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Religious censorship – the Salman Rushdie affair

“What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.” Salman Rushdie   On Valentine’s Day 1989, Ayatollah Khomeini sent a different kind of love letter to Salman Rushdie through the Radio Tehran station. He issued a fatwa against him calling all Muslims on Earth to …

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The two Gandhis – Myths and realities

“…the dead have a way of becoming saints in the eyes of their survivors…” Rachel Vincent, My Soul to Take The 1982 film starts with Gandhi’s assassination. The old leader, weak and mild, greets his admirers to pray with him. A frowned and rough-looking fanatic approaches him and, after bowing, …

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Henry Kissinger’s role in the tragedy of Cyprus

“The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer” Henry Kissinger, 10 March 1975   The dichotomy of Cyprus constitutes a singularity within the western world as it is the spot with the only hostile borders within the alliance of NATO, the last city to be divided in …

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North Korea – Totalitarianism and the police state

“A society where individual life is absolutely pointless, and where everything that is not absolutely compulsory is absolutely forbidden” Christopher Hitchens, Why Orwell Matters (2003) Under Kim Il Sung North Korea morphed into an archetypal Nationalistic Stalinist state, and it was in this form that it managed to survive without …

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The passions of Mother Teresa

She is revered the world over for her work with the poor, her love for the sick and her apparent humility, by people of any religion. She was called a “messenger of the love of Christ,” awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the Vatican is getting ready to canonize her. …

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George Orwell’s list

“Political language…is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind” George Orwell, Politics and the English language (1946) In 1998, the Daily Telegraph broke a story titled “Socialist Icon Who Became An Informer”. The article spoke of George Orwell, …

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