Issue No. 216 | AUGUST 29, 2014



    ‘6000 Baloch militants resisting Pak Army’: Allah Nazar Baloch
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    ‘It is Punjabi collaborators and not Punjabi settlers that are targeted. Those who are working as informants for the Military Intelligence or the ISI in the guise of workers are being killed. In a war of liberation, collaborators cannot be spared. However, no Punjabi settler has been hit,’ says Dr Allah Nazar Baloch.

    ‘Sectarian violence in Balochistan is state-sponsored’: Hyrbiar Marri
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    ‘It is unfortunate for us that when the slave  and weak nation has a difference of opinion, the world calls it disagreement, whereas when such happens in Europe it is called diversity’, says Hyrbiar Marri.

    Freedoms and bans in the politics of contemporary Pakistan
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    Turkey needs to learn a thing or two from Pakistan regarding state repression of political freedoms and how to quell fast-paced dissent. While Recep Tayyip Erdoğan only teases and flirts with banning Twitter and Facebook, Pakistan has clung resolutely to its now two-year ban of YouTube in the country. 

    Wrestling with Trotsky, Che, and political impatience
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    Daniel Bensaïd, raised in his Algerian Jewish and French Communist family in Toulouse, was strongly affected as an adolescent by the revolutionary movements in Algeria, Cuba, and Vietnam. At the university, he became swept up in and was soon a student leader of university strikes that set off the great upheaval of May 1968 leading to the strike by 11 million workers.

    Kurds resist, Islamic State butchers
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    Yekîneyên Parastina Gel (People’s Defence Forces) guerrillas from Syria, who fought to open a narrow corridor through the desert from Sinjar and out of Iraq into the YPG controlled area of northern Syria permitted the dramatic rescue of thousands of Yezidi Kurds and others from on Mount Sinjar, where they had fled to escape the onslaught of Islamic State.

    Rescuing Gramsci 
from his misinterpreters
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    The Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci wrote his Prison Notebooks from 1926 to 1937 while imprisoned by Mussolini. A veritable cottage industry has churned out countless analyses about this work, making it one of the most written about texts in the Marxist tradition.

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    Thank you for being loyal to Viewpoint.Ever since its re-launching on 21st May 2010 as an e-zine, Viewpoint has become an important progressive outlet for Pakistani left and liberal voices. Viewpoint is run by a team of volunteers and the content is largely contributed by volunteers.

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