When The Levee Breaks: Led Zeppelin’s Real Greatest Song

By: Daniel Hartwig - CC BY 2.0

This is an indulgent post by me, an ode to how one of the world’s greatest bands produced an underrated masterpiece. Sure it wasn’t as widely known as Stairway To Heaven or as much fun as Rock’N’Roll. But to me, it’s a sonic work of art, a complex yet powerful testament to what a genius producer can get out of ... Read More »

Guest post: Enter the Turkish Winter?

By: Syria Freedom - CC BY 2.0

This is a guest post by Burak Kadercan, a Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Reading. *** What is happening in Turkey? This is the question that many around the globe have been asking for a week. To be fair, people were already interested in Turkey before protests broke out on May 28th, ... Read More »

Legal Diaries: Good Judges and Bad Attitudes


How often do you hear Pakistanis say: what’s the point of laws, they’re hardly enforced?  That’s the perception.  Laws exist on paper.  Rights are violated on the street. And courts are dysfunctional, delays inordinate, judges may be purchased, and only the privileged get their day — all true allegations. But the devil’s (advocate) is in the details.  Spend a week ... Read More »

Blood, gore, and pedagogy in International Relations


I am currently on a nice, relaxing vacation in Canada, and have brought along with me this reading material: I’ve only gotten through the first sixth of the book thus far (it’s long — very long), but I’m enjoying it thoroughly. More than anything, what I’m enjoying is the intimate description of the blood, gore, and violence that took place. ... Read More »

Some Initial Thoughts on Obama’s Counterterrorism Speech

By: sylvar - CC BY 2.0

Last week President Obama delivered a major speech on Counterterrorism at the National Defense University, hopefully marking a major shift in U.S. counterterrorism strategy. There were many things to like about Obama’s speech: a nuanced, less exaggerated description of the threat of terrorism to the United States, his calls to rein in U.S. drone strikes, close Guantanamo Bay and establish ... Read More »

Loins on the campaign trail


A visual story of the PML-N Loin as seen through the eyes of a camera on the campaign trail. I thought I would have had a few dozen more photos but couldn’t crawl my way back into the timelines due to post-election post frequencies. A more robust system will now cache images as they arrive for a regular transmission of images of ... Read More »

Guest post: A firsthand account of rigging in General Elections 2013

Photo: Dawn

Note from Ahsan: this is a guest post outlining certain irregularities that took place on election day in Karachi, from someone who wishes to remain anonymous. The purpose of this piece is to bring to attention the ease and the different ways in which elections can be rigged at a polling station. A polling station is the primary unit in ... Read More »

Guest-Post: Multiplex Revolutions

This Chambaili

(This is a guest-post by a friend who wishes to remain anonymous)   What if you were provided the following clues and asked to guess what was being discussed: 1.      Previously apathetic, middle class citizens rising up against an established political establishment which includes a corrupt powerful ruling party with three generations of hereditary leaders and a wheeling dealing ... Read More »

Karachi Kisi Ko Na Khappay


OK, so we are all very emotional right now. The elections are still hanging above us and the dust is refusing to settle. While Umair’s election predictions were quite brilliant, not many of us had expected the final tallies to be as provincially isolated as they turned out to be. That in itself has led to some consternation, as those ... Read More »