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farzana-versey's picture
Apr.17.2013
I admit, my first thought was not one of sympathy, but “Hope it is not a Muslim” on hearing about the bomb blasts.   Is she dead? Injured? Her limbs blown off? I will never know. I knew her only as a pseudonym. She often spoke about training for the marathon. She was, from all accounts,...
farzana-versey's picture
Jan.23.2013
Why do we protect the freedom of literature and the arts and deny the same to others, even if they might use a similar creative medium or idiom? Salman Rushdie said in an interview: “I really worry about how it’s become so easy to attack books, movies, paintings, works of scholarship there...
farzana-versey's picture
Oct.25.2012
If 19.6 % Americans believe in “nothing in particular”, it in fact draws attention to US politics within the piety framework. Forget about separation of religion and state. Can religion survive without a state? Would it be orphaned without patriotic fervour? I come from a country that is...
annmarie-sauer's picture
Oct.16.2012
I don't know whether it is appropriate to write about politics on this blog. In Belgium where I live there where communal elections and in Flanders' biggest city Antwerp he, whose name I don't want to give more google hits, won. The arrogant, aggressive, power hungry bully declared "The city is...
suellen-ocean's picture
Aug.23.2011
Good question. What is it, the last nation with which you were a citizen of? And then what nation is that nation? The last country that conquered it? America’s boundaries did a lot of changing during the Colonial era and so have countries around the world. It may seem interesting to question one...
cindy-sullivan's picture
Jul.08.2011
Since residing in Canada, almost 14,000kms away from my hometown of Melbourne, I have been contemplating aspects of my identity more than ever before. I have lost count of the number of times I have introduced myself as being 'from Australia', immediately distinguishing myself as the...
farzana-versey's picture
Feb.20.2010
Societies develop their own culinary culture frowned upon by others, whether it is certain insects in the Far East or restaurants in Africa serving game in what might be termed hunter style. The Halal Question Let us not confuse matters. France’s problem with the veil is different from its problems...
barbara-audet's picture
Feb.10.2010
 "It had become an universal and almost uncontroverted position in the several States, that the purposes of society do not require a surrender of all our rights to our ordinary governors; that there are certain portions of right not necessary to enable them to carry on an effective government...
farzana-versey's picture
Aug.18.2009
Before yesterday, I did not know who Usain Bolt was. Among the sports I have watched avidly are cricket, to some extent tennis and football and for the big events gymnastics and athletics. The first is for cultural reasons, the other two due to the fact that they had stars, always. And style. I...
farzana-versey's picture
Aug.05.2009
She exposed pink underwear worn under a short black leather kimono. Japan’s finalist for the Miss Universe, Emiri Miyasaka, caused a bit of a storm in the preliminaries. Is the reaction prudish? I think not. I am often amused by how these beauty pageant winners are termed ambassadors of nations....