Stories published in April, 2015

No, Katie Hopkins, Pakistani men are not inherently evil

In other news, Katie Hopkins of Britain has been accused of racism. Again. In addition to making jokes with regards to the Ebola crisis, degrading anti-Ebola volunteers, calling Palestinians “filthy rodents burrowing beneath Israel”, calling for the “bombing campaign” against Palestine to restart, fat-shaming, and labelling obese people unfit for employment, Ms Hopkins has once again landed right where everyone on this planet would have expected her to: in filth. Palestinians busy knifing Israelis. 2 state solution my arse. Filthy rodents burrowing beneath Israel. Time to restart the bombing campaign — Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) November 10, 2014 "I was fat so I got bullied ...

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Furious 7: One last ride with Paul Walker

Who knew that Rob Cohen’s The Fast and the Furious (2001) would lead to the creation of a movie franchise that would have seven installments and would earn over millions at the box office? Recently released Fast and Furious 7, or simply Furious 7, is a sequel to Fast and Furious 6 and has all the major characters from the previous film reprising their roles. Set in Los Angeles, Tokyo, Azerbaijan and Abu Dhabi, Furious 7 takes viewers on an exciting ride through high speed chases, car crashes and one-on-one fights that can leave one glued to the screen. Photo: IMDb The ‘last ride’ idea comes from a ...

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A grand wedding or a happy marriage, what’s more important?

I have strongly felt that as members of an educated community, we must show a sense of responsibility and bring about a change to dismantle some of the weird and complicated constructed norms that bring about no good, but instead intensify wrong trends in our society. One such trend is weddings becoming a status symbol.

Which would you prefer?

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Weddings in Pakistan are a waste of money and resources. What made me write about Pakistani weddings is the sense of waste, the lack of depth regarding serious and more important concerns in marriages, and the useless traditions we have been following since ages. I feel ...

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Why Karachi needs barricades

Every third person living in Karachi has a story to tell – mostly about how their cell phone or wallet was snatched when they were mugged at gunpoint. I am one of those lucky people, thank God, who has never been mugged or assaulted. But had I not made a narrow escape during last week’s incident, I would definitely not have been able to maintain this claim today. We were commuting to office early in the morning when we noticed two motorbikes following us. The passengers on these bikes had their hands in their pockets. As we approached a speed-breaker, the van ...

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I never fully believed that British Muslims were being victimised, but then I was stopped at Heathrow

I have always been aware of the injustices British Muslims face, but I have sometimes doubted the narrative of the “Muslim victim”. Why is it such a big deal if you are singled-out every now and then because of your appearance? If you have nothing to hide, there should be no problem – just cooperate, surely? Security officers would never apply a blanket stop and search; they only stop potential criminals with good reason, right? Wrong. Just over a month ago, I was about to arrive at border control at London Heathrow, having flown in from Dubai. Suddenly, I was pulled aside and ...

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If Zayn Malik is happy, then so are we

March 25th, 2015; the day the world ended. Or, at least, that is how it felt to all the fans of One Direction around the globe. Ask a Directioner and they will tell you that it felt as though their hearts had been ripped out of their chests and laid bare, quote unquote. But ask their parents and they will sigh deeply and insist that their children are overreacting, being melodramatic, as the entirety of this generation seems to be; and these things happen all the time – remember the Beatles? And really, the drama is comical. Parents and teenagers are completely at odds ...

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How these four managers changed modern day football

Joachim Leow managed to win Coach of the Year Award in this year’s Ballon d’Or awards. He guided the Germans to their historical World Cup win, which easily tells us the importance of managers in modern football. Therefore, let’s have a look at the four best managers of modern era, who were selected on the basis of managing successful clubs in different leagues, the resources they had, and their achievements in Europe and internationally. 1. Sir Alex Ferguson Sir Alex is regarded as one of the most successful, admired and respected managers in the history of the game. A disciplinary and a dictator, he was famous for playing mind games ...

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I refuse to observe Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s death anniversary

It’s April 4th today, which marks Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s 36th death anniversary in Pakistan. And for many, it is the day their supreme leader, their democratic prime minister, their charismatic upholder of human rights was wrongfully executed by a dictatorial regime. However, this is not everyone’s view. No doubt that Bhutto was a force to be reckoned with. He started the culture of street mobilisation (rallies), his passionate speeches made people listen to him and understand democracy – his version of it, anyway – and he gained votes from the two most populated provinces in Pakistan – Sindh and Punjab. But does Pakistan comprise of just ...

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Let Bilawal and Bakhtawar takeover Bhutto’s party

It is ironic that around the time of the death anniversary of the greatest civilian leader Pakistan has ever seen, the party he founded is a shadow of its former self. Massively talented with an ego to match, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto will forever remain etched in the memory of every Pakistani. For the ones who saw him during his life, and even for those who only read about him in history books, his name ignites a passion no other leader in the country’s history has been able to match. Benazir Bhutto was the natural successor as the party leader after her father was executed ...

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Déjà vu: They were just innocent students…

Following in the footsteps of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Boko Haram, al Shabab, an Islamic extremist organisation, has conveyed its message of the ‘religion of peace’ through the massacre of 147 innocent, Christian students at a university in Garissa, Kenya. Kenya is not a predominantly Muslim country; its population holds 83% Christians and only 11% Muslims. So this attack needs to be seen in context of Kenya’s population dynamic. And this isn’t the first attack of its kind. In 2013, al Shabab attacked the Nairobi Mall and claimed responsibility of the 70 deaths that took place as a result. According to news channels, on April 2nd, masked men marched into the ...

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