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

Rape victims suffer more due to insensitive police attitude

Barbara Bowman first publicly accused Bill Cosby of rape in 2004. But people didn’t start believing her until now, when a male comedian called Cosby a rapist last month.

Bowman’s story puts a personal face on the myriad reasons women are often hesitant to come forward with rape allegations. They often face disbelief, harrassment, or accusations of . . . → Read More: Rape victims suffer more due to insensitive police attitude

Indian politicians clear themselves of Chhattisgarh deaths

 

As the Chhattisgarh sterilisation tragedy mounts, the question is where will the accountability lie? In an exclusive interview to NDTV, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh dismissed Congress’s demand for his resignation, saying his resignation or that of the state health minister won’t solve the problem. He said that prima facie it appeared that SOPs . . . → Read More: Indian politicians clear themselves of Chhattisgarh deaths

PTI’s above the law thinking

WHY does the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) wish to garnish its credentials as a party that isn’t bound by the law and its procedures? Whether it’s Imran Khan’s resolve to oust Nawaz Sharif in a manner not contemplated by the letter or spirit of our Constitution or his call for civil disobedience (encouraging people to refuse . . . → Read More: PTI’s above the law thinking

NATO – future unknown

At the end of Second World War, Europe was devastated economically and militarily. Germany, France, Italy, UK, Hungary and Poland were most affected by the five years of wars. Two events enabled Europe to get back on its feet. First was the Marshall Plan introduced by USA. It provided much needed financial capital to these . . . → Read More: NATO – future unknown

Uplift funds to be shrunk due to International commitments

(By Khaleeq Kiani) The government has put a tight squeeze on public sector development funds to create a substantial cushion for meeting international commitments on fiscal control in case of a shortfall in revenue collection.

In the first four months (July-October) of the current fiscal year, the government disbursed Rs99.8 billion for the Public Sector . . . → Read More: Uplift funds to be shrunk due to International commitments

Does anyone know the real Bin Laden story?

RT, one of my favorite news sources, has fallen for a fake story put out by the Pentagon to support the fantasy story that a SEAL team killed Osama bin Laden, who died a second time in Abbottabad, Pakistan, a decade after his first death from illness and disease.

This fake story together with the . . . → Read More: Does anyone know the real Bin Laden story?

Corruption becoming a system

SOME argue that corruption, seen as ‘speed money’, ‘price of information’, or ‘kickbacks’, is not a big issue in any economy/ society. It is seen as the ‘grease’ that makes a system work. What is not taken into account in such narratives are the broader issues invoked when those who have been entrusted with a . . . → Read More: Corruption becoming a system

West Africa’s Ebola crisis and IMF

In recent months, as the spreading Ebola emergency took center stage in Washington, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) have pledged $530 million to help Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. And in October, at a special session with African leaders on Ebola during the IMF/World Bank annual meetings in Washington, DC, IMF Managing . . . → Read More: West Africa’s Ebola crisis and IMF

Israel buying Palestinian property thru UAE

The United Arab Emirates has played a big role in selling the houses of Arabs in Silwan, south of Al-Aqsa Mosque, to Israeli settlement construction companies, a senior member of the Islamic Movement has revealed.

In an interview with Al-Quds news channel, the vice chairman of the Islamic Movement in Israel Sheikh Kamal Khatib said: . . . → Read More: Israel buying Palestinian property thru UAE