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The abandoned Rohingya

The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic minority in Myanmar. Descendants of Arab traders, these people have a distinct language and different cultures from the Buddhist community. In 1982, the Myanmar…

Taliban, women and children

As the Taliban overtook Kabul and now-former president Ashraf Ghani fled the country, Afghanistan stands to face its most urgent humanitarian crisis in two decades. More than 80 percent of…

Bend it like…

ETHNICITY is the underside of nationality. No one is more acutely aware of this than political refugees — persons who turn their backs on their own country only to discover…

Hidden misery

The 9/11 attacks were a devastating event for both the US and Afghanistan. In the US, the attack resulted in the deaths of around three thousand Americans and injured more…

The burden of power

With Major General Chris Donahue, the commanding general of the 82nd airborne division having boarded the C-17 aircraft, the two-decade-old American military mission in Afghanistan came to an end. The…

Muhajireen versus refugees

The theme of a colonized mindset that cannot think for itself, by itself, of itself is a powerful one. It is a consistent motif for Prime Minister Imran Khan. Last…

Our Afghanistan policy

With the installation of an interim Taliban cabinet, the process of government formation has marked a step forward in the pursuit of returning Afghanistan to some semblance of normalcy. Mainly…

Cut and run

IT’S not easy being Joe Biden. He dozes off in press conferences. He’s been wrong about everything since segregation. He owes his presidency to a pandemic, and the fact that…

Displaced Afghans

AS Afghan Taliban fighters gain ground next door, the possibility of a mass exodus of Afghan civilians is becoming increasingly likely. Thousands of ordinary Afghans are leaving their homes as…

Unplanned migration

My parents, like millions of others, opted to migrate to Pakistan leaving their entire belongings behind. What they could not leave though were the cherished memories connected to childhood friends,…