• Digital Censorship in Egypt and Pakistan

    “In Pakistan, as well as in Egypt and other countries like the UAE and Saudi Arabia, the government faces the same kind of debate in a society that has grown ever more aware of its collective voice, and ever more eager to use it.”

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  • Charlie Hebdo and the PEN Award

    Protests against and controversy surrounding Charlie Hebdo’s reception of the PEN award for “freedom of expression courage”: an exploration of freedom expression that takes a toll on human dignity.

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  • On Killing the Messenger

    Some of us choose to write things that may only offend family members, because we believe our blood ties will save us from their retribution. Others choose to take the risk of provoking religious extremists because they believe the risk is worth it.

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  • Gender Apartheid: The Real No-Go Zones

    Instead of zones based on Muslims and non-Muslims, Muslim communities have no-go zones for women. These no-go zones have existed for much longer and been much more accepted than the fictitious no-go zones of Paris or Birmingham.

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  • Traveling While Pakistani

    Even if all traces of the poliovirus were to disappear from Pakistan tomorrow, we Pakistanis would still approach levels of near-insanity every time we have to travel abroad.

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  • Not In My Name

    Muslim leaders all over North America have been vocal about their condemnation of extremism. But all the condemnation, disavowals, and apologies seem to be disappearing into thin air, heard and witnessed by nobody.

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