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Geo-politics of polio eradication in Pakistan

The  brutal murder this week of five Karachi health workers involved in a UN-backed polio eradication drive says more about the wider effect of misguided US policy in the area than it does anything new about the Pakistani Taliban. Polio … Continue reading

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‘Poetry of the Taliban’ Review

Surprising beauty and tenderness in the writing of these Afghan warriors provides a fresh perspective on a demonised people. BENJAMIN GILMOUR In the past decade, countless books have been published about the Taliban, examining its origin, ideology and goals. But … Continue reading

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Does aid REALLY come after security?

How can we bring development to Afghanistan if we don’t have security? It is still the question put to us by backers of our longest war, and we buy it. How indeed, can aid convoys get through if they are … Continue reading

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Valley of Roses

Travel SMH 1/5/11 EVERY great poet, from Keats to Browning, Milton to Lorca, has written about the rose. And almost every lover has delivered them. Many would agree that no flower is quite as wondrous. Its scent, although too sweet … Continue reading

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Dressed Up, Somewhere To Go

Culture SMH 6/3/11 IT WAS halfway over the Laxman Jhula suspension bridge in Rishikesh that my wife Kass and I felt, for the first time, like tourist attractions. While the bridge helps thousands of pilgrims cross the Ganges to their … Continue reading

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Letter From Peshawar

Pakistan CRIKEY  24/11/09 From the car we could see a busy morning unfolding at the Peshawar Courts as we passed them, an enormous crowd filtering through a half-open security gate, each person frisked carefully. Old men with shifting slowly to … Continue reading

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Pakistan’s Cinema Renaissance

Film CEO INK 20/5/09 While teaching film studies at IQRA University in Lahore a number of years ago, a young student in the front of the class put up his hand and asked me a question. ‘Sir, all I want … Continue reading

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Welcome To Pakistan

Pakistan CRIKEY 11/6/09 In early 2006, when a band of scruffy kids and a former Afghan mujahid joined me on the streets of Peshawar to shoot a film about a boy who runs away to the city, fear of suicide … Continue reading

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Lion Of The Festival Circuit

Film FILM JOURNAL 1/2/2009 A film like our feature ‘Son of a Lion’ has a festival life of one or two years, a terrific journey I am mid-way through and one that has amused and taught me much. It began … Continue reading

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Afghan War Can’t Be Won

Afghanistan THE AUSTRALIAN 13/1/09 FOOTAGE of roadside ambushes and rocket attacks such as the one that killed Australian soldier Gregory Sher in Afghanistan last week might seem like macabre subject matter. But DVDs of these attacks on foreign troops are … Continue reading

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