|—||Madhusree Mukerjee gives great insight in Himal. Mukerjee’s new book exposes the myths behind India’s ‘growth miracle’, and looks for ways out of the ecological and social devastation of the current neoliberal model.
Read this. It’s important.
|—||Globalization and modernity in India: A gendered critique by Subhadra Mitra Channa (via sitaronse)
|—||Dr. Farzani Bari, director of the Department of Gender Studies at Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad and a rights activist, writes about the lessons learned from the Kohistan women episode.
Brilliant. And kudos to the Pakistanis who raised their voices for these women.
The 20-minute short film revolves around the idea of assessing social, psychological and economical affects on people from the tribal areas of Pakistan. The film identified problems that families face after becoming victims of drone missiles.
Hypocrisy in American policy. Evident and thriving. More power to these young Pakistanis.
|—||Study reveals trafficking of poor Chitrali girls - Zahiruddin for Dawn (via mehreenkasana)|
|—||Democracy Now! Update.
Valid demand by the commission in Pakistan. However I’m just a little concerned to see there is no mentioning of an apology demanded for the hundreds of civilian deaths caused by the drone attacks.
Displeased Pakistan Supreme Court gave out a stern message to Inter-Services Intelligence and Military Intelligence on Thursday: “You need to take this out of your mind that you [ISI and MI] are superior and others [civilians] are inferior.”
Counsel of ISI and MI Raja Irshad was reprimanded as the apex court of the country remained unsatisfied with the replies submitted to the court today by the agencies in the Adiala missing prisoners’ case.
Headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, the three-member bench said that the replies submitted to the court do not justify under which law the civilians were picked up by agencies and kept in detention for more than a year. “Who gave you the right to hound people?” questioned the chief justice.
“You are so insensitive to the human loss that the families of the missing persons have suffered lately because of you. This is a big allegation against you [ISI and MI] – there is a hue and cry throughout the country that you abduct people and after some days, their abandoned bodies surface,” said Chief Justice Chaudhry.
“You’re an arsonist. You have set Balochistan on fire,” said Chaudhry while referring to the agencies and the situation in Balochistan.
Bolded quotes for emphasis. This is an extremely bold initiative taken by the Supreme Court of Pakistan against the ISI and MI - both agencies notorious for hounding civilians for airing criticism against the establishment and interference by the army in state politics - in various provinces. Mentioned in the report, the Chief Justice said that the agencies have become “insensitive” to the issues and referred them as the “biggest violators” of the country’s law and order.
Calling a spade a spade once in a while takes gut. Commendable indeed.
“It really aggravates me that the media is using their power to intrude and invade our privacy, often with no good reason,” said Mehreen Kasana, a 22-year-old American-educated blogger from Lahore, who wrote a widely circulated protest against the Samaa TV show.
For Many in Pakistan, a Television Show Goes Too Far by Declan Walsh
|—||My open letter to Maya Khan calling her out on her invasive moral policing as she chased a young couple in a park for “sinning”. This got published in Express Tribune. Looks like people are angry. Good. (via mehreenkasana)|
HONOLULU: President Barack Obama signed a sweeping US defense funding bill on Saturday which includes new sanctions on financial institutions dealing with Iran’s central bank, and curtailing up to $850 million in aid to Pakistan. The bill was signed despite concerns about sections that expand the US military’s authority over terrorism suspects and limit his powers in foreign affairs.
The massive defense bill Congress passed on earlier in December freezes 60 per cent of the $850 million aid, or $510 million, until the US defense secretary provides lawmakers with assurances that Pakistan is working to counter improvised explosive devices (IEDs). US lawmakers say that many Afghan bombs that kill US troops are made with fertiliser smuggled by militants across the border from Pakistan into Afghanistan.
“The fact that I support this bill as a whole does not mean I agree with everything in it,” Obama said in a statement, citing limits on transferring detainees from the US base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and requirements he notify Congress before sharing some defense missile information with Russia as problematic.
Meanwhile general consensus in Pakistan:
Because: “It’s well-known that most of the aid given by the US to Pakistan does not benefit the ordinary Pakistani. The aid is conditional upon using American consultants and equipment, which (together with other charges) amount to about 70 per cent of the total aid amount. From the rest, a good chunk is siphoned away to private bank accounts, leaving about 10 per cent for the common man.” While the Pakistan Economic Growth Program Evaluation states how most of the US Aid is flawed. Here are some reality-based contradictions regarding the entire US Aid debate.