Mkhaimar Abusada

For Mkhaimar Abusada's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Reader Mail Oct 30, 2011

Real dangers of cycling

Regarding the Oct. 26 article "Reckless cyclists face crackdown," in Chigasaki and Samukawa, I cycle 10 km to work every morning. The dangers I face have nothing to do with fixed-gear bikes, and I have never seen anyone riding one without brakes. If the accidents ...

Reader Mail Sep 22, 2011

The case for critical thinking

The Sept. 18 editorial "Slow transparency of universities" states that Japanese universities should teach students "how to evaluate information and make difficult, reasoned decisions." However, when it comes to nonvocational, nontechnical academic programs — what we call humanities in the West — I don't think ...

Commentary Sep 1, 2011

Libya's next fight: the West

At a press conference in Tripoli on Aug. 26, a statement read aloud by top Libyan rebel commander Abdel Hakim Belhadj was reassuring. Just a few months ago, disorganized and leaderless rebel fighters seemed to have little chance at ousting Libyan dictator Moammar Ghadhafi ...

Editorials Aug 12, 2011

Mr. Kan counts the days

The ruling Democratic Party of Japan and the two main opposition parties, the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito, on Tuesday struck a deal, making it certain that the Diet will pass by Aug. 26 a bill to float government bonds needed for the fiscal ...

Editorials Dec 26, 2010

New START to arms control

The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) has won ratification in the U.S. Senate, passing by a 71-26 vote. Ratification is a victory for President Barack Obama, those who seek a world with fewer nuclear threats as well as proponents of a constructive U.S.-Russia ...

Commentary / World Oct 21, 2010

Absent from talks, Hamas still wields a veto

GAZA CITY — The resumption of direct peace talks between the Palestinians and Israelis has broken 20 months of stalemate, and marked the entry of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu into this round of diplomacy. But these difficult talks face significant challenges from outside ...

Editorials Jun 18, 2010

High achiever back on Earth

Japan's unmanned space probe Hayabusa (peregrine falcon) returned from a seven-year, 6-billion-kilometer trip to the asteroid Itokawa. Although its main body burned up while re-entering Earth's atmosphere, a capsule released from it landed in the desert near Woomera in southern Australia on the night ...

Commentary / World May 5, 2010

Fatah, Hamas watch, wait

GAZA CITY — With dueling authorities running Gaza and the West Bank, the Palestinian people find themselves in the middle of an experiment. In Gaza, where Hamas is in charge, the high price of armed resistance to Israel has discredited any attempts to revive ...