Tag: Afghanistan

Desi Flavors: Food, thoughts, Music, Tastes Welcome

Recently I have been reflecting a lot about The Pakistan Forum, mostly about its larger mission for Pakistan and Pakistani culture. I realized that until now we have done a great job of providing good writings about politics and contemporary issues related to Pakistan, but have not really covered the everyday aspects of Pakistani life:…

Auctoritas, Potestas, and the Talibanistic Imaginary (Part 1-6)*

(This is a provisional summary of what I have written on this topic so far) In discussing the complex concept of the “State of Exception” Georgio Agamben traces the origin of current normative and central role of the State of Exception through a discussion of the two competing Roman concepts of Auctoritas and Potestas. Auctoritas,…

Of Oil Tankers and Collateral Deaths

It is now clear, as per the latest statement of Gen. Stanley McChrystal–the US commander in Afghanistan–that all those who died in the NATO bombing of hijacked oil-tankers were not Taliban, and that some civilians were also ‘wounded’ there. I am sure we will be told pretty soon that some civilians also died in this…