Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Food is the Best Medicine

Thursday, May 22, 2008

PAKISTAN: UNRESOLVED ISSUES OF STATE AND SOCIETY - EDITED BY SYED FAROOQ HASNAT AND AHMAD FARUQUI




Friday, February 22, 2008

Democracy Rules! Pakistan Blocks/Bans YouTube

There's an old (from our youth :p) Bollywood song that goes "Main ro'oon ya hansoon; karoon mai kyaa karoon?!" or "Should I cry or laugh; To do, what do I do?"

Users subscribing to the Internet though the PTCL (Pakistan Telecom Corporation Limited, the semi- or formerly-government-owned corporation), in particular, have been getting the following message today if they tried to access YouTube:


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Dear Internet Users

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (www.pta.gov.pk)has directed all ISPs of the country to block access
to www.youtube.com web site for containing blasphemous web content/movies.

The site would remain blocked till further orders from PTA. Meanwhile, Internet users can write to
youtube.com to remove the objectionable web content/movies because this removal would enable
the authorities to order un-blocking of this web site.

Best Regards

Manager
Technical Assistance Center
Micronet Broadband Pvt. Ltd.
Islamabad
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For background, see:
http://www.teeth.com.pk/blog/2008/02/22/youtube-blocked-in-pakistan/
http://www.teeth.com.pk/blog/2008/02/22/vote-rigging-videos-in-karachi-could-this-be-why-youtube-is-blocked/
http://www.kidvai.com/windmills/2008/02/last-laugh.html

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Sunday, December 23, 2007

RIGGING OF ELECTIONS IN PAKISTAN -PART 2

VOA RADIO
DECEMBER 03, 2007

DR. SYED FAROOQ HASNAT


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RIGGING OF ELECTIONS IN PAKISTAN -PART 1

VOA RADIO
DECEMBER 03, 2007

DR. SYED FAROOQ HASNAT



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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Into the marketplace with bejewelled limbs we go...

... so said Faiz Ahmed Faiz, probably the most popular poet of revolution in the latter half of the 20th century in South Asia; Pakistan, India, and particularly on the Left.

South Asia has a very rich tradition of poetry, one which draws on both the spiritual tradition that gave the world Rumi and Khayyam, and the revolutionary spirit of the last century or two. And because of the Sufi tradition it is steeped in, allegory, depth of meaning, and multi-faceted verbiage is the norm, rather than the exception. The words "Aaj bazaar main pa-bajaolaan chalo..." are probably some of the most recognized word. The "jewels" being described are, for the uninitiated, the ball and chain of oppression. Here's the poet himself reciting the poem, with English sub-titles, followed by one of the best renditions of the poem with music, in this case with an overlay of dramatic video:


[You can read the piece by Dr. Adil Najam, where I first found this video, here.]

But wait, the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists has sent out a poster that puts these words above a poster that just needs to be seen to be believed. You couldn't, as we say, make this stuff up:

Please check in regularly at WikiPakistan's Emergency 2007 pages:

http://pakistan.wikia.com/wiki/Emergency_2007

for updates. And contribute what input you can, participate in whichever way you can.

[My previous post on the issue, introducing the Emergency 2007 wiki pages, by the way, is here.]

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

AMERICA BULLIES IRAN THROUGH SANCTIONS - OCT 26, 2007

POSTED BY: DR FAROOQ HASNAT
MIDDLE EAST INSTITUTE
WASHINGTON, D.C.

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Sunday, September 30, 2007

MOST BRUTAL PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IN PAKISTAN’S HISTORY

POSTED BY:

DR. SYED FAROOQ HASNAT
MIDDLE EAST INSTITUTE
WASHINGTON, D.C.

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