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Raza Habib Raja
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Raza Habib Raja is a recent Cornell graduate . He has also worked for a leading development finance institution in Pakistan. He is a freelance journalist whose works have been published at Huffington Post, Dawn (Pakistan), Express Tribune (Pakistan) and Pak Tea House. He is also a Co-editor of Pak Tea House, which is a prominent Pakistani liberal blogzine.

Entries by Raza Habib Raja

Burqah Ban, Multiculturalism and Secularism

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 6:51 AM

In a land mark judgment, the European Court of Human Rights has upheld a ban by France on wearing the Muslim full-face veil -- the niqab.

According to the press release of the court judgment:

The European Court of Human Rights held by a majority, that there had...
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The Culture of Rape in South Asia

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 4:02 PM

Misogyny is a universal phenomenon which is prevalent in every society in varying degrees and in different forms. Rape is one of the most perverted expressions of misogyny as it bestows ultimate humiliation on the victim.

Whereas rape is common all across the globe, right now it is the...

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What Are the Cultural Lessons?

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 3:29 AM

About a year and a half back, a very brave little girl of my country was shot in the face by the Taliban. Her name was Malala Yousaf Zai. She paid the penalty for standing up against patriarchy and misogyny prevalent in my society.

Luckily she survived and lived to...

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What I Have Never Understood About US Failure in Gun Control

(623) Comments | Posted June 14, 2014 | 6:48 PM

I am one of those people who have been fortunate to come to the U.S. and study. I came here in 2011 and graduated from Cornell in 2013. And let me admit, when I came here, like many others, I fell in love with this magical place.

It was...

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The Problem With Pakistani Attitude Towards USA

(10) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 10:12 AM

I was in Karachi when 9/11 happened. As I watched TV coverage with my cousin, he was ecstatic and visibly showed his excitement. I objected strongly to his excitement by pointing that targeting civilians like this was not the right approach and reeked of inhumanity and barbarism but was countered...

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Men and Marriage

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 4:47 PM

He comes from the office, and has not brought flowers or any small gift for her. She smiles quite genuinely and gets a half-hearted and fake smile in return. Once he is settled, instead of spending time with his wife, he sits in front of the TV and starts switching...

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What Both Richard Dawkins and Muslims Need to Understand

(11) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 11:27 AM

Richard Dawkins's, the famous scientist and bestselling author, is no stranger to controversy. Fiercely atheist, his attacks on religion in general and Islam in particular have often generated polarized reactions, with some hailing his candidness and freethinking while others alleging that generalizes too much and is in essence a racist...

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An Interview With Nadeem F. Paracha

(15) Comments | Posted September 13, 2011 | 12:55 PM

Nadeem Farooq Paracha, or NFP as he is most frequently called, is one of the most famous journalists of Pakistan. Hailing from Karachi, he initially gained fame in the 1990s as a music critic and tried to interpret Pakistani pop music in its sociopolitical context. Subsequently his range of topics...

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The Case for Drones

(35) Comments | Posted July 13, 2011 | 2:28 PM

The latest news about war in Afghanistan, which is making headlines, is the suspension of US military aid to Pakistan. Among other things, the rationale given by the US administration is the refusal of Pakistan's military to allow further use of Shamsi Airbase for launching of drone attacks.

Drone attacks...

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What Pakistanis Think About Americans

(18) Comments | Posted June 20, 2011 | 2:04 PM

Martin is one of my American friends and has traveled frequently to Pakistan on official trips. Almost all of his trips have come in the recent days and thus have coincided with some of the most turbulent times in Pakistani history. I initially got to know Martin because he was...

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Understanding Pakistani Mistrust of the United States

(36) Comments | Posted June 1, 2011 | 12:04 PM

Over the years, U.S. bashing has become a national pastime in Pakistan. This trend is dominant almost everywhere, ranging from drawing room discussions to media talk shows, and in recent months has assumed alarming proportions due to host of events such as Afia Siddique verdict, Raymond Davis's capture...

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