Sana Chaudhry

  • The world is reeling from the mass exodus of refugees into Europe. The migrant crisis has tested the limits of diplomacy, governance and humanity. Countries continue to bicker about how to handle the situation, and the response that the refugees have received ranges from being locked into detention ...

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  • International scientists have long been researching the link between climate change and migration so they better understand the consequences of variations in the climate – not just extreme weather events but everyday seasonal variation – on the lives of the local populations. In doing ...

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  • 100 years. Yes, this is how long it is likely to take the developing world to bridge the education gap between itself and the developed world, according to a research by The Brookings Institution. What does this mean for Pakistan? A significant majority of our 4 next generations will not have ...

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  • Up until now, we’ve only worried about the men who are vehemently opposing the Punjab women protection bill. The men who fear that the heavily patriarchal balance in Pakistan, will become upset by this bill. Those men who deem this bill an abomination; an affront to the very fabrication of ...

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  • As Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy took the Oscar stage for the second time and lifted that coveted golden statue, one wonders why there aren’t more of us like Sharmeen who dare to use the art form to convey what is important and bring the much needed change in society. While your conservative ...

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  • This week I had the utter displeasure of coming across a new bridal shoot done for a famous designer and the divided discourse that popped up in response to this controversial campaign. This particular fashion designer is the object of my wrath today as his campaign depicts all that is wrong with ...

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  • When my daughter was at the age where she began to take an interest in television, I went through many popular TV shows for children (even bought a book on pop culture for kids) to select an educational and enlightening program for her to watch so at least she’ll learn something while being ...

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  • When a friend described her classroom experience at the Institute of Development Studies, more commonly known as IDS in Sussex University, a group of us had a good laugh over how easy it was for her to earn her Masters degree. While the rest of us slaved away, writing research papers in libraries ...

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  • When I’m not moonlighting as a slapdash writer, I teach brilliant young kids to form opinions about all things afflicting this world. It’s a fancy way of describing the curriculum of this particular subject, which aims at teaching children to think out of the box about issues that ...

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  • Society at large has always valued underdogs. In Pakistan, where the state fails to provide its citizens with the most basic of rights, the people have no choice but to take charge of their own lives and those who surround them. In a sense, majority of us are the underdogs, those who thrive in the ...

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  • Someone wise once said, “Those who live in the past or the future, cannot live in the present.” However, it is very probably that words are from a fifteen year old, who strung up some words for Instagram. It teaches us a valuable lesson about being Pakistani. The past holds martyred ...

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  • If you grew up in Islamabad, you’re probably very familiar with the Afghan face: the man who makes delectable large Afghani rotis in his tandoor, the taxi driver who shrugs his shoulders when you try to haggle on taxi fare, old women in traditional Afghani colorful, worn out dresses, who show ...

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  • In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Nepal, we are reminded time and time again that natural disasters are a destructive force of nature causing widespread loss of human life as well as economies. As monsoon fast approaches Pakistan, we need to ask ourselves; are we prepared to bear ...

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  • When I first met Marie, she was perched on a lawn mower, which resembled a mini tractor, clipping away the grass on her one-acre lush garden in a small village some 70 kilometres south of Paris. I was both surprised and impressed with her agility, as she is an old woman of some 85 years, petite in ...

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