Let’s talk about it…

April 14, 2011
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by Samina Naseem Yesterday I read in the State News online here in East Lansing, Michigan that Michigan State University (MSU) is celebrating “Pride Week” to celebrate and appreciate the presence of diverse population at MSU. It is mainly about celebrating LBGTA (lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender & ally) community and their contribution to the university […]

Posted in: Gender

Because I am an Idol Worshiper

January 26, 2011
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by Samina Naseem Interesting claim that han! Well, born in an orthodox Christian family, brought up in a very traditional system, going church regularly and o yes! Singing in choir and participating in Christmas and Easter programs as well. My parents were blessed Christians and wanted their children to be like them too. They struggled […]

Posted in: Religion, Society

No Country for Sane Men

January 26, 2011
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by Lone Liberal Kohsar market seems to be flickering back to life, but an unmistakable aura of dread and apprehension persists. This was the site of the tragic assassination that took place on the 4th of January. I visited the market yesterday, and it is no longer the place I recall. According to an employee at […]

Submission and Obedience in the name of ‘sharm’ and ‘ghairat’

January 26, 2011
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Pakistani Media representation and Veena Malik (Part II) by Nadia Siddiqui When I wrote my previous article on Veena Malik, I never thought that the controversy would become such a serious national issue of honor and representation. It is really strange that under such critical circumstances of war against terrorism, we are confused to adopt […]

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Pakistan’s Atticus Finch:Salman Taseer

January 7, 2011
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by Usmann Rana In Harper Lee’s much celebrated novel ‘To Kill A Mocking Bird’ , my favorite character is not that of the children but of  their father, Atticus. Atticus Finch, the brutally honest, highly moral, an extremely opinionated tireless crusader for good causes (even hopeless ones). Today I can say that at least a […]

Posted in: Minorities, Religion, Society

I am a woman and I enjoy being myself

December 28, 2010
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Pakistani Media representation of Veena Malik by Nadia Siddiqui Veena Malik is a popular name in our show biz world. Her recent success is a famous Indian reality show, Big Boss. Veena’s has quite explicitly discussed her love affair on the show and chose to be very western in her selection of dresses. As the […]

What is Enlightenment?

December 8, 2010
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By Humayun Nosheerwan They say that there is no such thing as ideal in this world, and to look for one is an unavailing pursuit. But contrary to this popular notion, ideals do exist and they sustain their existence in the minds of the “idealists”. For some it must be quite surprising to know that […]