26th Nov 2014 – Foreign Policy updates

Pakistani media mogul sentenced for purported blasphemy

On Tuesday Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman, the owner of Geo News, Pakistan’s largest media group, was sentenced to 26 years in jail for airing a program that showed people dancing to a song about the wedding of the Prophet Muhammad’s daughter (Reuters). The charges were brought against ur-Rehman after the . . . → Read More: 26th Nov 2014 – Foreign Policy updates

24th Nov 2014 – Foreign Policy updates

U.S. President Barack Obama accepted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation on Friday to be the guest of honor at India’s 66th Republic Day Parade on January 26, 2015 in New Delhi (WSJ,Reuters, NDTV). Modi — @narendramodi — tweeted: “This Republic Day, we hope to have a friend over… invited President Obama to be the . . . → Read More: 24th Nov 2014 – Foreign Policy updates

Why does Nawaz Sharif want his own car at the SAARC summit

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has rejected the use of a bulletproof car provided by rival India for next week’s summit of South Asian leaders in Kathmandu, a Nepalese official said Monday.

Sharif “will be bringing his own car… all other vehicles for (visiting) heads of countries have come from India”, said foreign ministry spokesman . . . → Read More: Why does Nawaz Sharif want his own car at the SAARC summit

How USA was trapped in the Israel’s creation crime

“Prodigiously documented… Alison Weir must be highly commended for throwing such a brilliantly hard light on the relationship between the United States and Israel. I hope this marvelous book gets all the attention it deserves.” – Ambassador Andrew Killgore, Publisher, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.

Soon after WWII, US statesman Dean Acheson warned that . . . → Read More: How USA was trapped in the Israel’s creation crime

Only The Longest Thread – An immersive and riveting journey through the Eureka moments in Physics

Tasneem Zehra Husain is a writer, educator, and Pakistan’s first female string theorist. She holds a PhD from Stockholm University and did post-doctoral research at Harvard University. Husain is fascinated by scientific theories, how we engage with them, and how they change us. She explores these themes in her fiction and nonfiction writing, her popular talks, . . . → Read More: Only The Longest Thread – An immersive and riveting journey through the Eureka moments in Physics

Apple’s Cook says he’s proud to be gay

(By Abby Ohlheiser) “I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in a Bloomberg Businessweek essay, discussing his sexual orientation for the first time in public.

Now that Cook has come out, some people and groups who oppose LGBT rights have spoken . . . → Read More: Apple’s Cook says he’s proud to be gay

Waar’s director and producer in the midst of a crime case

A controversy over the distribution of proceeds of film ‘Waar’ has brought its makers into a legal battle with the producer struggling to get bail to avoid arrest in the case initiated against him by the director of the movie.

Released on October 16 last year, ‘Waar’ earned the profit which according to its director . . . → Read More: Waar’s director and producer in the midst of a crime case

God not a magician, Big Bang Theory correct – Pope Francis

(By ADAM WITHNALL) The theories of evolution and the Big Bang are real and God is not “a magician with a magic wand”, Pope Francis has declared.

Speaking at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pope made comments which experts said put an end to the “pseudo theories” of creationism and intelligent design that some argue . . . → Read More: God not a magician, Big Bang Theory correct – Pope Francis

Understanding Baloch identity

The various narratives intricately built around the problem we refer to as ‘Balochistan: Pakistan’s other war’ need to be understood in light of our colonial past and this region’s history and geography. Contextual analysis of the current scenario is of utmost importance. How the British treated various ethnicities, and helped build sharper divides because of . . . → Read More: Understanding Baloch identity

Saad Haroon wins runner up position in “Funniest Person in the World”

Pakistani stand-up comedian Saad Haroon secured second position in the final of the first World Famous Laugh Factory’s Funniest Person in the World competition.

The contestants faced off in an online voting competition for the prize.

During the voting, which started at 7pm (US Pacific time) on October 24 and continued till 11am on . . . → Read More: Saad Haroon wins runner up position in “Funniest Person in the World”