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Partha Chatterjee on 'Nationalism, Internationalism, and Cosmopolitanism: Some Lessons from Modern Indian History'

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On 3 April 2014, Partha Chatterjee gave a lecture on "Nationalism, Internationalism, and Cosmopolitanism: Some Lessons from Modern Indian History" at the London School of Economics. The lecture inaugurated the Internationalism, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Solidarity research group convened by Ayça Çubukçu at LSE's Centre for the Study of Human Rights. Below is the audio recording of that event. The lecture deals with four strands of trans-regional political movement in India’s anti-colonial history. The first is that of Islamic jihad which took inspiration from Sayyid Ahmad Barelvi’s campaigns in Sind, Afghanistan and ...

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صيد العنقاء

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              صيد العنقاء محمد إقبال  صياغة: حميد العقابي إهداء  إلى : م. إقبال عصفورٌ يخطفُ من عينِ النسرِ سماءَه يعبرُ في السرّ فضاءَه يثقبُ غيماً يملأ كأسَه بالنورِ ........................... ........................... ظلُّ العصفورِ فسيحٌ لكنْ ما من أحدٍ يسمعُ في الصمتِ غناءَه ح.ع 1  Keep Reading »

O.I.L. Media Roundup (28 August)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to a crowd of reporters as he concludes his visit to the Za'atri camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan on July 18, 2013. Image by US Department of State.]

 [This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention, and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.] News "Navy Ready to Launch First Strike on Syria," Tim Ross, Ben Farmer Ross and Farmer report for the Telegraph on UK Royal Navy plans to prepare cruise missile strikes in Syria along with the United States. "US, Britain and France Already Have Military Muscle Near Syria," Robert Booth, ...

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How To Lose Friends and Alienate People: An Update on Drone Warfare

[Pakistani mourners for civilians killed in US drone strike. Image from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.]

On 1 August 2013, US Secretary of State John Kerry made an announcement in Islamabad, where he had gone to resuscitate bilateral US-Pakistani strategic negotiations. At a press conference, he said that the United States was committed to end drone strikes in Pakistan in the near future. “I think [President Obama] has a very real timeline, and we hope it's going to be very, very soon.” The plan to wind down drone warfare was essentially a precondition to resume negotiations between the two countries which had broken down in November 2011 following an airstrike that accidentally killed twenty-four Pakistani soldiers. By then, the negotiations were already hobbling along ...

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سعادت حسن منتو: افتحي

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‫[سعادت حسن مَنتو واحد من أشهر كتاب القصة القصيرة بالأردو وأكثرهم إثارة للجدل. ولد منتو في أيار سنة ١٩١٢ قرب مدينة لودِيانا في أقليم بنجاب (في الجزء الذي أصبح لاحقاً في الهند) وتوفي في كانون الثاني سنة ١٩٥٥ في مدينة لاهور في باكستان. نشر إثنين وعشرين مجموعة قصصية ورواية واحدة بالإضافة إلى سيناريوهات عديدة للسينما والإذاعة. وعمل في الأربعينيات في صناعة الأفلام الهندية في مدينة بومباي (مومباي حالياً) ككاتب سيناريو. لا يوجد له نظير في معالجة جنون التقسيم الذي تعرضت له شبه القارة الهندية أثناء التحرر من الحكم البريطاني سنة ١٩٤٨. فضح نفاق المجتمع أثناء المذابح الطائفية وقت التقسيم عبر تناوله لأكثر فئات المجتمع تهميشاً كالمومسات والقوادين وأكثر المواضيع حساسية كسفاح المحارم ...

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Delhicentric: Zarina’s Paper Like Skin

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Zarina: Paper Like Skin. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 26 June – 22 September, 2013. Zarina Hashmi has been based in New York City since the 1970s, producing a significant body of work over the decades that she stored in her densely packed home and studio in Chelsea. The majority of the work from the retrospective Zarina: Paper Like Skin came from the seventy-six-year-old artist’s modest studio. The sixty-some impeccably kept works, ranging from woodcuts to paper reliefs, pin drawings, and paper pulp sculptures all belied their age due to the quality of the materials used, but perhaps too because they had been sitting undisturbed for so long. This ...

