Stories published in November, 2012

Palestine: The audacity to hope

I remember an evening in November, 2011. I was sitting at a meeting of the Model United Nations Society at the University of Westminster on Regent Street in London. While the society had always been my favourite extra-curricular activity at university, as I sat their waiting for the proceedings to start, I was feeling very depressed. In the course of studying International Relations, realism — the notion that world is driven solely on basis of self interest — is one of the first theories taught. But when the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) rejected the Palestinian bid to gain recognition as ...

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Egypt: A revolution betrayed?

Last Thursday, Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi stupefied the Egyptian public Islamist allies and opposition alike with his new decree granting him sweeping powers that practically make him immune to judicial decisions and gives him near absolute power in constitutional matters. At the time of writing, Egypt is roiling with mass pro democracy protests that are spreading with the passing of each day. On November 27, 2012, almost 100,000 protesters flocked to Egypt’s iconic Tahrir Square to protest against Morsi’s new decree, which they call a ‘power grab’ and led the Nobel Laureate Opposition leader, Al Baradei to pronounce Morsi as Egypt’s New Pharaoh. The protest sit-in at Tahrir ...

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Formula 1: Is Vettel the next Schumacher?

The Formula 1 (F1) season came to end with a race in Brazil, Sao Paulo, with Sebastian Vettel coming out victorious, with his third consecutive F1 title, for the Red Bull racing team. This could be a legend in the making.

Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates winning the world championship with his team after finishing sixth in the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo November 25, 2012. Photo: Reuters

The 25-year-old driver is the youngest triple champion of the world and also the youngest in the 63 seasons of the ...

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Stop blaming the US and India for our problems!

Last Week, Qazi Hussain Ahmad held America and India responsible for the suicide attack aimed at him. Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) took the same stance when the attack on Malala Yousafzai took place.   This may all be well and good, however, a question I would like to pose to them is, “Why would the US and India target both pro-Taliban and anti-Taliban forces in Pakistan?” Many religious parties hold the sentiment that the Taliban are justified for their attacks on the Pakistani security forces because of Pakistani’s involvement in the war on terror. These parties consider the Taliban nationalist as ‘freedom fighters’. To ...

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Yes, yes Gaza is hurt, but what about Pakistan?

Much has been written and said on the Gaza situation. True to fact it is a terrible sequence of events that has cumulated in a collage of blood, shock and denouncement with an inexcusable casualty rate. Truth to power- is it that we stand by our Palestinian brethren or are we just anti-Semitic? For those of you who wonder what the difference is sadly you are the biggest part of the problem. However, the purpose of this piece is not to dwell further into the analysis of what has now become a trending part time hobby. It is to illuminate the truly ...

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Ashen memories and the post divorce trauma

It was devastating and something I never believed would ever happen to me in my life. Yet, it occurred and left me in a paradigm of depression and frustration. Yes, I am someone who had to go through the painful moments of the divorce process. Since the process involved my 1.5-year-old child as well, it was all the more difficult an ordeal to handle. That was the time I lost all interest in life. I stopped going to work, barred myself from socialising and spent most of the time locked up in my room at home. In Pakistan, divorce is ...

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Avoiding aviation disasters

On November 18, President Asif Ali Zardari finally woke up and took notice of an emergency landing by a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane and demanded a “comprehensive” report in three days. The organisations that have been asked to submit a report to the president — the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and PIA — are politicised to the core. Through his spokesperson, President Zardari expressed “deep concern over the recurring reports of emergency landings of PIA aircraft mostly due to technical reasons”. Since this is the case and precious lives are at stake, independent people should be appointed to head ...

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Fighting terrorism with cell phone bans

Is the nation prepared to cope with a scenario where there will be no cell phone services at all? If not, it better start. Since there is no hope that terrorists and militants will turn into gentlemen and peace-loving human beings, there will be no let-up in such tactics by our headless government. There are many occasions, both religious and national, that we observe each year. Any occasion of happiness is intolerable for our enemies. This results in a ‘genuine’ security clampdown in the shape of mobile phone services shutdown. On this Ashura, the terror threat was so immense that cellular services remained ...

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Skyfall: Stirred not shaken

There is a debate that rages unknown to most who consider themselves the most ardent of Bond fans. Shaken not stirred is a catch phrase that has latched itself firmly into the legacy of 007’s exploits, whoever may try to fill out the magic tuxedo. It is said that when the drink is shaken the ice cubes chip, hence leading to a more diluted result whereas when stirred with a special spoon the essence of the drink remains intact. He may have taken his vodka martini shaken, but Daniel Craig’s portrayal of Britain’s greatest export since Sherlock Holmes has certainly stirred ...

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Tyno-SF is not for drug addicts, please ingest common sense instead!

As an individual not willing to blindly accept information provided by the media, I believe it is necessary to voice an opinion that is not consumed by exaggeration and bias. In the light of recent events, anyone who has been following the news is aware that a pharmaceutical company, Reko Pharmacal, is being held liable for producing a ‘toxic’ cough syrup, Tyno-SF that has allegedly led to the death of 16 people. It has been stretched to an extent that City42 has started airing a ‘public service message’ warning the public to not take this ‘life threatening’ medicine. The first ...

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