You can vote but you can’t elect

THE VOTERS WHO put Barack Obama in office expected some big changes. From the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping to Guantanamo Bay to the Patriot Act, candidate Obama was a defender of civil liberties and privacy, promising a dramatically different approach from his predecessor.

But six years into his administration, the Obama version of national . . . → Read More: You can vote but you can’t elect

USA the biggest threat to world peace

By Noam Chomsky An international poll found that the United States is ranked far in the lead as “the biggest threat to world peace today,” far ahead of second-place Pakistan, with no one else even close.

Imagine that the lead article in Pravda reported a study by the KGB that reviews major terrorist operations run by the . . . → Read More: USA the biggest threat to world peace

Pakistan has powerless voters

Reality is always hard to stomach. In the age of inflated self-worth and significance, societies start having delusions of grandeur. But when the delusions are questioned, the society either goes into denial or starts spinning a new narrative.

For the last two years, our people have been going through a process where there was initially . . . → Read More: Pakistan has powerless voters

PML-N destroying institutions and regularity authorities

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Gaza reconstruction pledge

(By Maureen Clare Murphy) A donor conference hosted in Cairo on Sunday to raise funds for the reconstruction of war-devastated Gaza has boasted $5.4 billion in pledges from various Western and Arab governments.

Yet Israel is the true beneficiary of this aid money. The self-declared international community has once again footed the reconstruction bill as . . . → Read More: Gaza reconstruction pledge

Why the west must not impose its broken model on others

“So far, the 21st century has been a rotten one for the western model,” according to a new book, The Fourth Revolution, by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge. This seems an extraordinary admission from two editors of the Economist, the flag-bearer of English liberalism, which has long insisted that the non-west could only achieve prosperity . . . → Read More: Why the west must not impose its broken model on others

Time to actually hear what Malala Yousafzai has been saying

Malala Yousafzai has become the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in history, sharing it this year with India’s Kailash Satyarthi, a children’s rights activist.

Ms. Yousafzai, from Pakistan’s picturesque Swat Valley, was shot in the head by a member of the Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan (TTP or Pakistani Taliban Movement) two years ago this . . . → Read More: Time to actually hear what Malala Yousafzai has been saying

PTI’s fading path

(By Khurram Husain) AT times a revolution, at others a movement, and yet others a political party for radical reforms, the PTI has now comprehensively lost the plot. Even the pledge to not leave the premises until the prime minister resigns is no longer repeated. The talks around examining the four electoral districts where serious . . . → Read More: PTI’s fading path

Drowning in apathy

By Sarah Eleazar

The road along Sher Shah Dyke leading to areas of Muzafargarh that were most ravaged in this year’s Monsoon presents a fitting analogy of the present government. Its foundations swept away by the currents, the road appears to crumble under the weight of any vehicle that dares traverse it.

Any one . . . → Read More: Drowning in apathy

Handing over the justice to militants

(By Raza Rumi) Pakistan has acquired a strong reputation of imprisoning a large number of men and women accused of “blasphemy.” Far from a fair trial, most of the accused are not even safe from mobs and vigilantes who assume the powers of both judge and jury. For a country that is ostensibly governed by . . . → Read More: Handing over the justice to militants