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Hijacked Drones – History, Law and Ungoverned Space

The debate on the use of drones in the Afghanistan – Pakistan borderlands has been hijacked, by its defenders just like by those who condemn the drone war. Statistics, legal arguments and some dramatic personal accounts can all be used to argue for or against. What these debates all fail to do is to describe what significance the drone war actually has for the population in the targeted areas – they are largely used to keep people who are far away from the Predator’s impact busy. People like me. I am just acting in perfect bhutto/zardari-like fashion – have a say in it all while keeping my assets save here in Switzerland. Continue reading

Leaving Pakistan behind for good – the Ahmadiyya in Zurich

It is noteable with what unease and regret the Pakistani community members talked about their (former) homecountry when I adressed it. Even returning for visits of relatives or their place of upbringing is not an option anymore. Continue reading

Urumqi, Dushanbe, Lahore – constructed pasts and presents in Urban Museums

Among critical Western tourists they are altogether regarded as a sham (least so probably the Lahore Museum). Displays are poorly explained, often no coherence in the overall setup is visible and cultural propaganda is obvious – I find just that to be a good reason to visit these museums and take all your time to walk through it even if the guard already threatens to turn the room’s light off to get you moving. Continue reading

Die spannendsten Thesen für den pseudo-Sino-Pakistan Experten – Letzter Teil der Sino-Pak Serie

Das offizielle Chinesisch-Pakistanische Friendship Jahr ist vorbei, eine chinesische Frau wurde in Peshawar als Antwort auf die kürzlich wieder in den Medien aufscheinenden Riots in Xinjiang erschossen, und wir schliessen damit diese Serie hier auch. Zum Schluss gibt es die spannendsten Theorien zu dieser Beziehung, über die sich trefflich diskutieren lässt ohne auch nur einen Schimmer einer Ahnung zu haben – ganz im Stile der hier in den letzten Teilen vorgestellten medialen Auseinandersetzung mit diesen zwei Ländern. Continue reading


March 2012