DURING difficult hours Saudi Arabia, as indeed other Middle East countries, have been looking up to Pakistan for security cover. Bilateral agreements are in place with most of these countries that bind Pakistan to provide necessary support when asked for. Most of these agreement carry a clause that Pakistani troops shall not take part in . . . → Read More: Repercussions of Pakistan’s involvement in Saudi war
An American soldier has pleaded guilty to being part of a “kill team” who deliberately murdered Afghan civilians for sport last year.
Army Specialist Jeremy Morlock, 23, told a military court he had helped to kill three unarmed Afghans. “The plan was to kill people, sir,” he told an army judge in Fort Lea, near . . . → Read More: US soldier discloses how unarmed Afghans were hunted for sport
(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
(By Bill Van Auken) The New York Times Thursday published a prominent opinion piece entitled “To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran.”
The author was John R. Bolton, a former State Department official and, for a brief period, US ambassador to the United Nations, under the administration of George W. Bush. He became an influential figure . . . → Read More: Somebody educate John Bolton
Recently, in Afghanistan a young girl by the name of Farkhunda was burnt alive by a zealot mob who believed that she had torn the pages of the Quran in a holy place. No one checked the facts and the young girl was kicked punched and burnt alive.how long will . . . → Read More: Islam seems to be missing in Muslims
(By Praful Bidwai) Has India’s mainstream media decided to pay mere lip service to secularism and liberalism while ignoring daily attacks on them by the extremist Sangh Parivar in which the Bharatiya Janata Party is embedded? Going by the media’s silence on several recent developments, that seems to be the case.
No newspaper noticed the . . . → Read More: The minorities of India
By Kamila Hyat
Even as tragedy surrounds us, what is still more tragic is the fashion in which we allow thinking to be distorted and events twisted to fit specific notions. In many cases these notions are social constructs, built by a media that follows a specific, narrow tunnel of thought . . . → Read More: Failing society and its grim consequences
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
(By Lawrence Davidson) Elections are public windows onto national hopes and concerns, and this was certainly the case with the March 2015 voting in Israel. You just have to look through that window with analytical eyes to assess those national yearnings in their essential details.
At first glance the campaigning suggested that most Israelis were . . . → Read More: The real face of Israel exposed in election results
(By JOSH ROGIN) President Barack Obama has yet to meet with the new head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and won’t see Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg this week, even though he is in Washington for three days. Stoltenberg’s office requested a meeting with Obama well in advance of the visit, but never heard anything . . . → Read More: Why is US President avoiding Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg?