Opinion: A New World Order—Again by Shay Lari-Hosain

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Our very own “short-fingered vulgarian” has singlehandedly kept the news cycle immersed in his indelicate bluster for so long that sometimes we forget about what’s happening outside the U. S. of A.

In my family’s hometown of Karachi, Pakistan, where our leaders’ sectarianism and political polarization primarily lead the thundering charge against sanity, extremists recently vandalized murals adorning the perimeter walls of the Karachi Press Club.

The artwork, which celebrates progressive women, was defaced with death threats — including the portrait of my grandmother, Yasmeen Lari, a prominent humanitarian activist and Pakistan’s first female architect — and a jibe at the press on the portrait of eminent journalist Zubeida Mustafa.

Extremists openly threatening powerful women, openly threatening Muslims and openly threatening reporters. If you’re Pakistani, you’ve heard this one more than a few times.

If you’re American, now you have too. And it comes straight from the highest office in the country. America, we did it! Without any foreign interference, too. Oh, wait.

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Op-ed: Hillary's Achilles by Shay Lari-Hosain

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At some point, Hillary primary voters and the Democratic party have to accept that they nominated someone who would go on to predictably lose the Rust Belt.

Hounded persistently even before Iowa by recurring allegations of misconduct with a private email server in her home, blame for Bill’s escapades in the 90s, a struggle to relate to ordinary Americans, her ties to Wall Street interests—her opponent, meanwhile, sailing through multiple allegations of sexual assault, a leaked tape revealing him recounting exactly that, opening his campaign by labeling Mexicans “rapists,” all while the RNC flails feebly to try to stop him.

It’s hard to miss the obscene double standard, and yet the Democrats should have seen this coming.

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Interview: ‘Daily Show’s’ Hasan Minhaj brings one-man show, ‘Homecoming King,’ to San Francisco by Shay Lari-Hosain

Hasan Minhaj, Jon Stewart’s last hire before his retirement from “The Daily Show,” tells the Mercury News about working on Comedy Central’s seventeen-year flagship satirical news show, and his new stand-up, one-man theatrical comedy début.

Photograph by Ty Watkins / Comedy Central • Provided by Hasan Minhaj

Interview: ‘Being Muslim in America is exhausting’ by Shay Lari-Hosain

In this interview, Al Jazeera America’s Wajahat Ali explains how Islamophobia is manufactured in the U.S.—from its funding sources to its partners in the media and governance. For ordinary American Muslims, however, life goes on beyond the narrow prism of Islam and the West being at war with each other.

"We live in a globalised world, and we have extremism feeding extremism across the Atlantic. The number one recruitment tool and propaganda of ISIS and al-Qa’idah is that the West is at war with Islam. The number one propaganda tool of the anti-Muslim bigots is: Islam is at war with the West. By virtue of exposing it, I’m in the thick of it, but I try to have a sense of humour about it, because you can either cry about it or you laugh, and laughter is a bit more cathartic."

Photograph by Al Jazeera • Provided by Wajahat Ali

U.S. and Iran approach nuclear deal for a reduction of sanctions by Shay Lari-Hosain

Robert Einhorn, a senior fellow with the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative at the Brookings Institution, wrote an op-ed in the New York Times on Feb. 26 advocating for a diplomatic settlement between Iran and the U.S. During the Clinton administration, Einhorn was the Assistant Secretary for Non-Proliferation at the State Department, and during the Obama administration he was the Secretary of State’s Special Advisor for Nonproliferation and Arms Control.

“The Gulf Arab states are less focused on the specific elements of the nuclear deal than they are on what they think may be the implications,” Einhorn told me. “They’re concerned that there will be a shift in our allegiances in the region that will put greater importance on relying on Iran’s goodwill, distanc[ing] ourselves from our traditional allies. I don’t think that’s at all the intention of the Obama administration.”

Op-ed: The Middle East: A Muslim perspective by Shay Lari-Hosain

During my travels, I discovered firsthand how media reports can widely circulate inaccuracies, sometimes with unfavorable consequences. In July of 2011, shortly after bin Laden was assassinated, I happened to be passing through Abbottabad, and yes, curiosity got the better of me.

What I saw differed greatly from the media accounts the world got to hear. The compound was situated in a rundown neighborhood, six or seven minutes from the posh Pakistani army quarters. Similar to the neighboring complexes, it was an austere, concrete multistory affair, sitting right off the unpaved dirt path. Barbwire atop looming walls encompassed the perimeter. Most crucially, unlike the State Department’s reports, the house was quite nondescript.

It was probably the last area the Pakistani military would even take a look.

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Net neutrality's potential demise by Shay Lari-Hosain

Columbia Law professor and author of Who Controls the Internet and The Master Switch Tim Wu coined the term “net neutrality” in 2003.

“The Internet is the utility of our current existence. People, businesses, everyone expects to get what they want when they ask for it,” Wu told me. “So in order for the country to grow, and for people to be able to connect with each other, I think it’s very important to have principles of net neutrality. What the [cable companies] want to do is create a toll booth. They want to be able to charge Google to reach you; net neutrality stops them from charging people.”

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