‘Marlboro Boys': Photographing Underage Smoking in Indonesia

Emmad:

This is an Alarming Situation!!

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While smoking rates are declining in many western countries, the opposite is happening in the Republic of Indonesia, where over 60% of the male population regularly smokes and uses tobacco. When Canadian photographer Michelle Siu heard about this alarming statistic, she felt it was something she needed to document.

Smoking has become ingrained in Indonesian culture where some children are having their first cigarette by the age of four, Siu tells TIME. “Tobacco consumption in Indonesia is a complex issue as it is intertwined in the country culturally, politically and economically. You can’t take 10 steps before seeing a tobacco advertisement or someone smoking.”

Indonesia’s economy is dependent upon the tobacco industry, which has proven to be extremely profitable. Many Indonesians make their livelihood through tobacco farming, and are surrounded by cigarettes from an early age. Smoking regulations in Indonesia are few and far between, and it is not uncommon to see…

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Bloodshed Continues…

It hasn’t been many days since the release of leader of Lashker-e-Jhangavi (LeJ), a banned terrorist outfit in Pakistan, by Pakistan’s unjust judiciary. Hardly a fortnight. Yet, the reaction has already happened. Once again the innocents has been targeted. This time, the pilgrims has been attacked by grenade bombs and heavy firings at Hashmi Hotel, Taftan, a town near Iranian border. The pilgrims stay/rest at this hotel before departing for Iran or home. Once again the same people have been targeted by the same culprits.
And an event like this was expected. The silence and peace was partial. It is a treat from Pakistan’s unjust judiciary, who let culprits like Malick Ishaq go free, to the innocent citizens. This is what has been happening for decades.
Innocent people die, Govt/Judiciary lets the culprits go free. and eventually more innocent people die.
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Pakistani Politician’s Passwords

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Altaf Bhai = Namaloom/ChooranLelo

Rehman Malick =
SuraeIkhlas

Shabaz Sharif =
Ungli

Maulana Faz-ul-Rehman =
Halwa

Imran Khan =
NayaPakistan1992

Raja Pervaiz Ashraf = Rental

Shaikh Rasheed = Railway

Qaim Ali Shah =
ComplanRozana

Bilawal Bhutto =
GulKhan

Zardari =
Ghappay

Chaudry Shujaat Hussain = mumumumumu

To be continued…

Disclaimer: Just for the sake of fun. Nothing personal. 

Breaking Stereotypes

Breaking Stereotypes

I don’t plan to become a Doctor, Engineer or Lawyer not because I’m dumb. It’s my CHOICE.
#BreakingStereotypes

Death of Justice and Humanity…

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So, once again “Justice and Humanity” killed by Judiciary itself, in the, so called, Democratic state of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Once again the notorious Malick Ishaq, leader of banned terrorist outfit, Lashker-e-Jhangavi, the organization and ideology behind the killings of thousands of innocents Pakistanis, including infants and children, acquitted by our judiciary.

Lashker-e-Jhangavi openly kills through targeted killings and bomb blasts. After that, they accept or shall I say, proclaim their barbaric act over mainstream and social media, with pride and so sense of shame. Yet still our judiciary wasn’t able to find an Evidence.
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Once again the middle eastern oil faggots and their oil money has succeeded in buying our Judiciary. And this isn’t it where it ends. The political wing of this outfit is allowed to participate in the elections. They current leading party allocates them seats and fixes seats with them. The provincial Law minister, Rana Sanaullah, leader of the current leading party (PMLN), greets and welcomes them with flowers upon their return from the jail. Thousands of unregistered/illegal Madrassas (Schools), under the banner of this organization, is freely teaching their ignorant/barbaric ideologies, spreading hatred and producing terrorists. Yet still our Judiciary couldn’t find an evidence.

Acts like such not only devastates me but also…
Crushes my pride of being a Pakistani. The dreamland of Iqbal and the struggle of Quaid.
Crushes my pride for the religion, I believe in. As, o
nce again they have violated all the Islamic Laws by letting this barbarian go free. Once again Islamic laws dominated and crushed by the so called Sharia (Law) of Taliban and their associates.
And above all it has crushed my faith for Humanity.  

