Tag: Arab

Arab Spring in Pakistan? No, Thanks

In an interesting and slightly misguided article about the possibilities of an Arab Spring in Pakistan, Michael Kugelman, (a senior program associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC) begins his opinion piece with the following profound assertions: Will Pakistan experience an Arab Spring? The question has been…

Faiz Ahmed Faiz in the Thick and Thin of Arab Spring

It is not just his cultural connectedness with the Middle East but his ideological commitment to a democratic society that finds strong parallels with the ongoing Arab revolts. These parallels can be explored under the four themes of Faiz’s poetry: Youth and revolution, peace and nonviolence, dictatorship and freedom, and hope for a bright future.…

The Arab Spring and the Autumn of the Dictators

For the last few weeks, I have been, like so many other people from the Muslim world, engrossed in the uprising in Libya hoping for a quick end to Qaddafi’s dictatorship. As someone who comes form a country where one after the other dictator has conveniently defiled the national constitution in the name of national…