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Remembering Martin Luther King on his death anniversary

Dr Martin Luther King Jr remains frozen in time for anyone who has followed the Civil Right Movement. In all likelihood, people remember him as the man who challenged Southern segregation. Even if, by any chance, if people do not remember that, they definitively remember him standing before hundreds of thousands of followers in Washington DC in 1963, proclaiming his dream for racial harmony, “I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory ...

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The psychology behind the denial of the coronavirus

When speaking about community psychology, the health and wellbeing of the society are major themes. When these two are threatened, like today by a pandemic, the psychological response of a community trickles down to form the dominant narrative for individuals.  Sociologist Philip Strong has termed this collective response to a health related crisis epidemic psychology and says that such responses can be observed throughout history’s major outbreaks. He further says that not only the effects of the epidemic or pandemic in this case, spread among the populace but so do the emotional reactions. People can be traumatised by the outbreak ...

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How a Pakistani is weathering the COVID-19 lock down in Denmark

It was late January and I had just returned from a packed month of travel across Europe and South Asia. Novel coronavirus cases had just begun to emerge in Wuhan, China, the then epicenter of the virus. Sitting all the way in Scandinavia, the coronavirus at first appeared to be a pneumonia-like disease that would remain limited to China but then it started rapidly spreading to other East Asian countries and penetrated all of Europe courtesy borderless travelling. The seriousness of the situation first struck me when a hotel in Santa Cruz, Spain, was shut down as cases had surged in ...

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It is time for Trump to say, “I won the campaign, guys, you can stop the racism now!”

Donald Trump ran an unscripted and an unpredictable presidential campaign and took American politics to an unchartered territory, one that was hideously troubling and rocked the very core of our value system. What Trump’s inflammatory message did script, however, was a very predictable future – a fiery and fierce future, one that will bring out the worst in people, wake up the sleeping demons and cause a socio-political stir of schizophrenically unprecedented proportions. It is painful to witness the plight. It’s apocalyptic just to think that we, as a nation, by electing Donald Trump as president, have decided to put ...

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Tooti, saari ki saari mein

“She sat there, a queen on her heavenly throne, radiating beauty that I had never witnessed before. She seemed flawless, perfect, an embodiment of purity yet powerful enough to evoke awe and wonder. Her hair is a rich shade of black, short but swaying because of the light breeze coming through a slightly ajar window. Those luscious locks complimented her beaming skin. Her straight-edged nose made her look regal, as if any moment she’d place a tiara on her head and walk around with authority. She commands respect; there is an aura of sensuality about her. I can smell her; I can feel her and ...

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Can we blame the West for thinking of Muslims as they do?

In recent times, religiously motivated terrorism incidents have taken place in the West, from Brussels to New York. Due to these barbaric acts perpetuated by extremists, ordinary Muslims are also facing excessive backlash in Europe as well as in the United States. We, as Muslims, are correct to complain that it is unfair to bracket ordinary Muslims with the extremists, but at the same time we need to understand that our negative reputation is not merely due to organisations like ISIS but also because of our behaviour in general. I am not trying to equate extremist organisations like ISIS with normal and moderate Muslims here, ...

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Ahmed Mujtaba: Pakistan’s new champion of Mixed Martial Arts

It wasn’t long ago when Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters from Pakistan were making waves around the world with promising passion and devotion that was bound to pay off eventually. Ahmed Mujtaba aka “Wolverine” in the MMA community just signed a contract with ONE Fighting Championship to fight against Benedict Ang. Ang is a Singaporean fighter who, last year, defeated our very own Pakistani fighter Waqar Umar, from Lahore. Like Mujtaba, Ang also has an undefeated fighter status which has provided a lot of pre-fight hype. Ahmed Mujtaba on his Win over india at Main event of Ultimate beatdown.Photo: Twitter In 2010, Mujtaba started his MMA training ...

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Is it time for Roger Federer to retire?

To say that Roger Federer has had an illustrious career in tennis is perhaps an understatement. His accomplishments in the sport have caused him to be regarded by many as the greatest tennis player of all time. His career endeavours have even given birth to speculations that Federer, the brand, has become bigger than the game of tennis itself. Similar to Federer, every sport has a legend who transcends the boundaries of being just a sportsperson and reach a god-like status; being adored and ‘worshipped’ by sports-crazed fan all across the globe. Myths are weaved around the mortal human whose ...

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Pakistan and India don’t need Trump to manage their affairs!

Adolf Hitler had forewarned the world about his wicked intentions in Mein Kampf in 1925, years before he implemented his satanic plans of exterminating the Jews from the world. He wrote in the book: “Hence, today, I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: ‘By defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.” Yet, the international community did not pay heed to Hitler and the Germans went on to democratically elect him with a thumping majority. The rest is history. Imagine someone like Hitler heading the most powerful country in the world. It ...

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Despite all his flaws, all his negativity, all his divisiveness, Trump leads

He is arrogant. He is divisive. He offers nothing but gloom, but America loves him for it. He was born rich and has grown richer by expanding to China and Mexico, but the Americans do not care.  Americans flock to his rallies in huge numbers. Overwhelmingly white, his crowd is frustrated with the country’s first black President. They’re fearful over being potentially displaced by minorities and immigrants, and feel nostalgic in memory of the way America used to be. Donald J Trump has tapped into these fears and anxieties, and he has thrived. ‘J’ for genius. Ronald Reagan offered America a ...

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