Israel’s wall

By Toaha Qureshi

Perhaps we have all heard the oft repeated joke; when an American tourist came to Israel with the intention of visiting the Kotel (the Wailing Wall) but he forgot what it was called. When he stepped into a taxi, he said to the driver,

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How to tell an idiot from the lot

By Pervez Hoodbhoy

These days astonishing science claims abound in the media (there’s one fairly recent one in this newspaper too!). For example, a self-taught engineer in Swat claims he can “fix Pakistan’s energy problem in 3 years” by splitting water to produce free electricity. Last year, a Fellow of the Royal Society from Pakistan published an . . . → Read More: How to tell an idiot from the lot

Newborn’s kidnapped in hospitals

Cases of infants being taken away from hospitals — in some cases by persons seeking to adopt a child — have occurred before. Such cases have taken place in Rawalpindi, Multan, Lahore and in other cities. What is disturbing, however, is that no effort has been made to get to the bottom of these cases and . . . → Read More: Newborn’s kidnapped in hospitals

Amnesty International steps in to save Shia prisoners

DUBAI: Amnesty International on Monday urged Saudi Arabia to free Shia prisoners arrested for taking part in “peaceful” protests and those detained without charge in the kingdom’s Eastern province.

In a report called “Dissident Voices Stifled in the Eastern Province,” where most of the country’s minority Shias live, the rights group said hundreds of individuals, mainly . . . → Read More: Amnesty International steps in to save Shia prisoners

Hating on Islam

By Mani Khawaja

Revelations that the American military has been teaching its future leaders about the necessity for a total war on Islam have shocked the world.

The hypothetical war was not to be waged against the fanatical elements of the Muslim society, but a campaign against a “barbaric ideology” that should “no longer be tolerated.”

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Aleem Dar becomes the first Asian to umpire most cricket matches

Three times International Cricket Council (ICC) Umpire of the Year winner, Pakistan’s Aleem Dar achieved yet another landmark by officiating the most number of test matches by an Asian umpire.

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What Facebook’s IPO translates to?

By Jillian C York

Facebook’s now-public status may encourage its board and policy staff to respond to privacy, free expression concerns.

Much has been said in the wake of Facebook’s decision to go public. On May 18, the company kicked off with a stock price of US $38 per share, and a valuation of . . . → Read More: What Facebook’s IPO translates to?

Dr. Afridi can choose to appeal in higher courts: PM

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Sunday fended off criticism over the conviction of a physician who helped the CIA smoke out Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad last year, saying he could defend himself in the higher courts under the country’s existing laws.

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International students provide revenue, diverse skills and cultural exchange

By  Humayon Dar

Overseas students, also known as international students, contribute immensely to many western economies, which have an open access policy to their higher education. It is estimated that overseas students bring about £5 billion annually to the UK in terms of tuition fees and living expenses.

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Bagram prison may free 33 Pakistanis

By Qaiser Butt

The US military-controlled Bagram prison in Afghanistan is expected to release 33 Pakistani prisoners soon, an official from the ministry of foreign affairs told The Express Tribune.

Discussion was opened after a list of the 33 prisoners was handed over to the prison’s authority a long time ago. “Negotiations with US military . . . → Read More: Bagram prison may free 33 Pakistanis