How the New York Times is erasing history

I never cease to be fascinated by the breathtaking ease with which the “liberal” New York Times and other major U.S. media outlets airbrush out of history the disastrous and criminal role Uncle Sam has played and continues to play in the world.

Take last Wednesday’s Times. On the first page and above the fold there appears a story that notes with understated horror the recent state-building successes of Islamic State (IS). The IS, Times reporter Tim Arango writes, “uses terror to force obedience and frighten enemies.” It is “transforming into a functioning state that uses extreme violence – terror – as a tool.” It is “providing relative stability in a region troubled by war and chaos while filling a vacuum left by failing and corrupt government that also employed violence – arrest, torture, and detention.” And, Arango learned from “a small but growing group of experts” who are “challenging the conventional notion [holding that the IS’s] evil ensures it eventual destruction.” One of these “experts” is John McLaughlin, deputy director of George W. Bush’s Central Intelligence Agency from 2000 to 2004. “Evil,” McLaughlin told Arango, “isn’t always defeated.”

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Karachi: dengue toll rises to 701

As many as 37 more dengue viral fever cases were reported from Karachi city in a week increasing the patients toll to 701 in 2015.

According to a report issued by Dengue Prevention and Control Program Sindh, at least 37 more dengue fever cases surfaced in the city in the last week and total number of cases have reached 701 since 1st January 2015.

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Where moderate Islam reigns successfully

Visitors to this stunningly beautiful valley, towered over by five snow-capped mountains, sometimes feel as if they are standing at the edge of the earth — or, maybe, at the middle of it. Continue reading Where moderate Islam reigns successfully

Malik Riaz claims to be blackmailed by two ex-army officers

BY MUNAWER AZEEM

The complainant alleges that retired Lt Col Tariq Kamal, Dr Rehman and retired Col Khalid Rasheed blackmail him.—AFP/FileReal estate tycoon Malik Riaz Hussain lodged a complaint with police on Wednesday against two retired army officers and a developer, accusing them of blackmailing Bahria Town.

Mr Hussain, accompanied by his staff, went to Lohi Baher police station to lodge the case.

Personal staff officer of Bahria Town retired Lt Col Khalilur Rehman has been cited as the complainant.

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Ali Zafar demands public clarification from Junaid

Ali asked the pop star-turned-televangelist a direct question and to everyone's surprise, Junaid replied!  PHOTO: FILEJunaid Jamshed is in the spotlight again and not for a good reason. After facing severe criticism over his recent sexist remark, the pop star-turned-televangelist released a clarification in the form of a video.

That, however, didn’t stop superstar Ali Zafar from grilling Junaid — and that too publicly. Giving Junaid some benefit of the doubt, Ali initiated a conversation on Twitter, asking if the former believes women are inferior to men.

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13 die in country wide floods, Rs. 500m relief announced for Chitral

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addresses the people in Chitral on July 22, 2015/ PHOTO: PIDAs at least four people were killed on Wednesday when their pick-up truck was swept away by a seasonal stream in Khuzdar, Balochistan, raising the overall death toll from this year’s monsoon-linked floods to at least 13.

The vehicle was crossing a seasonal stream in the Shah Noorani area of the remote district when it was swept away because of a massive surge of water.

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JC rejects all three rigging charges levied by PTI

JC rejects all three rigging charges by PTI  The three-member judicial commission headed by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk in its detailed report sent to the Ministry of Law on Wednesday rejected all the three allegations of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on rigging in the 2013 general elections.

The three main allegations of the PTI included organised rigging in the 2013 general elections, non-transparent polling and theft of the public mandate. The report said there were irregularities to the extent of the Election Commission but they did not constitute a reflection of a deviation from the public mandate. Continue reading JC rejects all three rigging charges levied by PTI

Choosing duty over comfort

STOCK IMAGETeaching primary school students brings joy to 43-year-old Yousaf Ali Khan who gave up a desk job at the education department to pursue his passion for it.

A native of Bannu, he has served the profession for 24 years. Khan is currently posted at Government Primary School, Badizai in Peshawar and teaches Islamic studies, math and english to students from Class 1 to 5.

“I love teaching primary school students and I do my best to instruct them in a manner which is suitable to their young minds,” Khan tells The Express Tribune over the phone. Continue reading Choosing duty over comfort

ANF grabs narcotics worth Rs. 4.77 billion in Baluchistan

LEA fails to nab drug peddler; Senate told 12,365 tonnes of narcotics seized this year so far. PHOTO: AFP/FILEA special team of the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) conducted an intelligence-based operation in Balochistan on Monday, resulting in the seizure of heroine worth billions of rupees.

With the seizure of 746kg heroin worth Rs4.77 billion in the international market, the force has now seized ‘approximately 12,365 tonnes of narcotics in the past 17 years,’ said official details available with The Express Tribune.

They, however, admitted that the special teams could not apprehend the drug peddlers believed to be involved in this latest bid as they were hiding in far-flung areas of the province. Continue reading ANF grabs narcotics worth Rs. 4.77 billion in Baluchistan

Ayyan set to challenge ECL?

Supermodel Ayyan Ali has decided to challenge the action of putting her name on the Exit Control List (ECL).

According to reports, the supermodel allegedly involved in money laundering, has expressed grave concern over the new development against her. She decided to challenge the action in court and also started consultations with her lawyers in this regard. The supermodel will likely to file a petition in the current week. Continue reading Ayyan set to challenge ECL?