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Amtul Q Farhat

A Retired Asst Professor of Pediatrics currently working in Canada.

Two standards for hate speech

If the news reports of fashion designer John Galliano’s court case about anti-Semitic slurs and Geert Wilders acquittal of Muslim-hate speech had not come consecutively, I might not have connected them. The difference between the two European men? On the surface, not much. Both wore suits in court, although admittedly, one […]

Indonesia’s Next Challenge

Jakarta is winning the war on terror, but not the war against radicalism. Indonesia notched another victory in its war on Islamic terror this month when a court sentenced Abu Bakar Bashir for 15 years. Mr. Bashir, the spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), the al Qaeda affiliate behind the […]

Harvest of blood

The graphic images of 19-year-old Sarfaraz Shah hauled up for allegedly attempting to rob people with a gun and mask, begging the Sindh Rangers to spare his life and eventually losing his life have shocked the nation. During the last three decades, our law enforcement agencies seem to have concluded, […]

Israeli Justice Minister on Conversion Policy

Assimilation of Diaspora Jews fulfills Hitler’s vision Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman compares ‘horrific’ overseas assimilation to Hitler’s plans in panel on conversion policy at President’s Conference in Jerusalem. Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman said on Thursday that assimilation into non-Jewish society overseas is threatening to do for Judaism what Adolf Hitler […]

Life in Maluku Islands, Indonesia

I recently spent a bit of time in the Maluku Islands, one of Indonesia’s northeastern provinces and also an archipelago in its own right. Given it is less accessible to tourists and definitely well off the beaten track, I thought Asian Correspondent readers might like to be treated to a […]

Turmeric Can Combat Cancer

…….. Having “bad genes,” does not at all mean you’re doomed to suffer some inevitable fate. Genes are merely blueprints, and these blueprints are activated and controlled by something else entirely, namely their environment. This environmental information—which includes diet, toxic exposures, as well as thoughts and emotions, and more—can create […]

Family of twins plead for deaths

DELHI – The impoverished family of Indian conjoined twins won worldwide sympathy when they rejected the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi’s offer to pay for surgery to separate them. They feared that one or both might die in the operation and could not bear to lose either. Five years later, […]

Indonesia bans workers to Saudi Arabia

Indonesia, which has come under fire from abroad for its use of the death sentence, has decided is to bar its citizens from Saudi Arabia to work after an Indonesian maid was beheaded for murdering her Saudi employer. There are about 1.2 million Indonesian migrant workers in Saudi Arabia, most […]