Ideas don’t kill people. Other People do!

It’s easy to be cynical. Being cynical means not having to do anything, and the lack of action creates its own self-fulfilling prophecy. The cynical person sees a protest march and thinks, “That won’t accomplish anything”. And, if it doesn’t, then their cynicism is rewarded.

But, maybe, all the march needed was that one extra . . . → Read More: Ideas don’t kill people. Other People do!

The admixture of the judiciary and parliament disavows single term-limit on presidency

The supreme court in Honduras has voided a single-term limit for the country’s presidency — the issue at the heart of the political conflict that led to the ouster of socialist incumbent Manuel Zelaya six years ago when he sought to hold a referendum on rewriting the constitution.

The push by the governing National party . . . → Read More: The admixture of the judiciary and parliament disavows single term-limit on presidency

When ethnicity trumped religion

In November 1914, the world’s only great Muslim empire was drawn into a life-or-death struggle against three historically Christian powers — Britain, France and Russia. All parties made frantic calculations about the likely intertwining of religion and strategy. The playing out, and surprise overturning, of these calculations informs . . . → Read More: When ethnicity trumped religion

The paucity of historians within Pakistan

The keynote speech at the Lahore Literary Festival this year was given by the distinguished historian Professor Romila Thapar. In her excellent address, Professor Thapar took us on a journey of discovering ancient India — of which she is a specialist — pointing out at the outset that “history is a dialogue between the present . . . → Read More: The paucity of historians within Pakistan

When inclusivity goes haywire

Jeep raised eyebrows during the US Super Bowl on Sunday when it aired a commercial that showed a Muslim woman wearing a headscarf.

The ad, set to the American folk song “This Land is Your Land”, starts with landscapes across the US, then moves to different scenes around the world.

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Why Haruki is capturing the literary landscape across the globe

For my birthday, my children bought me the book Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Japanese author Haruki Murakami. This was exactly the present I wanted! I am a passionate Murakami fan and I was eager to read the new novel, which would afterwards find a place of honor on my bookshelf . . . → Read More: Why Haruki is capturing the literary landscape across the globe

NGO and Imperialist Feminism collide!

‘Hello my Aman-o-Nisa sisters!’, Hilary Clinton greeted a delegation of elite Pakistani NGO ‘Women Moderating Extremism’ in Washington, DC in 2012.

Aman-o-Nisa members looking pretty star-struck upon meeting Sister Hillary

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Muslim sensitivity towards cartoons on the Prophet draws from religious nationalism

By Mustafa Akyol

WILL “moderate Muslims” finally “speak up” against their militant coreligionists? People around the world have asked (but, as in the past, have not all seriously examined) this question since last week’s horrific attacks on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and . . . → Read More: Muslim sensitivity towards cartoons on the Prophet draws from religious nationalism

The need for a socio-political dialogue within the west and the Muslim world

By Ayesha Siddiqa

Let’s not hide behind our silence and discuss the Paris attacks. Indeed, there is a lot of discussion on social media but the silence of the print and electronic media is amazing. It is almost as if the tragedy of 17 people getting killed did not happen. While the Saudi . . . → Read More: The need for a socio-political dialogue within the west and the Muslim world

The glaring double standards within the free speech debate

Dear liberal pundit,

You and I didn’t like George W Bush. Remember his puerile declaration after 9/11 that “either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists”? Yet now, in the wake of another horrific terrorist attack, you appear to have updated Dubya’s slogan: either you are with free speech… or you are . . . → Read More: The glaring double standards within the free speech debate