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Human rights agenda

Throughout Pakistan’s turbulent political history, no prime minister has been able to perform his/her duties for a full term. The recurring political crises within Pakistan withholds the state from initiating…

Tackling a toxic legacy

One of the most toxic legacies of PTI chief Imran Khan is the weaponization of religion. Perhaps after Gen Zia, he is the second head of government who has employed…

Prosecuting rape

According to an estimate, every day in Pakistan, a dozen women and more or less the same number of children become victims of sexual abuse. These are the incidents that…

A dangerous world

Child trafficking is a widespread phenomenon. Children make up 27 percent of the 40 million victims of trafficking worldwide. Two out of every three identified child victims are girls. The…

A brutal murder

I am not ready to speak about Shireen in the past tense. Not today. Perhaps not ever. Shireen has covered the cruelty of the Israeli occupation for decades, only to…

Crisis in Sri Lanka

This week saw the most serious unrest in Sri Lanka since the aftermath of the Easter Bombing in 2019. A month-long protest in Colombo, calling on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to…

Ukraine nationalism

Pardon my lack of enthusiasm, but huge herds headed in the same direction have always made me nervous. I can’t help worrying about looming buffalo jumps. They say it’s only…

Racist attacks

Violence is situation normal, not just in the United States but across much of the planet. Often the violence is simply an abstraction, aka, war, which is always, always necessary…

Trading lives for guns

Mass shootings are good for gun sales. In the days following the horrific massacre of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, firearm manufacturers’ stock prices predictably rose. Gun…

A volatile region

Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are two of the 15 former Soviet republics that became independent after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. They are also part of Central Asia…