• Books: Bury the Chains by Adam Hochschild, Endless War: Hidden Functions of the "war on terror" by David Keen, Capital Vol. 1, Tin Drum by Günter Grass, What is Islam? by Shahab Ahmed, Desiring Arabs by Joseph Massad, Spies, Soldiers and Statesmen by Hazem Kandil, La Condition Humaine by André Malraux, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Imagined Community by Benedict Anderson, Culture and Imperialism by Edward Said, The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon, The Richness of Life by Stephen Jay Gould, Children of the Alley by Naguib Mahfouz, The Mass Psychology of Fascism by Wilhelm Reich, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, 1984 by George Orwell, Noli me Tangere by José Rizal, Age of Extremes by Eric Hobsbawm, ذهنية التحريم لصادق جلال العظم, Karl Marx by Francis Wheen, وليمة لأعشاب البحر لحيدر حيدر, Candide by Voltaire, النزعات المادية في الفلسفة العربية الإسلامية لحسين مروة, Listen Little Man by Wilhelm Reich ..
  • Films: Alexanderplatz by Rainer Fassbinder, Clockwork Orange, Apocalypse Now, The Battle of Algiers, films by P. P. Passolini, Persepolis, Midnight Express, 1984, Papillion, Gangs of New York, Sophie Scholl, Life of Brian, Ivan the Terrble, Battleship Potemkine ...

Friday, September 14, 2007

Wither Pakistan?

" The crisis is so intense today that never in the history of Pakistan has anyone seen such confusion, perplexity and bewilderment in society. The media, pseudo-intellectuals and analysts are adding to this confusion. They are raising all kinds of secondary issues, such as the judicial crisis, the Red Mosque, the Musharraf-Benazir deal, the return and re-exile of Nawaz Sharif, the uniform of the President, frivolous statements by American diplomats and presenting them as key issues in the minds of the masses...
"In the last three years the section of the ruling class in power has had loans worth Rs.33 billion waived and at the same time it has received subsidies to the tune of Rs.24 billion. This blatant theft of Rs.57 billion was to the benefit of just 1122 feudal lords, industrialists and businessmen. Among them 11 industrialists alone plundered Rs12.3 billion in 2003 from the State." Read full article

Leila Ahmed