India’s crackdown on its black economy

On The Buck Stops Here, we debate: will the black money bomb result in a political explosion or an anti-climax? Government may have revealed three alleged black money account holders in its affidavit to the Supreme Court, but what about the big fish? And when government is probing four Congress names including former minister . . . → Read More: India’s crackdown on its black economy

42 fishermen from India captured in Pakistani territory

Ahmedabad:  Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (MSA) apprehended 42 Indian fishermen and their seven boats near Jakhau port off the Gujarat coast today, an official of the Fishworkers Forum said on monday.

“Pakistani security agency MSA apprehended seven boats carrying 42 fishermen today near Jakhau port off the Gujarat coast in the Arabian sea,” National Fishworkers’ . . . → Read More: 42 fishermen from India captured in Pakistani territory

As Pak Army destroys TTP in Pakistan, TTP moves to Afghanistan

Pakistani officials claim to have found evidence of ‘new sanctuaries’ set up by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and its affiliates in the Afghan territory near the border with North Waziristan Agency, where a massive military operation, codenamed Zarb-e-Azb, has been ongoing since mid-June.

A senior security official told The Express Tribune that the new . . . → Read More: As Pak Army destroys TTP in Pakistan, TTP moves to Afghanistan

Radha Timblo and Pakistan connection

Goan mining magnate Radha S. Timblo, accused of stashing black money in a Swiss bank, was indicted by an apex court committee in 2012 for illegally operating a mining lease with a questionable power of attorney executed by a Pakistani national.

A judicial commission headed by former Supreme Court Judge M.B. Shah probing Goa’s mammoth . . . → Read More: Radha Timblo and Pakistan connection

End of deadline and still no CEC

(By Hasnaat Malik) As the Supreme Court’s two weeks deadline regarding the appointment of permanent Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) expires today, Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Khurshid Ahmad Shah has approached the apex court, seeking a three-month extension for the completion of the process.

The Supreme Court on October 14 gave the federal . . . → Read More: End of deadline and still no CEC

Journalist gets taste of police brutality

Police tortures Dawn News’ Quetta reporter by dawn-news A journalist associated with DawnNews was beaten up by Quetta police in the early hours of Monday.

Personnel from the Industrial Police Station picked up reporter Hafeezullah Sherani from his residence at around 3 am and badly beat him up.

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How USA managed to import extremism

Conservatives told America they were bringing democracy abroad. They imported extremism instead.

“ Today I’m going to speak in depth about another vital element of our strategy: our efforts to help the Iraqi people build a lasting democracy in the heart of the Middle East.” ~George W. Bush, December 12, 2005

Water is scarce in this . . . → Read More: How USA managed to import extremism

Pro-Israel US senate is the only requirement

 

(By Janet McMahon) With the House of Representatives expected to retain its Republican majority—currently 234 seats to Democrats’ 201—all eyes are on the Senate to see if Democrats can hold on to their 8-seat majority (10 seats if one counts Independant Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Maine, who typically . . . → Read More: Pro-Israel US senate is the only requirement

No matter what, we will stay in Gaza

It has taken more than two weeks for Maliha Al-Ommor, 85, to return to her home in the village of Al-Fokhari, on the far eastern border of Khan Younis—but she is back.

She returned to a scene of devastation and destruction. Her son, Khaled Al-Ommor, watched his mother grieve as she looked at a 40-year-old . . . → Read More: No matter what, we will stay in Gaza

Modi’s India and the case of lost secularism

India, V.S. Naipaul declared in 1976, is “a wounded civilization,” whose obvious political and economic dysfunction conceals a deeper intellectual crisis. As evidence, he pointed out some strange symptoms he noticed among upper-caste middle-class Hindus since his first visit to his ancestral country in 1962. These well-born Indians betrayed a craze . . . → Read More: Modi’s India and the case of lost secularism