Disaster Capitalism

Australia, Blog, Illustration, Middle East, Pakistan

February 19, 2013

A series of illustrations I drew for the launch of Antony Loewenstein’s exhibition of amazing photos from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea and across Australia. The month long event also showcased a preview to Antony’s upcoming documentary on disaster capitalism and his book,...

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US sanctions on Iranian oil exports

Blog, Pakistan, USA

January 12, 2012

Senior Analyst for Politact, Cosima Brand (yes, she is my super talented sister), discusses the implications of US sanctions on Iranian oil exports, the Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline Project and other key players....

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Osama: A Death Marred by Mistruths

Articles, Blog, Middle East, Pakistan, Politics, USA

May 30, 2011

My latest piece regarding the death of Osama bin Laden – published on May 6 at the Window Dresser’s Arms: “USA! USA! USA!” echoed through the streets of New York City, as thousands of people, adorned with American flags, placards and slogans, congregated at Ground Zero to celebrate...

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Shot dead: Salman Taseer, Governor of the Punjab

Blog, News, Pakistan

January 4, 2011

I was speaking with friend and fellow writer Danielle Ali Shah, in Pakistan a moment ago when her phone rang – “Just found out that there was firing in Kohsar Market” she relayed to me over Skype. “The Governor of the Punjab… he is dead.” This is yet another set back for...

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Australia, Blog, Middle East, Pakistan

September 21, 2010

Tariq Ali will be peaking at “The Festival of Dangerous Ideas” this year along with a myriad of other speakers – it is a must for anyone with an inquisitive mind… WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM TERRORISTS “Whatever else we might think about those labelled as terrorists, it is clear that...

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Son of a Lion

Australia, Blog, Pakistan

February 15, 2010

A stunning film by Benjanim Gilmour – its a must watch. Do yourself a favour and purchase a copy at

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“A soldier’s things”

Blog, Pakistan

February 15, 2010

Author, film maker and friend, Benjamin Gilmour, has written the following fantastic article, “Taliban friend’s letters to the enemy.” The piece delves into the personal and psychological aspects of the ongoing war in Pakistan and gives us a unique glimpse into a world we hear very little...

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The American Wars

Articles, Blog, Middle East, Pakistan, USA

December 3, 2009

My latest article “The American wars” was published on December 3, 2009 at Online Opinion. It was also re-published on December 12, 2009 at the Window Dresser’s Arms. As the year comes to an end I thought it would be a good time to have a long hard look at what we have achieved over the...

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Obama’s Afghan Speech

Blog, Middle East, Pakistan, USA

December 3, 2009

A Nobel Peace Prize winner escallating a war in an already war ravaged country and sending an additional 30,000 troops to the region – Oh the sad, sad irony Obama’s rhetoric, although far more eloquent, is much the same as his predecessor:...

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Musings from Pakistan…

Blog, Pakistan

December 3, 2009

What is daily life like in one of the most dangerous regions in the world? Find out at Cosima Brand’s new blog – written by none other than my lovely little sister. So do yourself a favour – visit Cosima’s website and learn a new perspective on a country that is once again in the...

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