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Rafia Zakaria

New & unimproved ‘war on terror’

It will not be hard for a hawkish military adviser to convince Trump to invest in a huge and costly occupation of the Published Feb 22, 2017 01:39am

Banning the Brotherhood

One executive order under consideration by the new White House would designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist Published Feb 15, 2017 01:12am

What the seals say

The politics of Hindutva are not the only brand of politics implicated by the Indus seals. Published Feb 08, 2017 02:38am

Bans and borders

It is impossible to imagine crowds of Pakistanis standing at airports to welcome Christian refugees. Updated Feb 01, 2017 10:55am

Braggarts in the plane

In the South Asian obsession with first class is an equal and opposite disdain of equality. Published Jan 25, 2017 12:50pm

Show your faces…

In the battle over who gets to define Islam, why should the moderates remain silent? Published Jan 18, 2017 12:59pm

The noose and the internet

Naila Rind’s case reveals just how vulnerable Pakistani women are to cyber harassment and blackmail. Updated Jan 11, 2017 10:07pm

No more development aid?

Regardless of what represents Trump’s actual intentions, the prognosis is in general not a good one. Published Jan 04, 2017 01:01am

The wrong man

Escalating xenophobia in the West has ensured that all brown men of any religion are considered suspect. Published Dec 28, 2016 01:57am

Women having fun

Women’s lives are worth little in Pakistan and women who dare to be happy are worth even less. Published Dec 21, 2016 12:57pm

A ban on begging

The issue of what must be done about begging is a controversial one in any society. Published Dec 14, 2016 02:53am

Acquittal after execution

The court’s attentions have not always come in time to save innocent people in Pakistan’s prisons. Published Dec 07, 2016 01:24am

Poetry and patronage

Pakistan has failed to understand the crucial role played by cultural production in constructing lived realities. Published Nov 30, 2016 04:54am

Terrorism’s decreasing numbers

Even as terror’s shadow seems to recede, the future promises its own challenges. Pakistanis are likely to find Published Nov 23, 2016 01:18am

Colonialism, culture & courtesans

The British colonisers labelling of a vast cadre of women involved in cultural production has endured. Published Nov 16, 2016 02:07am

Lessons from US elections

The divisive nature of the US election campaign reveals how differences can corrode even strong and old democracies. Updated Nov 09, 2016 08:31am

Hijab and fashion

The meaning of the hijab, its symbolism and signification, has completely changed. Updated Nov 26, 2016 02:33pm

Art and tolerance

It takes forever to make something beautiful, only moments to tear it apart. Published Oct 26, 2016 02:00am

After survival

The transnational human rights apparatus is failing the casualties of IS. Published Oct 19, 2016 12:56pm