Some are praising the decision as an attempt to preserve Urdu, and by extension, the Pakistani culture. But, an increasing number of Pakistanis are choosing to neglect Urdu and Pakistan’s regional languages in favor of English, due to English’s status as the global common language and as a signifier of socioeconomic prestige.
Damayan graciously allowed me to interview three human trafficking survivors. While the names and faces of these women are not included in this film (to respect their privacy), I attempt to amplify their experiences of being OFWs in the United States.
The overall geopolitical posture of the hegemon should be that of the open hand and closed fist: one presented in friendship and the other a silent indicator of force.
The left has moved further to the left, and the right further to the right, leaving little room for those in the middle.
Governments and their apparatuses are often too quick to expand control and surveillance, and too slow to realize the systematic racism and class struggles certain members of their population face.
On the grand scale of anti-Roma sentiment in Europe, France has exhibited a particularly strong pattern of social discrimination, in addition to having unapologetically implemented political policies to eradicate the French Roma population from its territory.
The U.S. cannot win this war by brute force, nor will it be able to enact an outcome agreeable to it.
The two neighbors’ rivalry predates their existence as sovereign nation-states.
Perhaps most tragic of all is the way in which Western nations have turned their borders into algorithms, assigning greater value to certain desired cultures over other unwanted ones, and in turn creating a deadly hierarchy.
Global interconnectedness has advanced medicine, technology, human rights and art; however, by favoring the dominant, it has snubbed some of the world’s most vocal ethnic minorities.