American Jews are taking back their power from Israel

(By Philip Weiss) The last month has seen the greatest change in the US relationship with Israel in more than 40 years, maybe since the 1973 war, or possibly even Suez, or the creation of the state. We see President Obama repeatedly faulting the Israeli prime minister’s conduct, politicians boycotting the Israeli p.m.’s speech in . . . → Read More: American Jews are taking back their power from Israel

Justice for all… political parties

Justice is justice only when it is applied to all

In the last few weeks, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has seen the state come down hard on it. With arrests of MQM’s workers, search operations of the MQM headquarters and extracted statements from criminals makes it clear that the . . . → Read More: Justice for all… political parties

Love thy neighbor

When you see a former Pakistani ambassador being hailed in India for his views, it has to be for all the wrong reasons. There is no doubt that the amount of attention Hussain Haqqani gets from Indian media is unprecedented for a Pakistani national. One can easily come across his various articles and . . . → Read More: Love thy neighbor

Political crisis in Bangladesh continues

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina holds the high cards in her Awami League government’s violent confrontation with an opposition coalition led by her longtime bitter rival Begum Khaleda Zia, the leader of the Bangladesh National Party. But though Zia’s strategy of disrupting economic activity to force early fresh elections under a caretaker government has clearly . . . → Read More: Political crisis in Bangladesh continues

Declaring and defining terrorists

The Washington Post reports that “terrorism trend lines are ‘worse than at any other point in history.’” But what is terrorism? It has frequently been pointed out that “terrorism” is a tactic, not an actual physical adversary, but it is less often noted that a simple definition of what constitutes terrorism is hardly universally accepted, . . . → Read More: Declaring and defining terrorists

For the sake of Pakistan

By Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi

There seems to be an undercurrent of new trend of politics in Pakistan that is out of sight and at the early stage of development. It could die out as a sapling does during its early days if proper water and fertilizer is not provided. Although . . . → Read More: For the sake of Pakistan

Sindh Police’s APC purchase contract cancelled by Supreme Court

By Nasir Iqbal

The Sindh government suffered a severe blow on Thursday when the Supreme Court set aside a Rs1.23 billion controversial contract for acquiring armoured personnel carriers (APCs) in the wake of the deteriorating law and order situation in Karachi.

A three-judge bench, headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja, declared the contract between Sindh . . . → Read More: Sindh Police’s APC purchase contract cancelled by Supreme Court

No attention or reaction to Human Rights violations in Afghanistan

(By Thomas Ruttig) Human rights abuses in Afghanistan no longer make big waves outside the really concerned circles. Yesterday (on 3 March 2015), Human Rights Watch released a hard-hitting piece of meticulous research looking at the ease with which gross human rights violations and war crimes are still committed by the powerful in Afghanistan: “Today . . . → Read More: No attention or reaction to Human Rights violations in Afghanistan

India’s Daughter exposes the real India

Why did Mukesh Singh do it?

What was Delhi’s Tihar Jail inmate thinking when he consented to be interviewed by Leslee Udwin and the team behind the documentary India’s Daughter? Was Singh, one of the six men convicted for gang-raping a young woman in Delhi in 2012, . . . → Read More: India’s Daughter exposes the real India

Can Pak FM Ishaq Dar convince all parties on Charter of Economy?

WHEN in power, all political parties resort to similar tactics to deal with the economic problems they face. They all approach the IMF and miscellaneous donor agencies for help in shoring up the balance of payments.

They all rely on ad hoc revenue measures to prevent the fiscal framework from veering too far from its . . . → Read More: Can Pak FM Ishaq Dar convince all parties on Charter of Economy?