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New Tweets, Blind Likes

Thanks to social media, home-based analysts in Pakistan can now serve as public intellectuals.

Freedoms and Bans in the Politics of Contemporary Pakistan

YouTube has been banned in Pakistan over a controversial blasphemous fi lm since September 2012. Young Pakistani musicians and advocates have been protesting against the ban claiming it to be political censorship and a human rights violation. However, unless activists climb out of virtual space and challenge the rightwing opposition to reforming the blasphemy law itself, the broader fight for freedom of expression and political liberties will be in vain.

A State of Suspended Disbelief

Being thankful that the debate about whether Pakistan would be a "free sex zone" is not high on the list of the powers that be and presuming that sexual freedom enables the death of patriarchy and the consequent empowerment of women, this note raises a number of issues concerning the women's movement in Pakistan and its relationship with the state.
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