Pakistan’s civilian leadership falls on its face

(By I.A. Rehman) THE federal government has been diligently trying for several weeks to convince the people that the central issue facing Pakistan is poor governance, but without offering any hope of redemption.

The petrol crisis led to the government’s indictment for somnolence, its incapacity to speak with one voice and its lack of expertise . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s civilian leadership falls on its face

Indonesia – Death penalty for many foreign drug dealers

Indonesia is ready to execute seven foreign drug convicts on death row after their appeals for presidential clemency were rejected, an official said, in a move certain to set Jakarta on a collision course with international allies.

The seven include two Australian leaders of the “Bali Nine” drug-smuggling gang, who have been on death row . . . → Read More: Indonesia – Death penalty for many foreign drug dealers

Democracy – No one-size-fits-all

By Yasir Masood Khan

Democracy is the complex web of connections between individual politicians, political parties, the electorate, civil society, media and state institutions that is formed through the electoral process.

The roots of Indian democracy have been strengthened due to the establishment and consolidation of the Indian Election Commission through parliament and the . . . → Read More: Democracy – No one-size-fits-all

Modi – A secular leader or an extremist Hindu?

Entering 2015 with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in power at the federal level in India, there appears to have been a metamorphosis in India’s social, political and economic environment. The BJP and its coalition was voted into power in 2014 in a landslide victory, promising ‘development’ for India. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s development . . . → Read More: Modi – A secular leader or an extremist Hindu?

Obama warns India to ensure religious freedom

India is changing fast, and Hinduism is keeping up.

On Tuesday, before he left India, U.S.President Barack Obama delivered a speech in which he remindedIndians that “your Article 25 says that all people are ‘equally entitled to freedom of conscience and the right freely to profess, practice and propagate religion.’” President Obama noted that “every . . . → Read More: Obama warns India to ensure religious freedom

Pakistan’s Ahmadis finding it difficult to get another home

Pakistan’s story began with a parting — partition from India — and now, for a growing number of people, it is ending with another parting. Negombo, a beach town 24 miles from Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, is refuge for hundreds of Ahmadi Muslims fleeing persecution in Pakistan.

According to the Colombo office of the . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s Ahmadis finding it difficult to get another home

When Netanyahu’s options run out

Benjamin Netanyahu believes he has just one job, and that is to stop Iran from getting hold of nuclear weapons. He might argue that this description of his mission as Israel’s prime minister is too limiting, though such an argument would not be particularly credible. Israel’s very existence, he has argued, consistently, and at times . . . → Read More: When Netanyahu’s options run out

India fires the corrupt missile maker

Three major complaints against Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief Avinash Chander, including two anonymous ones, were pending before the Prime Minister’s Office in November 2014, when he was given a contract of 16 months on his retirement. It is reliably learnt that investigations into the complaints went against him and thus he was . . . → Read More: India fires the corrupt missile maker

There is no freedom in hate speech

(By Vijay Prashad) Sadness and pain from Peshawar to Paris should not blind us to the clichéd responses of those in power. More airstrikes in Syria and Iraq will not help France with its social disintegration. Hypocrisy diverts and only breeds war.

Peshawar… Imagine the pain that courses through the veins of Andaleeb Aftab, a . . . → Read More: There is no freedom in hate speech

Why is USA so scared of Israel?

The United States has joined Israel in condemning the International Criminal Court’s decision to open a preliminary probe into possible war crimes committed against Palestinians, blasting it as a “tragic irony”.

ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said her office would conduct an “analysis in full independence and impartiality” into alleged war crimes by Israel, including . . . → Read More: Why is USA so scared of Israel?