Saadia Gardezi

  • Godwin’s law (or Godwin’s rule of Hitler analogies) an Internet maxim that asserts that “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches 1” i.e. if an online discussion (regardless of topic) goes on long enough, sooner or ...

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  • In recent years social media has become the main medium for sharing opinions and information. One of its functions has become to gauge the majority opinion in a society when peaceniks and liberals were hoping that it would become a new frontier for peace and cultural exchange. Social networking has ...

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  • It is becoming clear that Afghanistan is increasingly an integral part of South Asia. It may not feature in the “official” categorisation of South Asian states (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka), but it impacts the two most important states of the ...

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  • The oil rich Gulf state, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is moving in a direction that the US is refusing to capitalise on. While the US led by Donald Trump scraps the Paris climate agreement, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is investing in clean energy, while it still sits on its lucrative oil ...

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  • The German philosopher Max Weber defines the state as the only entity in a country with the legitimate monopoly over violence. In today’s digital age, social media lends itself to state propaganda to enhance this legitimacy. And by conceding small amounts of liberty, the government is able to ...

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  • Social media in recent years has proven that hate speech can be amplified multi-fold, and the case is no different in Myanmar, with the Rohingya Muslim community under fire. The case of the beleaguered people has been analysed a lot in the news and there have been many calls for local and global ...

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  • It’s like we grew up with the duty to make life difficult for others, before they could make it difficult for us. June 26 was not a normal day, it was Eid, and like always in Lahore, places of interest like Race Course Park on Jail Road, Fortress Stadium and the likes, were overflowing with ...

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  • My uncle said, “How old are you?” I said, “Nine and a half,” and then My uncle puffed out his chest and said, “When I was your age… I was ten.” - Shel Silverstein, author of children’s books and poet, 1930-1999. Oh the good old days, when in the ...

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  • Published in The Nation, November 4, 2016.

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  • SAADIA GARDEZI Lahore - There are quite a number spaces opening up in Lahore recently that bring people together for discussions. Dialogue Café Lahore, is another one of these efforts to connect people in meaningful debate about peace building. The founder of this initiative is the bright ...

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  • The Federal Government believes that in the wake of the International Monetary Fund’s clearance of the last $102 million tranche of a three-year $6.4 billion Extended Fund Facility (EFF), the Pakistani economy is free from the IMF and its loan restrictions. The last time we came this close to ...

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  • Lahore - More than the laws, it is the societal perspective on so-called honour crimes that needs to be changed to end this inhuman practice. This was the conclusion of sitting arranged by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan on Monday. The consultation titled “Honour, law, rights and ...

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  • Saadia Gardezi - A group of Pakistani feminists is proving that used well, social media can open doors. Girls at Dhabas, or more properly #GirlsAtDhabas, is a movement advocating gender equality in the public sphere. The tea stall (dhaba) was their first territory to reclaim. The founders of the ...

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  • We often throw around the phrase, “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter”, to the point that it has become a cliché. Does it matter what a man is, if he is committing a crime in the eyes of the law? In his book, The Tyranny of Cliches, Jonah ...

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  • LAHORE - Daachi Foundation is a non-profit organisation that has been set up to promote the cultural arts and crafts of Pakistan. The Foundation’s second three-day Arts and Crafts Exhibition of 2015 will commence from November 7, at the Heritage Museum, Tollinton Market, The Mall, Lahore. The ...

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  • One would have thought that social media would become a tool for empowering women, but research has proven otherwise.Emerys Schoemaker, a PhD scholar at the London School of Economics (LSE), conducted research in Pakistan and published some findings this month at LSE’s South Asia blog. He is ...

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  • MNA Kishwer Zehra told colleagues that she has decided to donate her organs after death and will also be moving ‘The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Bill’ to raise awareness about organ donation in Pakistan. This is a very important debate for the future, and religious ...

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  • The pop culture machinery has always been generating alternative viewpoints that the state has been unable to successfully repress, whether it was Junoon’s banned Ehtisab in the 90s or Beghairat Brigade’s Aloo Anday in 2011. Through the presence of mass acceptance and love for Junoon, ...

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  • From Prince Biscuits to Dalda to Surf Excel, our minds and childhoods echo with TV jingles, nationalistic pop anthems from the 90s and snippets of jokes from 50-50. Pop culture is always musical. Ask someone about their favourite bit of Pakistani pop culture, and invariably the answer is Nazia ...

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