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Mir Adnan Aziz

The My Man syndrome

The year 2013 has seen and shall see a number of powerful figures pass, some grudgingly, into the realm of unavoidable retirement. Finding replacements for pivotal slots is never an easy task, more so when the only deciding factor is…

Denizens Of a Dystopia

In medieval Europe, crowning of the Lord of Misrule was a tradition for Christmas celebrations. The peasantry drew lots for the title. Wearing a paper crown and dressed like a jester, the Lord of Misrule had the authority to change or make…

The Pessimism

For Wordsworth, “bliss was it in that dawn to be alive; but to be young was very heaven”. However, a recent report shows ‘deep pessimism’ amongst 96 percent of the surveyed youth. Their view: Pakistan is headed in the wrong direction.…

Legions Of Hate

Augustine of Hippo, also known as St Augustine, was a leading figure of the ancient western church. In his ‘City of God’ he writes about a pirate from whom, when captured, Alexander angrily demanded, ‘How dare you molest the seas?’…

The Islamophobic Brigand

Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment. However, the US Supreme Court has held that this is not an absolute right. Several categories of speech are excluded; some of the exceptions are: the Miller test,…

History Is For Losers

“I have never seen any skill in lengthy campaigns. No country has ever profited from protracted warfare. If you know your enemies and yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know…

Heartless Bustle

William Golding was a British school teacher. Named ‘Scruff’ by his students, he scribbled stories on bits of paper during lessons. His first novel, ‘Lord of the flies’, was dismissed as rubbish and turned down by more than twenty…

Dunciad Democracy

It was through the cracked facade of our political system that former premier Gilani squeezed to the PM house. His worst indictment is that he scorned the ‘base degrees’, the people of Pakistan, who had enabled his unmerited ascent. With…

Untouchables

“Those who suffer the most grievously from evildoers are relieved of the greater part of their anguish by the expectation that they will sometime be avenged by law and authority. Men who are confident of the future, can bear more easily and…

Managed Chaos

Al-Qaeda’s $250,000 September 11 attacks, though many point fingers elsewhere for the same, have evoked the costliest response both in terms of money and human lives. Pentagon’s base budget since 9/11 has been $5.9 trillion. The wars in…