Sunday, January 13, 2013

Shaheed Bilour: immortalized, not silenced

The greatest victory of a politician and activist like Bashir Bilour is to be known for his cause during his lifetime and afterwards. Peshawar, where Shaheed Bilour was based, had been rocked by more than 400 blasts last year alone. This was an attempt to rock the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, defame the ANP government and intimidate it into submission. Yet Mr Bilour visited the families of terror victims and martyrs regularly. Just before his death, he had visited the houses of the slain polio workers. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Villages in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has many villages. Some of them are walled, all of them are very old and most have been partially or completely demolished. The villages,we visited were Cha Kwo Ling(one of the last squater villages in HK), Tai Wai Village and Nga Tsin Wai Tsuen. Out of this only Nga Tsin Wai Tsuen was walled.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Smoking for Equality?

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Smoking in Pakistan has always been a complex issue. It has never really been a taboo. Despite the now-proven health risks and increasing costs, more and more Pakistanis are turning to cigarettes. 
Women smokers are not as welcomed as men - but why is that?This is perhaps the only kind of discrimination that is beneficial for women, if they don’t smoke.
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