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  • As the War Prolongs in Gaza, Israel is Losing it By the Day.

    Syed Sharfuddin What prompted the terrorist attack of Hamas in Southern Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs) on 7 October 2023 resulting in the killing 1200 Israeli soldiers and civilians in a single day, and taking over 200 men, women, senior citizens and children as hostages was the result of the prolonged dehumanisation of […]

  • Why The West Suports Israel

    Syed Sharfuddin* There are many political and historical reasons for the West’s unconditional support to Israel which has benefited from its unprecedented political, diplomatic, financial, and military assistance throughout the seven decades of its independence. Israel continues to cash this support by building Jewish settlements in the Occupied Palestinians Territories (OPTs) in flagrant violation of […]

  • Double Standards on Israel’s Hate Speech

    Syed Sharfuddin* Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu surprised the civilised world on 29 October 2023 justifying the killing of innocent women and children in Gaza by citing the Hebrew Bible and invoking the destruction of Amlak. The Old Testament 1 Samuel 15:30 reads: “Now go and smite Amlak and utterly destroy all that they have and […]

  • Israel’s Homegrown Taliban: Rise of the Utra Far-Right in the Apartheid State

    Israel’s Homegrown Taliban: Rise of the Ultra Far-right in the Apartheid State Syed Sharfuddin* Israel’s population comprises two races: the Jewish race, and Palestinian Arabs. It is a democracy but a democracy only for the Jews. It is a country where the rules are set for a minority to rule the majority. The Jewish community […]

  • Fandom and Pakistani Politics

    Syed Sharfuddin Fandom is a social identity theory that relies on a set of ideas used by social psychologists and anthropologists to understand how people behave in like-minded groups. Fandom shares many features with tribalism without its harmful effects. It gives people a sense of belonging and space to share their ideas freely without the […]

  • Protecting Bilateral Interests versus Attaining Multilateral Objectives: A Foreign Policy Dilemma for Pakistan

    Protecting Bilateral Interests versus Attaining Multilateral Objectives: A Foreign Policy Dilemma for Pakistan

    This essay analyses the recent visit of the Foreign Minister of Pakistan to India to attend the bilateral meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Goa and the treatment of the host Foreign Minister toward Pakistan.

  • The Season of Dark Politics

    The Season of Dark Politics

    *Syed Sharfuddin As we enter the season of short daylight hours and long dark nights, it is not the smell of the crisp roasted nuts that is on our mind but the hot political landscape that seems to have transformed a small fireplace into a bonfire that threatens to burn our stables and homes. This […]

  • No Confidence Motion and Pakistan Constitution

    Syed Sharfuddin* The concept of no confidence vote in a parliamentary democracy is based on the premise that political power rests with the people and they have the right to choose or reject a government formed in their name. This right is exercised through people’s elected representatives in parliament. While the tenure of an elected […]

  • TLP Protest and the Power of State: A Matter Revisited

    Syed Sharfuddin The past few days in the politics of Pakistan have been reminiscent of the sunset days of the PML-N era when a small but significant interest group, best classified as a non-state actor, played on the most sensitive Muslim religious issue in the country and used it to hold the government of the […]

  • Rewriting a new Afghan Constitution: A Briefing Paper

    Syed Sharfuddin The G7 countries met virtually on 24 August under the chairmanship of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and demanded that Taliban must extend the deadline for foreign troops to leave Afghanistan beyond August to complete evacuation of all US and NATO troops, as well as stranded foreign nationals in Kabul and those Afghans […]

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