The oppression in India and Israel

Cultural revolutions are underway in two nation-states — India and Israel — founded by secular nationalists in the late 1940s. Right-wing demagogues, emerging in both countries from among previously unrepresented masses, seek to forge a new national identity by stigmatizing particular religious and secular groups.

There are eerie similarities between the Hindu thugs who assault . . . → Read More: The oppression in India and Israel

Pakistan’s civil, military and Karachi operation

Some questions giving themselves to avid debate on various TV channels are:

Is the government firmly committed to the Karachi operation? Are the government and the army firmly on the same page? What is the logical conclusion of the Karachi operation?

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The daylight robbery

Unjust taxes levied on private security providers is a huge tax anomaly

Through Finance Act, 2015, the federal government has introduced a new section (236P) which relates to collection of 0.6 per cent advance tax on non-cash debit transactions on Non Filers only. The withholding tax on cash withdrawal exceeding Rs50,000 a day will . . . → Read More: The daylight robbery

Afghan women and the social media

Samira Hamidi was initially reluctant to join Facebook. In 2009, she explains, it was “very unusual” for an Afghan woman to have an account. She was eventually talked into it by friends she met while studying law at York University. Now 35 and working as a consultant on Afghan women’s rights campaigns, she has . . . → Read More: Afghan women and the social media

Modi: Indians angry and disappointed with China

The Big Story: The Great Game

On the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Russia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi got a chance to raise India’s unhappiness with Beijing over a specific bit of international maneuvering. According to several External Affairs Ministry reporters, Modi told Chinese President Xi Jinping that India was disappointed, that the Indian . . . → Read More: Modi: Indians angry and disappointed with China

People deserve democracy not the politicians

(BY ARIF NIZAMI) “Democracy is the best revenge” — famous words of shaheed Benazir Bhutto, the builder of the PPP post judicial murder of her father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. The founder of the PPP was ousted by his wily army chief General Zia-ul-Haq exactly 38 years ago on 5 July 1977.

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Exposed but shameless politicians

By Syed Talat Hussain

Pakistan’s political progress can be likened to a rocking chair: moves much but doesn’t go anywhere. Most explanations of this state of perpetual stagnation centre on leadership. The popular, and to a great extent correct, belief is that leaders, both military and civilians, have brought the country to this . . . → Read More: Exposed but shameless politicians

Syria and Iraq suffered due to US “support” of ISIS

he war on terror, that campaign without end launched 14 years ago by George Bush, is tying itself up in ever more grotesque contortions. On Monday the trial in London of a Swedish man, Bherlin Gildo, accused of terrorism in Syria, collapsed after it became clear British intelligence had been arming the same rebel groups . . . → Read More: Syria and Iraq suffered due to US “support” of ISIS

When will Saudi Arabia address its internal issues

(By Giorgio Cafiero and Daniel Wagner) To hear Saudi leaders tell it, the kingdom is under constant threat from Iran. But graver threats of their own making lurk at home.

To hear Saudi leaders tell it, the primary threat to the kingdom’s stability is the Islamic Republic of Iran. Worried over Washington and Tehran’s slowly . . . → Read More: When will Saudi Arabia address its internal issues

Abuses and misuses of India’s AFSPA

(By Sudha Ramachandran) The Army claims the AFSPA is needed to handle insurgencies. Critics cite many abuses.

Recent events in India’s restive Northeast have turned the spotlight yet again on the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), a controversial piece of legislation that confers vast powers on the armed forces deployed in “disturbed areas” of . . . → Read More: Abuses and misuses of India’s AFSPA