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My Christmas Party In Islamabad

This year, I was invited to a unique Christmas party in Islamabad, and I will tell you a bit from it in this article. When I and several other guests arrived, Sameena, the hostess, came out from the kitchen, looking like a friendly soul in…

Christmas And End-Of-Year Thoughts

As another calendar year draws to a close and we soon will write 2012, we all reflect on what the Old Year was and think about what the New Year may bring. Being a Christian in a Muslim land, I also reflect on issues related to Christmas,…

Limits To Economic Growth

The way everyone in the north - and the rich in the south - use resources, reminds me of mindless behaviour, similar to that of rambling of drunkards. Or maybe, the way children think when they see food on the table, but have no thoughts…

Growth Or Development

The world economy is in crisis, especially the economies of many old and rich countries in the West, including the United States and countries in the European Union. Some of these countries have experienced steady growth mostly since the…

Boredom Of The Rich And Idle

The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov is an interesting play. It was his last literary contribution that completed in 1904, not long before his passing. It is considered his most lucid and entertaining play, depicting class and other…

Is A White Painted Crow A Pigeon?

We human beings seem to be keen on beautifying ourselves in many ways, with makeup, hair dye, clothes, jewellery, and so on. Nothing wrong with that, although some conservative groups are against some of these things, claiming that we…

Learning To Love Books

Every little child loves books, picture books, colour books, story books, rhymes and lullabies. When toddlers become school children, they, too, love the wondrous world of books. And then, later in the school years it varies, as some…

Concepts, Theories – And Practical Work

It was my Norwegian compatriot Hanna Mollan, who recently made me think about the importance of the words we use - yes, words, concepts and theories. It is important to others how we phrase our opinions, and how we learn and use concepts to…

Learning From An African Woman

Wangari Mary Josephine Maathai (1940-2011) passed away on September 25. She was a Kenyan and Africa’s first woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize Winner (2004). More importantly, she was one of the world’s greatest human beings we have…

Wars And Structural Violence

We marked the International Day of Peace yesterday, as we have done on 21 September since 1981. At the United Nations in New York the “Peace Bell” rang. The bell is cast from coins given by children from all over the world, with the…