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Rafia Zakaria

Rafia Zakaria

Rafia Zakaria is an attorney and author of The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan; and Veil.

She is a columnist for Dawn in Pakistan and writes regularly for Guardian Books, The Nation, The New Republic, The Baffler, Boston Review and various other places.

Tourism

Safe travels (if you're wealthy and Western)

Westerners believe travel for leisure to be a right, as they shut their own borders for those that travel to be safe.

Safe travels (if you're wealthy and Western)

Immigration

No mothers, no Muslims: The new US immigration system

The new immigration regime likely to be brought into effect by Trump is anti-family, anti-Muslim but pro-genius.

No mothers, no Muslims: The new US immigration system

United States

Trump and the 'immigrant terrorists'

With a misleading new report, Trump is trying to convince Americans that 'terrorism' is an exclusively foreign crime.

Trump and the 'immigrant terrorists'

Pakistan

Who benefits from Pakistan's loss of US aid?

Trump's decision to cut off aid has benefited other players on Pakistan's political scene.

Who benefits from Pakistan's loss of US aid?

Canada

Canada's hypocritical 'feminist' foreign policy

As it applauds itself for following a "feminist agenda", Canada continues to sell weapons to regimes that kill women.

Canada's hypocritical 'feminist' foreign policy

Saudi Arabia

Muslim feminism beyond driving

The lifting of the Saudi driving ban is not motivated by concern for women's rights, but rather strategic interest.

Muslim feminism beyond driving

Afghanistan

The Taliban: Undefeated, and possibly undefeatable

Trump's decision to deploy additional troops to Afghanistan will not help defeat the Taliban.

The Taliban: Undefeated, and possibly undefeatable

Arts & Culture

Provenance and plunder: What museums won't tell us

On how Western museums encourage and abet the smuggling of antiquities.

Provenance and plunder: What museums won't tell us

Aid

Can USAID defeat ISIL?

Bombing one corner of a country, while doling out aid in other parts will bring neither development nor peace.

Can USAID defeat ISIL?

Women's Rights

Sexy veils, running shoes and missing feminisms

This Women's Day, Muslim women must rally against marketing strategies that present buying things as empowerment.

Sexy veils, running shoes and missing feminisms

War & Conflict

Military courts and terrorists heroes

Establishing military courts to try terror suspects is likely to exonerate them in the eyes of the P

Military courts and terrorists heroes

US & Canada

The death of multiculturalism in Quebec

Under the cover of promoting secularism, a proposed charter aims to exclude some religious practices and symbols.

The death of multiculturalism in Quebec