Category Archives: Editorials

Erdogan’s Revenge

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has responded to the failed coup in Turkey with indiscriminate retribution. At last count, nearly 35,000 members of the military, security forces and judiciary — including 103 generals and admirals — have been detained or dismissed; 15,000 education ministry employees have been suspended; the licenses of 21,000 teachers have been revoked; and…

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The Prospects of Ports in Africa

Africa covers about 6% of the earth’s total surface. With 38 of its 54 states either coastal or insular in nature, Africa has over a hundred port facilities. A few of these port facilities handle 6% of the worldwide water-borne cargo traffic and about 3% of the world’s container traffic. International trade is very important…

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The Last Ten Days of Ramadan

How to take full advantage and benefit from the last part of Ramadan? Though all parts of Ramadan are full of blessings and rewards, its last ten days hold a special status reflected in the recommendations and practices of the Messenger of Allah, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, and his companions. I will focus here…

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Self-Restraint Vital During Ramadan

Many people think Ramadan is refraining from eating, drinking, smoking and having sex. In many ways, that’s the easy part. Muslims are also meant, from dawn to dusk, to refrain from all bad habits, so they should not be swearing, fighting, arguing, looking at or watching what is forbidden. Such acts would either hinder or…

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Ramadan in China

The Muslim festival of Ramadan began Monday, which in China means stepped up repression in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, home to 10 million Uighur Muslims. In Thailand, meanwhile, Uighur refugees in detention are on hunger strike hoping to avoid being sent back to China. If you’re wondering what genuine Islamophobia looks like, here it…

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In the True Spirit of Ramadan

Retailers, while trying to boost their sales, should refrain from unjustified price hikes. Special occasions are not only an opportunity for families and friends to exchange wishes and gifts, they are — for better or for worse — commercial opportunities for retailers and other service providers. And, even as some retailers try to boost their…

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Relive the Spirit of Ramadan

“Blessed are those who properly make use of this holy month and ask for forgiveness for one’s guilt’s and sins.” The holy month of Ramadan is an opportunity to indulge in introspection. The faithful should reorient themselves with the glorious teachings of the religion of peace, Islam, and reiterate one’s commitment to the service of…

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