Rafia Zakaria

Slave to the game

Slave to the game

The fact is that most workers in Qatar are irrelevant and replaceable, and live entirely at the whim of their employers. Updated 23 Nov, 2022 08:35am
Why Trump lost

Why Trump lost

The world stays tuned in to the US elections because they decide what the US posture in the world will be. Published 16 Nov, 2022 07:23am
The wizardry of Oz

The wizardry of Oz

Oz became a big Trump cheerleader — which would earn him dividends when Trump was elected in a major upset victory in November. Updated 09 Nov, 2022 08:16am
Empty coffers

Empty coffers

Remittances are wanted in Pakistan but the workers who produce them are labelled traitors for having left the country. Updated 02 Nov, 2022 08:09am
The first family

The first family

It is awe-inspiring to consider that other kind of humans were probably living in family units and sharing food by the fire... Published 26 Oct, 2022 06:40am
Democracy and dystopia

Democracy and dystopia

So enfeebled and disenchanted are the Pakistani voters that even non-representation seems attractive to them. Updated 19 Oct, 2022 08:19am
Snakes without ladders

Snakes without ladders

While govt's busy making plans for what other provinces need, people in Sindh continue to face hellscape in flood aftermath. Updated 12 Oct, 2022 07:47am
Iran and the hijab

Iran and the hijab

In some countries, power is signalled by forcing women to wear the hijab, in others to force them to take it off. Updated 28 Sep, 2022 09:13am
‘In the nightmare of the dark’

‘In the nightmare of the dark’

European Commission has warned two-thirds of Europe's facing drought threat, perhaps worst of its kind “for at least 500 years”. Updated 21 Sep, 2022 09:34am
The crown and the colony

The crown and the colony

Internet had erupted in anger that the queen, who presided over an empire built on loot, was being mourned as if she were a saint. Updated 14 Sep, 2022 09:39am
Getting rich on YouTube

Getting rich on YouTube

On YouTube, you are an expert if your subscribers believe that you are one. Updated 07 Sep, 2022 09:46am
The brown saviours

The brown saviours

Some groups are seeing the disaster as a means to burnish their own credentials. Updated 31 Aug, 2022 09:08am
Publishing Pakistani fiction

Publishing Pakistani fiction

Fiction, it appears, must be geared towards those who are willing to and have the money to pay for novels. Published 24 Aug, 2022 08:10am
A spate of murders

A spate of murders

What took place in New Mexico is an extreme incident in the United States, where most murder culprits are caught. Updated 17 Aug, 2022 09:13am
New Karachi

New Karachi

Three-quarters of a century after partition, Pakistanis should be able to fix the situation in their largest city. Published 03 Aug, 2022 09:04am
Murder and suicide

Murder and suicide

On her TikTok profile, Sania Khan had posted just the sort of videos that upset the self-styled guardians of morality ... Published 27 Jul, 2022 04:17am
The gender gap

The gender gap

The horror and discomfort of being female in a country of men has been lamented ever since Pakistan came into existence. Published 20 Jul, 2022 07:49am
A city that always sinks

A city that always sinks

Optimism in rain-doused Karachi amounts to the simple hope that this round of rains does not deal too heavy a blow. Updated 13 Jul, 2022 09:42am
The worldwide labour crisis

The worldwide labour crisis

As a labour-exporting country, Pakistan should be paying close attention to the emerging demand for workers abroad. Updated 06 Jul, 2022 08:59am