Pakistan key to Middle East peace

(By KHALID MUHAMMAD) If one thing has become clear to the regimes of the Middle East, it’s that without Pakistan and her Army, they can’t win wars.

During the recent onslaught on Yemen, the Saudis, as well as the rest of the Middle East, learned that they don’t have the expertise or battle-readiness to fight a real war. We have been quiet about the whole situation since the Parliament vote to stay out and the knee-jerk response from the Arab states to the democratic vote, but it’s time we take a look at the failures of the regional military strategy. Continue reading Pakistan key to Middle East peace

Modi needs to change Indian mindset about Pakistan

Of all the hopes raised by Narendra Modi’s election as prime minister of India one year ago, perhaps the grandest was ending the toxic, decades-long rivalry with Pakistan. Inviting his counterpart Nawaz Sharif to the swearing-in — remarkably, a first since their nations were born out of the British Raj in 1947 — was a bold and welcome gesture. Yet within months of Modi’s inauguration, Indian and Pakistani forces exchanged some of the most intense shelling in years along their de facto border in Kashmir. Incipient peace talks foundered. And in April, a Pakistani court freed on bail Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, operational commander of the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LT) and the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, infuriating many in India. Continue reading Modi needs to change Indian mindset about Pakistan

Indian economy’s report card

It is unbelievable that inflation about which we were so worried even a few months ago has come down to zero. For the last few years the monetary policy was all about controlling inflation for which interest rates were hiked umpteen times. Raghuram Rajan the RBI governor has maintained that the fear of high inflation has not yet disappeared completely. In November however,not only has the WPI has come down to zero but retail inflation indicated by The Consumer price Index also has retracted to 4.4 per cent. It should bring about much relief to the common man and woman because the real reason for the inflation coming down is a fall in vegetable prices and of course petroleum prices. Continue reading Indian economy’s report card

Militant assault on minorities in Pakistan

Minorities in Pakistan have been under attack for years. In the months since the atrocious attack on school children in Peshawar, that left 141 dead, 132 of them children, Pakistani authorities enacted theNational Action Plan (NAP), a comprehensive document of interventions designed to combat and eradicate militancy in the country. Since the NAP came into effect, however, the focus of terror attacks has increasingly and visibly shifted from the general population and civil-military infrastructure to minorities.

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Targeting the minorities

Enemy Number One for Minorities in Pakistan: Public Opinion In a hostile world, Pakistani minorities face many threats; each new atrocity brings with it reams of analysis and no shortage of finger-pointing toward the perceived culprits. But general public opinion might be just as much to blame as terrorism.

Earlier this year, on the same day that small pockets of Pakistani society came together to commemorate the birthday of Professor Abdus Salam, Human Rights Watch released its annual World Report, which found that attacks against minority communities rose significantly in the country through 2014. The timing was laced with irony; Salam, Pakistan’s first Nobel laureate, has long been shunned by the people of his nation because he was an Ahmadi — a sect long ostracized and persecuted for its perceived heretical beliefs — standing thereby as perhaps the most symbolic icon of the struggles faced by minorities in Pakistan. Continue reading Targeting the minorities

What has Pakistani media achieved from Axact attack

(By Khurshid Akhtar Khan) All last week, our news media has been frantically obsessed with the single news – Fake diplomas, Real Cash: Pakistani company Axact reaps millions. Based on a report in TheNew York Times (NYT) of 17 May, by Declan Walsh assisted by Sarah Farid, the media has projected an impression of the company as being fraudulent and a disgrace for Pakistan. Our media has persisted to advance the NYT verdict of guilty as charged. Continue reading What has Pakistani media achieved from Axact attack

The lack of manufacturing jobs dents men’s employment in the US

AT FIRST glance the patriarchy appears to be thriving. More than 90% of presidents and prime ministers are male, as are nearly all big corporate bosses. Men dominate finance, technology, films, sports, music and even stand-up comedy. In much of the world they still enjoy social and legal privileges simply because they have a Y chromosome. So it might seem odd to worry about the plight of men.

Yet there is plenty of cause for concern. Men cluster at the bottom as well as the top. They are far more likely than women to be jailed, estranged from their children, or to kill themselves. They earn fewer university degrees than women. Boys in the developed world are 50% more likely to flunk basic maths, reading and science entirely. Continue reading The lack of manufacturing jobs dents men’s employment in the US

The deafening silence from Suu Kyi

Giving democracy a bad nameThe international community’s silence on the plight of the Rohingya Muslims is deafening. This is not the first time that the hypocrisy has made itself evident. As hundreds of Muslims in Myanmar fall prey to hatred and violence, those who have for long posed as protectors of human rights all over the world are still struggling to find their voice. Myanmar’s very own Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi has conveniently shrugged off responsibility, claiming that she identifies herself as a politician and not a human right’s activist. Whatever Suu Kyi’s perception of herself, the world did not stop waiting on her to speak up against the humanitarian crisis in her home state.

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Scientists come up with new therapy for hatred

Scientists believe the technique works by using sound as a trigger to cause certain memories to be replayed and consolidated during sleep.In Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, the overlords use “sleep teaching” to condition children to submit to their sinister moral values. Now scientists have found a more noble purpose for the technique in a study that suggests deep-rooted biases about race and gender could be “unlearnt” during a short nap.

The findings appear to confirm the idea that sleeping provides a unique window for accessing and altering fundamental beliefs – even prejudices that we don’t know we have.

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A scientific analysis of Christine Fair

Christine Fair(By Elias Davidsson) Christine Fair is widely quoted as an expert on South Asian political and military affairs. She is often requested by mainstream media to comment on terrorist acts occurring in India and Pakistan and invited to educate members of the US administration on issues in her field of expertise.

Prior to joining the Security Studies Program (SSP) within Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, she served as a senior political scientist with the RAND Corporation, a political officer to the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan in Kabul, and as a senior research associate in USIP’s Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention. Continue reading A scientific analysis of Christine Fair