Rafia Zakaria is an author, attorney and human rights activist who has worked on behalf of victims of domestic violence around the world.

Her new book, The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan, tells the parallel stories of her family and country, while guiding the reader through the complicated aftermath of Pakistan’s shift toward a more conservative culture. Through her intimate and nuanced portrayal of Pakistani family life, Zakaria emphasizes the often unheard female voices of her country and uses her personal story to serve as a metaphor for Pakistan’s complex political state.

12/23/14 Panel

Dec 23, 2014

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain, and political consultant Libby Post, and College of St. Rose Communications Professor Mary Alice Molgard.

Topics include North Korea's Internet Collapse, Pope Francis warns Vatican leaders, Russian Facebook, DeBlasio Calls for Peace, Pakistan Executions, and remembering Joe Cocker.

    Carlotta Gall covers Afghanistan for the New York Times. Her new book is called The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014.

Highly critical of Pakistan, it offers new information about how Islamabad has helped the Taliban in Afghanistan, and how Pakistan's intelligence agency may have helped Osama bin Laden hide out in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

    Manil Suri's new novel, The City of Devi, opens with India and Pakistan on the verge of nuclear war. India is roiled by factional violence between Hindus and Muslims. Bombers strafe citizens, vigilantes settle scores, and terrorists set off dirty bombs around the country as Mumbai boils over with fear and fury. But, at its heart, it is a love story.

"The news that the [country's] Supreme Court had called for the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf ran through Pakistan like an electric current Tuesday afternoon," The Christian Science Monitor writes from Islamabad.

Strike by Pakistani truckers carrying NATO goods

Jan 9, 2013
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PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Officials say truckers who carry supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan have gone on strike in northwest Pakistan to protest lower pay.

Jehanzeb Khan, head of a transport workers union, says the strike began Wednesday in response to the government's decision to require truckers to go through authorized companies to carry NATO supplies instead of making individual deals.

India reacted angrily today at what it called the "inhumane treatment" of one of two soldiers killed Tuesday in a skirmish along the de facto border with Pakistan.

Pakistan challenged the Indian army's allegations and said it is prepared to hold an investigation through the United Nations Military Observers Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) into recent ceasefire violations along what is known as the Line of Control (LOC).

An American drone strike Thursday in Pakistan reportedly killed a militant commander who had directed attacks on U.S. forces in neighboring Afghanistan.  The U.S. military for several years has waged a campaign of drone attacks in Pakistan.  Recently, a peace activist from Northampton Massachusetts, Paki Wieland traveled to Pakistan, and the region of Waziristan, where most of the drone strikes occur, to protest American policy.   She spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

Pakistani journalist Adnan Rashid has been reporting in the Berkshires since April to further explore journalism so that he can report more thoroughly about the area he lives in to the rest of the world.