Abubakar Kasim
Abubakar Kasim is a freelance writer living in Toronto.

Entries by Abubakar Kasim

The Dangers Of Kellie Leitch's Proposal To Test Immigrants On Values

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2016 | 11:52 AM

I was deeply troubled when Kellie Leitch came up with a proposal to screen immigrants for "anti-Canadian values."

The initiative by the Conservative leadership candidate is an ugly form of prejudice that one doesn't expect from a highly-educated politician.

When her ancestors immigrated to Canada they were...

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Patrick Brown Fails Credibility Test With Recent Flip-Flopping

(32) Comments | Posted August 31, 2016 | 10:47 AM

I have never seen -- in my humble observation -- a politician flip-flopping the way the Ontario Progressive Conservative leader has done, where at one point he sends a letter about a major proposal if elected and then reversing his position 180 degrees a few days later.

PC Leader...

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Suspension Of The Burkini Ban Should Bring A Time Of Reflection

(24) Comments | Posted August 26, 2016 | 2:37 PM

While I feel a sense of relief to hear that France's highest court has suspended the burkini ban, I am still in shock that a country that claims to be a beacon of democracy and human rights would establish such laws.

According to the BBC,...

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We Cannot Compromise Justice In Canada's Fight Against Terror

(8) Comments | Posted August 11, 2016 | 3:52 PM

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A handout photo of Aaaron Driver, provided by the RCMP. Aaron Driver was killed on Wednesday after a tip to Canadian authorities from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), who had intercepted the video, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police told a press conference....

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Reaction To Failed Turkish Coup Highlights Hypocrisy Of The West

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2016 | 4:43 PM

The failed military coup attempt in Turkey comes with many lessons. The courage and sacrifice of the Turkish people in answering the call from their democratically elected leader to take it to the streets against the military might was remarkable. The Turkish people are honourable people who can't be intimidated...

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Bernie Sanders Has Betrayed Supporters By Endorsing Clinton

(44) Comments | Posted July 27, 2016 | 12:32 PM

Bernie Sanders had failed to live up to the expectation of his people in the wake of the controversy surrounding the democratic nomination process.

He might have chosen to go with the flow to avoid rift in the party -- a move that would weaken their momentum and strengthen...

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Trump Has Nothing To Offer Except Rage And False Promises

(4) Comments | Posted July 22, 2016 | 4:57 PM

I listened attentively to Donald Trump in his nomination acceptance speech, an address which was described as a "dark and frightening" vision of a United States with him as president, according to a former GOP speechwriter.

In an interview with CTV News, Mary Kate Cary, who wrote speeches...

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Who Would Kill A Man Of Peace?

(0) Comments | Posted July 4, 2016 | 7:57 AM

The Somali community was deeply saddened by the tragic news from Somalia from the last Saturday's Alshabbab attack at a hotel in Mogadishu which resulted to the death and destruction of a large number of people including the Minister of the State for the Environment Mr. Burci Mohammed...

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Brexit A Wake-Up Call To Dangers Of Right-Wing Extremism

(62) Comments | Posted June 28, 2016 | 12:24 PM

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I was paying close attention to the British vote to leave the European Union.

The United Kingdom has become a second home for much of our families and loved ones who were displaced by the civil war in Somalia. After fleeing the civil war, they...

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For A Shining Example Of Islam, Look To The Late Muhammad Ali

(2) Comments | Posted June 8, 2016 | 2:52 PM

In light of the passing of the celebrated boxing legend Muhammad Ali, the Muslim community should take the opportunity to discuss the faith that motivated this honourable human being to become a champion not only in the ring, but also in the wider global arena fighting fiercely against injustices, inequality...

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It's Not Fair Competition Unless Uber Plays By The Rules

(3) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 10:56 AM

If Uber really wants to join the arena, it should be asked to play by the same rules as everyone else.

For example, when Emirates tried to join the Canadian market in 2010, hell broke loose. The government listened to competing airlines' concerns, even when Emirates...

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The Rest Of The World Needs A Backup Plan If Trump Wins

(80) Comments | Posted March 11, 2016 | 3:59 PM

As Donald Trump is fiercely climbing the ladder to attain power, as he is running fast in the race to the finishing line, I am surprised to see that no nation on earth coming up with a plan B for all those who are loathed and despised by...

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Ring In 2016 By Rejecting The Politics Of Fear And Hate

(36) Comments | Posted December 23, 2015 | 4:49 PM

As we say farewell to the passing year, I hope the world will unite to say goodbye to the voices of intolerance, division and hate.

I hope that just as Canadians overcame the voice of intolerance and embraced the voice of hope in the election, the Americans will follow...

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Donald Trump Should Be Treated Like The Extremist He Is

(24) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 10:08 AM

Donald Trump seems to have a problem with what an American should look like -- and whatever that is, it certainly excludes Muslims.

He is probably unaware of who Muslims really are and probably assumes they are only Arabs -- despite the fact that Arabs constitute only a tiny...

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Carnage In Paris: We Need To Break The Cycle Of Violence

(3) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 2:31 PM

The senseless attacks in Paris that claimed the lives of at least 129 people is a cycle of madness that must stop.

A group of fanatics unleash a wave of attacks that terrorizes innocent people like what we are witnessing in Paris. World leaders, in particular the...

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Goodbye to Star Columnist Haroon Siddiqui

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 12:58 PM

It was heartbreaking -- to say the least -- to read Haroon Siddiqui's last column in the Toronto Star.

But in life, everything at one point will come to an end.

Siddiqui was a voice of sanity at a time when extremism has dominated our walk...

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When a Muslim Commits a Crime, the Whole Community Pays

(34) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 10:45 AM

No matter how gruesome a crime might be -- whether it is the 1999 Columbine school shooting, the 1995 Oklahoma massacre, or whether it is about the allegation of sexual assaults involved children by high ranking officials of the Catholic church; in spite how horrific the crime is, no one...

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God Has No Place in the Indian Gang-Rape Tragedy

(87) Comments | Posted December 29, 2012 | 7:15 AM

As the Toronto Star has reported, the young Indian woman who was gang-raped and severely beaten on a bus in New Delhi died Saturday at a Singapore hospital, after her horrific ordeal galvanized Indians to demand greater protection from sexual violence that affects thousands of women daily, in...

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The Right to Bear Arms Is Wrong

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2012 | 11:40 PM

Words cannot describe the agony and pain felt by the families who have lost loved once in the mass shooting that had taken place at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut on Friday.

What is more agonizing and depressing at the same time is to...

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How to Avoid the Headache of Holiday Shopping

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2012 | 11:31 PM

December is the month of holiday and shopping. Irrespective of one's religious and cultural background, one cannot resist the temptation of going out shopping.

Shopping malls are swamped throughout the month especially on the Boxing Day by shoppers who go ballistic in their attempt to take advantage...

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