Commentaries

Corporate Wall of Shame

Listed below are major American corporations that have refused to sign an agreement to invest in worker safety in Bangladesh and elsewhere despite the recent over 10, 000 deaths in a Bangladesh garment factory crash: Walmart Gap Macy’s Sears/Kmart JCPenney VF Corp. Target Kohl’s Cato Fashions Carter’s Nordstrom American Eagle Outfitters The Children’s Place Foot…

Journey Toward Open Access

I seriously encountered the question of open access knowledge in 2006 while teaching a graduate course. As my course was focused on the postcolonial novel, all students were required to give a country presentation about their assigned novel. During these presentations some of my students used Wikipedia as one of their sources. At the end…

Arab Spring in Pakistan? No, Thanks

In an interesting and slightly misguided article about the possibilities of an Arab Spring in Pakistan, Michael Kugelman, (a senior program associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC) begins his opinion piece with the following profound assertions: Will Pakistan experience an Arab Spring? The question has been…

Freedom to Kill, Taliban Style

To say that the murder of 82 of our fellow citizens is an atrocity is stating the obvious: But to make the Laskar-e-Jhangvi and members of other such monstrosities to see it as a monstrous act is another questions. How did we get here? What has brought us to a place in our history where…

Shams-ul-Iqbal Shams: Pakistani Artist and Calligrapher

Last week was the second time in a year that I had the pleasure of visiting the old campus of International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI). On both these occasions, I was there for an academic conference, and while there was able to view the most exquisite work of Sham-ul-Islam Shams. Originally from Saidu Sharif, Swat,…