September 24, 2013
The Toronto Sun
September 2001 may have shocked the world as we helplessly witnessed the birth of jihadi terror, but September 2013 reminds us that even after a dozen years spending a trillion dollars, we are no closer to defeating the enemy than we were on that dark day in New York City when the Twin Towers fell.
In the same week as Somali jihadi terrorists in Nairobi, Kenya slaughtered non-Muslims, their brothers were on a killing spree elsewhere. They blew up a church full of parishioners in Peshawar, Pakistan, took hostages in Mindanao, Philippines, exploded bombs at a funeral in Baghdad, and attacked the Nigerian capital of Abuja. In Syria, gruesome acts of barbarism in the name of Islam continued unabated. [More...]
August 21, 2008
My earliest memory of a book is a pirated reprint of nursery rhymes and a Jack and the Beanstalk pop-up book that Uncle Joe D’souza had given as a birthday present. Then there was a treasured Tarzan comic I stole from cousin Ayaz. But in terms of a real book, a book with a hard cover and a spine, it was the Quran. Long before I got to touch, let alone read the book, it had already become part of my existence. I am told, within an hour of my birth, my father had recited a verse of the Quran into my infant ears. Mum claimed I stopped my wailing as soon as Dad had done so. [To read more, click here].
September 12, 2013
The Jerusalem Post
In meeting with leading Jewish intellectuals in North America and some in Israel itself, I am struck by the lack of knowledge they have about Pakistan. The possibility of a future Iran armed with nuclear bombs consumes the attention of Israel’s political and military leadership. However, what lies beyond Iran, just east of the Strait of Hormuz is another threat that seldom causes a ripple either inside Israel or among the academics and experts in North America or Europe. [To read more, click here].