Is United States using IS?

The Levant Report, the highly respected American NGO-watchdog on the transparency and accountability in government and politics in the United States, has done a great service to the intelligentsia in the South Asian region by obtaining through a federal lawsuit a selection of classified documents from the US Department of Defence and State Department relating . . . → Read More: Is United States using IS?

Former jail superintendent Aijaz Haider shot in Karachi

Former jail superintendent of Hyderabad police Aijaz Haider was killed Friday when gunmen opened fire on his car near Karachi’s Pehlwan Goth area.

According to Senior Superintendent of Police East, unidentified gunmen opened fire on his vehicle near Pehlwan Goth jurisdiction of PS Shahrah-i-Faisal. Subsequently, he was killed whereas his wife sustained injuries in the . . . → Read More: Former jail superintendent Aijaz Haider shot in Karachi

A grand snub from KSA to USA

King Salman’s decision not to come to Washington this week for the Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) summit is a very deliberate signal of his lack of confidence in American policy in the Middle East. The Saudis are unhappy with U.S. policy toward Iran, Syria, Iraq and Yemen. They don’t want a public argument with the . . . → Read More: A grand snub from KSA to USA

A nation above all other nations

American presidents reverently end their speeches with the audience-approving Benediction, “God bless America.” What they are really communicating is that God favors America. That, today, America is God’s chosen people. Even more! They are equating America with God. Which— in the magical twinkle of a rationalizing mind’s eye—means that America isGod—white America, that is. As . . . → Read More: A nation above all other nations

Three killed and 7 injured as speeding bus runs over them in Karachi

Three people were killed and seven others injured when a speeding bus ran them over on Tuesday in Karachi’s Liaquatabad area.

Enraged by the incident, protesters set the bus on fire. The police had to resort to aerial firing to disperse the angry protesters.

As per initial reports, the brakes of the bus had failed . . . → Read More: Three killed and 7 injured as speeding bus runs over them in Karachi

Dealing with MQM in UK

As the recent arrest of Mohammed Anwar in relation to money laundering shows, there is little sign of the pressure on the MQM letting up. And money laundering is just one of the issues the party has to worry about. The Pakistani authorities are more interested in the question of whether Altaf Hussain is using . . . → Read More: Dealing with MQM in UK

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