Iran’s freedom deficit

‘It might seem crazy what I’m about to say;’ dancing with joy is a crime in Iran.

Seven Iranian students have recently received a suspended sentence of up to 12 months and 91 lashes each.

Their crime: they recorded a video singing Pharrell Williams’ song, Happy.

The video came to the attention of Iranian authorities . . . → Read More: Iran’s freedom deficit

India’s growing rape problem and search for solution

A reeling Indian village where two teen cousins were brutally gang raped and hanged may be able to sleep more soundly now that new toilets have been installed in the area.

Last May, the 14- and 15-year-old girls from Katra village in Uttar Pradesh state were gang raped and hanged from a mango tree in the middle . . . → Read More: India’s growing rape problem and search for solution

Has Israel been given a license to commit genocide

West Bank, Gaza Strip and Jerusalem are under illegal military occupation of Israel for the last 47 years. When Hamas won elections in 2003, Israel refused to recognize the election results. The US and the West backed Israeli stance and jointly declared Hamas a terrorist outfit. Israel then created rift between Fatah Party led by . . . → Read More: Has Israel been given a license to commit genocide

Redeeming the media

For many weeks now- specifically since the Hamid Mir fiasco- Pakistani media seems to have been on a roll. From the ISI Chief, down to Dr Shaista Lodhi, media trials have become a norm. In the first case it was Geo news held accountable by the Judiciary for maligning a serving head of the country’s . . . → Read More: Redeeming the media

Living with fear

There is a story that says that if a frog is thrown into boiling water, it will immediately jump out, but put Freddy Frog in cold water and slowly heat him up, he will not smell a rat and slowly be cooked alive. The tale is used as a metaphor for the inability . . . → Read More: Living with fear

PML-N’s Paranoia

Recent statements by PML-N leaders show their complete lack of self-confidence regarding how they have governed Pakistan in a little over six months. Despite acquiring the mandate to govern the federation and the country’s largest province, statements by the Interior Minister regarding the Opposition’s so-called plans for precipitating “mid-term” elections – . . . → Read More: PML-N’s Paranoia

Spearhead Analysis – MQM: Between perils and promises

Altaf Hussein remains the most controversial figure in the Pakistani political saga. Recent events have re-enforced the absurdity with which Altaf Bhai orchestrates Karachi’s realpolitik.  Hussein is convicted for numerous murder extortions, organized crime and terrorist offences. He is also the key suspect in over a hundred murder cases including one of his own comrades . . . → Read More: Spearhead Analysis – MQM: Between perils and promises

Waiting to be rescued?

Tahirul Qadri’s Long March has ended and it is not immediately clear whether it was with a fizzle or a bang. Last week saw days of high drama as Qadri and his supporters camped outside parliament and the Supreme Court ordered the prime minister’s arrest.

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Target killings and murders must be differentiated

KARACHI: Target killing and enmity claimed four lives in Karachi on Wednesday,Express News reported.

Unknown men opened fire in Machar Colony and killed 17-year-old Yousuf, while a body, bearing torture marks, was recovered from Lea Market area. The body has not been identified yet, but the deceased is said to have been abducted before he was murdered.

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Rowling proves her talent with the Casual Vacancy

By Jamaluddin

JK Rowling has done it again. Her new novel The Casual Vacancy is a magnificently written piece of literature and one, which will be hotly debated in the coming months. Its language is salacious, its prose is incisive and its delivery is forceful. By writing The Casual Vacancy, JK Rowling has made it clear that her range is . . . → Read More: Rowling proves her talent with the Casual Vacancy