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Amtul Q Farhat

A Retired Asst Professor of Pediatrics currently working in Canada.

College graduates are a new breed of terrorists

Terrorism is attracting an increasing number of creative and intellectual university graduates who differ from its stereotypical adherents of Islamic boarding school (pesantren) students and preachers. For the last several years, college graduates from middle class families have played a prominent role in plotting terror attacks. The recent distribution of […]

Setting the boundaries

The expected UN vote on a Palestinian state in September leaves me, in contradiction to the unofficial rules governing columnists, without a decisive opinion on the matter. On the one hand, despite the doomsday scenarios we’ve been hearing in recent weeks, I’m having trouble getting frightened by what we can […]

Israel 17th most competitive economy

Israel remains in the 17th place among the world’s 59 leading economies in terms of competitiveness, according to the 2011 World Competitiveness Yearbook of the International Institute Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland. The annual report ranks countries according to difference economic parameters and is based on data collected from different […]

Geert Wilders cannot define Islam

We were stunned to read Jonathan Kay’s column describing Geert Wilders’ extreme polemics against Islam and Muslims (“Geert Wilders’ problem with Islam,” May 9). It contained unsupported hyperbole from the Dutch politician, such as “if you would strip the Koran of all the negative, hateful, anti-Semitic material, you would end […]

The Ethics of flying while Muslim

A few days after U.S. Navy SEALs assassinated Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, a Delta connection flight pulled away from the gate at Memphis International Airport in Tennessee. The Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) passenger jet, bound for Charlotte, North Carolina, never made it to the runway. While taxiing, the […]

Islam at war with itself

Christopher Hitchens should have been a little more focused in “turning to the facts” to counter Noam Chomsky. Osama bin Laden declared war on the U.S. in 1996 because U.S. troops, at the invitation of the Saudi government, were stationed in Saudi Arabia after the First Gulf War. That is […]