Monthly Archives: May 2013

Cheater Cocks

We’re a Democracy! Whooda thunk it? After what felt like decades of speculative election talk, biased barbs, dismissive monologues and calls for change from people on waiting lists for immigration papers, we have now elected another democratic government into power. … Continue reading

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Lines of Control

You may recall that a few months ago I went to jail and wrote about it for this paper. Actually, that makes me sound a lot of more ghetto-fabulous than I have the right to be, so let me rephrase: … Continue reading

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A-List Rumours

Towards the end of the last century, when the Backstreet Boys were relevant and Chechnya was the new Rwanda, there was a collective pop culture obsession with American high school teen movies. A new one was coming out every week: … Continue reading

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The Muslim Word

A few months after 9/11, there was a story in The New Yorker about a Sikh family that had been the targets of hate crimes by people who mistook them for Muslims because of their turbans. It was very poignant, … Continue reading

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The Ministry of Interior

Why did you do it?” I sputtered, angry and betrayed. “Why? After everything we’ve been through together, after everything we’ve seen. How could you? How?!” “I’m so sorry! Please forgive me, I didn’t mean to, I really didn’t.” Part of … Continue reading

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A Passage to India

In what turned out to be an investigation of what a region without militarized borders would feel like, I crossed the Wagah border on foot and spent a night in India last week. Isn’t that marvelous? The idea of spending … Continue reading

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