Author Archives: Shirin Sadeghi


Shirin Sadeghi

Marriage not made in heaven

As his enemies on both sides of the aisle of American politics continue to revel in New York Congressman Anthony Weiner’s admitted misbehavior, the real world is left to wonder about his


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Eye for an eye

Ameneh Bahrami was 23 years old when an inhumane and possessive man destroyed her life. Having had his marriage proposal rejected by her, Majid Movahedi decided the only answer to his emotional


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Suspicious minds

If you find yourself questioning the American government’s already evolving explanations for what happened in Abbottabad on May 1st, you are not alone. A growing number of Americans themselves are wondering –


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In OBL’s wake

Osama bin Laden is dead, and amongst those cheering in the United States are some of your fellow Pakistani-Americans. Many of them are at the forefront of the festivities, hip-hip-hooraying for the


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Beyond borders

India has as many, if not more, Muslims than the nation that was allegedly carved out for them in Pakistan in 1947.
The irony is further etched in by the strong similarities that remain among Pakistani and Indian culture – like most products of British map-making, lines on paper did not a border make. Pakistanis and Indians – at least North Indians – both speak Hindustani though it’s called Hindi in India and Urdu in Pakistan (see Abdul Jamil Khan’s The Politics of Language:


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Of resolutions past

It is ironic that Pakistan Day falls this week, just days after Raymond Davis was released from punishment for his role in the deaths of three individuals and the destruction of their families.
Lahore, long before it was the scene of these crimes, was the location of the 22-24 March, 1940 general session of the All India Muslim League. It was in Lahore, on 23 March, 1940, that the League formally adopted a measure – known as the Lahore Resolution — calling for greater Muslim


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Not the better-off half

This week another International Women’s Day has come and gone and one wonders why this day is necessary at all. And why there’s no International Men’s Day.
So the answers rather spill out on their own because the world finds itself needing to set aside one day a year, every year, for those who are marginalised in society. Not that the commemorations get terribly specific – there is, after all, no International Day for poor children whose mothers didn’t get an education because


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Willing suspension of disbelief

Once a year, people all over the world tune in to watch the same show at the exact same time and it’s a pleasant pill to swallow when everything else that is being broadcast live is a 24-hour cycle of bad news.
Hollywood’s Academy Awards ceremony is, as British comedian Ricky Gervais bluntly put it, “a night of the most privileged people in the world being told how brilliant they are and thanking God for loving them more than ugly poor foreigners.” But while it may be an anxious


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The spook outed

Raymond Allen Davis has been confirmed by the US government to be an officer of the Central Intelligence Agency. The main reasons for this confirmation are first, that the British newspaper the Guardian was able to establish this fact through the simple act of calling a television station in Colorado state where Davis and his wife have a residence, to ask why, for a brief moment, the station’s website indicated that Mrs Davis gave a telephone number at the CIA when asked by a reporter


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Home emergency

This week, an American court convicted a Pakistani-born man of decapitating his wife. While there has been great chatter surrounding the role of religion in this case, it has overshadowed the larger issue here: that no one succeeded in helping this woman and her children safely escape the torments of this unstable and extremely violent man. Even in the United States of America.
Aasiya Zubair knew little of Muzzammil Hassan when she married him in October of 2000 in Karachi. Some


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28 Days Later

It is incredible to observe the speed of revolutions in these Internet days. Just a generation ago, pent-up anger – once it was finally released into street protests and mass demonstrations – did not translate into actual change for months or even years.
The delay in getting results was matched by the delay in getting international attention and thereby international public support. The 1979 Iranian Revolution actually began in 1978. It took almost exactly one year from the time


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Naming a nation

Seventy-eight years ago this week, a young Indian Muslim introduced a new word to the world, a word that is now a nation.
When Choudhary Rahmat Ali Khan published his now famous Pakistan Declaration on the 28th of January, 1933, he made it very clear what he thought the new Indian Muslim nation should look like: “At this solemn hour in the history of India, when British and Indian statesmen are laying the foundations of a Federal Constitution for that land, we address this appeal


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The fire of discontent

Last Friday, four weeks after a 26-year-old unemployed university graduate set himself afire in front of a government building, a revolution commenced in Tunisia, but it is not over – either for Tunisia or for all countries where the people have had enough of suffering, corruption, and lack of rights.
It was a mini-revolution but it achieved one thing at least: the people of Tunisia were heard – by the man who was apparently pilfering that poor nation for nearly 24 years, and


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Violence and humanity

It is impossible nowadays to catch a glimpse of the news – whether written or broadcast – and not be assaulted by the latest in world violence. An assassination here, a robbery there, a war everywhere – news of death and destruction is what constitutes news at all in the world today. And what with Twitter and Facebook and all the gadgets in hand that have made reporters of all and sundry, the bad news travels fast and it travels wide.
Is the world becoming more violent or is more


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The last frontier

It is a gross understatement to say that traveling as a Pakistani has become a liability in an American airport. Pakistanis and a list of several other “dangerous” nationalities face bigoted, invasive, and targeted security procedures anytime they travel to the United States as a result of the Department of Homeland Security’s measures to allegedly prevent terrorism.
It was as recent as this past September that a group of nine Pakistani diplomats publicly protested the outrageous


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Last words

If you have ever thumbed your way through a book of “famous last words”, you’ll understand why today’s revelations about the late Richard Holbrooke are quite normal.
“Famous last words” collections have been printed worldwide by various publishers throughout the centuries. These publications claim to have an index of the famous last words of famous dying people – individuals whose special status has, unlike most other people, lent their last words to posterity, having led to

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