Shafiq Morton

Celebrating the universal truths

OPINION by Shafiq Morton Christmas, like any great anniversary, should be of good cheer. And, while Scrooge, the Grinch, the Kranks and other killjoys have done their best to spoil Christmas, its generosity of spirit has endured. For Muslims, who have lived cheek-by-jowl with Christians and Jews for more than[…]

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Yemen: the enemy of my enemy

OPINION by Shafiq Morton –  What country in its right mind would bomb another from the air with no boots on the ground? What country would attack a people who are its enemy’s enemy to get at its other enemy? The answer is Saudi Arabia. The invaded people are the[…]

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SONA 2015: An encouraging sign of democracy

OPINION by Shafiq Morton I stay in the city bowl area near to parliament. For the past 22 years I’ve witnessed the preparations for the State of the Nation address at close quarters. Each February it has always been a much-anticipated ceremony, a ceremony signalling the start of the parliamentary[…]

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Understanding Charlie Hebdo

OPINION by Shafiq Morton Such are the times that a French satirical magazine holding no sacred cows, and boasting a circulation of less than 50,000 in a country of over 60 million, can print 3 million copies after its editor and eleven others are brutally gunned down by two masked[…]

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Understanding ISIS

OPINION by Shafiq Morton WHO exactly is ISIS or Da’ish – or to give it its latest acronym – the IS? The Islamic State in Syria (or the Levant), which governs a self-proclaimed Caliphate in the conflict-torn zones of Syria and Iraq, lays claim to a holy war against imperialism.[…]

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