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The Arab Winter As ‘morbid Symptom’

The Arab winter as ‘morbid symptom’

The title of Gilbert Achcar’s latest book ‘Morbid Symptoms: Relapse in the Arab Uprising’ (2016) is derived from Gramsci’s ‘Prison Notebooks’: “The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the…

A Disturbing Winter

A disturbing winter

It has been a disturbing week in the capital. Following the announcement by the Punjab government to shut down educational institutions in the wake of a sudden cold wave across…

Human Rights And Violence: A Forbidden Love Story

Human rights and violence: A forbidden love story

It is commonly believed that human rights at one end, and repression and violence at the other are inherently incompatible. This presumed incompatibility has given rise to the ‘protecting liberty…

Arbitrary Changes

Arbitrary changes

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) quietly changed its rules for by-elections in three national and provincial assembly constituencies on May 7, 2015 by amending its earlier notifications and barring…

Discretionary Overbilling

Discretionary overbilling

The power sector is in turmoil it seems, from the overbilling scandal. The past week has seen new protests and new pronouncements. Once the cabinet decided to lift a decade-old…

Forbidden Pages

Forbidden pages

The Raj bequeathed to the subcontinent a strong tradition of book banning as well as a legal mechanism for the aggrieved to challenge the ban in court. The tradition is…

A Harbinger Of Change

A harbinger of change

WITH Barack Obama taking oath as US president, Martin Luther King’s dream has been realised and led to the hope for change in the hearts of many Americans regardless of…