Zain Haider

  • TQueer is an umbrella term, used as an alternative idea, concept and way-of-being to the labels and categories such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, transgender and other non-binary gender categories. Beginning in the late-1980s, the label queer began to be reclaimed from its pejorative use as ...

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  • TAfter the Panama Papers were released the Prime Minister gave the defence that the properties he owned were inherited, familial wealth, including the Mayfair Apartments. This is at complete odds with the Prime Minister’s financial history, not to mention absolutely counterfactual to what the ...

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  • TIf we are to begin, Umnia, we must begin at the beginning. You begin by making the claim that there are biological or sex differences between males and females. Congratulations, Umnia, you have become the first human mind to realize that men and women have different bodies, sex organs, hormonal ...

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  • TThe current wave of attacks in Paris, in Ankara, and in Brussels has reignited the ‘European-Muslim’ or the ‘Western-Muslim’ debate. And while the ‘Muslim’ identity will be dissected and judged, as it has been for the last decade, To look at this relationship of ...

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  • TThe ability of language to describe the sorrow, grief and loss of the suicide attack in Lahore’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park on Sunday in which 72 persons, mostly children and women, were killed and more than 300 were injured, is depressingly limited. Grief can never truly be described, it can only ...

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  • TIt starts out, like all good things, as a pulse. The pulse transforms to a beat; beat to rhythm, thus: crescendo. And before you even know it, you’re in paradise - as it sweats, heaves and dances. Last Saturday, American DJ Thomas Wesley Pentz, known by his stage name Diplo, performed in ...

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  • TPhones, tweezers, lotions, cables, shirts, jock-straps, skirts - our lives are surrounded by things. And when I say our lives, I mean nearly every major country in every continent sans the dark one. A typical German owns nearly 10,000 objects; In 2013, an average adult in the United Kingdom had ...

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  • TNearly a day ago in Keen, New Hampshire, Bernie Sanders came out, with his right hand flung high in the air, to the music of Bruce Springsteen’s “We Take Care of Our Own.” The song’s lyrics, if you are familiar with the oeuvre of “The Boss’’ (as Springsteen ...

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  • TIt might have taken place “in a galaxy far, far away” but like all great epics Star Wars, too, resonates deep philosophical themes present in literature, mythology, religion and history. It is then perhaps not so strange that the latest instalment of the franchise has become the third ...

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  • THave you ever wondered why understory trees such as box elder, hawthorn, fig and holly are so much tougher, harder to break than canopy trees like oak or beach or ash? This is despite the fact that, first of all, they carry less weight; and secondly, they are subjected to less forces from the wind. ...

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  • TMuharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar is upon us, and the muslim community will no doubt engage in observing and respecting it given their own individuated leanings and religiosities. Melancholy isn’t exactly a word on anybody’s lips during the start of the Islamic year. But ...

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  • TAhmad Mohamed is American, but, Ahmad Mohamed is equally Muslim. Likewise, he also happens to be a son, a blossoming inventor, a resident of Texas, Sudanese by descent, 14 years old and male; his identity then - as all identities - is multiplicitous and even, I daresay, fluid. Yet the identity that ...

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  • TOn average 800,000 people kill themselves around the world every year, making suicide second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds, and, the fifteenth leading cause of mortality overall. More people die by suicide than are collectively murdered, die by traffic accidents or are killed by ...

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  • TA friend of mine pays three hundred rupees to her thirteen-year old son for every book he finishes, and five hundred for every ‘A’ he receives on his transcripts. I find this practice to be an oddity. However, this act, far from being a charming anecdote, is also a display of faith, one ...

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  • TDoes a godless constitution amount to a godless country? Hardly. The American constitution is, strictly speaking, a secular document. It manufactures a secular government which must construct policy not derived from religion but in near-totality from evidence-based, reasonable, empirical claims. ...

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  • TOne colonial remnant, one part of our inheritance of loss (apart from extractive institutions that have become the malaise of this republic) is the English language. It sticks like soot and dry ash in almost every mouth I know, including my own. There seems to be something so sacrosanct about the ...

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  • TCan you guess what the Politics in, and, of the Nations would’ve resembled had Adolf Hitler triumphed in WWII? And how many more governments would have become propagandist, aided and abetted by their own Himmlers, Görings and Goebbels? Would heinous crimes in war be War Crimes? ...

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