Canada visit – Modi’s dark past and even darker present

When Stephen Harper hosts Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his visit to Canada this week, they will be greeted both with adoring fans and with protests. Modi, an extremist Hindu nationalist, has support within a section of Canadian Indians. But his past comes back to haunt him. A human rights organization called Sikhs . . . → Read More: Canada visit – Modi’s dark past and even darker present

Freedom of speech restricted by new cybercrime bill

Uploading photos on Instagram and Facebook or sending emails or text messages to a recipient without their consent may be considered harmless online behaviour, but under the new Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill (PECB) 2015, these actions and many more could land unsuspecting Internet users in jail.

“The bill criminalises all such activities. Nowhere in . . . → Read More: Freedom of speech restricted by new cybercrime bill

No Christian safe in new India

Hindu terrorists in India approached a church in India’s Uttar Pradesh region, with this message: We will burn down the whole church if you do not leave. According to the report:

Under pressure from Hindu extremists, local officials kept a church from meeting on Good Friday (April 3) in India’s Uttar Pradesh state and ordered . . . → Read More: No Christian safe in new India

No respect for honesty

Following the unceremonious dismissal of Mohammad Ali Nekokara, the police officer who refused to use force against demonstrators on Constitution Avenue during anti-government protests, several other officials have also come forward in defence of the former Islamabad senior superintendent of police (SSP).

The episode has also given one such officer the courage to come forward . . . → Read More: No respect for honesty

Fahd Huasain telling it like it is

By Fahad Husain

So finally the mouse has roared.

Parliament “desires that Pakistan should maintain neutrality in the Yemen conflict so as to be able to play a proactive role to end the crises,” declares the resolution passed by the joint session of parliament. Whoa!

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Pak PM’s foreign policy and Saudi “expectations”

By Ayaz Amir

Pakistan could have handled this mess better, with slightly more finesse and subtlety. But the quality of decision-making in Islamabad is what it is. So there is no point in moaning over it, or being surprised by the fact that Pakistan is ending up annoying all sides and . . . → Read More: Pak PM’s foreign policy and Saudi “expectations”

Blackwater murderers of Iraqi civilians get life

(By MATT APUZZO) One by one, four former Blackwater security contractors wearing blue jumpsuits and leg irons stood before a federal judge on Monday and spoke publicly for the first time since a deadly 2007 shooting in Iraq.

The men had . . . → Read More: Blackwater murderers of Iraqi civilians get life

Tarek Fatah calls White Americans and Canadians racist

The fight against extremism is far too important to allow the narrative to overtake the facts.

Tarek Fatah is a high-profile Muslim critic of Islam.

He is admired by some and detested by others for his outspoken views, including unflinching condemnation of anti-Semitism in the name of Islam. However, a review of Fatah’s response to . . . → Read More: Tarek Fatah calls White Americans and Canadians racist

11 members of a minority killed in 2014, no one punished

Eleven Pakistani members of the Ahmadi religious minority were murdered for their faith in 2014 and authorities failed to apprehend any of the killers, a report said Monday, highlighting growing intolerance toward the sect.

The figure represents a rise on seven killings the year before, with the report blaming growing hate speech in conferences and . . . → Read More: 11 members of a minority killed in 2014, no one punished

Over 2000 women kidnapped by Boko Haram

Boko Haram have abducted at least 2,000 women and girls since the start of 2014, according to rights group Amnesty International.

A report published by the organisation on Wednesday says many of those captured have been forced into sexual slavery and trained to fight for the group.

The group based its findings on nearly 200 . . . → Read More: Over 2000 women kidnapped by Boko Haram