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Words, Nature And People

Memory on Legs (January 3): On the third day of the year 47 BC, the most renowned library of antiquity burned to the ground. After Roman legions invaded Egypt, during one of the battles waged by Julius Caesar against the brother of…

In Iranian Gas We Trust

It all looks so good on paper doesn’t it? Two Islamic countries coming together, holding hands, and shaking their fists in defiance to all and sundry, saying ‘we’ll do it our way’. Couldn’t have been scripted any better, even if George…

Palestine And US Humbug

Maybe I’m a bit biased, having served in a UN peacekeeping mission and thus making and maintaining contact with some urbane and highly intelligent people in the UN headquarters in New York, but my contention is that in spite of occasional…

Beyond Gender

Your neighbourhood darzi is facing a threat. Boutiques run by up and coming women entrepreneurs who offer multiple apparel related services under one roof to trendy middle class ladies like themselves, are attracting more and more customers…

Sticks And Stones

An all-too-familiar cycle is underway yet again. In the wake of a blasphemous anti-Islam film, most probably directed by man by the name of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, violent protests are occurring across most of the Islamic world. In…

A Self-Made Illusion

Alexis De Tocqueville once said: “I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America”. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, in his acceptance speech, did not say a…

A Spring Now

As I write these words, news is emerging that armed militia have attacked the American consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi. Simultaneously, there are images all over the internet of an angry mob burning the US flag at its embassy in…

A New Radical Challenge

They are indeed a different breed of Islamic radicals, who are armed with modern education and pursue professional careers. Many of them are returnees from England and the United States, if not born there. Even after living in Pakistan for…

Terms Of Engagement

As the Nato supply trucks begin to cross the Hindukush mountains once again and roll into Afghanistan, our nation is caught up in a semantic debate over linguistics: does the word ‘sorry’ equate to an ‘apology’? The reality is that it…

Pakistan’s Hard Realities

One can call it ironic that the government’s decision to reopen the Nato supply routes to Afghanistan is getting flak from both sides of the national divide. Many of the liberals are calling it the tragedy of delay and rightly asking why…