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A bleak Christmas

  A bleak Christmas   -By Abdul Mahmud   It is that time of year of jingling bells, the festival of nine lessons and carols, chickens, turkeys, goats, sheep and cows pleading collective innocence to glistening knives and machetes, hearts filled with joy and...

How to spot a fascist

If the Savoyard philosopher, Joseph de Maistre, lent himself as the philosophical inspirator of fascists, Mussolini remains the poster-boy of an ideology that appeals to dirty men and women, who crave power to wreak violence on society. Though Maistre is...

The economy of loss

The economy of loss   - By Abdul Mahmud   Reading Homer's epic poem, 'The Iliad', in my Advanced Level class many years ago, I was confronted with the human condition. The evil that men do, evil that withers good and destroys humanity,...

The return of history

The return of history   - By Abdul Mahmud   Suddenly, we are waking up to the realisation that our nation is mutating from fatherland into a monstrous beast which threatens us. To threaten citizens is to undermine the democracy many sacrificed their...

The judge as a hitman

The judge as a hitman - By Abdul Mahmud The judge is not God, neither does he possess the transcendental authority which directs human affairs, nor his celestial powers. He is a god, who decides the fate of men, only...
The folly of social media regulation   By Abdul Mahmud   Internet freedom is here. Perhaps, it has been here with the internet for awhile as a gift of the genuis of invention, disrupting the holds of tyrants. Think about the internet as...
Freedom through vigilance   By Abdul Mahmud   The idea that freedom isn't self-sustaining is as old as mankind. Through vigilance, it has been advanced and defended in struggles sustained by the sacrifices of those who tie their destinies to the destiny...

Devil in the dock

Devil in the dock   By Abdul Mahmud   "Court!" the clerk screamed, announcing the commencement of proceedings. As the judge proceeded to take her seat on the raised dais, lawyers made final adjustments to their wigs and gowns. He stood in the...

Clowns without borders

Clowns without borders   By Abdul Mahmud   Imagine your country as a circus. Behold those you saddle with governance humouring and amusing themselves with slapstick comedy, entertaining nobody. Citizens who endure hardship and seek escape don't find any entertainment in their...

Poverty on the prowl

Poverty on the prowl By Abdul Mahmud Our economy has gone south. Poverty is on the prowl. Millions of our people, at least, going by the 2018 Report of the...

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