The raw material used for the creation of mankind was mire. The only distinguishing feature of man is his ability to choose between right and wrong, based on his intuitive and deductive knowledge. God has provided man with basic understanding and tools to access knowledge. It is a part of His spirit that has been breathed into man to impart a conscience and the urge for the truth.
We are quite taken aback by the news that Bangladesh has joined Saudi Arabia's new Islamic Coalition against terrorism. Ambiguities surrounding the nature of the coalition calls for greater scrutiny. Former diplomats, academicians and military experts have expressed their surprise at this decision that has been made rather suddenly, without any notice or discussion in any public forum.
Calling 2015 a year which has brought "both breakthrough and horror," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented a global report card of sorts on a "pivotal year" in which the world organization marked its 70th anniversary as well as helped achieve what he outlined as a sustainable development agenda as well as the Paris climate change agreement.
The successful conclusion of the United Nations conference on climate change, which brought representatives of almost 200 countries to Paris, is an epochal event in mankind's attempt to overcome the global warming threat besetting the world.
This has been a bad year for freedom of expression in Pakistan. For both media and civil society, both freedom of expression and access to information have, in general, deteriorated since the country launched the National Action Plan (NAP) against militants in the wake of the gruesome Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan-led attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar last year which killed over 140 people, mostly schoolchildren.
On the night of Dec. 12 in the French city of Paris, almost exactly a month after the horrific terrorist attacks there, the leaders of nearly 200 countries of the world adopted the historic Paris agreement on climate change under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which will replace the Kyoto Protocol from now on.
After a successful election early last month, which handed down a landslide victory to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's National League of Democracy, there is a growing sense of anxiety within ASEAN about what kind of a new Myanmar is emerging.
On Dec. 2, 14 people were massacred in San Bernardino, California by a Muslim couple. The husband was a U.S. citizen while the wife was a Pakistan-born legal resident of the U.S. The duo were killed subsequently after a police chase.
Napoleon Bonaparte considered China a sleeping lion. He said, "Let China sleep; when she wakes up, she will shake the world." For two centuries after the French emperor opined, the Chinese lion has remained in sleep. China is waking up now. Is Uncle Sam, the world policeman, going to fight the lion that is rising?
- Joe Hung, 2 Comments
Regular readers know that I rarely write about religion. This is of course by design. For a column to survive the proverbial test of time, it's got to offer variety to readers. I've never taught a course entitled "Column writing 101," but if I ever do, I'd likely make a lot of noise about variety as one of the keys to success.