India’s issues with its rapidly growing population

Maharahstra, India’s wealthiest and most urbanised state, needs more than $200 billion in fresh investment by 2022 if it is to solve a chronic shortage of affordable housing in its fast-growing cities, a report by consultants KPMG found.

India’s urban population is set to roughly double by 2050, and that means finding jobs and inexpensive . . . → Read More: India’s issues with its rapidly growing population

Technology to fight pirates

Ghost looks more like a spacecraft than a seaborne combat vessel. It’s waiting for us in the Piscataqua River, a few minutes out from its home at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. As we approach in a small chase boat, I get a full view of the cabin–sharp and angular like a stealth . . . → Read More: Technology to fight pirates

Can Bangladesh fall into the hands of Islamists?

The assassination of two liberal bloggers in quick succession in February and March raises some very disturbing questions.

First was that of Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-American, who came to attend the “21st February” book fair where a couple of his books were on sale. Machete wielding assailants killed him while his wife Rafida Bonna was . . . → Read More: Can Bangladesh fall into the hands of Islamists?

The Indian paranoia continues

Attempts are being made to mainstream the preposterous claim that the communal problem in India was imagined. Surely, there is no smoke without fire. To believe that an entire country was founded on a farce is consensual idiocy to say the very least. Perhaps, those who aim to find faults with the thought process of . . . → Read More: The Indian paranoia continues

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

Pakistan’s limited options in Yemen crisis

In the coming days, Pakistan is likely to join the Saudi-led military action against Yemen’s Shiite rebels. What will be the consequences of this potential move for a country already reeling from sectarian violence?

“Will Saudi Arabia send its armed forces to Pakistan’s help if India decides to attack the Islamic republic?” Pakistani intellectual and . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s limited options in Yemen crisis

Repercussions of Pakistan’s involvement in Saudi war

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

28 more suspects arrested in Youhanabad lynching case

At least 28 more suspects were arrested on Sunday in the lynching case of two youngsters after twin suicide blasts outside the churches in Youhanabad recently.

SSP (Investigations) Rana Ayyaz Saleem said that suspects were taken into custody after matching their images from footages and subsequently with the record of Nadra.

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US soldier discloses how unarmed Afghans were hunted for sport

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

How will Israel’s Netanyahu be remembered

On the back of an election victory Benjamin Netanyahu is poised to become Israel’s longest-serving prime minister. What will his legacy be: a talented politician who polarized society, isolated Israel in the world, and refused to make peace with the Palestinians, and eventually made war with Iran?

CrossTalking with Norman Finkelstein and Gil Hoffman.

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