Cyril Almeida

The M word

As with everything politics, there is a good way of going about things and a bad way.

Malala juxtaposed

Malala simplifies it. You listen to her and you immediately figure out what she’s saying is a very good idea.

New converts to Imran

The new protester, who last year was a last-minute voter or didn’t get around to voting at all, is angry about May 2013.

Ticking clock

The militant complex is so ubiquitous now that few even recognise it as an aberration.

Crisis is the new normal

If you were Khan or Qadri, would you go home? Go home to what? The prize, the target, sits across Constitution Avenue.

Playing both sides

If the chief takes over, he’s the reluctant dictator. If he doesn’t take over, he’s democracy’s hero.

Crisis rumbles on

The PML-N did what the PML-N does best: took a good situation and turned it bad.

When failure is victory

The civilians haven’t been allowed to grow, but events — blessed, cursed, events — have grown.

Three, two, one

The defence needs to be more alert, hungrier, fiercer, nimbler than the attacker. Nawaz & co failed that test.

The oldest game

Round and round it goes, the civ-mil riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma that is also quite simple.

Unfit to lead

Qadri will slide back into irrelevance again, but this time he’ll take a fistful of PML-N flesh with him.

A new Kayani moment?

Obsessed with politics, clumsy with security, it’s a horror show of quite stunning proportions.

Election narratives

AS the unravelling of Imran and the PTI into an anti-democratic force accelerates, the narrative of last year’s...

Waiting for change

LAST year was supposed to be the year of change: new parliament, new government, new army chief, new chief...

Two chiefs, one army

YOU gotta love the boys. Admire them even. They’ve elevated this stuff to an art form.Throw the previous guy under...

Sifting through

BEFORE the month-long snooze mode is switched on and collective hibernation begins, some thoughts on events in ...

Dead wrong

IN the middle of the dirty deed and the ugliness — monstrousness? — of what was perpetrated, the mind raced to...

Heroes and villains

LET’S play a little game. Call it alternate reality. There is a place called Pakistan. It has a power called the...

Darbar politics

ONCE the knife had been unsheathed, it was always going to be plunged in. Now, the first real loss has been ...