Tag: Middle East

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…

Lady in pink: Interview with Medea Benjamin

U.S. is not popular in Muslim countries because it’s occupying Afghanistan, it’s carrying out drone attacks in Muslim countries, and it’s supporting Israel unconditionally. U.S. has also been supporting undemocratic countries in the Middle East such as Saudi Arabia and Bahrain because of its economic and military interests. Medea Benjamin has been a vibrant advocate…

Outrage and the political fallout!

The instigators who provoke Muslims through hateful messages either have a politically motivated agenda or they want to flare up tensions. But surprisingly, every time they do it, they are successful in achieving their goals. Insulting Muslim icons in Western media and the resulting outrage in the Muslim world is becoming a routine with the…

New Book: Towards the Dignity of Difference?

Towards the Dignity of Difference? Neither ‘End of History’ nor ‘Clash of Civilizations’ Edited by Mojtaba Mahdavi and W. Andy Knight, University of Alberta, Canada Description: The rise of popular social movements throughout the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and North America in 2011 challenged two hegemonic discourses of the post-Cold War era: Francis Fukuyama’s…

South Asia Democracy Watch Slams Pakistan’s Supreme Court Verdict

South Asia Democracy Watch (SADeW), Dallas, U.S. News Release Contact: Dr. Qaisar Abbas (906-281-7771, qaabbas@gmail.com) (April 28, Dallas, U.S.) The U.S. based South Asia Democracy Watch (SADeW) has strongly criticized the recent Supreme Court verdict in Pakistan, sentencing the sitting Prime Minister, identifying it as an attempt to derail the current democratic process in the…

Conspiracy Theories in Pakistan

All cultures usually have different groups of people who believe in grand conspiracy theories. One cursory internet search on the topic would lead you to numerous websites dedicated to one or the other form of conspiracy theory about secret orders and powerful underground organizations. Pakistan is no exception. At any time in Pakistan there are…

Research Questions about Pakistan

Aima Agha, working on a research project on Pakistan, has sent us the following statement/ set of preliminary questions. She would be grateful if you could take a few moments to respond using the comment form. Moment or Movement?  The big question for those of us who follow Pakistani news – every now and then,…

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 Year of Revolts

The miraculous uprising which swept the whole region should be seen in the context of political, economic, demographic and technological backdrop of the region, not in continuation with any past movement. Immanuel Wallerstein, the known social scientist, views the Arab spring as a continuation of the unfinished movement of 1968 which, after becoming a worldwide…