I Don’t Care About Mother Earth!
“Mother Earth?” laughs Fida Hussain scornfully. “What does that mean?” Fida Hussain is a forty-something taxi driver in Pakistan’s beautiful capital, Islamabad. He lives in one of the shanty towns (Kacchi Abaadi as it is usually called in local lingo) surrounding the city of bureaucrats and elite businesspeople. Fida Hussain […]
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Mobilizing? The Earth? Wait, Mobilizing, Seriously?
Earth Day. What does it mean? To the rest of the world, it is a celebration of the Earth’s biodiversity and its resources, and the urgent need to protect it. To an average Pakistani, however, it is just another day to etch out survival.
Pakistan: All Hail to Power of Women!
Pakistan is a country of many contrasting clichés. Just imagine that an event to celebrate the empowerment of women would be staged all around the country on the 8th of March – a country where the birth of a daughter is not considered a great fortune. Just imagine that at […]
Building the Great Firewall? Just Follow the Masters!
Governments worldwide are trying to introduce legislation for cyber censorship, curbing the privacy of internet users. And it’s no different here in Pakistan. In fact the government of Pakistan is way ahead of many others when it comes to escalating internet censorship in the name of “national security”. A division […]
The Community Approach: A Remedy to Epidemic Ravaged Democracy in Pakistan
If pseudo democratic governments fail to manage outbreaks of epidemics, communities can come together to support people by tapping into their resources. Dengue fever has been a nightmare for the people of Pakistani in the last two years. In 2011, it reportedly infected more than 1400 people and killed 300. […]