This recent spate of revolutions suggests a move away not only from Islamism but also from the ideological preoccupation with post-colonialism—a move towards a relocation of the power to change within the people themselves.
This is the central contradiction that remains invisible to the American public: While the U.S. engages in talks and deals with the same Taliban that Pakistan is accused of canoodling with, the facts are never allowed to impact the narrative of the Af-Pak war.
Having poured millions into the pockets of the Pakistani military and the civilian government, the US sees itself as having purchased the right to go wherever and whenever it wants, and kill whoever it deems an enemy.
In the wake of the international outcry over Sakineh Ashtiani’s sentence to stoning for adultery, some Muslim activists have argued that stoning is theologically unfounded and Islamic Sharia is not inherently opposed to women’s rights.
TIME’s recent cover demonstrates that assessing the performance of the ten-year occupation in Afghanistan in the mutilated-yet-expectant features of a young woman serves as an appropriately graphic visual depiction of our failures in that country.
The veil debates in France are not relegated to the face veil issue alone. Covering up the face in any manner is seen as a simulation, the pretense of an identity but one that prevents the onlooker from actually discerning it.