Category Archives: Afghanistan & Pakistan

The Imran Khan Moment: Pakistani Spring or Mirage?

Commentary by Takuya Matsuda – 21 August 2012

A poster of Imran Khan/ © Takuya Matsuda

As the Middle East is experiencing great political upheaval, South Asia is going through a not entirely dissimilar phenomenon that expresses long-held aspirations of ‘self-determination’ and ‘justice’, demonstrating exasperation with extant politics. In 2011, as protests crippled authoritarian regimes across the Arab world, in India, the anti-graft campaigner Anna Hazare held a symbolic hunger strike against widespread corruption. In Pakistan, the people’s frustration is boiling over, causing an unprecedented ‘tsunami’, an ill-chosen term often used to describe the political movement of the country’s biggest political star, Imran Khan, which may change the political dynamics of a country plagued by violence and sectarian strife. Continue reading

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L’inconnue afghane

EL – 27 octobre 2011

En 1985, Steve McCurry, reporter pour le magazine National Geographic, tirait le portrait d’une jeune afghane aux yeux très clairs. Le cliché a fait le tour du monde tant et si bien que dix sept ans plus tard, une mission fut dépêchée en Asie centrale par le même magazine pour découvrir l’identité du modèle. La démarche se révéla fructueuse. Il n’en est pas de même pour la coalition occidentale, partie à la recherche d’une mystérieuse société afghane présumée majoritairement anti-Talibans. Continue reading

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