June 22

State vs Justice: Revolution or Catastrophe?

“Politics: ‘Poli’ a Latin word meaning ‘many’: and ‘tics’ meaning ‘blood sucking creatures’” (Robin Williams – American Actor)   I ask myself: Is politics a dirty world or are politicians dirty? It’s hard to say, but,  politics is not a game for everyone. It is filled with twists and mysteries that are perhaps beyond the understanding […]

Qatar Villagio Mall on fire 2 may 2012 - Picture Doha News May 29

Qatar: The Tragedy and The Media

Today Qatar mourns. Yesterday, 19 lives – 13 children, 4 teachers and 2 firefighters were lost in Qatar’s Villagio’s Mall fire. For Qatar, this is the biggest tragedy, ripping  across all the communities at once.  Many questions are seeking answers, many are still in shock at the scale of the accident and many simply don’t […]

The Clock Ticks May 16

Euro: The Clock Ticks

The clock is ticking. The fate of Euro now stands by a thread. Markets are shaking with the prospects of a possible Greece exit from the Euro zone. The next coming days (maybe even hours?!) are crucial. Noted economist Paul Krugman has  announced his predictions about the euro (which are seen as being too sensationalist). Yet, […]

February 28

Thin is Beautiful?

“It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.”  ― (Leo Tolstoy, The Kreutzer Sonata) Few weeks back, while checking my mail, I came across an article.  The reaction to the article is hard to describe as it ranged from confusion, self-doubt, anger and baffled. The article was on how Miss Mexico lost out on […]

The Arab Revolution: The Scene of Egypt May 23

The Arab Revolutions 2011

These are uncertain times. The year 2011 like its predecessor began differently. Middle East – the region assumed by many to be safe, erupted like a volcano when streams of people came out on the streets, demanding change for a better life, for better conditions and for freedom.  What began in Tunisia spread like contagion […]

Georgetown Building at Education City February 13

The Journey of Thoughts and Ideas – A Memorable Night

To many of us, university is a unique time in our lives. It is where desires of success, the craving for independence, the opportunity to experience life as per one’s wishes and the chance to  meet people from diverse backgrounds all becomes a reality. The excitement is beyond any description. Yet, to some of us […]

DTFF 2010 November 07

The Doha Tribeca Film Festival 2010 – An Event To Remember

‘Let’s be courageous with stories and talk about issues that matter’ – Burhan Qurbani This statement comes from an emerging German director Burhan Qurbani whose film ‘Shahada’ was winner for original story and representation in this year 60th Berlin International Film Festival. Indeed, film-making in itself is courageous for the fate of film remains unknown […]

What is she thinking? D Sharon Pruitt Flickr August 29

The New Target Of Centuries Old Tradition

It is a centuries old tradition to attribute witchcraft, corruption, the cause of disasters, evils, ill-fate and black magic all to women.  In ancient times, baby girls were buried alive for they brought misfortune on the household. That tradition continues today, in a modern way ofcourse. Sex-selective abortions are common in various developing countries. So […]

Children of Pakistan Floods - By Ali Khurshid (Dawn News) August 27

Pakistan – A Fractured State?

‘ It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness…’ A Tale of Two Cities – […]

'The Children Reaching For Food' August 23

Population Vs Food: Is Nature Doing the Balancing Act?

‘The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man.  This implies a strong and constantly operating check on population from the difficulty of subsistence.’ Thomas Robert Malthus in ‘Essay on the Principle of Population ‘ 1798 Malthusian theory is no stranger to the world of economic […]

Work – The New Killer

The current world order is becoming difficult each day. The financial meltdown, the debt crisis, the eruption of volcano and the oil spill in one way or another have distorted the lives of many, Many have lost their jobs and those who do have one hope that times get better before getting any worse. This […]