The New Pakistani American Ms. Marvel And The Shifting American Narrative

It’s hard to imagine a comic book could provoke a firestorm of controversy and world-wide media attention, but in November 2013 when Marvel announced the new Ms. Marvel would be Kamala Khan, a sixteen-year-old Pakistani American teenager from Jersey, this is exactly what happened. As a Pakistani American myself, I was both intrigued and concerned by the news. It’s not every day people that look like me are featured in the media in a positive light....more
I loved this comic so so so much.  It's just good comics, and I hope more people will go out and ...more

Starting Off On a Good First Foot

Happy New Year’s! ...more

Nobel Peace Prize or Not, Malala Will Always be a Hero

One year ago today, 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai struggled for her life in a hospital after being shot in the head by a member of the Taliban. Her crime? Advocating for all children, including girls, to have access to an education. Nearly one year later, I felt amazement, but certainly not surprise, when I read that Malala had been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize honoring her work and her bravery....more
She is amazing, isn't she? I am just now reading her autobiography and I am struck by her ...more

Sharp increase of women voters in Pakistan’s recent elections

Songs, TV commercials and dramas, coupled with voter education and community awareness-raising encouraged an historic 15 million Pakistani women to vote in Pakistan’s recent general elections. ...more

The Girl Who Stood Up Against The Taliban

I've had instances of being shocked by news reports heard over the radio, but none affected me as much as the one I heard on the radio while I was driving this past Tuesday. In the report, a 14 year old girl from Pakistan had been shot while on a school bus by the Taliban due to her outspokenness. Upon hearing of this, I was filled with shock, anger and disgust at the men who specifically targeted this young girl to silence her. ...more

Don't Text Jesus in Pakistan!

Pakistan has declared that 1600 words are forbidden to be text on cell phones! The name of Jesus Christ has also been banned. His name is offensive to Islam....more

Is Osama bin Laden's death really not an assassination?

The Navy SEALs raid on Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad hideout was "not an assassination", US Attorney General Eric Holder has asserted, saying that al-Qaida leader's surrender might have been accepted, if offered.The top US legal official said the operation was a "kill or capture mission" understanding that bin Laden's surrender might have been accepted if offered, BBC reported.Holder said the special forces had acted "in an appropriate way" even without the any clear indication bin Laden had been likely to surrender....more

Sunday night breaking news

So, Sunday night after lugging everything in the house, I checked Twitter and saw that Don Lemon from CNN tweeted that the President was going to make an announcement about something. I ignored it, until my sister texted me and told me to put on the news. So Osama Bin Laden is dead. Obviously, this is something that everyone has wanted for the last 9 1/2 years. He's the mastermind behind 9/11, and without him, the entire Afghanistan war wouldn't have had to happen. But, and I know it's not just me, something feels really strange about being excited about someone's death....more

Osama bin Laden Is Dead, That We Know, All Else Is Obfuscated

The initial information that led to Osama’s hunt and kill was solicited from KSM and 4 other detainees 8 years ago, all of whom were water boarded.  No it wasn’t.  No one knew he was there in a huge building at the gate of an elite military post, for years!!!!...more

The Accidental Journalist: Man Live-Tweets Bin Laden's Death

When Sohaib Athar (@reallyvirtual), an IT consultant living in Abbottabad, Pakistan, started tweeting what he was hearing, he had no idea he was recording history. ...more

With so many of us joining the social media, there's bound to be more accidental journalists in ...more