Polarized Pakistan and the Disconnected Global Left: Reflections on a crazy viral blog post
How a blog post aimed at defending Prof. Chomsky revealed the extreme fault lines in Pakistani society and underlined the broken relationship between North and South Left So how does it feel to know that you are the reason your intellectual idol is currently inundated with mail, a lot of it hate, from all sorts…
CHOMSKY SAYS NO MEANINGFUL EVIDENCE OF COUP AGAINST IMRAN KHAN!
The famed leftwing political activist says that using the threatening letter as evidence of a coup is “meaningless”! I have for long admired and followed Prof. Chomsky’s work. Among the people he has never met, I am probably one of the few with whom it was Prof. Chomsky who initiated an email correspondence! Well, technically.…
Make war great again? (Comrade Kaifi, Be Not Arjun!)
The eastern world, it is explodin’ Violence flarin’, bullets loadin’ You’re old enough to kill but not for votin’, You don’t believe in war, but what’s that gun you’re totin’, But you tell me over and over and over again my friend, Ah, you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction. (Eve of Destruction,…
Goebbels and The Guardian: A Love Story
In which the Guardian (and the BBC and basically the entire pristine gutter that is the British intellectual class) teach the clueless Goebbels how modern propaganda works so much better than the crude obsolete tripe that he peddled. The antisemitism campaign against Jeremy Corbyn was unanimously chosen as the crown-jewel case study, with help from…
Fake News Or Ground Truth? Alice And The Queen of Hearts
If an analysis of computing texts were to be done, I am willing to bet that ‘Alice in Wonderland’ would rank at the top (or near the top) of the list of most highly quoted books by computer scientists (think Chapter beginnings or fancy quotations below titles etc, or any place where us computer guys…
Viva Castro, the Michelangelo of revolutionaries!
The towering personality of the 20th century has passed away. His achievements and those of Cuba under him are monumental. Forget the fact that he led the charge against the brutal imperial power in the hemisphere. Forget how he and the country survived the ruthless embargo imposed by their monstrous neighbor and not only built…
Father Berrigan: For the Children and the Bread
Father Dan Berrigan died yesterday (April 30, 2016). He was one of the leading lights of the antiwar and civil rights movements of the 60s and 70s. Father Berrigan continued his activism till the last days of his life, in recent years protesting against the latest imperialist ventures including the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. During…
Patrice Lumumba-Never to forgive, never to forget
The Jewish culture has this very powerful saying, which many Jews especially repeat on a day called the holocaust memorial day: Never to forgive, never to forget. On face value, this statement might seem a bit extreme, especially the “never to forgive” part.
Paris Attacks: Collective Moral Blindness Spells Collective Doom
What happened in Paris was heart-wrenching and tragic. My first reaction was intense anger at the monstrous perpetrators. Soon after, it was accompanied by an equally intense anger and sense of frustration at the western reactions that had already started coming in. As a Pakistani who has been living in Europe for some time, there was also…