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America’s Secret Weapon

By Bill Gates April 18 – This presidential election has the country captivated. As many commentators have pointed out, the primaries are more focused on personalities than policy. While the parties focus on who is going to represent them in the fall, I want to make the case for something that I hope every candidate

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Between Bernie, the Vatican, and a Muslim American Liberation Theology

Khaled A. Beydoun On April 15, the Bernie Sanders campaign will make a visit far from the presidential electoral map: The Vatican. Pope Francis invited the presidential hopeful to a conference addressing social and economic inequality, acknowledging Sanders’ relentless campaign against structural poverty and its attendant perils. While the presidential field is comprised of five

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Pakistan Cricket: The Way Forward

By Razia Desai Aiming for the boundary but landing far short of a length. This would be an appropriate description of what ails Pakistani cricket at the moment. The national team’s hasty exit from the World T20 tournament has, in recent weeks, led to intense criticism from former players, followed by media reports of the

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Meritocracy or Kleptocracy: Kurdistan’s Political Leadership in Turmoil

By Aras Ahmed Mhamad The Kurdistan region has been suffering on multiple fronts be it an economic crisis and delays in salaries for six months to disputes over budget cuts by the central government and decline in oil prices. There’s also a presidential crisis with Masoud Barzani’s expired tenure after two terms and two years

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Welcome, Zayn Malik, Could We Offer You Some Biryani?

By Layla Haider Zayn, you’re insecure, don’t know what for, you’re turning heads when you walk through the do-o-or and through all the things that the “Night Changes”, we have witnessed your journey to finding “What Makes You Beautiful” and if that entails pink hair—so be it. In opening up, singer Zayn Malik has become

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Social Media and Pakistan’s Rising Intolerance

By Omar R Quraishi Social media increasingly seems to be setting the mainstream agenda these days and no more so than in Pakistan, which has around 30 million Facebook users and around 3-5 million who have accounts on Twitter. Events, especially those captured on video and then uploaded on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, quickly reach

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Mystery Surrounds Shahbaz Taseer’s Captivity and Return

By Omar R Quraishi Shahbaz Taseer was a high-profile kidnapping victim in Pakistan — missing for almost five years after he was abducted a few hundred meters from his home in an affluent neighborhood in the city of Lahore on August 26, 2011. His case was major news in Pakistan because in January the same year,

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In The Name of ‘Honor’

By Omar R Quraishi Film-maker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy did Pakistan proud yet again — winning her second Oscar for documentary film-making. Her first one was for Saving Face which highlighted the terrible stories of women in Pakistan whose faces have been disfigured by acid attacks. This year’s Oscar winning film, A Girl In The River: The

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Mumtaz Qadri’s Execution May Just Be A Turning Point In Pakistan

By Omar R Quraishi Mumtaz Qadri was a member of an elite police detachment tasked with guarding important people in the Pakistan government. On January 4, 2011, while deployed in the security detail of then Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer he pumped 28 bullets into his body in an affluent neighborhood of the country’s capital Islamabad. He immediately

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Protecting Women in Pakistan—One Step At A Time

By Omar R Quraishi One would normally think that passage of a law empowering women and protecting them from social ills like domestic violence and stalking would be seen as a good step in any society wishing to progress. Not so in the case of a law passed recently by the legislature of Pakistan’s Punjab

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