Saudi Arabia missing Yemen war objectives

As the war in Yemen escalates after a short humanitarian truce, the stakes are getting higher for Saudi Arabia’s princes, the region and Washington. The United Nations-hosted talks in Geneva next week are unlikely to get much traction.

The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) and its Arab allies resumed their bombing campaign this week after a five-day cease-fire to allow humanitarian supplies into Yemen. Saudi Arabia’s 29-year-old defense minister, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has staked his and his country’s future on achieving some kind of clear-cut victory in the kingdom’s war in Yemen. UN talks that leave Sanaa under the control of what the Saudis claim is an illegal Iranian-backed rebel regime are clearly not a decisive victory for the royals. Bin Salman needs much more. Continue reading Saudi Arabia missing Yemen war objectives

Incompetence and ineptitude hallmarks of Pakistan’s civilian leadership

By Dr Salman Shah

The present government has completed its two years. The democratic era has now completed seven years. Both major political parties have run the country, along with the smaller parties. Through their performance both parties have clearly demonstrated that they neither have the aptitude nor the competence or governance skills to effectively manage the affairs of the country.

In the economic area the last seven years have seen dismal growth rates averaging around three percent a year compared with seven percent growth rates achieved by the Musharraf regime in its last four years. Foreign investment, which had reached $8.4 billion in 2007, has slumped to less than a billion dollars a year. Domestic investors are sitting on the sidelines with declining access to bank credit while the government has appropriated bank credit for its own financing. Investment-to-GDP ratio has declined from 23 percent in 2007 to an average of 12 percent thereafter.

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Time to rewrite history

“Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially.” 50 […]“Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially.”

50 Shia Ismaili Muslims were murdered in cold blood in Karachi—shot in the head, from point-blank range for their religious affiliation. What should have stunned the civil society and the political leadership and forced both to indulge in introspection has an unmistakable déjà vu quality attached to it now. All incidents of terror post the Peshawar carnage are carelessly passed off today as a backlash of Pakistan’s resolve to weed out terrorism.

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Pakistan’s Dilemma

(By Mumtaz Piracha)Can any Pakistani honestly imagine Pakistan holding together without its army? I do not know of any who answers this question in the affirmative, and the implications of this are devastating i.e that every major institution of the country is non-functional, and but for the discipline and cohesion in our army, we would have been another Iraq–a chilling thought, if there ever was one. Continue reading Pakistan’s Dilemma

Terrorism becomes India’s state policy

By Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi

True colors of extreme-right BJP government are now showing from the actions and statements of PM Modi’s government and cabinet members. The statement by Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar that terrorism will be used to counter any terrorist attack is troubling especially since India is a nuclear power.

This is not the first such statement. In a social media video national security advisor of PM Modi, Ajit Doval suggested that terrorism could be a good strategy to achieve strategic national interest against Pakistan.

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Pentagon’s predictions on ISIS

A declassified secret US government document obtained by the conservative public interest law firm, Judicial Watch, shows that Western governments deliberately allied with al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups to topple Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad.

The document reveals that in coordination with the Gulf states and Turkey, the West intentionally sponsored violent Islamist groups to destabilize Assad, and that these “supporting powers” desired the emergence of a “Salafist Principality” in Syria to “isolate the Syrian regime.”

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Axact CEO appears before SHC

Sheikh reportedly submits application seeking pre-arrest bail. PHOTO: FORBESAxact Chief Executive Officer Shoaib Sheikh appeared on Monday before Sindh High Court (SHC) for allegedly selling fake academic degrees internationally,Express News reported.

The company, that has pledged to build a media empire, faced tough criticism after The New York Times said it was earning tens of millions of dollars by selling fake degrees.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar had taken notice of the NYT report which claimed that Axact ran a fake education empire that involved paid actors promoting fictitious universities and even fake State Department authentication certifications bearing the signature of John Kerry. Continue reading Axact CEO appears before SHC

Japan’s cruelty against dolphins

(By Elahe Izadi) One day after Japan’s zoos and aquariums announced that they will no longer buy dolphins captured during an annual hunt that gained international infamy through an Oscar-winning documentary, the mayor of Taiji declared that the traditional fishing village will not stop the annual hunts.

“We are hunting under the permission of the Japanese government and prefecture, and so we will continue to protect our fishermen and the methods. We will not quit,” Taiji Mayor Kazutaka Sangen said Thursday, according to the Associated Press. Continue reading Japan’s cruelty against dolphins

Pakistan, Zimbabwe T20 begin!

A wave of excitement has caught up the cricket fans as Pakistan and Zimbabwe play their first T20 match today at Ghaddafi Stadium Lahore reviving international cricket in Pakistan six years after the attack on Sri Lankan cricket team.

The enthusiasm of cricket fans in the country has hit the peak while personalities from sports and showbiz industries are also eagerly waiting for the cricket series to kick off. Continue reading Pakistan, Zimbabwe T20 begin!

A giant leap in medical science

Erik SortoA man has been able to control a robotic limb with a mind-reading chip implanted in his brain.

It allowed Erik Sorto, from California, to sip a drink unaided for the first time in 10 years.

The details, published in Science, reveal how complex bursts of electrical signals in his brain could be interpreted into commands for the arm. Continue reading A giant leap in medical science