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  • Wishes are not Evidence: Why Drone Blowback in Pakistan is Still a Myth

    Aqil Shah

    Madiha Tahir and Mahvish Ahmad, graduate students at Columbia and Cambridge Universities respectively, have responded to my article on drone blowback published by the Washington Post political science blog, Monkey Cage (a slightly edited version also appeared in the Post's printed Sunday edition). 

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  • Artifice in the Calm Damages: 5 Poems

    Andrew Levy

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  • Is Masculinity a Death Cult?

    Andrew Ryder

    Contradictory facts and impressions about Omar Mateen, the murderer of 49 people in Orlando, Florida, continue to circulate. Any consistent and determining identity applied to his character or motive tends to dissolve upon scrutiny: A Muslim fanatic without piety; a violent homophobe who liked gay hook-up apps; a terrorist admirer of the NYPD; a madman without a clear mental illness; a victim and practitioner of racism.

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  • Hikikomori: The Postmodern Hermits of Japan

    Flavio Rizzo

    Nothing in the cry
    of cicadas suggests they  
    are about to die
     
    -Matsuo Bashō

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  • Insurgent citizenship on the 3rd anniversary of the Gezi Park protests

    Deniz Ay

    How the Gezi uprising transformed citizenship in the contemporary neoliberal city 

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  • #SlavesofFATA and dissent on social media in Pakistan

    Nooreen Reza

    Last month a video surfaced online of Pakistan army officers in the country's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) that caused outrage on social media. In the video, army men look on as a fellow soldier, dressed up in Pashtun women's cultural clothing, does a caricature of a dance. This attempt to get some entertainment at the expense of others was to many an insult added to the many injuries FATA and its people have endured throughout the years. 

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  • Drone Blowback is a Bad Argument. Here's Why

    Madiha Tahir Mahvish Ahmad

    In a recent think piece “Drone blowback in Pakistan is a myth. Here’s why”, political scientist Aqil Shah argues that blowback from American drone bombardment is a myth. He recently penned this article for The Monkey Cage, a political science blog at the Washington Post, run by academics but meant for the general public. 

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  • Freedom for "Guantánamo Diary" Author Mohamedou Slahi?

    Michael Bronner

    On Thursday morning, Mohamedou Ould Slahi, author of the acclaimed memoir Guantánamo Diary and one of Gitmo’s longest-resident prisoners, now in his 15th year of detention without being charged with a crime, went before a Periodic Review Board (PRB) designed to determine whether holding him there indefinitely  “remains necessary to protect against a continuing significant threat to the security of the United States.” The board’s six members – comprising senior officials from the Departments of Defense,

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  • Colombia: Sovereignty, Legitimacy and Peacebuilding

    Fabio Andrés Díaz

    In the past week, several promising reports emerged regarding the current peace process between the FARC-EP and the Colombian Government.

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  • The Return (excerpted from Rio Noir)

    MV Bill

    By walkie-talkie Bolha passed the order along to his managers: “Look alive there! It’s one bundle for Sergeant Gonçalves’s squad, two for Corporal Tenório, and the fireworks only if you don’t recognize the vehicle, understand?” 

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