February 23, 2017

3 Public Squares Drive the Political Life in Benghazi

Crowds fill Benghazi's Al-Keish square to mark the country's liberation. (Photo by Magharebia, Creative Commons License)

People in the Libyan city of Benghazi have been flocking to different squares to give their verdict on issues that impact their lives, transforming them into popular destinations for public debate. Read More »

Thoughts on Political Socialization

(Photo by AM Renault, Creative Commons License)

Why political socialization is important to shaping and reshaping societies and how citizens find their morals and beliefs through it? Read More »

‘Kill the Beef-eaters!’

(Photo by Al Jazeera English, Creative Commons License)

India’s globe-trotting Prime Minister assures the world that India is the destination to invest in, the world’s most cultured country to work in. But will it allow foreign investors their prime pieces of steak when they crave for it in India? Or do Indians only butcher their own beef-eaters? Read More »

Terrorism: A Simplistic Vent with No Real Answers

Police tape and a makeshift memorial frame the scene after a shooting at an Armed Forces Career Center in Chattanooga, Tenn. (Photo U.S. Navy photo by Damon J. Moritz/Released, Creative Commons License)

One housewife and a blogger shares her frustration over the incidence of violence in the name of religion. Read More »

Malala: The Journalistic Ethics of Source Well-being

Malala Yousafzaï was praised for her courage fighting for girls' right to education as she accepted the 2013 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought during a ceremony in Strasbourg. (Photo by European Parliament)

Malala’s security was not an issue as long as the poor child served the editorial interests of the elite media outlets. Read More »

India’s Forgotten Cotton-picking Children

Manually decontaminating cotton before processing at an Indian spinning mill (2010). (CSIRO under a Creative Commons License)

‘Almost half a million – mostly dalit and adivasi – Indian children are working to produce cottonseed. Around 200,000 of them are below 14 years. This is one of the shocking results of the new study “Cotton’s Forgotten Children” by India’s long-term expert on the issue, Dr Davuluri Venkateswarlu.’ Read More »

Inside the Pashtun Mindset

Malala Yousafzai addressing the United Nations Youth Assembly in New York on July 12, 2013. (ViewsWeek photo via video stream)

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani Pashtun teenage women education campaigner, continues to receive honors since being attacked by the Taliban in her hometown of Swat last year. This week, Britain’s prominent contemporary portraitist Jonathan Yeo unveiled a portrait of Malala at Britain’s National Portrait Gallery. Days before that she opened a 188 million pound library in Birmingham, a city where she ... Read More »

Know the Risks Downgrading Your Organization’s Value

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Organizations that support the culture of short-term compensation tend to induce excessive risk-taking. Read More »

Pakistan’s ‘Mullah Radio’ And The ‘Terror Game’

Mullah Fazlullah

“Congratulations! you have the honor now”, a sarcastic friend from Waziristan told me in the aftermath of the newly selected chief of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP — the South Asian nation’s largest terrorist network), Mullah Fazlullah’s announcement to have Dir (a mountainous northwestern region in Pakistan on the border with Afghanistan’s Kunar province) as the new headquarters of the TTP. According ... Read More »

15 Days in Taliban’s Captivity

Pakistan Army flushed out militants from Swat valley, known for its natural beauty, after a massive operation in 2009. (Photo by Junaid Rao, Creative Commons License)

  Ali Khan, 42, is probably the only taxi (cab) driver in the Serene Swat Valley who has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science. The father of three, Khan had been a truck driver in Saudi Arabia too for a few years. He was one of those few people who did not leave Swat when the Pakistan army launched an ... Read More »