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 on . . . → 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

Singling out Muslims

Media coverage of the Paris shootings is typical of previous incidents involving Islam and free speech in the West. Much of it has veered between the misleading, sensationalist and absurd – such as a “terrorism expert” on Fox News branding Birmingham a “Muslim-only city”.

Journalists have jumped on the “Je Suis Charlie” bandwagon. Many would . . . → Read More: Singling out Muslims

Where does the future lie?

So, it happened yet again. The recent commemoration of the martyred ex-governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer, was attacked by militant youth belonging to a local religious group. This happened not in Waziristan or in Balochistan, but in the heart of urban metropolitan Lahore, where peaceful protestors gathered around in the remembrance of one of the . . . → Read More: Where does the future lie?

The rage behind Islamism

FACED with a horror like the slaughter of 148 schoolchildren and school staff members by the Taliban in Pakistan, it is tempting to describe the act as “inhuman” or “medieval.” What made the massacre particularly chilling, though, is that it was neither. The killings were all too human and of . . . → Read More: The rage behind Islamism

The state’s gradual capture of the feminist narrative

The latest response to the attack on students in Peshawar has rekindled hypernationalist discourse in Pakistan, which in turn, is being strategically used by the State to fortify its own invincibility. Over the years, I have developed different coping mechanisms against this sort of hypernationalism in social media. Sometimes, I write rants on Facebook and . . . → Read More: The state’s gradual capture of the feminist narrative

The need for us to reflect on some good ideas

Ideas matter more than anything else in shaping a society, a nation and a culture. There are good ideas and bad ideas; obliviously, they produce opposite consequences. A good society and state defined as peaceful, tolerant and pluralistic are built by ideas that have respect for life, liberty and the free choices that individuals make . . . → Read More: The need for us to reflect on some good ideas

Objectivity in Journalism

The lines are blurring. And no, not in the Robin Thicke kind of way. The lines are blurring when it comes to journalism, social media, activism and everything in between.

Ironically enough, it was a Facebook status that led me to writing this piece. It was one of those situations where a person wrote a . . . → Read More: Objectivity in Journalism