Imtiaz Muqbil

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Imtiaz Muqbil
8 Jul 2012

Experts set to lift fog on Palestinian issue

Supporters of the Palestinian cause are being invited to attend a free and open meeting of the United Nations Committee on Palestinian Rights, due to be held at the UN Escap headquarters on July 10 and 11.

8 Jul 2012
24 Jun 2012

Silence deafening with freedoms at stake

One of the most important geopolitical trends in the emerging world order is the slow conversion of democracies into dictatorships, even while they pretend to be defenders of democracy or, worse, delude themselves into thinking they are defending democracy.

24 Jun 2012 2
10 Jun 2012

Lawsuit tackles post-9/11 discrimination

In a move that could well have global ramifications involving the legal borders between national security and rule of law, a group of Muslim communities, businesses, mosques and individuals in the US last week filed a lawsuit against the New York City Police Department over allegations of unconstitutional surveillance.

10 Jun 2012 1
27 May 2012

Geopolitics at the core of Escap forum

The trials, tribulations, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the emerging new world order and the rise of the Asian century were on full display at the 68th session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap) held in Bangkok last week. While the Asian countries see great potential for integrating their enormous social, economic, demographic and cultural potential to improve the quality of their peoples lives, they are hugely concerned about being hit by forces outside their control.

27 May 2012
13 May 2012

'Discovery' for West 'subjugation' for rest

An intense and fascinating debate on the legacy of colonialism and its impact on the world's indigenous peoples took place at the UN headquarters in New York last Sunday and Monday. The 11th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues focussed on the theme: ''The Doctrine of Discovery: Its enduring impact on indigenous peoples and the right to redress for past conquests''.

13 May 2012 2
29 Apr 2012

Videos detail lobby's pervasive influence

A Washington-based research group has posted clips online that underscore how the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee endangers the US and its people

29 Apr 2012 1
15 Apr 2012

'What Must be Said' to unmask hypocrisy?

In 1988, the Booker Prize-winning British-Indian novelist Salman Rushdie published a novel entitled The Satanic Verses. Many Muslim groups, highly offended by what they perceived to be its defamatory references to the Prophet Mohammed, organised global protests. The Iranian government also issued a fatwa against him, but later rescinded it.

15 Apr 2012 1
18 Mar 2012

Masters of finance and war will fall together

Last Sunday's massacre of 16 Afghan civilians by a US army sergeant and Wednesday's farewell to arms by a departing Goldman Sachs executive may appear to be totally separate events, but perhaps are interconnected in more ways than one might think.

18 Mar 2012 1
4 Mar 2012

Annihilation hovers over Palestine, not Israel

One of the claims being made to justify Israel's demand for a blank cheque to attack Iran is that the Islamic Republic poses an ''existential threat'' to the Jewish state in view of its statements about wanting to wipe Israel off the map.

4 Mar 2012 1
19 Feb 2012

Don't rush to judgement

Although the anti-Iran campaign is in full swing, major holes are emerging in the story spun so far.

19 Feb 2012