Archive for February 2010

What A Tangled Web They Weave

Feb 26th, 2010 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories

Ayesha Siddiqa’s column in Dawn today is an excellent review of the silliness that continues to waste time and energy – not to mention providing a distraction from important issues. Of course I am referring to the conspiracy theory industry. That’s what it is, really, an industry. These are people who have figured out how […]



Laughter is the best response

Feb 24th, 2010 | By | Category: The Nation

Yesterday’s editorial in The Nation carried one of the stranger bits of outrage that the newspaper has had to date. The editorial, “A Reality Check”, drew its outrage from a recent editorial in the American newspaper, The Boston Globe. The Globe editorial, “Pakistan’s Complicated Motives” says that Pakistan has an immense interest in the affairs […]



Zaid Hamid's Fantasy: Reality Check

Feb 23rd, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

The following column by Ishtiaq Ahmed, a most distinguished professor of Political Science at Stockholm University and a Visiting Research Professor at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) and the South Asian Studies Programme at the National University of Singapore, presents a much-needed reality check to those who follow the wild conspiracy theories of […]



Attacks on Journalists Continue

Feb 22nd, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Pakistan has seen an alarming rise in attacks on journalists. These attacks range from the active – people shooting at reporters for what they write – to the more passive – making accusations that put reporters’ lives at risk. Whatever the methods, the culprits are the same: People who are unable to defend their positions […]



Why did Pakistani media boycott Brigadier Hussain Abbas’ funeral?

Feb 20th, 2010 | By | Category: Censorship

Omar Khattab, blogging at Let Us Build Pakistan, asks a good question: Why did Pakistani media boycott Brigadier Hussain Abbas’ funeral? This is an interesting observation and one that makes a point that is often overlooked when we consider bias in our media. There is so much poor reporting, obvious propaganda, and fantastic conspiracy theories […]



TV Awards Night

Feb 18th, 2010 | By | Category: Satire

The latest from Nadeem Paracha’s satire is brilliant. Hello people, and welcome to the First Annual Pakistani Private TV Channels Awards. I, Wamid Mir, will be your host for the evening and with me will be the lovely, Dr. Shireen Blackwater Baymaari. Let’s kick off this grand event, but first, a choti se break, and […]



On Economy, The Nation Forgot To Read Its Own Report

Feb 17th, 2010 | By | Category: The Nation

The Nation today contains a stark contradiction. The editorial page includes the headline: “Economy not reviving.” The Nation‘s editorial desk then goes on to explain that the economy is not reviving because of  government policies and cooperation with USA in the fight against militants. Unfortunately, the editorial desk did not read their own newspaper which […]



The Nation and Xenophobia

Feb 15th, 2010 | By | Category: The Nation

The Nation deserves praise for publishing Zaheeruddin Baber’s column, “Xenophobic tendencies” in which the author calls attention to the growing problem of intolerance being promoted by some media personalities. But, at the same time, The Nation would do well to read this column carefully and distribute it to its staff so that The Nation can […]



Zaid Hamid – The Pied Piper For Taliban

Feb 13th, 2010 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories

Farhat Taj, a research fellow at the University of Oslo, and a member of Aryana Institute for Regional Research and Advocacy, has a breathtaking expose of Zaid Hamid and his media message of pro-Taliban conspiracy theories. Zaid Hamid and strategic depth FATA continues to be used and abused as a strategic space by the security […]



The Nation's Confused Concept of Justice

Feb 12th, 2010 | By | Category: The Nation

Today’s editorial in The Nation about Aafia Siddiqui presents a confused concept of justice that is at once both self-contradictory and misinformed. The editorial referred to, “The verdict,” attempts to argue that the conviction of Aafia Siddiqui in an American court demonstrates that the justice system that tried her case is defective. It is not […]



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