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Global acclaim, local defame

Wonderful, Awful. Best, Worst. Developing, Destroying. Rising, falling. Good, bad. This is not a test of opposites in grammar, rather a test of intent and view point in evaluating Pakistan’s…

Culture Pop: The Price Of Fame

Culture Pop: The price of fame

This week marks the 20th death anniversary of Diana, Princess of Wales’ unfortunate end in a lonely tunnel in Paris. The moment was marked by dark irony: her final vision…

International Shipping: The Dichotomies Within

International shipping: the dichotomies within

The shipping industry is cyclical in nature and has, over the past few decades, witnessed immense changes. The role of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has become all the more…

Acai berry craze: boon or threat for the Amazon?

Working in the sweltering heat of the Brazilian Amazon, Jose Diogo scales a tree and harvests a cluster of black berries: acai, the trendy “superfood” reshaping the world’s biggest rainforest…

India and the hijab

Muskan Khan – a hijab-wearing Muslim college student in the town of Mandya in Karnataka, India – shot to international fame when she stood up against harassment by a group…

A desperate IS

THE recent suicide attack on a wedding in Kabul generated much attention towards the fledgling Afghan peace talks that have gripped the attention of regional players and the imagination of…

Empowerment And Power

Empowerment and power

Blessed with opportunities, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy – a talented and brave Pakistani woman – could have chosen other professions to excel. But her decision to highlight the plight of women in…

Free That Pigeon!

Free that pigeon!

India has a population of over a billion, a thriving economy, a respected voice, a powerful military and an ancient civilisation. Its scientists have put a satellite into orbit around…

The Hollywoodisation Of Issues

The Hollywoodisation of issues

One can be cynical of the chauvinism that comes with patriotism and nationalism and yet admit a joyous moment of pride when Pakistani women receive international acclaim for their accomplishments.…

The Force Of Hatred

The force of hatred

The writer is a freelance columnist and former newspaper editor. Hatred, or even an active dislike, for an individual or group is a powerful emotion. It is especially disturbing when…