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The UN Is Past Its Sell-by Date

The UN is past its sell-by date

Remember Muammar Qaddafi? Of course, who could forget the inimitable colonel and his matchless antics at home and abroad! There are lessons for all those given to delusions of grandeur…

Do We Have No Common Sense?

Do we have no common sense?

Pakistan knows the power of political narratives. From the very moment of our birth we have been fighting a losing battle to untangle mangled narratives; some constructed, others contested, many…

Reprofiling Teachers

Reprofiling teachers

I was sitting in the office of a headteacher of a trust school and suddenly saw 20 four-year-olds crawl into the office all bright-eyed and faces painted as mice –…

The Fog Of Peace

The fog of peace

Many narratives led to the decisions taken at the APC. These narratives have resulted in what one could call the fog of peace, since they have misguided many and created…

The Worst Of Times

The worst of times

A Church in Peshawar gets blown up by suicide bombers sent in by religious militants, killing over 80 worshippers. In their view, by killing non-Muslims these suicide bombers would go…

Sir Das, I Am Sorry

Sir Das, I am sorry

After finishing primary school, we were excited to begin class six in the secondary school. Our parents or guardians bought us crisp uniforms, new proper neckties for that had to…

9/11: War Of What?

9/11: War of what?

On September 9, 2001, twelve years ago, a gruesome and heinous crime against humanity was committed in New York - wanton attack on twin towers of World Trade Center symbolising…

The Irrationality Of Warmongering

The irrationality of warmongering

The Assad regime is primarily but not exclusively responsible for the extended and unspeakable brutality of the civil war in Syria which has killed over 100,000 Syrians and internally and…

Dangers Of Military Intervention

Dangers of military intervention

The spectre of US military action against Syria has not diminished with the surfacing of divisions among America’s European allies and the resounding rejection of such intervention by the British…

Blundering Into Syria

Blundering into Syria

THE US, together with a `coalition of the willing`, appears on the verge of launching air strikes against the military assets of Syria`s president, Bashar al-Assad. The declared purpose is…