Adam Suleiman

Adam Suleiman’s son, Syed Munawwar (aka Honey) was killed on September 11, 2012 when the Ali Enterprises garment factory caught fire in what became the largest industrial disaster in the country’s history. He was 26 years of age at the

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Adam Suleiman

Adam Suleiman’s son, Syed Munawwar (aka Honey) was killed on September 11, 2012 when the Ali Enterprises garment factory caught fire in what became the largest industrial disaster in the country’s history. He was 26 years of age at the

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Babar Suleiman

Babar Suleiman’s brother, Syed Munawwar (aka Honey) was killed on September 11, 2012 when the Ali Enterprises garment factory caught fire in what became the largest industrial disaster in the country’s history. He was 26 years of age at the

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Babar Suleiman

Babar Suleiman’s brother, Syed Munawwar (aka Honey) was killed on September 11, 2012 when the Ali Enterprises garment factory caught fire in what became the largest industrial disaster in the country’s history. He was 26 years of age at the

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Maria Suleiman

Maria Suleiman’s son, Syed Munawwar (aka Honey) was killed on September 11, 2012 when the Ali Enterprises garment factory caught fire in what became the largest industrial disaster in the country’s history. He was 26 years of age at the

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Maria Suleiman

Maria Suleiman’s son, Syed Munawwar (aka Honey) was killed on September 11, 2012 when the Ali Enterprises garment factory caught fire in what became the largest industrial disaster in the country’s history. He was 26 years of age at the

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Syed Munawwar aka ‘Honey’

Maria Suleiman holds a photo of her son Syed Munawwar aka Honey, who died in the Ali Enterprises factory fire that killed over 300 people on September 11, 2012. This is from a series of stories about the families of

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Syed Munawwar aka ‘Honey’

Maria Suleiman holds a photo of her son Syed Munawwar aka Honey, who died in the Ali Enterprises factory fire that killed over 300 people on September 11, 2012. This is from a series of stories about the families of

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Mohammed Kamran

Mohammed Kamran lost his father, Mohammed Sideeq (57), in the fire of 11 September 2012. Mohammed Sideeq had been employed at the factory for about 9 years, was was, at the time of his death, earning around Rs. 11,000 a

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Mohammed Kamran

Mohammed Kamran lost his father, Mohammed Sideeq (57), in the fire of 11 September 2012. Mohammed Sideeq had been employed at the factory for about 9 years, was was, at the time of his death, earning around Rs. 11,000 a

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Shehnaz Zaheer, Baldia Town, Karachi

It isn’t atonement he seeks. It is simply financial help for him and his family. It takes me some time to realize this. “Sometimes you speak to the media, and a generous soul can read about our plight.” He tells

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Shehnaz Zaheer, Baldia Town, Karachi

It isn’t atonement he seeks. It is simply financial help for him and his family. It takes me some time to realize this. “Sometimes you speak to the media, and a generous soul can read about our plight.” He tells

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Mohammed Zaheer, Baldia Town, Karachi

Farhan Zaheer began working at the garment factory at the age of eight. His father, Mohammad Zaheer, confesses this to me, his face torn by shame as his eyes suffer the sight of my shocked reaction. Farhan was paid Rs

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Mohammed Zaheer, Baldia Town, Karachi

Farhan Zaheer began working at the garment factory at the age of eight. His father, Mohammad Zaheer, confesses this to me, his face torn by shame as his eyes suffer the sight of my shocked reaction. Farhan was paid Rs

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Breman, Jan ‘Outcast Labour In Asia: Circulation and Informalization of the Workforce at the Bottom of the Economy

Oxford University Press, 2010 Where do the come from, and why? This question has troubled me since I started working with the families of those killed in the Ali Enterprises garment factory fire some three months ago. In Karachi’s slums

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Breman, Jan ‘Outcast Labour In Asia: Circulation and Informalization of the Workforce at the Bottom of the Economy

