Ved Pratap Vaidik, in the vortex of a political storm over his meeting with LeT chief Hafiz Saeed, went to Pakistan on a supposed Track 2 dialogue, which was led by Congress leaders Manishankar Aiyar and former foreign minister Salman Khurshid. The delegation also included a number of senior journalists.
According to Khurshid, the delegation was in Islamabad for . . . → Read More: Modi gets in trouble over India – Pak Track 2 diplomacy
(By Andrea Peterson) A main selling point of the U.S. brand on the international stage has long been summed up with the screech of eagles and one word: “Freedom.” But in the wake of the revelations about U.S. surveillance programs from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden last year, the world is less convinced of the . . . → Read More: NSA has destroyed America’s freedom
The jihadist insurgent group ISIS, or as it now prefers to be called, the Islamic State, appears well on the road to achieving its stated goal: the restoration of the caliphate. The concept, which refers to an Islamic state presided over by a leader with both political and religious authority, dates . . . → Read More: The unreal caliphate
A THOUSAND years ago, the great cities of Baghdad, Damascus and Cairo took turns to race ahead of the Western world. Islam and innovation were twins. The various Arab caliphates were dynamic superpowers—beacons of learning, tolerance and trade. Yet today the Arabs are in a wretched state. Even as Asia, Latin America and . . . → Read More: What’s wrong with the Arabs
(By Steven Mufson) The multibillion-dollar Anschutz Exploration Corp., which helped make its founder, Philip Anschutz, one of the richest men in America, filed a lawsuit three years ago against Dryden, a small town in Upstate New York.
The issue: Dryden was sitting on top of some of the best shale gas prospects in the country, . . . → Read More: US citizens reacting against fracking
Controlling historical memory yields useful dividends in politics. Destroying historical evidence is a time-tested strategy of autocrats, claimed academics and other assorted protesters here on Tuesday after Indian prime minister got hundreds of thousands of “historically relevant” files destroyed.Times of India said on Mr Modi’s directive the Indian home ministry has gone on ‘a cleanliness . . . → Read More: Modi orders historical files to be destroyed
What is the world coming to? It is as if the red tide of blood has engulfed the whole world. It is killings, bloodshed and chaos everywhere. And Muslims appear to be in the thick of action with what passes for Islamic world being the veritable center-stage of all the madness.
Look at . . . → Read More: Sunni-Shia differences and conflicts
Is the Food and Drug Administration waging a war on artisanal cheese?
The answer depends on your perspective. But this much is certain: An FDA official’s remarks to New York regulators about using wooden boards to age cheese has caused an uproar in the domestic industry and raised questions about the status of imported cheeses . . . → Read More: The art of traditional cheese making in danger
Imagine you’re drugged by someone you thought you trusted. You wake up in the morning with your face down in the dirt. You’re aching. Your appearance has changed and you can feel that you’re different as you try to stand through the pain. Beyond the physicality of it, your power was stolen from you. Your . . . → Read More: Was “Maleficent” wings being clipped scene about getting raped?