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The Puzzle Of Democracy

The puzzle of democracy

Why is democracy a superior form of government? On the face of it, this may be a simple question given the established supremacy of democracy as the best system of…

The Pakistan Sandwich

The Pakistan sandwich

What is the worst sandwich in international relations? Many countries’ leaders would name their own country in the middle, pressed up against the proverbial rocks on one side and difficult,…

As We Go On Living Closed Lives

As we go on living closed lives

In the middle of the much coveted process of dialogue between the Pakistani government and the outlawed TTP – the start of which brought insurmountable joy in the flanks of…

The Hydra Of Lerna

The hydra of Lerna

The last of the directors shuffled into the room, and took the one empty seat at the far end of the round table. The panel was finally complete, and the…

Historical Burden

Historical burden

The phrase ‘abject surrender’ has been a recurrent feature of recent discussions on the Pakistani state. Not only has it come up in conversations concerning the state’s general inability to…

LitFests As ‘cultural Apparatus’

LitFests as ‘cultural apparatus’

Arather systematic analysis of western cultural industries from a Marxist perspective began in earnest in the 1950s when a cohort of radical intellectuals – Paul Baran, Paul Sweezy, Raymond Williams,…

Look Who’s Talking Now

Look who’s talking now

Forgive us, Nawaz Sharif, for we have wronged you. All that time we spent criticising you for your constant dithering between negotiations and military action, for your inertia and your…

Cancer Report Card

Cancer report card

Every five years, Who publishes its world cancer report on the incidence of the disease and sets out broader policy directions. Its latest edition, released recently, paints a world in…