Category: Opinion

Rethinking Islam and the West: Progress and Balance

This “progress” also brought us global warming, the atom bomb, devastation caused by chemicals, a tottering financial system, antibiotic resistance, the terrorist perversion of Islam and the world refugee crisis emerging from the War on Terror in the Middle East.

“In looking for a new story, a narrative which can make more sense of our past and the situation in which we now find ourselves, a criterion needs to be found in place of that of progress, and I believe this to be the criterion of balance.”

This is “…represented by the Arabic term mizan, which can be translated as balance, justice, measure, harmony or indeed, weighing scales.”

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A century since the Treaty of Versailles and imperial betrayal

Support for the British Empire from an oppressed colony might seem strange today, but the hundreds of years experience in deception exercise by the British Empire, which ruled a quarter of the earth’s surface with a small number of individuals, should not be underestimated.

It fooled the Arab nationalists, the Indian nationalists and its own population.

The Brexiteers seem to be repeating the lesson today.

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The depravity of arrogance: Forcing debit card on the unemployed

There is profit in poverty.

“During the welfare card trials, Indue has received between $4,000 to $10,000 for each participant in the trial, even though the Newstart allowance is less than $14,000 per year. Certainly, there are start-up costs involved in servicing this type of program, but up to $10,000 for a private company to manage an account only worth up to $14,000 annually raises questions of whether the Indue company is the most cost-effective option for this scheme.

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