American Jews are taking back their power from Israel

(By Philip Weiss) The last month has seen the greatest change in the US relationship with Israel in more than 40 years, maybe since the 1973 war, or possibly even Suez, or the creation of the state. We see President Obama repeatedly faulting the Israeli prime minister’s conduct, politicians boycotting the Israeli p.m.’s speech in . . . → Read More: American Jews are taking back their power from Israel

Somebody educate John Bolton

(By Bill Van Auken) The New York Times Thursday published a prominent opinion piece entitled “To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran.”

The author was John R. Bolton, a former State Department official and, for a brief period, US ambassador to the United Nations, under the administration of George W. Bush. He became an influential figure . . . → Read More: Somebody educate John Bolton

No room for mistrust in exceptional circumstances

In article published earlier this week in the New York Times, former Interior Minister of Afghanistan, Mr. Daudzai raised serious questions over Ashraf Ghani’s judgment and understanding of the Pak-Afghan effort against terror. Coming off as overly skeptical, the former Interior Minister claimed that Pakistan’s goals and objectives are markedly from those of Afghanistan’s, and . . . → Read More: No room for mistrust in exceptional circumstances

Islam seems to be missing in Muslims

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Recently, in Afghanistan a young girl by the name of Farkhunda was burnt alive by a zealot mob who believed that she had torn the pages of the Quran in a holy place. No one checked the facts and the young girl was kicked punched and burnt alive.how long will . . . → Read More: Islam seems to be missing in Muslims

The minorities of India

(By Praful Bidwai) Has India’s mainstream media decided to pay mere lip service to secularism and liberalism while ignoring daily attacks on them by the extremist Sangh Parivar in which the Bharatiya Janata Party is embedded? Going by the media’s silence on several recent developments, that seems to be the case.

No newspaper noticed the . . . → Read More: The minorities of India

Failing society and its grim consequences

By Kamila Hyat

Even as tragedy surrounds us, what is still more tragic is the fashion in which we allow thinking to be distorted and events twisted to fit specific notions. In many cases these notions are social constructs, built by a media that follows a specific, narrow tunnel of thought . . . → Read More: Failing society and its grim consequences

Undermining Pak-India peace process

Pakistan is at a critical juncture in its fight against terrorism. After Peshawar attack, there is a new resolve in civil-military leadership to deal with this menace for long term peace and stability in the country. While Afghanistan has offered full cooperation to Pakistan in this war, there is another neighboring country that . . . → Read More: Undermining Pak-India peace process

The real face of Israel exposed in election results

(By Lawrence Davidson) Elections are public windows onto national hopes and concerns, and this was certainly the case with the March 2015 voting in Israel. You just have to look through that window with analytical eyes to assess those national yearnings in their essential details.

At first glance the campaigning suggested that most Israelis were . . . → Read More: The real face of Israel exposed in election results

Why is US President avoiding Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg?

(By JOSH ROGIN) President Barack Obama has yet to meet with the new head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and won’t see Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg this week, even though he is in Washington for three days. Stoltenberg’s office requested a meeting with Obama well in advance of the visit, but never heard anything . . . → Read More: Why is US President avoiding Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg?

Political parties can no more party!

By Adnan Randhawa

There are no clear signals that Musharraf’s political venture is being supported by the establishment; nor can there be many reasons for such support. One, the army is clearing the very mess that Musharraf had admittedly created and two, why would anyone reuse a fired cartridge instead of . . . → Read More: Political parties can no more party!