban which effects seven nations targ ...

Revenge of the nerds

Revenge of the nerds

If there is a film which accurately depicts what has just occurred in America’s political life, it is the 1984 comedy classic ‘Revenge ...

Satan’s Playground

Satan’s Playground

The Council of the Ungodly was gathered for their monthly meeting. The rank on the epaulette of the senior member was that of a black scorpion with ...

Defiance

Defiance

When Emperor Valentinian-II embarked on restoring the Altar of Victory to the Senate house and renewing the Republic’s vigour for the worship ...

The Gibeonite Deception

The Gibeonite Deception

In the Book of Joshua, Chapter IV, the Holy Bible says, “Now when all the kings west of the Jordan heard about these things — the kings ...

Legal art forms

Legal art forms

From the days of the Boston Tea Party to what is observed on our streets today, anchorage for the American experience is found in one document &mda ...

Unhealthy democracy

Warning: graphic content. The first paragraph is a partial truth. The remainder will be fact-based opinion. If you are a victim of a sexual assault ...

Shadow

Shadow

The shadow of Islamic State (IS) is elongating across the landscape. It moves across borders and into centres of commerce. The shadow brings urban ...

Hillary with horns

Hillary with horns

Time magazine placed a silhouette of Hillary Clinton on the cover of the March 23 issue. The letter “M” is directly above her head. An ...

Brian Williams: obituary

Brian Williams: obituary

The angel of death comes quickly. It knocks on doors for the souls of men. But it also kicks in the door for careers. The angel knocked the breath ...

2015: my wish for each of you

2015: my wish for each of you

New Year’s Eve is a time of relaxation for many individuals. Nurses work through the holidays. Emergencies and human suffering do not recogni ...

The sons of Rekab

The sons of Rekab

Jehonadab, son of Rekab. He watched as an evil king allowed the calculated and efficient slaughter of a man and his lineage. A family tree was wipe ...

Rolling Stone hatches an egg

Rolling Stone hatches an egg

Media organisations should never function as hatcheries for lies. When it happens they must be brought to account. Rolling Stone magazine took a ra ...

The Ak Saray

The Ak Saray

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be the first of many future world leaders to live within the gates of the Ak Saray. Also known as the W ...

Rip

Rip

In a startling confession of faith, Prince Charles stated, “I am a Christian.” His comments are part of a special recorded message coin ...

The GOP takes charge

The GOP takes charge

On November 4, 2014, US citizens voted in the 2014 midterm elections. Dependent on the state, we cast votes for members of Congress, gubernatorial ...

Reach

Reach

Even as I begin to formulate my thoughts for an ‘Open letter to Imran Khan’ there is a smile on my face. I am reminded of my own intros ...

Communication bridge

Communication bridge

“Everything wants to live.” My father draws from the wisdom of his generations. “Everything wants to live. Even a fly wants to li ...

Pathogen

Pathogen

The man moved with deliberate calm through the airport. He easily overcame the first hurdle. He falsified a legal document. He then moved quickly t ...

The new cartographers

The new cartographers

Every dream begins with a map. We begin to map out our perceptions and act on them at a very young age. My oldest son had a dream of escaping his c ...

Jihad, in the path of....

Jihad, in the path of....

At age 17 I moved 2,000 miles from the family hearth and started my life as a young adult. Essentially, I was an emancipated minor. Yes, I paid a b ...

Shakespeare in Mosul

Shakespeare in Mosul

Act I: bigots make bad neighbours.In the first act, the principal character, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, makes his appearance on stage in the flowing bla ...

A midsummer night’s meal

A midsummer night’s meal

The last time I attended an iftar meal was during Ramzan of 2011. I was an invitee of Dr Yusuf Ziya Kavakci, who was the scholar-in-residence of th ...

Euphoria

Euphoria

During the month of Ramzan, jihad portals experience an uptick in traffic. Individuals mix Ramzan greetings with political diatribe. Interestingly ...

Diaper Man flies again

Diaper Man flies again

The Obama administration has suffered so many epic scandals that it is hard for any newsroom, much less an individual journalist, to keep up with w ...

Brick

Brick

This is not a trick question. How long does it take for a swarm of angry relatives to ambush a woman, stomp her into the ground and pound her with ...

The hunger games

The hunger games

If hatred is the ego, then hunger is the id. Hatred has an unquenchable hunger. That hunger involves unusual means of cruelty to satiate a depraved ...

Love leaves a mark

Love leaves a mark

One of the classics on my bookshelf is Ar-Raheeq Al-Makhtum (The Sealed Nectar), written by a biographer named Safiur Rahman al-Mubarakpuri. The se ...