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سعادت حسن منتو: قصة قصيرة

[سعادت حسن منتو]

[سعادت حسن مَنتو واحد من أشهر كتاب القصة القصيرة بالأردو وأكثرهم إثارة للجدل. ولد منتو في أيار سنة ١٩١٢ قرب مدينة لودِيانا في أقليم بنجاب (في الجزء الذي أصبح لاحقاً في الهند) وتوفي في كانون الثاني سنة ١٩٥٥ في مدينة لاهور في باكستان. نشر إثنين وعشرين مجموعة قصصية ورواية واحدة بالإضافة إلى سيناريوهات عديدة للسينما والإذاعة. وعمل في الأربعينيات في صناعة الأفلام الهندية في مدينة بومباي (مومباي حالياً) ككاتب سيناريو. لا يوجد له نظير في معالجة جنون التقسيم الذي تعرضت له شبه القارة الهندية أثناء التحرر من الحكم البريطاني سنة ١٩٤٨. فضح نفاق المجتمع أثناء المذابح الطائفية وقت التقسيم عبر تناوله لأكثر فئات المجتمع تهميشاً كالمومسات والقوادين وأكثر المواضيع حساسية كسفاح المحارم ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (March 12)

[Image of man in Afghanistan. In the top right corner of the image, an MQ-1 predator drone can be viewed. Image by Todd Huffman.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention, and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week] News  "Minister: Autopsy Shows Torture Killed Jaradat," Ma'an News Ma'an News reports on the PA Minister of Detainee Affairs' announcement that an autopsy conducted in Israel revealed Arafat Jaradat, a Palestinian man who died in Israeli custody, did not die of cardiac arrest as reported by the Israeli ...

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Obama's Drone Leaks: New Imminence, Old Tactics

[A Predator drone akin to those in service over Yemen, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Image by Ryo Chijiiwa.]

The Senate Armed Services Committee did not mention drones a single time during Senator Chuck Hagel's confirmation hearings last week. That oversight, however, says a lot more about the politics surrounding the hearings than it does about the enduring salience of drone technology to US national security policy. The Department of Justice's "white paper" obtained by NBC on Monday affirms that. The paper, drafted for some members of Congress and a less detailed analysis than the official, still unreleased, legal memo, provides the most robust legal analysis of the Obama administration's targeted killing policy to date. Although it ...

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UN Counter-Terrorism Expert Launches Inquiry into the Civilian Impact of Drones and Other Forms of Targeted Killing

[Image of MQ-1 Predator Drone, used primarily by the Central Intelligence Agency and United States Air Force. Image by David Smith.]

LONDON (24 January 2012) - UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism Ben Emmerson QC will be formally launching an Inquiry into the civilian impact of the use of drones and other forms of targeted killing, focusing on the applicable legal framework, a critical examination of the factual evidence concerning civilian casualties, with a view to making recommendations to the UN General Assembly concerning the duty of States to conduct effective independent and impartial investigations into the lawfulness and proportionality of such attacks. The Inquiry will be publicly launched at a press conference this ...

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Malala, Abandoned to the Hawks of War

[Asif Ali Zardari, President of Pakistan, right, with World Economic Forum founder and executive chairman Klaus Schwab during the World Economic Forum Special Meeting on Economic Growth and Job Creation in the Arab World at the Dead Sea in Jordan,22 October, 2011. Photo by Photo by Nader Daoud.]

On 10 December 2012, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari announced that his government and UNESCO were establishing the “Malala Fund for Girls’ Education,” and that Pakistan would contribute ten million dollars. This fund’s namesake, Malala Yousufzai, is a young activist for girls’ education. She was shot and severely wounded on 9 October 2012 by Taliban-led armed thugs on her way to school in the Swat Valley in Northwest Pakistan. Given the marathon international media coverage of her story, Zardari’s jumping on the bandwagon illustrates how Malala has become the newest, youngest icon for the “War on Terror.” Even as the fifteen year-old recovers from the shooting, she ...

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Mehreen Kasana on South Asian Issues and Social Media

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[This post is part of an ongoing Profile of a Contemporary Conduit series on Jadaliyya that seeks to highlight distinct voices primarily in and from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.] Jadaliyya (J): What do you think are the most gratifying aspects of Tweeting and Twitter? Mehreen Kasana (MK): I think the idea of sharing opinions and interaction (with the sane lot) is always productive and achievable on Twitter. That and the constant influx of information, ideas, and updates on all sorts of issues are things that I appreciate. J: What are some of the political/social/cultural limits you’ve encountered using the platform? MK: Trying to ...

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A Bomb, With Ribbon Around It

South Asian Women’s Creative Collective, A Bomb, With Ribbon Around It. Queens Museum, Queens, New York, 14 December 2013 – 18 January 2014. A Bomb, With a Ribbon Around It, at the Queens Museum through 18 January 2014, is an eclectic collection of contemporary works from the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective, more commonly known as SAWCC. The show is part of SAWCC’s ongoing work—since its inception sixteen years ago as a grassroots, feminist arts collective in New York—to magnify the voices of ...

