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‘Safe haven’ for white terrorists? – Rafia Zakaria

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THEY didn’t understand terrorism until it was too late. Ever since 9/11, and arguably even in the years prior to that, Americans believed that...

Citizen journalist – Rafia Zakaria

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THE early days of the novel coronavirus were soaked in unknowing. There was very little that was known about the virus, how it...

The Mughal feminist – Rafia Zakaria

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IT is the princesses and queens that get top billing. We know about the intelligence of the inimitable Nur Jehan, who assisted her...

The questions never asked – Rafia Zakaria

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I FIRST read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in Grade 7 or 8 and immediately loved it. I had good reasons; Austen’s world...

Rich vaccine, poor vaccine – Rafia Zakaria

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IT is finally vaccine time — at least in some places. A little over a week ago, the first person was vaccinated against Covid-19...

Desperate in Dubai – Rafia Zakaria

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A FEW months ago, The Guardian ran the story of a 30-year-old Pakistani man named Hassan, one of 99 Pakistanis who have been...

Ancient history- Rafia Zakaria

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THERE are some things that are nearly impossible to imagine. Once, at a museum, I had the opportunity to hold in my hand...

Lost in Xinjiang- Rafia Zakaria

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SAKANDAR Hayat is a Pakistani who had settled in the Uighur city of Kashgar. There he ran a successful garment business. His wife...

Unlit stoves – Rafia Zakaria

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IT was supposed to be a magic solution. In the late 1990s, development professionals wanting to deliver rural women from the drudgery of...

The women will win- Rafia Zakaria

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IT was the Saturday after the tragedy when women came out to protest in Karachi. Some days earlier, in the early hours of Wednesday,...