Aurat March’s posters from Hyderabad, Multan, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, representing organisers’ manifestos have hit digital spaces, but is this the first time feminist artwork has taken up space?

Aurat March 2021 posters by Isma Gul Hasan, Shehzil Malik, Tooba Shahbaz, Romaisa Fawad, Aurat March Sindh, and Maha Adnan (Clockwise from left)

One version of the legend of Aurat March posters, depending on who you ask, is that it all began with Shehzil Malik, a Lahore based artist. Younger artists and designers say they look to her while creating feminist public art. Even so, when Shehzil designed the first official Aurat March poster in 2019, she didn’t realize that by 2021 these posters will have taken a life of their own, that they would have ‘poster reveals’ on social media, or that they would garner enough attention and fear to be vandalized when put up in public spaces.

But the truth is…


Manzoor Pashteen, the leader of the PTM, is charismatic and brave, but is that enough for the state to grant Pashtuns the right to life?

When Manzoor Pashteen gets nervous, his right eyebrow twitches. It’s almost unnoticeable; he himself claims to be unaware of it. He is also fidgety when he becomes nervous, especially with his hands. …


But we were promised Hiltons on the moon back in 1967.

Illustration by Christopher Dang for Timeline.

On March 8 Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin, welcomed reporters into his rocket factory for the first time. Up until now, the goings on inside Blue Origins were “mysterious and unknown, like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory in Roald Dahl’s children’s book,” according to the New York Times. During the four-hour factory tour, Bezos announced that groups of tourists, six at a time, might soon be able to pay for short trips, “experiencing a few minutes of weightlessness in space as soon as 2018.”


Why a US women’s soccer star is donating her brain to science to raise awareness about brain damage

Brandi Chastain is trying to get soccer to head in the right direction. © Tom Hauck/Getty

Until recently, former US women’s soccer player Brandi Chastain was best known for her shirtless victory slide following a World Cup final win against China in 1999. Now she’s back in the news for her decision to donate her brain posthumously to researchers studying concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) at Boston University.

Since the early 1980s, some researchers have argued that CTE, a degenerative brain disease, is caused by subconcussive hits to the head in sports like boxing and football. Soccer, the world’s most widely played team sport, has long been considered safer. …


Here are four examples

Donald Trump’s bid for the Republican nomination has prompted numerous historical comparisons. A primary reason for this is that nothing he is proposing is actually new. In spite of frequent exclamations of Trump-induced shock, every element of the tycoon’s platform has been suggested by a presidential candidate before.

We spoke with Mason Williams, visiting assistant professor of Leadership Studies at Williams college, about what makes Trump different.

  1. William Randolph Hearst

The verdict has set three precendents for how Latin America will deal with war criminals

Heriberto Valdez Asij was sentenced to 240 years in prison. © Johan Ordonez/Getty

Two former Guatemalan soldiers have been found guilty of crimes against humanity that included the sexual enslavement of women. The court in Guatemala City sentenced both men to over 100 years in prison.

The verdict establishes three precedents. First, it means cases involving sexual violence during armed conflict, like in Rwanda or the former Yugoslavia, can be tried in national courts, not just international courts.

Second, the verdict is groundbreaking because it treats domestic and sexual slavery as war crimes. …


Here are some excuses leaders have used in the past. Maybe the White House can feel inspired?

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President Barack Obama will not be attending Justice Antonin Scalia’s funeral mass today. Earlier in the week, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that the president and his wife will pay their respects to Scalia on Friday as he lies in repose in the Great Hall. Earnest also added that Vice President Joe Biden will be representing the administration at the funeral, citing Biden’s long relationship with Scalia’s family. The vice president’s “security footprint,” he added, “is at least a little bit lighter.”

The press secretary, however, was unable to satisfy the media’s curiosity about why the president is…


But it’s not the vacation you imagine

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By Maham Javaid

This week China’s Anhui province announced that female workers will enjoy paid menstrual leave starting next month. Some see it as a sign of progress; one Chinese woman told CNN that the law shows her country is “taking menstruation seriously as a women’s health issue.” A paid day off to Netflix and Midol? It certainly sounds like a gift from the government.

But menstrual leave is guaranteed in a number of countries in Asia, including Taiwan and Indonesia, and it doesn’t look like much of a vacation. …


Timber smuggling is an old trade in Afghanistan, but now it’s terrorist turf

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ISIS a lumberjack? That’s not OK.

But it’s true. ISIS militants have been chopping down trees in eastern Afghanistan, then smuggling the timber to markets in other parts of the country and Pakistan.

The new funding mechanism for the group is part of a move deeper into Afghanistan. Since disaffected Afghan and Pakistani Taliban insurgents began pledging allegiance to ISIS in the summer of 2014, fighters have clashed with the Afghan National Army as well as local Taliban fighters. ISIS’s tree felling means the group may have found a way to become self-sufficient, which concerns terrorism analysts.

“We knew that…


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By Maham Javaid

Chinese youth to parents: “Singletons can be happy”

Beijing’s youth, tired of the pressure to get married, have resorted to buying a subway advertisement to send a message to their parents: “Dear mom and dad. The world is big and the ways of life are many. You can also be happy being single.”

A passenger looks at the anti-marriage advertisement at Dongzhimen subway station in Beijing. © xinmin.cn

The ad was put up because a large number of young Chinese men and women were traveling home for the Chinese New Year — giving their parents, grandparents and relatives a chance to pressure them about tying the knot.

The growing number of young single people in China is due to the…

Maham Javaid

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