Monday, May 04, 2015

Respect what others adore--even the Flying Spaghetti Monster

As a Muslim, I have always considered myself under clear directives from The Prophet himself not to diss anything that...

Posted by Sabahat Ashraf on Sunday, May 3, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

An Emigrant's Reasons

Rangers (Pakistan's paramilitary
Border Security Force) warn
Karachiites to carry
computerised ID cards at all times
Immigrants from the #ThirdWorld and those "at home" often agonize about why we left. People from Karachi, we often observe in Silicon Valley and other places, often do not move back home--even less so than, say Lahorewallas. See, for example the poem"Jo thha kya thhora thha?" by the diasporic poet Irfan Murtaza. And maybe the rebuttals like this one.  In a week where Africa's tired and poor are drowning in the Mediterranean as they do something about their yearning to breath free, I can't help but think that too many of people who get the chance to drive BMWs in Silicon Valley and beyond have have convinced even themselves that they left for purely economic reasons.

I remember being given a lift to the airport in Karachi a few years ago (on the last trip while my father was still alive) by a friend. Admiring the ride (it was a 5 Series) my brother asked "So why did we emigrate?" To which I do remember saying "Well, economics is not the only reason."

This morning brings this little gem of a news report that, at least to me, lays out a lot of the why and what.

PS: Yes, I used the word "emigrant" in the subject line very advisedly. The real word that identifies my and mine sticks in too any craws.

Friday, December 26, 2014

@Khawer_Khan on #Peshawar, #Oakland, and Beyond

History IS the haunting of our nightmares. Lets not forget who created these monsters. Various imperialist powers representing global Capital and the comprador Pakistani state. These monsters are not some organic expression of our people struggling in some distorted way for freedom. This is literally a Frankenstein's monster gone amok. Arms from the Pakistani state, a heart and brain from Capital, legs from various global and regional hegemonic powers, a torso from the remnants of a tribal society confronted with modernity, and blood from it's countless victims.
We cannot begin to slay the beast without naming it.
Today Capitalism in an advanced state of decay delivers dead bodies of our youth in Mexico, Nigeria, Syria, Pakistan and even the USA. We wake up and everyday and find corpses at our door; an offering from soulless, lifeless, neither living nor undead monsters. Their logic dictated by the very history of blood and carnage that is Capitalism.
Its too late for reformism or cosmetic changes and bandages or behavioral changes. We must slay the beast.
As they say in Oakland... Rest In Power.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

@ARRrafiq on Fighting Back in Pakistan