The Fourth and Final Disappearance of Muhammad Ali

June 07, 2016

Many of the issues Muhammad Ali brought to the fore are still here, some in aggravated form. An enigmatic American cultural icon disappeared this week, for the fourth and final time. Muhammad Ali is now routinely called by the media “the greatest sportsman of the 20th century,” but his...

Final Bell Sounds for Muhammad Ali: The Greatest

June 06, 2016

Like any towering symbol, Muhammad Ali had very human contradictions. On October 2, 1980, Muhammad Ali, then aged 38, and Larry Holmes, the heavyweight champion of the world, entered a temporary arena built at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas. A gate of nearly 25,000 had paid $5,766,125—a record...

Revolution Square One: Egypt Three Years On

February 11, 2014

Egyptian revolutionaries face an upward battle against the tides of the establishment. With the world watching, Egypt’s long-time intelligence chief, Omar Suleiman, announced the departure of Hosni Mubarak from his presidential throne on February 11, 2011. The epic eruption of cheers, tears,...

Jordanian Women: Marrying Beyond the Border

February 09, 2014

If Jordanian women marry non-Jordanians, they are only granted "services rights." Last December, the spokesman for the Jordanian government, Mohammed al-Moumani, announced that the government will not grant civil rights to Jordanian women married to non-Jordanian citizens. Instead, he...

Gandhi: Where Do His Values Stand Today?

October 02, 2013

In modern India, Gandhian values must be replaced with those of other influential people. Being born in India, when first starting to make sense of academia, the first of the names that are heard amongst the plethora of freedom fighters and national heroes is that of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi...

Gandhi and the Paradox of Personal Desire

October 02, 2013

The liberation that Gandhi sought required the renunciation of personal desires. Over the past century, many have accused Gandhi of being the ultimate altruist. On the contrary, however, Gandhi went on to claim that he was doing the work that took over his life for a very selfish reason: that he...

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Gandhi: Bapu, Fakir, and Statesman

October 01, 2013

Despite his blunders, Gandhi continues to be more relevant than ever. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi had wide-ranging interests and lived in three continents before exploding to prominence on the national and global stage. He started communes, ran newspapers, walked a lot, wrote innumerable letters,...

Gandhi: Perspectives on Greatness

October 01, 2013

Can Gandhi's values be used in today's India? Background Sixty-five years after his death, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, also known as Mahatma Gandhi, is still honored and remembered as one of the most influential leaders in history. His ideologies of peace and nonviolence have transcended...

Two Steps Towards A Great Life, According to M. Gandhi

September 30, 2013

In the 21st Century, Gandhi Matters More Than Ever We are at an interesting crossroads in human history where more and more people are waking up in their work and their marriages and are finding themselves deeply dissatisfied.  What was once enough is no longer. Once upon a time the American...

The March on Washington: 50 Years On

August 28, 2013

The importance of King’s dream and the march on Washington is the lasting impact it has on society as a whole.  Background Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech on Wednesday, August 28, 1963, was a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights Movement that ignited at the end of...

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