This isn’t injustice to thousands innocents, including infants and children, killed by Lashker-e-Jhangavi.
This isn’t injustice to the mourning families.
This isn’t injustice to a particular sect/tribe.

This is INJUSTICE to Islamic Laws.
This is INJUSTICE to Ideology of Pakistan.

This is INJUSTICE and Defeat of our Constitution.
This is INJUSTICE to the Judiciary.
Above all, this is INJUSTICE to the Humanity.

NTS Leaked!!

National Testing Service (NTS) a well known and trusted organization in Pakistan for conduction of competitive exams. I myself trusted NTS, yes “Trused” as in past. Because my trust for NTS ins’t there anymore, and there is a solid reason behind that. Some of you may know about EDCON Asia Schorlarship program in collaboration with the NTS. It was advertised a few months all over social media, that’s how I came to know about it and asked my sister to apply for it and give it a shot. As, I thought it was good opportunity for her to continue her studies in Islamabad. A better place than Quetta in terms of education.
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This scholarship program promised to provide 2000 scholarships to students for class 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and intermediate (F.A/F.Sc) on merit basis. And NTS was doing the testing for this scholarship program. I didn’t know about EDCON Asia, it was the 1st time I had heard about it but I knew and trusted NTS. So, we provided all the information required to apply for this program, from phone number to home address, everything. In addition to a 800PKR fee. All these information were sent to NTS’s office in Islamabad. Anyways, tests were conducted by NTS on April 27th and the results were submitted on their website on 9th May, I guess. Everything was fine until this time.
But after 10 days, i.e on May 19th, we received a letter congratulating her (my sister) that she has been selected for this program and that she has to report at Chanab International Group of Colleges, Raja Akhtar Road, Shah Pur, Bhara Kahu, Islamabad for confirming her participation.
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By reading the letter some of the things made me suspicious so I started checking around. I looked for Chanab College in the mentioned area but didn’t find anything. I called the number provided in the above letter but line was busy. Even after trying multiple times. I also called NTS’s office in Islamabad but it wasn’t helpful either. Finally I called EDCON Asia’s office to ask about credibility of this scholarship program.
The phone operator told me that the scholarship isn’t fake, it’s real and that the merit list will be uploaded on EDCON Asia’s website tomorrow i.e May 20th. But the confirmation letters are all fraud.
I’m still suspicious about this program, and I didn’t expected something like this form NTS. If the letters are fake how did the senders of this fraud letters got all the information about the applicants. From phone number, roll numbers to home address. These information were provided to NTS and they should have kept it confidential and away from frauds. And this whole phenomenon of fake letters is reason behind my distrust towards NTS. 

Sex, poop and periods.

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in the woods

If you were born after 1980 then you may have a hard time believing what I’m about to tell you; but I wouldn’t lie to you, especially not about this:

Once upon a time, in my lifetime, it was taboo to talk about breasts. There were no self-exam posters on gym locker room walls; there were no “Save the Ta-Tas” t-shirts. Boobs were off limits, whether called by their formal or informal name. Breasts were considered private parts, requiring cover and secrecy, unless you were one of those bad girls who nice boys weren’t allowed to go out with even though those same boys had different kinds of bad girl breast self-examination posters in their bedrooms.

You may take issue with the Komen Foundation for missteps in recent years, but you have to give credit where credit’s due. Because of Komen’s long public advocacy, we’re now able to talk about…

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Pakistan Day…

There is always a lively spring after a deadly autumn.
There is always a bright Dawn after a dark night.

Likewise, Pakistan will be peaceful, developed and prosperous, one day.
#PakistanDay

یه وطن همارا ھے ھم هے پاسباں اس کے.

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Point of View Matters…

A lot of times, the same thing looks quite differently just because the way we look at it.

Point of View Matters...

Once Upon A Time…..

#OnceUponATime, people used to say grace before they eat.
Now, they Instagram.

Once Upon A Time.....

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