Questions about Pakistan are now a fact of living here, no different from damp weather or calls from salespeople. Some I deflect, and others I frame around my own terms. [more inside]
"The Ideology of Hatred": An interview with Niza Yanay
- "Once we understand how hatred operates as an apparatus of power relations, and particularly how the discourse of hatred is motivated and mobilised in national conflicts, serious questions about misrecognition, veiled desires and symptomatic expressions arise. These questions have, to a large extent, been left unaddressed in studies of hatred between groups in conflict." [more inside]
What might help defeat Muslim extremists in Pakistan for good? Bollywood!
has been assassinated
in Islamabad. Why was he assassinated? Because he spoke in defence of Asia Bibi
and against Pakistan's outdated blasphemy laws
. Where do the justifications for death to those who insult Islam come from? Apparently not from the Quran...
to fetish wear
. Some snapshots of Pakistan's struggles with its sexual identities. [more inside]
Pakistan's believers in Islamic mysticism
embrace a personal approach to their faith and a different outlook on how to run their country’s government. The BBC
asks "Can Sufi Islam counter the Taleban?" The Economist
reports "Of Saints and Sinners".
Meanwhile from two in-depth reporters; William Dalrymple
: Pakistan is a country staring disaster in the face); and Moni Mohsin
: A personal history of Pakistan on the brink.
The counterinsurgency tactics
that seem to have worked so well in Iraq could backfire in Pakistan. (more articles from Nicholas Schmidle
We have lost on the way the lesson of living together,
We are now even scared of each other.
They are others whose faces are on your hands,
Your hurts are a deep sea -- our wounds are deep.
The stories that are being spread in our names are lies,
This is not us.
Words of a Pakistani pop song Yeh Hum Naheen [This is not us] hitting the charts, attempting to spread the message
that all muslims are not terrorists, story via Salon
"Produced and written by a British Muslim
, Waseem Mahmood, at the request of his two sons, "Yeh Hum Naheen
" offers a welcome counterpoint to the images of troops storming the Red Mosque, or fundamentalist mullahs preaching jihad. But the key to the song's success lies neither in its production values or deft depictions of average Pakistanis going about their daily lives, but in its heartfelt expression of pain. "
Sir Salman Rushdie versus
the Republic of Pakistan
. Rushdie is not one to shy from confrontation (previously
) - he's a grand master of the fine art*
of the literary feud
, sparring with notables including Germaine Greer
, John Updike
, John Le Carre
and (briefly) Martin Amis
“Maybe, yes, I am a diva.”
Meet Ali Saleem, known on Pakistani TV as Begum Nawazish Ali, hostess of a popular talk show. Mr. Saleem’s portrayal ... a middle-aged widow who, in glamorous saris and glittery diamonds, invites to her drawing room politicians, movie stars and rights advocates from Pakistan and India.
The age of horrorism. On the eve of the fifth anniversary of 9/11, Martin Amis analyses - and abhors - the rise of extreme Islamism. In a penetrating and wide-ranging essay he offers a trenchant critique of the grotesque creed and questions the West's faltering response to this eruption of evil.
Osama bin Laden, littérateur and new-media star
. A thought-provoking analysis of bin Laden's adept use of Koranic language and the Internet by Bruce B. Lawrence, an Islamic scholar at Duke who edited a new anthology of bin Laden's public statements called Messages to the World
. The Western media -- says the millionaire mass-murderer formerly trained as a useful ally by the CIA
via Pakistan's ISI
-- "implants fear and helplessness in the psyche of the people of Europe and the United States. It means that what the enemies of the United States cannot do, its media are doing!" Know thy enemy. [via Arts and Letters Daily.]
Who else has Khan worked with?
As far back as 2003, there have been strong indications
of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia building a strategic alliance based upon an exchange of nuclear technology, funding and natural resources, after a worsening post-9/11 relationship
between the United States and the Saud family. Concerns deepened
after Saudi Arabia requested a change in its relationship with the IAEA in May.
The Reality of Islamic Protests
An excellent article in Al-Ahram describing the anti war protests in Pakistan. It goes into the different groups who are organizing them, what hidden agendas they may have (some actually profit from the Afghani drug trade), and points out that for the most part, while not supportive of the war, most Pakastani's are not speaking out against it.
All this talk of US retaliation is stirring even more waters
in Pakistan's religious instutions: "Now listen, American, and listen well," says Hussain Zaeef, 21. He reads from Page 12 of the manual: " 'Bomb their embassies and vital economic centers.' That's what I will do to you and your country. I will get your children. I will get their playgrounds. I will get their schools, too. I will get all of you."