Oxford University Press, 2010 Where do the come from, and why? This question has troubled me since I started working with the families of those killed in the Ali Enterprises garment factory fire some three months ago. In Karachi’s slums

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The Moral Case For Drones: Part II (Draft)

The moral case for drones are based on one simple idea: that those that we are using them against are terrorists. If you look at any journalist, academic and political discussion about the legality and morality of the use of

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The Moral Case For Drones: Part II (Draft)

The moral case for drones are based on one simple idea: that those that we are using them against are terrorists. If you look at any journalist, academic and political discussion about the legality and morality of the use of

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The Moral Case For Drones: Part III

This essay is part of a series of essays that asks us to challenge the language and the history used to justify the continuing American drone campaign in Pakistan. These  pieces give the basis of my argument against the use

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The Moral Case For Drones: Part III

This essay is part of a series of essays that asks us to challenge the language and the history used to justify the continuing American drone campaign in Pakistan. These  pieces give the basis of my argument against the use

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The Moral Case For Drones: Part I

This is the first part of a three-part series of essays that asks us to challenge the language and the history used to justify the continuing American drone campaign in Pakistan. This first part explores briefly the use of language

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The Moral Case For Drones: Part I

This is the first part of a three-part series of essays that asks us to challenge the language and the history used to justify the continuing American drone campaign in Pakistan. This first part explores briefly the use of language

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Ahmed Jaan

Ahmed Jaan was attending the tribal gathering when the attack took place sustained serious injuries to his legs and upper torso, and still cannot walk or stand properly. He insists that there were no ‘militants’ present in the meeting. The

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Ahmed Jaan

Ahmed Jaan was attending the tribal gathering when the attack took place sustained serious injuries to his legs and upper torso, and still cannot walk or stand properly. He insists that there were no ‘militants’ present in the meeting. The

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An Incomplete Debate

There is something exciting, and something disappointing in the many discussions provoked by the recent factory fire that engulfed the Tazreen garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Today, for example, the New York Times invited a group of individuals involved with

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An Incomplete Debate

There is something exciting, and something disappointing in the many discussions provoked by the recent factory fire that engulfed the Tazreen garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Today, for example, the New York Times invited a group of individuals involved with

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Bose, Sugata ‘A Hundred Horizons’

The tens of thousands of desperate, displaced and unskilled workers shuffling around in the slums of Karachi, and selling their services to the hundreds of garment factories in the city has had me thinking about labor as a commodity. I

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Bose, Sugata ‘A Hundred Horizons’

The tens of thousands of desperate, displaced and unskilled workers shuffling around in the slums of Karachi, and selling their services to the hundreds of garment factories in the city has had me thinking about labor as a commodity. I

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Tagore’s Last Curtain

From the beginning of our days man has imagined the seat of divinity in the upper air from which comes light and blows the breath of life for all creatures on this earth. The peace of its dawn, the splendour

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Tagore’s Last Curtain

From the beginning of our days man has imagined the seat of divinity in the upper air from which comes light and blows the breath of life for all creatures on this earth. The peace of its dawn, the splendour

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Mrs. Islam & Waheed

Shamsul Islam lost his son, Shafiqul Islam (25), in the Ali Enterprises factory fire that killed over 300 people on September 11, 2012. Shafiqul Islam was the only member of the family bringing in a regular income. His body, a

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Mrs. Islam & Waheed

Shamsul Islam lost his son, Shafiqul Islam (25), in the Ali Enterprises factory fire that killed over 300 people on September 11, 2012. Shafiqul Islam was the only member of the family bringing in a regular income. His body, a

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Begum Islam

‘The DNA test we gave…’, he asks hesitating between words, ‘When do you think the results will come back?’ Shamsul Islam, poor day laborer living in the heart of the infamous Machar Colony – a squalid, makeshift slum on the

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Begum Islam

‘The DNA test we gave…’, he asks hesitating between words, ‘When do you think the results will come back?’ Shamsul Islam, poor day laborer living in the heart of the infamous Machar Colony – a squalid, makeshift slum on the

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