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Monday , November 19 2018

Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor

Forgiveness is Strength

“THE weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong,” wrote one of the 20th century’s wisest men, Mahatma Gandhi. The British ruled his country with an iron hand and stripped it of resources for almost 90 years, but he eschewed revenge for reconciliation – as did Nelson …

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Ignore Trump’s bigotry at your peril

DONALD Trump is smashing red lines at the rate of knots and yet his popularity with Republican voters is soaring. Most polls place him way ahead with 35 percent nationwide — 19 percent higher than his closest rival. The more vulgar and offensive he is, the more the voters love …

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Saudi and UAE ‘Shield of Gulf’

OUR region is war-torn and fractured. We are facing multiple threats of multiple kinds. This is the most dangerous era I have ever lived through, surpassing the 1991 Gulf War when we came together to defeat a single enemy. While almost the entire world is shining a spotlight on the …

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‘United’ we stand, united we succeed

December 2, 1971 was much more than a simple signing of a treaty, it changed our lives forever. It broke down not only physical borders and barriers, but over time it brought the leaders of seven neighbouring states together as one body, moving in the same direction towards peace and …

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Challenge all those who distort Islam’s message

Morten Storm, the Danish co-author of “Agent Storm: My life Inside al-Qaeda and the CIA”, recently aired his anti-Islamic views on Fox News, abusing this media platform to spout blasphemous opinions. This former al-Qaeda terrorist turned double agent was radicalized in prison and was later recruited by the CIA and …

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Presidential hopeful Trump has ripped off his mask

I was wrong and I do not mind admitting it. My support for the front-running Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was a mistake. Initially, I admired his outspokenness and his record of turning losses into wins. I believed — and still do — that America is lacking strong leadership. But …

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Why has the world become so savage?

THESE days I find myself in a permanent state of shock, horror and confusion. We live in a world where human life is devalued, where barbarism, racism and bigotry are the new norm. Watching the news is depressing. Desperate people fleeing conflicts finding all doors barred. Women enslaved and abused …

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Destroy this disease

Paris is in mourning. We are all in mourning for those who thronged the glorious French capital on Friday evening little knowing it would be their last. All except the terrorists and their brain-diseased following who have taken to social media to gleefully celebrate the deaths of 129 innocent people …

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Britain’s Emirati visitors deserve better treatment

I have always had great respect for British people. And ever since I bought a home in the serenely beautiful English countryside as a young man still struggling to build my business I have considered England as my beloved second home. I am sure that many of my countrymen feel …

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Assad must not get away with his crimes

Ancient cities and World Heritage sites across Syria have been turned into wastelands of blood-soaked rubble littered with infants’ shoes and toys. Almost 300,000 Syrians have been killed and 11 million displaced. If there is one person to blame for the four-year-long tragedy it is Bashar al-Assad, who instructed his …

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