Tag: by Rafia Zakaria

Rafia Zakaria: The Art of Survival

October 2011
 Art and artifacts are expressions of the intangible; they are by definition tenuous and fragile. Pakistani art and music poised at the cusp of actual annihilation is even more so.

Rafia Zakaria: City Of The Almost-Dead

August 2011
 What are the consequences of living among constant violence?

Rafia Zakaria: Drones and Democracy

August 2011
 As American troops withdraw from Afghanistan, we must realize the departure is only the end of the War on Terror. There is a larger, invisible war that will quickly take its place.

Rafia Zakaria: Defeat of the Drones

July 2011
 An art exhibition attempts to give visual reality to a war that is largely invisible.

Rafia Zakaria: A Modest Proposal for Reinventing the Burqa

June 2011
 A satirical suggestion that, under the shelter of the burqa, Pakistani women may discover bitter humor in despair.

Rafia Zakaria: Curse of the Bomb

May 2011
 The bomb that was supposed to deter and defeat has been unable to frighten anyone into leaving Pakistan alone.

Rafia Zakaria: The Sacred, the Noble, and the Cruel

April 2011
 Was it merely a confluence of chance or circumstance that UN aid workers, from Norway, Sweden, and Romania, would pay for the Pastor Terry Jones’s incendiary acts?

Rafia Zakaria: The End of Post-Colonialism

March 2011
 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.

Rafia Zakaria: A Dangerous Narrative

October 2010
 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.

Rafia Zakaria: Drones and Hot Pursuit

October 2010 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.

Rafia Zakaria: Sakineh’s Case and Beyond

September 2010 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.

Rafia Zakaria: The Face We Can’t Ignore: Women in Afghanistan

August 2010 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.

Rafia Zakaria: Banning the Veil, Loving the Face?

July 2010 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.

Rafia Zakaria: Honor and Terror

June 2010 In recent honor killings of Muslim women in Canada, faith becomes entangled with a controlling ego and produces disastrous consequences.