Stories by Tarek Fatah

Tarek Fatah is a Canadian writer, broadcaster and political activist. He is the author of Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State (Wiley: 2008) that was shortlisted for the prestigious Donner Prize in 2009. Fatah's second book, titled The Jew Is Not My Enemy: Unveiling the Myths that Fuel Muslim Anti-Semitism(McClelland & Stewart: 2010) won the Helen and Stan Vine Book Award in 2011. He is the founder of the liberal and secular organisation, Muslim Canadian Congress.

Is a Palace Coup Unfolding in Pakistan?

November 17th, 2011 at 12:15 am 6 Comments

A palace coup could be in the offing in nuclear-armed Pakistan as pro-Taliban army generals try to undermine democratically elected civilian government of President Asif Ali Zardari.

First indications that something foul was afoot in Islamabad came on the weekend when Pakistan’s top four military officials, including powerful Chief of Army Staff Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani became conspicuous by their absence at a state banquet hosted by President Zardari for the visiting President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov of Turkmenistan.

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After Gaddafi’s Rule, Libya Gets Sharia Law

October 28th, 2011 at 12:03 am 97 Comments

If George Bush’s adventures ended up handing Iraq on a silver platter to America’s enemies in Iran, President Obama’s softer and gentler imperialism has been the catalyst that stands to deliver North Africa into the hands of the anti-American Muslim Brotherhood. Dumb and Dumber could hardly ask for a better cast.

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Mob Rule Comes to Libya

October 24th, 2011 at 12:56 pm 15 Comments

If there was any doubt in my mind that the so-called Arab Spring was nothing more than a backdrop to a long winter freeze, that doubt was set aside by the gory scenes of the death of Col. Gaddafi, played again and again on TV networks. The mad dog of the Middle East was dead, but not before he was captured alive and subject to mob justice and public lynching that have become part of Arab heritage for the last 1,400 years.

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