Pakistani, Female, and Living Alone in America

--Published in Dawn-- Often unable to find personal and professional independence back home, more single Pakistani women are choosing to make their home in the West – alone.  For Asnia Asim, who grew up on army bases across Pakistan, moving to Washington was a no-brainer. It wasn’t the first time she would be away from home in Islamabad. … Continue reading Pakistani, Female, and Living Alone in America

After scoring big at home, aspiring astronaut gets a chance to pursue her dream abroad

To 16-year old Aiman Fatima, self-motivation came at a young age. She remembers when she was about 11, and came in fifth in her final exams at school. Her scores were above average, but Aiman was crushed. She vowed that day to top her class next year, and began studying harder. Fast forward a few … Continue reading After scoring big at home, aspiring astronaut gets a chance to pursue her dream abroad

Sikh Americans’ best weapon to fight discrimination: A faith rooted in equality

In the spacious, sun-lit prayer hall of the Gurdwara Sahib of Rockville, Md., a teenager practices tabla with a bearded man in a blue turban and crisp white Kurta. In one corner, a woman sits surrounded by pre-schoolers, their heads covered with colorful scarves and little turbans. She switches between fluent English and Punjabi, asking them to repeat … Continue reading Sikh Americans’ best weapon to fight discrimination: A faith rooted in equality

D.C. Area Residents Rally for Syrian Refugees Outside White House

November 21 WASHINGTON – A diverse group of students, families, and activists gathered for a peaceful protest in front of the White House this afternoon to call upon federal and local governments to let more Syrian refugees into the U.S. More than 100 rally participants carried signs welcoming refugees, and chanted against a recent announcement … Continue reading D.C. Area Residents Rally for Syrian Refugees Outside White House

Free Speech or Hatefest? The Online Comments Dilemma Continues

As news websites continue to combat vitriol in their comment sections, some look to alternative reader engagement techniques In 2013, Suzanne LaBarre was the online content director for Popular Science, also known as PopSci, a monthly American magazine about current science and technology. In September that year, LaBarre and her team, fed up with the toxicity in reader … Continue reading Free Speech or Hatefest? The Online Comments Dilemma Continues

In a coastal shanty town, tragedy and hope live side by side

Originally published in Dawn Lined with garbage and plastic waste, Machar Colony’s broken, narrow streets are enveloped by the smell of rotting fish. Young children and youth wander aimlessly. Basic amenities are scarce, unemployment persists and crime is rampant. In most households, men go out to fish while women and children help make ends meet … Continue reading In a coastal shanty town, tragedy and hope live side by side