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  • The title of this popular song by Alexander Igoryevich Rybak (b. 1986) makes us all feel nostalgic, thinking of a time long gone by, or just half a year ago, before the Corona pandemic. I shall use Rybak’s artistic work to reflect on people’s life, indeed those of refugees and ...

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  • There are various forms of racism, discrimination and inequality in all countries of the world. Today, though, it is often illegal, the forms become subtle and almost invisible. Earlier, South Africa’s apartheid regime institutionalised a racist system of white supremacy from 1948, but it ...

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  • The new American movement ‘Black Lives Matter’ is important, and that was certainly also the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Later movements have taken the world ahead: the Women’s Movement and the Environment and Climate Change Movement, beginning in the 1970s and still going ...

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  • The tragic race incidents in the US in recent weeks, which began with the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and now the campaign, Black Lives Matter, make us all reflect on what we can do. I will today draw attention to a Norwegian poet, Arnulf Øverland (1889-1968), who was the ...

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  • America and the world are in a hurry to find a vaccine and a cure for the coronavirus. Recently, some reports say that there may be something by the end of the year, which we all hope comes true. If so, that will happen about the time a new president will be installed in USA. Hopefully, he will ...

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  • When schools and universities closed for several months in many countries this spring, due to the corona pandemic, distance education suddenly became a popular substitute, especially at higher levels. Today, I shall discuss some aspects related to distance education. There are many lessons to be ...

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  • Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr is over for this time. Next year, we hope to be back to normal ways again and that the corona pandemic will be over. Yet, we may also take with us a few good experiences from the way we celebrated this year – and even some knowledge about the HIV/AIDS pandemic from the ...

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  • As this year’s Ramadan comes to an end, we can look back at an unusual month of fasting, a quieter and more peaceful time than other years, and in a few days we can celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. Today is also Ascension Day when Christians and Muslims believe that Jesus, Issa, was taken up into ...

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  • They say that there are at least three impossible vocations in this world. The first one is to be a preacher and adviser on religious and existential issues, helping people to sort out this life and be prepared for the hereafter. The second impossible vocation is to be a doctor or another medical ...

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  • In some earlier articles, I have written about the time after the corona pandemic, when we get a chance to repair and rebuild, and change things that were wrong in the past. Today, I shall draw attention to some of those things again, but I shall also emphasise that there are many old things that ...

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  • Ramadan this year will be different from all other years; there are no big Iftar dinners and other parties with business relatives, colleagues, diplomats, foreign and local friends and acquaintances, and others. Iftar dinners are small gatherings, mostly for family members and close friends. ...

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  • Today, I would like to write a bit more about the issues I began writing about last week; I may not have answers, but I believe in the importance of reflecting on both difficulties and opportunities, indeed with a positive outlook. In last week’s article, I said that we should think about how ...

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  • Let us pray for the rich and powerful because they knew not what they were doing. It is now the week after Easter, the end of the Christian time of fasting, and a week before the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, which will end with the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr. ...

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  • Because Christians celebrate Easter this week, and because of the difficulties people all over the world experience with the corona pandemic, I would like to be a bit theological in my article today. Those who have read some of my earlier articles know that although I have a basis in Christianity, ...

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  • Do you remember Rod Stewart’s beautiful performance of the Northern Irish singer and songwriter Van Morrison’s song from 1989, which has given title to my article today? If you don’t, it may be because you are too young, or because you know other songs with similar, universal ...

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  • We say that faith and words can move mountains, and that may be true. But we also know that often words alone have little power and impact, even if we have faith. We need some concrete and visible action, we think. Many times, when I say something, nobody really listens, and also when others speak, ...

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  • A couple of Saturdays ago, I had the opportunity to attend a large event organised by a private school – that was before the Government advised that we should refrain from big gatherings for some time. The event I attended was the annual event of Sir Syed Preparatory School System (SSPSS) in ...

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  • Benazir Bhutto (1953-2007) was one of the first women in the world to become Prime Minister and head of government in 1988-1990, and again in 1993-1996. She was also the first woman ever to reach that high level in politics in a Muslim majority country. Her father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (1928-1979) ...

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  • We live in a time when many traditions change faster than before due to freer flow of information since there are new media and less government control, and because people travel and migrate. People have awareness about how other people live and think. Sometimes, though, the awareness is ...

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  • Last week, I wrote about Pakistan’s impressive history as a host country for Afghan refugees for forty years. It was recently discussed at the ‘Refugee Summit Islamabad’, with PM Imran Khan, the UN Secretary General Angonio Gueterres, and the UNHCR High Commissioner Filippo Grandi ...

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  • Pakistan has an impressive history as hosting country for Afghan refugees since the 1970s, mainly after the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan on New Year’s Eve in 1979, justified by a friendship treaty of 1978 between the countries, and USSR feared that Afghanistan might change loyalty to the ...

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  • It had been a sunny late winter’s day in Islamabad, and the slightly colder and more crisp evening was coming when Oxford University Press welcomed participants to a book discussion about the fifth edition of ‘Pakistan’s Foreign Policy 1947-2019. A Concise History’ by Abdul ...

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  • Kashmir Solidarity Day was observed on 5 February. It was important to do so precisely to show solidarity with the Kashmiri people on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) between Pakistan and India, and Kashmiri people living in the UK, the Middle East and elsewhere. This time, since the Indian ...

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  • Many immigrants do impressive class journeys in the West, including Pakistanis. But it was a very a special occasion when the Norwegian coalition cabinet of Prime Minister Erna Solberg was reshuffled last Friday, and the new and old ministers came out from their curtsy cabinet meeting in the Royal ...

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  • The World Economic Forum is today concluding its weeklong annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. This year, WEF has been celebrating its 50th anniversary. Professor Klaus Schwab, was only thirty three when he took the bold initiative of founding WEF, after he had authored his book about stakeholder ...

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  • Modern societies and modern people, living either in tradition societies, or more often, in melting pots, as immigrants, or recipients of immigrants, and in societies under change, as per capitalism’s rules, have different challenges than before. People have to find new moral and existential ...

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  • Be as you are and feel happy with that. Even now early in year 2020, with all the New Year’s resolutions we may have made, we should remember the main message: be as you are, it is always good enough. I hope others see how good you are, and more importantly, I hope that you realize it ...

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  • First, Dear Readers, may I wish you a Happy New Year 2020 and a New Decade, a clean slate full of opportunities and new beginnings – founded on the luggage we carry, for good and for bad. The good, we must carry on with and even do more of and become better at. We now have a chance to do what ...

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  • Today, just as the Christmas and Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s birthday anniversary have been celebrated, I shall reflect on some serious issues, notably faith and moral issues in our time. Not that the birthday celebrations are not serious, but we can also reflect on lighter issues, ...

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  • It is the week before Christmas. Let me refer to the famous poem, ‘It was the Night before Christmas’, which was first published anonymously in 1823. And a few years later, Clement Clark More claimed its authorship. It had great impact in America and beyond as regards the tradition of ...

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