“Occupy Wall Street” goes global

October 17, 2011
Hasan Zillur Rahim
“Occupy Wall Street” goes global

What began as a tentative protest on September 17 in the financial district of New York by a handful of protesters has turned into a global uprising against corporate greed and corruption. It’s about time.
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A persistent and visionary entrepreneur

October 7, 2011
Hasan Zillur Rahim
A persistent and visionary entrepreneur

No one realised the confluence of technology, entertainment and design in digital products and transformed them into objects of desire more than Steve Jobs. The co-founder of Apple, who passed away at 56 from pancreatic cancer, will be remembered for his seminal contributions to technology with such products and entities
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A perspective on the 9/11 attacks

September 11, 2011
Hasan Zillur Rahim
A perspective on the 9/11 attacks

A week after the 9/11 attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, my doorbell rang one evening. Gail, my neighbour and a devout Christian, stood apologetically, sorrow etched on her face. “I brought this for you,” she said.
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Libya’s glorious dawn

August 23, 2011
Hasan Zillur Rahim
Libya’s glorious dawn

Four decades of darkness is finally surrendering to a glorious dawn in Libya. A ragtag band of rebels transformed itself into a fighting force in a mere six months and overran Moammar Gadhafi’s last stronghold around Tripoli.
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A violent Ramadan in Syria

August 9, 2011
Hasan Zillur Rahim
A violent Ramadan in Syria

Self-restraint and God-consciousness are the essence of fasting for Muslims in Ramadan, a month in which thirst and hunger can become a source of salvation for the believer. As one of the five pillars of Islam, fasting is mandatory for the rich and the poor, the young and the old, the ruler and the...
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Nesbo’s Norway

July 24, 2011
Hasan Zillur Rahim
Nesbo’s Norway

An extremist decides that multiculturalism is diluting Norway’s “pure” race and undermining its Christian character and so goes on a rampage. He belongs to a small group of fascists who cannot escape from the prison of Norway’s past and wreaks vengeance on those he considers responsible for selling his country’s soul to the unwashed...
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Muhammad Asad and ‘The Road to Mecca’

July 6, 2011
Hasan Zillur Rahim
Muhammad Asad and ‘The Road to Mecca’

Muhammad Asad, writer, adventurer, diplomat, Muslim thinker par excellence, translator of the Quran, and author of one of the most remarkable spiritual autobiographies ever, The Road to Mecca, isn’t as well recognised as he ought to be, even among Muslims. It is a pity. Almost two decades after his death in Spain in 1992,...
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Tagore and Victoria Ocampo: Literature’s enigmatic encounter

June 19, 2011
Hasan Zillur Rahim
Tagore and Victoria Ocampo: Literature’s enigmatic encounter

In September of 1924, Rabindranath Tagore received an invitation to attend Peru’s commemorative centennial celebration. A hundred years before, led by Simon Bolivar, Peru had defeated Spanish Colonial forces to become an independent nation. Peruvians wanted the Bengali Nobel Laureate to participate in the festivities marking the historical event.
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Apple’s ascendance

June 12, 2011
Hasan Zillur Rahim
Apple’s ascendance

Mindshare is as important for technology companies to flourish as market share. On both counts, Apple is soaring, guided by its visionary chief Steve Jobs. For Silicon Valley’s iconic CEO, each Apple product – iPod, iPhone, iPad, iAnyThing – must not only be a marvel of technology but also a work of art. This confluence...
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Justice in an imperfect world

June 4, 2011
Hasan Zillur Rahim
Justice in an imperfect world

In a perfect world, justice delayed is indeed justice denied. But we live in an imperfect world and so justice delayed sometimes has to be thought of as justice served. Such is the case with Serbian general Ratko Mladic, architect of the slaughter of 8,000 Muslim children, women and men in the Bosnian town of...
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The meaning of Bin Laden’s death

May 3, 2011
Hasan Zillur Rahim
The meaning of Bin Laden’s death

Justice must be served because, unlike revenge, justice is a moral imperative. Without justice, there can be no peace, no progress and no closure. With the commando raid in Abbottabad that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden, there is now a sense of closure, not just for the families of the victims of...
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Wael Ghonim and people power

April 28, 2011
Hasan Zillur Rahim
Wael Ghonim and people power

Wael Ghonim is the 30-year-old revolutionary who helped harness the power of social media to mobilise Egyptians and hasten the downfall of Hosni Mubarak. Addressing Muslims in the San Francisco Bay Area on a recent visit, Ghonim reflected on his experience and on the unfinished revolutions currently sweeping the Arab Middle East.
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Lauren Booth’s spiritual journey to Islam

April 11, 2011
Hasan Zillur Rahim
Lauren Booth’s spiritual journey to Islam

Many of us speak of Lauren Booth, a recent Muslim convert, as the sister-in-law of Tony Blair, the former prime minister of Great Britain. They do her injustice. She has carved out a career as a fearless broadcaster and journalist on behalf of the oppressed and the down-trodden. In fact, it would be more...
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Euphoria in Egypt

February 13, 2011
Hasan Zillur Rahim
Euphoria in Egypt

In just 18 days, young Egyptians waged a peaceful revolution that brought down the 30-year dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak and his failed police state. Inspired by Tunisians, empowered by social media and driven by a fierce yearning for freedom, they tore down the wall of fear and made Egypt free. “I look at our society...
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Young Arabs have crossed the Rubicon

February 1, 2011
Hasan Zillur Rahim
Young Arabs have crossed the Rubicon

“I do have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; government that is transparent and doesn’t steal from the people; the freedom to live...
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