May 2012

Patriot Acts

I reviewed Alia Malek's Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice for Dawn. You can read the full review here. On March 21, 2012, Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year-old Iraqi woman, was fatally beaten with a tire iron in Southern California. A note found near her said, “This is my country. Go back to yours, terrorist.” The investigators asserted that [...]

Master Jahangir

Here is how I introduced Jahangir earlier: I walk down towards the rooms – there is an old man, in white wife-beater, a dhoti, and two fistfuls of shockingly white beard. He is sitting in front of a canvas on which is a bucolic village scene with a tube-well and a date palm. He looks [...]

Slow Burn Lahore VI: A Footnote

The christian colony, the milk colony, the officers colony, the even more ridiculously named murghi-khana (hen coop) neighborhood, all packed together, surrounded by acres upon acres of open spaces teeming with puchal parei, churail, jinn, chalawa. ((In Rang Mahal, under the Gold-worker's bazaar, is a rib-crackingly tight alley that meanders for half a street and [...]

[A version of this essay was published in Counterpunch.] During the run up to the invasion of Afghanistan, three burly American classmates jeered at me. They said, “We’re gonna kill Osama.” Presumably, I would be especially aggrieved at Osama’s death, since I am a Muslim, and therefore, an Osama sympathizer if not also a bomb-carrying [...]


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