Lack of accountability in foreign policy making

I gave a lecture last night at the Cape Ann Forum, on the topic of America’s changing position in the world and what it might (should) mean for U.S. grand strategy. My hosts were gracious and the crowd asked plenty of good questions, which is what I’ve come to expect when I speak to non-academic groups. Indeed, . . . → Read More: Lack of accountability in foreign policy making

PAC directs Govt to withdraw luxury vehicles by June 15

By Shahbaz Rana

ISLAMABAD: In a rare move, the top parliamentary watchdog has directed the government to withdraw all luxury and bullet-proof vehicles being ‘illegally used’ by the services chiefs, federal ministers and top politicians within a month or amend rules to provide for such favours.

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Taliban responsible for Bannu jailbreak promise to free more prisoners

By Zahir Shah

The Pakistani Taliban, on Tuesday, released a video showing the attack carried out by them last month to release prisoners from the Bannu jail.

The video shows the pre-attack planning, the jailbreak operation and the release of Taliban prisoners, including Adnan Rashid, a key suspect in the attack on former . . . → Read More: Taliban responsible for Bannu jailbreak promise to free more prisoners

Integrated search can bring Google up to pace with Facebook

Growing interest for Facebook’s coming IPO has put the focus back on Google, cited by many as the last IPO to generate this kind of buzz.

The company founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin has struggled to find its footing in the new world of social media, recently launching their fourth attempt: Google+.  While Google+ has grown exponentially, reaching . . . → Read More: Integrated search can bring Google up to pace with Facebook

Obama administration unlikely to carry out ‘war zone’ factories in Pk

Karachi: The United States’ plan for establishing war-zone factories in Pakistan’s tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan now looks most unlikely to be pursued during the present Barack Obama administration.

United States trade officials in Washington told a visiting Pakistani delegation headed by Commerce Secretary Zafar Mahmood last month that the US had no intention to move any legislation that . . . → Read More: Obama administration unlikely to carry out ‘war zone’ factories in Pk

Facebook aims for $15 billion profit by Increasing Public Offering

New York: Facebook Inc will increase the size of its initial public offering by 25 per cent to raise about $15 billion, a source familiar with the matter said, as strong investor demand for a share of the No.1 social network trumped ongoing debate about the company’s long-term potential to make money.

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Dr. Chishti returns to Pakistan

Ailing microbiologist Dr Mohammad Khalil Chishti returned to Pakistan on Tuesday after the Indian Supreme Court allowed him to travel back on human grounds.

President Asif Ali Zardari had sent a special aircraft PAF 755 to New Delhi through Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Malik Hamad Khan. He was given warm welcome at the . . . → Read More: Dr. Chishti returns to Pakistan