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Geopolitical prudence

The Ukraine War, its complexities and global spillover effects, have not been adequately depicted by either political leaders or the more influential media. Most commonly, the Ukraine War has been…

Bad politics

Hamid Dabashi’s most recent article ‘Hollywood Orientalism is not about the Arab world’ (Nov 10, Aljazeera.com) talks about how Hollywood is in the business of misrepresenting everyone. His arguments were…

Censoring freedoms

THERE seems to be no respite from state censorship. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) blocked TikTok — a video-sharing app most popular among young people, which has been downloaded 43…

Silence and chatter

WHAT is it with PTI ministers and their fixation with pop music? Is it an attempt to pose as trendy, or have they been cranking up the music to drown…

The Last Frontier

The last frontier

The latest India-Pakistan spat at the UN General Assembly reflects a trend that I have grown accustomed to in my living memory. In Kashmir, I am all too familiar with…

The Bigger Beast

The bigger beast

It is yet again open season on Pakistan’s politicians. The manoeuvrings and posturing in the lead-up to the Senate election that will take place next week confirms, for pundits and…

Time We Got It Right

Time we got it right

The latest offering from the land of ironies: in a country where, in the not too distant past, much political commentary revolved around the question of constitutional immunity from prosecution…

Time For Patience

Time for patience

There has been much relief and joy at the government’s recent completion of a full five-year term and the announcement of an election date. The transfer of power from one…

Hypocrites galore

To say that Pakistan is at a flashpoint could be a massive understatement. The government is being threatened with a no-confidence motion by the opposition which has been in power…

From Covid-19 to war

In 1963, Barry Goldwater, the future Republican Party nominee for President of the United States, published a book titled Why Not Victory? In it, he argued that the United States was…