Stories published in February, 2016

What do our reactions to a 13-year-old’s false allegations of gang-rape say about us?

The 13-year-old Berlin based German-Russian girl’s allegations of being kidnapped and gang-raped by men of Arabic and African origin quickly snowballed into a storm. Her claim was the men had forced her into their vehicle and attacked her. Reports of the girl’s harrowing tale were shared across Russian social media and even made it to local television. They were met with demonstrations by an anti-migrant national right-wing political party, as well as people from the Russian community in Germany who were backed by the Pegida-related Bärgida movement. The matter soon turned into an international incident. While the German police rightly kept ...

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Four incredible reasons to travel the northern areas of Pakistan

The northern areas of Pakistan are heaven for those who seek adventure. From the highest mountains of the world, to lush green valleys and pristine lakes, the north has it all. Our travel gem. Here, I shall take you through a visual journey of my travelling experience through the north of Pakistan. After this, I am quite sure you will be setting up your itinerary. 1) Pristine lakes and solitude Northern Pakistan has been blessed with some of the most beautiful lakes that one could ever imagine. My favourites so far have been Karomber lake, Chitta Katha lake and Saral lake. I was once able ...

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Will Benjamin Netanyahu’s drama over Iran ever end?

Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu is a drama queen like no other. His song and dance reminds one of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s histrionics or Muammar Qaddafi’s menopausal approach to digress into the mundane – never addressing what matters the most. There is no right way to explain Bibi’s behaviour, but he is a typical opportunist, an attention seeker, a sensationalist – one who excels in the art of tomfoolery and throwing tantrums. His popularity, even amongst the greatest of his supporters, is on the decline because he is a power-hungry predator trying to gain political mileage from situations that normally wouldn’t be termed ‘momentous’ enough be blown out of proportion. Bibi skilfully ...

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(Full review) The Hateful Eight: Even if it’s a flawed Tarantino film, it’s always worth a watch

Violent, bloody and unapologetic; that’s why I love Quentin Tarantino films. His work entrails a certain love for cinema which sadly lacks in many major Hollywood productions today. The Hateful Eight is a good reminder as to why his vision is still relevant in the world of cinema today. Photo: Publicity With The Hateful Eight, Tarantino marks his second take towards the Western genre. The story starts off a decade (or so) after the American Civil War. An American landscape that may have, for the time period, resolved the issue of slavery but the social/racial backdrop still ...

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These delicious mini Oreo cheesecakes are magical: They disappear within seconds!

If you’re good friends with me, you would know my mini cheesecakes are extremely popular. I do not mean to boast or anything but it’s true. Whenever I bake them, they disappear within seconds. Okay, usually it’s me who eats half of them in one go, but you get the picture. So it struck me as odd when someone pointed out that I didn’t have a mini cheesecakes recipe on my blog, considering the countless times I have baked them. While this is not my standard mini cheesecake recipe with raspberry coulis, it is still quite good and much easier. ...

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