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THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN

Can you smell it? The smell of dirtiness and misery;  The lack of dignity on this train?   Can you hear it? The noise of loneliness and poverty; The cracking ice and the pouring rain? I can smell it.  I can hear it.    Every day.  In every train.     The 5% unemployment rate of…

WITHOUT FEAR THERE IS NO POWER

The Miljacka river, crossing the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, runs independently of what it witnesses. The low, blurred water, where hundreds of crows bathe, has seen the history of humanity take many turns on its shores. We woke up in Sarajevo. The basement turned improvised accommodation is located in the old part of town. We woke…

BERLIN IS A DRUG

Berlin is controversial. It’s big, messy and dirty. But it’s also full of life, art, and History. Berlin is bittersweet. It’s dark, but enlightening. It is haunted by the ghosts of the past, but lives reinless in the present. It’s creation, and it’s destruction. New constructions and bombed buildings. The skyscrapers in Potsdamer Platz and…

SCOTTISH CHRONICLE

It is very rare, in my travel fortune, that there isn’t a moment in which my brother and I taste, by ourselves, the place we’re visiting. With luck, it is at night the marching time, our favorite for such – as such, maybe in a silly curiosity, we appreciate being swallowed by the dark streets…

PAKISTAN & CLIPPED WINGS

This post was originally published on Buzzfeed on January, 19th, 2016 -For Saida and Naila – Pakistan has produced some renowned female figures over its relatively short history. Malala Yousafzai and Fatima Jinnah being just a couple amongst many notable examples. But perhaps their success is all the more noted because it was achieved despite great…

REMEMBERING BOSNIA

Originally published on www.srebrenica.org.uk on the 7th May 2015 Sarajevo’s main street has the staples of an example of coexistence and harmony. A mosque, a church, and a synagogue lie within 60 meters of each other on the main street in Sarajevo. In fact, upon the advent of the Second World War, the heads of the…

THE PAKISTANI HINDU CARETAKER

This post was originally published on Ary News on 21st March 2015 Raj or Raju Bhai, as he is known, is the principal caretaker of the National Museum of Pakistan in Karachi, and happens to be a Hindu. He’s been looking after the museum for 35 years and his father held the position before him. The…

THE GREAT DIVIDE

For those unaware, “The Great Wall” is a recent Chinese Blockbuster starring Matt Damon in the leading role, and featuring Game of Throne’s Pedro Pascal as the main supporting actor. This description alone should be enough to peak anybody’s interest. It is a Chinese movie, as directed by Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers),…

UBIQUITUOUS ASSIMILATION

Dear parents, students, teachers and worldwide seekers of knowledge, I am writing you concerning a subject that has a vital importance to all of us. I am writing you to discuss the landscape of education. Please be aware, dear reader, that this won’t actually be a discussion, since I’m writing the article without listening to…