Magna Carta for internet freedom

Shahab Siddiqi says that the government authorities’ inability to come up with answers to some of the questions raised on Internet freedom is quite telling To say the least, 2013 has been an interesting year for Internet freedom activists. When former-NSA-analyst-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked information on the US government’s complex web of spying programs, it was the biggest revelation in a year filled with instances where major... Read More

More than YouTube

Anti-internet censorship advocacy is focused more on the visible glamour of crusading for a cause and less on the real issues, says Adnan Rasool Complex issues with long term impacts are often dumbed down for easy consumption of the masses. This is a sad reality of the world we live in. Oversimplification of intricate challenges has unfortunately become a norm with the advent of mass media, particularly social media around the world. Serious issues... Read More

The waning power of Pakistan’s aristocracy

In Jamshed Dasti’s rise, Bilal Akbar sees a waning of Pakistani feudals and aristocrats’ unbridled power “My victory shows that the poor peasants have had enough, the feudals have ruled us for long enough. Now we will take our matters into our own hands” declared Jamshed Dasti, as jubilant crowds standing outside his worn-down house broke into tears. The underprivileged son of an illiterate wrestler, who campaigned on a donkey instead... Read More

After Wali-Ur-Rehman

The death of TTP Deputy Chief WaliurrehamnMehsud in a drone strike last week is the most serious blow for the militant outfit since the death of BaitullahMehsudin a similar strike in 2009. Waliurrehman was known to be a measured and calm costumer who at one stage was tipped to be the new leader of the TTP. Later, however, he accepted HakimullahMehsud mainly to preserve the group’sunity. Waliurrehman’s commanders had wanted for some time to separate... Read More

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