Is crime promoted by the government?

The owner of AZG 516, by using a false number plate is pretending to be driving a Government of Sindh official vehicle. The truth is that this vehicle is registered on the name of a private citizen and the vehicle has nothing to do with the Government of Sindh. The timid and non-professional . . . → Read More: Is crime promoted by the government?

Democracy vs Development – Bangladesh’s dilemma

Liberal democracy isn’t an impediment to development, rather democracy is development; it’s the epitome of human achievement and development, it’s the “End of History”. Had Mujib compromised with Yahya and Bhutto by dishonouring his people’s democratic aspirations, possibly our history would’ve been very different, nothing to be proud of or celebrate about.

It’s . . . → Read More: Democracy vs Development – Bangladesh’s dilemma

Harassment in Pakistan

BY RAFIA ZAKARIA

In the eyes of many, the offices of Pakistan are filled with lecherous bosses. All too often, working women have tales of their perversions: the lesser ones include gaze and glance, the occasional grope, the unwanted text message, the innuendo; the bigger ones include invitations to meet outside the office, over lunch . . . → Read More: Harassment in Pakistan

Do ISIS terrorists have souls?

As a journalist based in northern Iraq for the past six years, I’ve seen the war with the Islamic State closer than I’d like. In the summer of 2014, my best friend, a man I’d come to love and respect during my time reporting here, was taken prisoner by the militants. We were more like . . . → Read More: Do ISIS terrorists have souls?

New York’s very own secret Guantanamo

EFORE EVERY PHONE CALL that Fatuma Hashi has with her brother Mahdi, FBI agents come on the line to tell her what she is not permitted to talk about. “You’re not allowed to speak about political issues. Or whatever’s happening in the outside world. Or his case,” she told The Intercept.

Mahdi Hashi, a young . . . → Read More: New York’s very own secret Guantanamo

India – reaching for Mars yet cursed with the caste system

by ZUBINA AHMED

“Liberty, Equality Fraternity”; at the time of the French Revolution these posthumous terms were the primary mottoes in use. Looking back at times, if we take out the word ‘equality’ and emphasize on its significance, little will we find its reach. The term equality in literal term means evenness. In practical sense . . . → Read More: India – reaching for Mars yet cursed with the caste system

Who will listen to the plight of the Indian oppressed Kashmiris

Majority is authority; that is why the Indian extremists have always been afraid of Muslim majority everywhere in India particularly in the areas like Indian Occupied Kashmir. They want to turn the Muslim majority into a minority and for this purpose they are doing all their best. Under the ‘kind’ command of Mr. Modi precautionary . . . → Read More: Who will listen to the plight of the Indian oppressed Kashmiris

Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda – USA’s mythical strategies

Here’s my twenty-first-century rule of thumb about this country: if you have to say it over and over, it probably ain’t so. Which is why I’d think twice every time we’re told how “exceptional” or “indispensable” the United States is. For someone like me who can still remember a moment when Americans assumed that was . . . → Read More: Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda – USA’s mythical strategies

An Act of Conspiracy?

“This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend . . . → Read More: An Act of Conspiracy?

India’s Hindu extremists have ways to silence the free thinkers

(By Pankaj Mishra) Author Roy is facing imprisonment in India. Of course, Narendra Modi’s government has left no clear fingerprints on this scene of a crime against art and thought. The governments of Egypt and Turkey are brazenly leading a multi-pronged assault on writers, artists and intellectuals. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan last month denounced . . . → Read More: India’s Hindu extremists have ways to silence the free thinkers