Stories By 'Rafia Zakaria'
The year 2018 was another dismal year for Pakistani women—but nobody seems to care
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It’s the season of the dowry. Before the tents are set up, the invitations distributed, and the menus finalised, another sort of exchange takes place. Based sometimes on the wealth (real or perceived) in the coffers of the bride’s family, or in the greed (always real) of the groom’s family, a dowry is demanded. And just like the bazaars and markets of the country, a good bit of haggling takes place—the opening salvo is never the ultimate amount.
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It is said to be one of the most recognisable scents in the world: the smell of Johnson & Johnson baby powder, used first by mothers on their babies, then even later on, continuing into childhood and adulthood.
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Every single day and every single night, 200 million cameras keep an eye on China’s one billion-plus citizens. The cameras, some of which are equipped with facial recognition software, have been around for a while; but now, at least in Beijing, they will be put to a new use.
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This is a president really that has put his interests and his financial interests above the country and the nation’s interests, and so there are multiple things the president has done to qualify for him to get impeached.” So declared Ilhan Omar as she debated her Republican opponent.
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Sixty-one years ago this week, a man named Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who worked at the foreign office at the time, was made a member of Pakistan’s delegation to the sixth congress of the United Nations. In October 1957, he addressed the assembly for the first time. His speech was on ‘defining aggression’, a subject that preoccupied the transnational assembly in those early days of its existence
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