Record number of people rejecting US citizenship

Increase attributed to recent enforcement campaign against U.S. taxpayers with undeclared offshore accounts

A record 4,279 individuals renounced their U.S. citizenship or long-term residency in 2015, according to data released by the Treasury Department.

Last year was the third year in a row for record renunciations, according to Andrew Mitchel, an international . . . → Read More: Record number of people rejecting US citizenship

Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda – USA’s mythical strategies

Here’s my twenty-first-century rule of thumb about this country: if you have to say it over and over, it probably ain’t so. Which is why I’d think twice every time we’re told how “exceptional” or “indispensable” the United States is. For someone like me who can still remember a moment when Americans assumed that was . . . → Read More: Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda – USA’s mythical strategies

Saudi Royals “payment” of US$ 681 million to Malaysian PM

The Saudi royal family provided a $681 million “donation” that has engulfed Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak in scandal, his attorney general said on Tuesday in a statement clearing the premier of graft allegations.

Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali said a review of evidence compiled by the country’s anti-graft agency showed that the money was . . . → Read More: Saudi Royals “payment” of US$ 681 million to Malaysian PM

An unbiased review of highly biased book

Fighting to the End: The Pakistan Army’s Way of War

by C. Christine Fair,

New York, Oxford University Press, 2014

This book is but the latest in a series of recent works – including T.V. Paul’s Warrior State and Aqil Shah’s The Army and Democracy: Military Politics in Pakistan – that criticize the Pakistan . . . → Read More: An unbiased review of highly biased book

Its all in the stars

The stars can affect us in unpredictable ways. Astrologists have long tried to predict fame and fortune from the alignment of planets and interstellar objects, with middling degrees of success. The Herald looks at some of the illustrious personalities of Pakistan and tries to make humorous forecasts of what successes or failures – mainly failures . . . → Read More: Its all in the stars

Qatar finds Snow White inappropriate

A copy of a children’s fairy tale has been banned from a private school in Qatar after a parent complained about “indecent images” in the beloved book.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was reportedly removed from the library at SEK International School at the orders of Qatar’s Supreme Education Council.

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Islamic State’s obituary for Jihadi John

Jihadi John was compassionate with orphans, protective of Muslims, and so generous toward his fellow militants that he once offered his personal concubine to an injured, unmarried friend.

At least, that’s the account offered in Tuesday’s edition of Dabiq, the Islamic State’s English-language magazine, which confirmed the notorious militant’s death in a drone strike . . . → Read More: Islamic State’s obituary for Jihadi John

How Obama’s Pakistan drone strategy created trust deficit

Last week, President Obama kicked off his final year as president with the annual State of the Union Address. The speech seemed an auspicious time to ask questions about the President’s legacy, and for the current group of SAV Visiting Fellows to reflect on the consequence of American policies in South Asia during this period. . . . → Read More: How Obama’s Pakistan drone strategy created trust deficit

Saudi visit – The Houbara or the troops

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Too many assumptions in this Indian opinion peace

When India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi dropped in to visit Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over the holidays, there were some who hoped that a new era in India-Pakistan relations was in the cards.

That optimism died as quickly as most New Year’s Resolutions when four gunmen attacked an Indian air force base (called Pathankot) . . . → Read More: Too many assumptions in this Indian opinion peace