Ferguson shooting: Crowds gather across US to protest against the verdict

A dozen US cities have seen new protests over the decision not to charge a white policeman who shot a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.

Demonstrations from New York to Seattle were mostly peaceful but rioting broke out in Oakland, California.

There was some unrest in Ferguson itself, with police making 44 arrests, . . . → Read More: Ferguson shooting: Crowds gather across US to protest against the verdict

Racial riots in USA

Protesters set buildings ablaze, shot at police and looted stores in the US town of Ferguson on Monday after a grand jury chose not to press charges against a white officer who shot dead a black teen.

Police were overwhelmed by an explosion of violence right after the hotly awaited verdict. Officers were shot at . . . → Read More: Racial riots in USA

Erdogan’s war against the arts

At a glittering dinner on an island in the Bosporus here last week, Ali Gureli, the chairman of Contemporary Istanbul, the city’s annual art fair, told hundreds of international collectors, gallery owners and artists that Istanbul had secured its place as a global art capital.

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Obama must learn from the past – Keep CIA away from IS

If you thought the Isis war couldn’t get any worse, just wait for more of the CIA

Even America’s top spies know that arming rebels is ‘doomed to failure’ – but that can’t stop Obama’s gun-running operation

November 20, 2014 “ICH” – “The Guardian” – As the war against the Islamic State in Syria has . . . → Read More: Obama must learn from the past – Keep CIA away from IS

The hive of terror and militants – North Waziristan

(BY WAJAHAT S. KHAN) A television studio for suicide bombers, a market offering car bombs in a variety of colors and a secret tunnel filled with rotting corpses under the local mosque. These were aspects of daily life in the militant-controlled mountain area of North Waziristan, according to Pakistan’s military.

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How is Bangladesh doing

I wrote almost a year ago in another Pakistani journal about what I like to call “The Bangladesh Paradox.” The paradox is that, in traditional development theory, Bangladesh should have become, over the past 25 years, a modernized democracy, knocking on the door of entry into the middle income category of developing countries. Its economy . . . → Read More: How is Bangladesh doing

Pakistan Army takes back North Waziristan

Once described as the “epicentre of terrorism”, Miramshah is now reduced to mere rubble. The long row of hotels that had sprung up over the last few years and had been used by foreign militants as rest and relaxation centres have been blown up by air strikes and heavy artillery fire.

Sitting in the midst . . . → Read More: Pakistan Army takes back North Waziristan

Was Robin Raphel targetted or trapped

A tip from Indian soil which shed new light on how US diplomat Robin Raphel empowered the Taliban may have hastened her downfall in Washington.

Accounts from Raisina Hill, the seat of government in New Delhi and from Chanakyapuri, the capital’s diplomatic enclave, however, indicated that India’s official apparatus was not involved in the tip. . . . → Read More: Was Robin Raphel targetted or trapped

Why is India trying to become an aggressor

(By Ali Raza) India’s new leadership is continuously posing threats to the security of Pakistan. Modi’s engineering to convert existing posture into new offensive posture which no doubt has the capacity to bring instability in the whole region. By adoption of this posture Modi is trying to get hegemonic status for India in the region . . . → Read More: Why is India trying to become an aggressor

Defeat of another super power in Afghanistan

In the 19th century, Great Game was played between Russia and Great Britain in the regions of Central Asia and Afghanistan. Durand Line was demarcated in 1893 during Abdur Rahman’s rule and Afghanistan was created as a second buffer State between the two competing powers. Afghanistan was ruled by King M. Zahir Shah from 1933 . . . → Read More: Defeat of another super power in Afghanistan