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A war on humanitarianism?

November 19, 2015

By: Mélanie Thienard   Is the United States waging a war on humanitarianism? On 26 October 2015, a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Northern Yemen was struck by airstrikes, allegedly conducted by the US-supported, Saudi-led coalition, who have denied any implication in the destruction of the hospital. Earlier that month, on the 3rd of October, … Continue reading “A war on humanitarianism?”


Karachi attack on Shia community calls security operation into question

May 13, 2015

By Zoha Waseem: Forty-five members of a minority community, the Ismailis were gunned down while traveling on a bus carrying sixty people in Karachi on the morning of May 13th. The bus belonged to a not-for-profit, Al-Azhar Garden that provided inexpensive housing and transportation to Ismaili residents of Safoora Goth (a neighbourhood on the outskirts … Continue reading “Karachi attack on Shia community calls security operation into question”


Interview – Journalist Sean Carberry on Afghanistan & conflict reporting

March 30, 2015

By Mackenzie Weinger: In December 2014, reporter Sean Carberry shut the doors of NPR’s Kabul, Afghanistan bureau. The United States public radio network had put the bureau’s closure on the calendar back in 2012, deciding to leave the country due to the planned reduction of US troops. After having a bureau in the city since … Continue reading “Interview – Journalist Sean Carberry on Afghanistan & conflict reporting”


Financing Terror, Part II: Pakistan as a state sponsor of terrorism

January 19, 2015

By Claire Mennessier: Taliban fighters demobilising in Afghanistan. Photo: Isafmedia (some rights reserved) For the last 25 years Pakistan has been involved in the sponsoring of terrorism on a national and international scale. As a result of its role in the development of terrorism in Afghanistan and Indian Kashmir, Pakistan is a good example of a … Continue reading “Financing Terror, Part II: Pakistan as a state sponsor of terrorism”


Over 130 Children Killed in Tragic Peshawar Attack

December 16, 2014

By Zoha Waseem: Heart-breaking images from Pakistan’s north-western city of Peshawar flooded news channels around the world today as over 140 people, including 132 children, were killed in one of the deadliest attacks ever to take place in the country. In a rescue operation that lasted over eight hours, six militants associated with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan … Continue reading “Over 130 Children Killed in Tragic Peshawar Attack”


The arrival of IS in Pakistan and the politics of the caliphate

September 26, 2014

By Zoha Waseem: * * * While Pakistan remained fixated on the political stalemate between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (PML-N), Imran Khan (PTI) and Tahir ul Qadri (PAT), that is now well into its second month, a foiled attack on a naval dockyard in its financial capital Karachi went unreported for two days by an … Continue reading “The arrival of IS in Pakistan and the politics of the caliphate”


Drones series, Part I: Pakistan's decade of drones (2004-2014)

April 8, 2014

By Zoha Waseem: ‘Things fall out of the sky’ In June 2004, the first drone strike in Pakistan targeted a man who had rejected peace agreements with the government, sworn allegiance to the Taliban, and vowed to continue his ‘jihad’ against the United States in Afghanistan. The Pakistani military initially claimed responsibility for Nek Mohammad’s … Continue reading “Drones series, Part I: Pakistan's decade of drones (2004-2014)”


‘The era of saving failed states is over’: The Afghan withdrawal and its regional implications, with special focus on Pakistan

January 24, 2014

by Zoha Waseem Speaking at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) on Friday 17 January 2014, Ahmed Rashid, journalist and author of Taliban, Descent into Chaos, and most recently, Pakistan on the Brink, confidently asserted that the West will no longer be a major stakeholder in the Afghan region as ‘the era of … Continue reading “‘The era of saving failed states is over’: The Afghan withdrawal and its regional implications, with special focus on Pakistan”


'Still violent, vulnerable and vital'. Pakistan's prospects for 2014

January 10, 2014

by Zoha Waseem In Pakistan’s 67th year of existence, living with violence in contested spaces appears to have become a norm. Since 2003, over 50,000 Pakistanis have been killed in terrorism-related violence. An estimated 5,366 people were killed last year alone; over half of them reportedly in urban violence in Karachi. In the beginning of … Continue reading “'Still violent, vulnerable and vital'. Pakistan's prospects for 2014”


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