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Why I Think Pakistan Is Still Colonized After Seventy Years Of Independence

Recently, I had a few discussions about the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, with my workmates. When we Pakistanis talk about the man who got us the freedom we have today, we often forget to talk about the freedom we still do not have. A few days ago in a tweet, the prime minister of Pakistan Imran khan taunted those who criticized his poultry plan calling them “colonized minds’’ and just like that, he


Post-Bolsonaro Brazil and How It Is Not Working Out

Brazil’s election had a rough but expected outcome, Jair Bolsonaro was elected for president. He hasn’t begun his presidential term yet, but even from behind the political scene of Brazil he has already managed to cause trouble. His campaigns, now and before the elections always circled around corruption, about how he and his family are “decent and honest” people and that he was unlike any other politician in the Brazilian scenery. That speech conquered a great


Where to Spot Irony in the Attitudes of the Preachers of Human Rights

Every year, the global community celebrates December 10 as the International Human Rights Day and the week it falls on as Human Rights Week to mark the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN General Assembly in 1948. However, in the identities of the powers running the countries that observe it on the official level, and other countries who are vocal about human rights in general, I find


Is Modi’s “Hindutva” the Indian Counterpart of Nazism?

Riding the high tides of anti-incumbency against two terms of UPA’s governance and cultivating a sense of hope in the masses through lofty rhetoric, Narendra Damodardas Modi propelled the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) into power in 2014. Modi ran a pretty neat campaign — he inspired hope in the hearts of millions across the country with the promise of achhe din (translation: good days), took a hard stance against the rampant corruption in the government and


France Fuel Protests: ‘Yellow Vest’ Protesters Clash with Police in Paris

The streets of Paris escalated into a war zone as “Gilets Jaunes” (yellow vest) protesters battled with the French riot police on December 1, in the third weekend of nationwide unrest. French authorities fired tear gas, stun grenades and water cannons to disperse the crowds while masked protesters hurled projectiles, damaging retail stores with metal bars and setting buildings on fire. Some going as far as to deface the Arc de Triomphe with “the yellow


Why The Yemen Famine Doesn’t Feel New

There would hardly be an intellectual on earth at this moment that would be unaware of what is happening in Yemen – and because of whom it is happening, for that matter. Famine, dying children, water-less land, lifeless streets, haunting quietness, and deafening airstrikes is all but a part of the routine since over a year now. Despite all of this, I’d dare to say that this is not something the world has never seen


Americans Still Haven’t Learned To Leave Foreign Tribes Alone

From the Crusades, to Britain’s colonization of India, to the Spanish Inquisition, and finally to the genocide and statistical extermination of Native Americans, the Western practice of conquering and forcing others to conform to its ideals has a long and sullied history. Missionary work in particular, which ultimately led to the recent death of a 26-year-old American on a hostile island, is a point of contention. It’s been speculated that evangelization had a hand in


The Power a Name Holds: A Look at the Sweep of Renaming in India

After India’s Independence Day on August 15 of this year, India’s cities and towns began to change. Not with any political or social movements, but with the names these cities once had. Bombay is now Mumbai, and Calcutta is Kolkata. This isn’t the first time India has renamed cities and towns. Historically, many countries have renamed cities so what India is doing isn’t that unusual. In the span of three years, India has seen multiple


Here’s How the Week Of Islamic Unity Could Be A Ray Of Hope In A Divided Pakistan

The Week of Islamic Unity, as its name suggests, is a period of six days from the 12th to the 17th of the third month of the Islamic calendar, celebrated by Muslims belonging to different sects and denominations in an effort to promote unity between themselves. The ritual of celebrating this week was introduced to the Muslim community by Syed Rohullah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Democratic system of Iran. Ever after its introduction, it


The Rohingya Genocide: Amnesty International Removes Top Honor from Aung San Suu Kyi

Amnesty International has recently removed its highest honour, the Ambassador of Conscious award, from Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi due to her neglect of the Rohingya and other minorities in Kachin and northern Shan states. In a letter formally addressed to her by the organization, the group states that she is no longer “a symbol of hope, courage and the undying defense of human rights.” Aung San Suu Kyi once stood as a symbol of

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