Political theatre

Political theatre

Act I: Brutish behaviour.What is the name of an organisation, which recruits a distinct flank based on the need for individuals of an unusual class ...

Siphonaptera

Siphonaptera

The Conference of the Fleas convened. Mobile phones were lined up on a table outside the SCIF. The fleas wanted to be certain that nobody would cap ...

Retro-fit

Retro-fit

Adult Americans travelling abroad tend to recognise other Americans. There is just something about us that stands out and separates us from Canadia ...

Faith and human initiative

Faith and human initiative

Humans. Adjectives and adverbs. Are we the only created beings that craft our identities based on adjectives and adverbs? Does a chimpanzee think h ...

Rape: an act of ambush

Rape: an act of ambush

Dr Asha Mirje has never been raped. Only a woman who has never suffered a rape would dare to opine about the ‘reasons’ why women are am ...

Maulana Abdul Aziz: tremors

Maulana Abdul Aziz: tremors

Talk about sending out a woman to do a man’s job! It appears that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has achieved the pinnacle of success f ...

The US’s invisible army

The US’s invisible army

The US has an invisible army. It is not what you would expect. This is not the demographic that liberal media loves to bash — responsible gun ...

Starring in my own movie

Starring in my own movie

Every generation produces those who lack common sense. We are acutely aware of family members and friends who lack discernment. As a parent raising ...

Blood, bone and nerve

Blood, bone and nerve

The military men loaded into their assigned vehicles and prepared to travel in convoy from their military compound in the town of Bannu for a trip, ...

Riding the dragon

Riding the dragon

Those of us writing as opinion makers for Daily Times have a steady presence on these pages. Behind the scenes, we are part of a vibrant group who ...

Watchful neglect

Watchful neglect

Your children fall ill. The neighbour’s children begin to experience the same symptoms. A physician has a diagnosis and a cure but he merely ...

Khrushchev's spit

Khrushchev's spit

Last week, the column ‘Guidelines for the reader’ (Daily Times, November 22, 2013) gave a few common sense rules for critical reading. ...

Guidelines for the reader

Guidelines for the reader

In my three years of writing for Daily Times, I have provided two articles offering guidelines for journalists. The discipline of a weekly column k ...

Kenya: military corruption

Kenya: military corruption

In the aftermath of the Westgate Mall attack there is a second story that is brewing. Did certain members of the Kenyan military devolve into ...

The Psychiatric Unit Awards

You are a celebrity attending the MTV Video Music Awards. What a great night for media exposure and self-adulatory prancing. It is time to fawn for ...

Tammy’s library

Tammy’s library

A shared lunch with a literary companion can be a delightful momentary pause from the real world of career and family. What we choose to read is up ...

Rise of the Sphinx

Rise of the Sphinx

The July 28, 2013 The New York Times had the following headline: “Crackdown in Egypt kills Islamists as they Protest.” The news o ...

Justice walks quietly

Justice walks quietly

The date is July 13, 2013. A jury panel of six women enters a courtroom. George Zimmerman is declared innocent of all charges levelled against him. ...

Happy Birthday, America!

Happy Birthday, America!

Once again, Americans have gathered across the nation to celebrate the Fourth of July. It is a day of great rejoicing. We converge in many public p ...

Jefferson in PRISM — II

Jefferson in PRISM — II

The big jungle cats who lapped up the milk for the NSA have let out a startled meow. We scarcely know the scope of their violation of client trust. ...

Jefferson in PRISM — I

Jefferson in PRISM — I

On May 25, 2013, the government very quietly removed an elderly gentleman from the sidewalk in front of the Independence Hall in Philadelphia. He h ...

A beheading in London

A beheading in London

9/11, 7/7, the Fort Hood massacre, the underwear bomber, the Boston Marathon bombing, the public butcher and the beheading of an English soldier on ...

Resistance media a la carte

Resistance media a la carte

The Wall Street Journal had this headline for the April 24 online edition: “Suspects Roused by Jihadist Thought.” The article went on t ...

Impact attenuator policies

Impact attenuator policies

Scientific and technological advances bring improvement to the human condition. So it is with great interest that those of us who use another craft ...

All the king’s horses

All the king’s horses

In the latest episode of Who’s in Charge? the diplomatic communities are already glad-clapping and patting themselves on the back. Ghassan Hi ...

Election 2012 s

Election 2012 s

We are quickly approaching the day when Americans will determine the future makeup of our Houses of Congress and choose the next POTUS. The season ...

Jihad and ijtihad

Jihad and ijtihad

Expert divers would never consider a head first trajectory into the shallows of a body of water. But Islamic neo-jurists dive into shallow geopolit ...