US bombings in Muslim countries in 2015

Council of Foreign Relations resident skeptic Micah Zenko recently tallied up how many bombs the United States has dropped on other countries and the results are as depressing as one would think. Zenko figured that since Jan. 1, 2015, the U.S. has dropped around 23,144 bombs on Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia, all . . . → Read More: US bombings in Muslim countries in 2015

A beautiful song in memory of APS tragedy – #APSNeverForget

Inter-Services Public Relations, the media wing of the Pakistan Army, has released a new song to pay tribute to martyrs of the Army Public School as the nation marks first anniversary of militant raid in Peshawar that killed almost 150 people most of them children on December 16 last year.

Lyrics of the hypnotically infectious . . . → Read More: A beautiful song in memory of APS tragedy – #APSNeverForget

Learning from the Ottoman Empire

The roots of the Middle East’s many conflicts lie in the unraveling of the Ottoman Empire at the beginning of the twentieth century and the failure since then to forge a stable regional order. As the international community works toward securing a durable peace in the region, its leaders would be wise to remember . . . → Read More: Learning from the Ottoman Empire

No difference between Muslims and no-Muslim violence level

Contrary to what is alleged by bigots like Bill Maher, Muslims are not more violent than people of other religions. Murder rates in most of the Muslim world are very low compared to the United States.

As for political violence, people of Christian heritage in the twentieth century polished off tens of millions of people . . . → Read More: No difference between Muslims and no-Muslim violence level

Hackers declare war against ISIS

Islamic State sympathizers using social media to spread propaganda and recruit fighters are now drawing an increasing amount of return fire from activists who have been knocking some sites offline and infiltrating others.

The loose hacking collective Anonymous is the latest to draw attention to such campaigns, with members claiming credit this week for having . . . → Read More: Hackers declare war against ISIS

Russian airliner broke during flight

A Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula broke up in mid-air, an official of a Moscow-based aviation agency said after visiting the disaster site, but stressed it was too early to draw conclusions from this.

Russian authorities also ordered Kogalymavia airline, operator of the Airbus A321 which came down on Saturday killing all . . . → Read More: Russian airliner broke during flight

India asked by US to discuss Kashmir with Pakistan

Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper reported that in May this year, the U.S. handed over to Pakistan over 14 combat aircraft, 59 military trainer jets and 374 armoured personnel carriers. “Now we can spend this money to directly pay the terrorists enrolled into the United States army and also to revive the Pakistani economy…” said White House.

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Why Sharif’s peace strategy has flaws

Since 1997 Nawaz Sharif has unflinchingly espoused the cause of peace with India. But vested interests and domestic political compulsions in both countries have never allowed his initiatives to come to fruition.

In 1997, Mr Sharif designed the composite dialogue with India’s Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral but the latter couldn’t sell Kashmir’s inclusion in . . . → Read More: Why Sharif’s peace strategy has flaws

Republicans hate against Muslims

The Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is drawing criticism over the bigoted comments he has been making recently about Muslims. It is well deserved, and is not a matter of “P.C. culture,” as Mr. Carson has claimed. Nor does Mr. Carson represent some minor fringe element in the Republican Party.

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Massive irregularities in Pakistan’s power sector

The auditor general of Pakistan (AGP) has found embezzlement, misappropriation and irregularities of around Rs980 billion in the accounts of Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) and other power companies working under the Ministry of Water and Power in the audit year 2013-14 and has asked the president to order investigations into specific cases.

The . . . → Read More: Massive irregularities in Pakistan’s power sector