** this article is available in the January-February 2013 issue of Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. Subscription to the digital copy is only $10 a year; print is $44 a year. I… Continue reading
** this article was published by CounterPunch on October 26th, 2012 —— The inhuman and criminal attack by the Taliban on 14-year old Pakistani education activist, Malala Yousafzai, has been hijacked here in… Continue reading
An edited version of the article can be found at AltMuslimah. — Maya Migdashi began her recent, excellent 10-point reminder on studying gender in the Middle East with, “Gender is not the study… Continue reading
Highlighting tribal loyalties over state ones, allowing tribal organizations space within the state apparatus, empowers parallel systems of control within the borders. The central government has long suffered a lack of legitimacy and acceptance in these areas; ceding state functions to organized non-state forces does not bode well for the future of state writ in the regions. Without a plan to transition legitimacy from the lashkars to civilian institutions, this short-term solution can be expected to engender disastrous future consequences.
With little public discussion, the conversation of human rights in Pakistan is left to the few who engage in it. The state’s rhetoric dominates dissenting voices and finds resonance with religious groups, easily shaping the public viewpoint. Until issues of human rights begin to be understood to exist outside the scope of a particular religion, sectarian violence will remain hard to stem.
As refugees begin to slowly return to Mingora, the main city in Swat, the New York Times reported that wealthy landowners remain reluctant to return to the Swat Valley. The Times here follows… Continue reading