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O.I.L. Monthly Edition (October 2013)

[This is a monthly archive of pieces written by Jadaliyya contributors and editors on the Occupations, Interventions,and Law (O.I.L.) Page. It also includes material published on other platforms that editors deemed pertinent to post as they provide diverse depictions of O.I.L.-related topics. The pieces reflect the level of critical analysis and diversity that Jadaliyya strives for, but the views are solely the ones of their authors. If you are interested in contributing to Jadaliyya, send us your post ...

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Actualizacion sobre la guerra con aviones no tripulados: El arte de ganar enemigos

[This article was originally written by Lisa Hajjar and published by Jadaliyya in English. It was translated into Spanish by Sinfo Fernández and published by Rebelión.]  Actualización sobre la guerra con aviones no tripulados: El arte de ganar enemigos El 1 de agosto de 2013, el Secretario de Estado estadounidense John Kerry hizo un anuncio en Islamabad, adonde se había desplazado en un intento de resucitar las estratégicas negociaciones bilaterales entre EEUU ...

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Drones: Myths and Reality in Pakistan

[The following report was issued by the International Crisis Group (ICG) on 21 May 2013.] Drones: Myths and Reality in Pakistan Executive Summary Nine years after the first U.S. drone strike in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in 2004, the U.S. refuses to officially acknowledge the CIA-run program, while Pakistan denies consenting to it. This secrecy undermines efforts to assess the program’s legality or its full impact on FATA’s population. It also diverts attention from a candid ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (2 July)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention, and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.] News "Israeli air strikes hit Gaza after Palestinian rocket fire," Reuters In response to six rockets fired from Gaza, Israel has carried ...

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O.I.L. Media Roundup (5 June)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Occupation, Intervention, and Law and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the O.I.L. Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each biweekly roundup to OIL@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every other week.] News "Israel to Build New Outposts In Jerusalem," Al Jazeera English AJE details Israel's plans to build more than 1,000 settler homes in ...

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State of Human Rights in Pakistan 2012

[The following report was issued by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in March 2013.] State of Human Rights in Pakistan 2012 Introduction There is no question that the human rights situation remained murky across the country in 2012, but the unprecedented milestone of a democratically elected government about to complete its tenure offered hope that, given the chance, the people of Pakistan could extract themselves from the quagmire. It is something worth celebrating ...

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Lawfare and Armed Conflict: Comparing Israeli and US Targeted Killing Policies and Challenges against Them

In this public lecture, I engage the concept of lawfare (an amalgamation of “law” and “warfare”) to compare Israeli and US twenty-first century armed conflicts. Specifically, I focus on both states’ targeted killing policies and the legal rationales that have been advanced to try to project their lawfulness, and legal challenges to these policies in order to tell a larger story about the relationship between contemporary practices of law and war. In order to tell this story, I expand the lawfare concept ...

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Pakistan: Countering Militancy in PATA

[The following report was issued by International Crisis Group on 15 January 2013.] Pakistan: Countering Militancy in the PATA Executive Summary  Pakistan’s Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (PATA), which include Swat and six neighbouring districts and areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (KPK), remains volatile more than three years after military operations sought to oust Islamist extremists. Militant groups such as the Sunni extremist Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (TNSM) and its ...

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List of Children Killed by Drone Strikes in Yemen and Pakistan

[The following list was issued by Drones Watch on 20 January 2013. The names were compiled from The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reports.] PAKISTAN Name | Age | Gender Noor Aziz | 8 | male Abdul Wasit | 17 | male Noor Syed | 8 | male Wajid Noor | 9 | male Syed Wali Shah | 7 | male Ayeesha | 3 | female Qari Alamzeb | 14| male Shoaib | 8 | male Hayatullah KhaMohammad | 16 | male Tariq Aziz | 16 | male Sanaullah Jan | 17 | male Maezol Khan | 8 | female Nasir Khan | male Naeem Khan | ...

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City, Space, Power: Lahore’s Architecture of In/Security

Casualties of War Lahore today looks like a city at war. One of the greatest unacknowledged casualties of the United States’ “war on terror” has been the cities—and citizenry—of Pakistan. The US invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to oust the Taliban from power in response to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.[1] In 1985, sixteen years prior, President Ronald Reagan equated the Taliban mujahideen who had defeated the Soviets in Afghanistan as “the moral equivalent of America’s founding ...

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Living Under Drones: Death, Injury, and Trauma to Civilians from US Drone Practices in Pakistan

[The following report was issued by the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic at Stanford Law School and the Global Justice Clinic at the NYU School of Law.]  Living Under Drones: Death, Injury, and Trauma to Civilians from US Drone Practices in Pakistan Executive Summary & Recommendations In the United States, the dominant narrative about the use of drones in Pakistan is of a surgically precise and effective tool that makes the US safer by enabling ...

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