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By Ali Kassay - Jul 16,2017
The UNHCR’s Annual Global Trends Report 2017 was understandably alarming: 65.6 million people, more than the population of Britain, were uprooted from their homes by conflict and persecution.“On average, 20 people were driven from their homes every minute last year, or one every
By Ali Kassay - Jul 09,2017
Last week, my wife and I took our son to hospital for a minor surgery, which was fortunately completely successful. That said, we were impressed with the number and competence of Jordanian doctors, women as well as men, and the number of guest patients.
By Ali Kassay - Jul 02,2017
On June 10, the serene summer afternoon was interrupted by smoke and the smell of burning, followed minutes later by the wailing of sirens.Not long afterwards, web blogs and messages on Whatsapp and Instagram poured in with photos and footage of the fire that raged at Kamaliyeh,
By Ali Kassay - Jun 19,2017
When the Civil Status Department started to replace the old ID cards with new smart cards a year ago, it was for a good reason. The old cards, last updated in 1996, had outlived their expiry date.Whether the choice of new cards was the best is a matter open for debate.
By Ali Kassay - Jun 11,2017
Once again last week terrorists struck, murdering innocent people and, adding insult to injury, they claimed to be doing it “for Allah”.Expressions of sympathy and solidarity by Muslim political and religious leaders and the assurance that murder is contrary to Islam are befittin
By Ali Kassay - Jun 04,2017
Hatred is a remarkable motivator, as incomprehensible as it is powerful. Last week, two men were stabbed to death in the US and a third was seriously wounded defending a Muslim woman who was attacked by a white supremacist. None of the stabbing victims was a Muslim, whi
By Ali Kassay - May 28,2017
Early in the morning of this past Friday, I took my son to do the week’s shopping as we do every Friday.But we set off earlier than usual this time because this was a special day.
By Ali Kassay - May 21,2017
Way back in the deep recesses of history, when I was a graduate student, I asked a German friend whether he thought Germany would ever be reunited.With a great deal of poignancy in his voice, he said it was the dearest wish of every German, but no one realistically expected it to
By Ali Kassay - May 14,2017
One good thing about parliament is that, after a couple of hundred years or so of practising democratic debate, a tradition develops of resolving issues through dialogue without outbreaks of fisticuffs, a notion which may astonish some of our enlightened deputies.In some countrie
By Ali Kassay - May 07,2017
Scottish economist Adam Smith, author of the monumental work “Wealth of Nations”, believed that little is needed to carry a state from the lowest barbarism to the highest degree of opulence, but peace, easy taxes and a tolerable administration of justice; all the rest would come

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