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Pervez Hoodbhoy: End of enlightenment?

I WAS invited to lecture on ‘Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness in the Age of Global Terrorism’ at Missouri State University. Missouri is Trump country — he had a 70 per cent majority there. Some essential points are excerpted below. The first seven words of the title belong to the 1776 Declaration of Read more…

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Pervez Hoodbhoy: A Balance Sheet for May 28

The way forward lies in building a sustainable and active democracy, an economy for peace rather than war

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Pervez Hoodbhoy: The State of Liberalism in Pakistan

Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy is a prominent Pakistani nuclear physicist, essayist and defense analyst. In 2011, he was included on the list of 100 most influential global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine, for his “bold secular defiance.” His articles and commentaries about Islam, education, and secularism have had a lasting impact on debates in Pakistan. He Read more…

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Pervez Hoodbhoy: Jinns invade campuses

Last week, a workshop titled ‘Jinns and Black Magic’ was organised in Islamabad by the department of humanities at the COMSATS Institute of Technology (CIIT), one of Pakistan’s largest universities. The invited speaker, Raja Zia-ul-Haq, introduced as a ‘spiritual cardiologist’ is reputedly an expert on demonic possessions and evil spirits. He is popular: a press Read more…

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Pervez Hoodbhoy: Pakistan’s Donald Trump

Charismatic narcissists are much hot air but very little substance. Unfortunately, they can be very dangerous

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Pervez Hoodbhoy: Who Changed The Weather? India, America?

TEASER: In a world crackling with multiple tensions, pseudoscientific allegations of weather modification can do great harm by increasing mistrust

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Pervez Hoodbhoy: Pakistan – The State Bows To The Mullah

The once hapless mullah is no longer interested in playing second fiddle. Instead he is intent on seizing control from his former masters

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Pervez Hoodbhoy: Saudi Arabia – Facing A Serf Revolt

Anxious to please Israel, and keep reaping the 50-year old oil bonanza, the United States and Europe have closed their eyes to Saudi crimes

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Pervez Hoodbhoy: Hooray for the Iran-US Deal – but watch out for Israeli-Saudi sabotage

There is gloom in the capitals of Washington’s two closest allies – Israel and Saudi Arabia

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Pervez Hoodbhoy: The War Within Islam

International jihad, in part created and supervised by the U.S. to undermine the Soviet Union, has exacerbated divisions that are fuelling bloodshed

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