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By Ali Kassay - Jan 22,2018
Who among us remembers the Iranian revolution of 1979?  It started off as secular poetry readings and protests against the enormous gap that developed between rich and poor, brought about by Iran’s colossal oil revenues during the boom years.  Social tensions were exace
By Ali Kassay - Jan 14,2018
On April 4, 1968, American Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King was killed for suggesting that people should be judged by the content of their hearts not the colour of their skin. The following day, a school teacher named Jane Elliott, from Riceville Iowa tried to explain
By Ali Kassay - Jan 07,2018
An age-old problem is that every old man complains of the growing depravity of the world and of the petulance and insolence of the young.  Even Socrates, in all his wisdom, lamented that “Children now love luxury.
By Ali Kassay - Dec 24,2017
I often take issue with my classmates, now in our anecdotage, on whether life was better in the good old days when we were kids at school.  I maintain that the best thing for the good old days is a bad old memory.But I must confess that life then was simpler and clearer
By Ali Kassay - Dec 18,2017
According to the cliché, "when the US sneezes the world catches a cold".  Originally, this was said about the stock market, but it applies equally to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote on December 14 which repealed the 2015 net neutrality regulations.
By Ali Kassay - Dec 10,2017
In the 1970s, when I was an undergraduate, the feminist movement in Britain was still campaigning to criminalise marital rape, which is rape of one spouse by the other.
By Ali Kassay - Dec 03,2017
“It is better to trust in the Rock of Ages than to know the ages of the rocks!”  This was a great line from the film "Inherit the Wind", which dramatised the 1925 trial of John Scopes, a high school substitute teacher in Tennessee who was charged with violating the State’s B
By Ali Kassay - Nov 26,2017
In 1998, my wife, a great admirer of Nelson Mandela, was flabbergasted when a South African friend and an Afican National Congress activist said to her: “Mandela has accomplished his mission.
By Ali Kassay - Nov 19,2017
One of my favourite activities is to interact with young people in their undergraduate years. I learn a lot from probing their minds, which are intellectually curious, idealistic and highly critical.
By Ali Kassay - Nov 12,2017
Recently, when my wife needed to clear some official paperwork, she made the usual preparations for a day with officialdom: a nerve relaxant before, anti-depressants to be taken afterwards and a sense of resignation to the waste of a day collecting signatures and rubber stamps fo



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