“Prodigiously documented… Alison Weir must be highly commended for throwing such a brilliantly hard light on the relationship between the United States and Israel. I hope this marvelous book gets all the attention it deserves.” – Ambassador Andrew Killgore, Publisher, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.
Soon after WWII, US statesman Dean Acheson warned that creating Israel on land already inhabited by Palestinians would “imperil” both American and all Western interests in the region. Despite warnings such as this one, President Truman supported establishing a Jewish state on land primarily inhabited by Muslims and Christians.
Continue reading How USA was trapped in the Israel’s creation crime
If you’re an upper-middle class Pakistani in your late or middle twenties, expect yourself to feel mellow after you check your Facebook in the morning. One’s news feed is bound to be full of pictures, statuses and updates of peers and acquaintances getting married, engaged or having children. You are bound to get perplexed. This anxiety is mainly the result of disappointment. Disappointment from others who failed your expectations however flawed they may be. You come to the realization that part of you had always felt that your generation would be the one to break down conventional patterns and cultural power structures; even though this epiphany is of late. Nevertheless, you see many of them conforming to a euphoria that tells you that they see their compliance-driven outcome as their destiny.
Continue reading Millennial blues in Pakistan
American investigators intercepted a conversation this year in which a Pakistani official suggested that his government was receiving American secrets from a prominent former State Department diplomat, officials said, setting off an espionage investigation that has stunned diplomatic circles here.
That conversation led to months of secret surveillance on the former diplomat, Robin L. Raphel, and an F.B.I. raid last month at her home, where agents discovered classified information, the officials said.
The investigation is an unexpected turn in a distinguished career that has spanned four decades. Ms. Raphel (pronounced RAY-full) rose to become one of the highest-ranking female diplomats and a fixture in foreign policy circles, serving as ambassador to Tunisia and as assistant secretary of state for South Asian affairs in the Clinton administration. Continue reading Ms Robin L Raphel never liked India, was that her mistake
This would go down as one of the worst strategic and diplomatic failures of India in recent times. Russia has stepped up its rapprochement with India’s arch-rival Pakistan just as India is getting closer to the United States.
The unthinkable happened on 20 November when Russia– India’s tried and trusted friend, ally and strategic partner – signed a never-before defence cooperation agreement with Pakistan. The defence pact scripts a new history as Russia agreed to cooperate with Pakistan in combating terrorism and offered advanced counter-terrorism training to Pakistan.
The landmark Russia-Pakistan defence pact was inked during Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu’s visit to Pakistan, the first visit by a Russian Defence Minister to Pakistan in 45 years. The last visit to Pakistan was made by Soviet Union’s defence minister Andrey Grechko. Continue reading Russia disappointed with Modi’s new foreign policy
Russia will provide helicopters and other equipment to Pakistan to assist the South Asian country in its war against terror.
Bilateral relations between both the countries saw improvement during the recent visit of Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu.
The visiting Russian minister and Khawaja Muhammad Asif agreed to increase defence cooperation between both the countries. Continue reading Russia, Pakistan defence ties to strengthen
By Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi
There is a lot of debate about the two nation theory and whether it was the right approach to demand a separate country for Indian Muslims. But the real question we should be asking is what the national identity of Pakistan is today. The utility of two nation theory expired on August 14th 1947 after achieving the purpose. Now we have to come up with a new model that defines Pakistani identity.
A nation is defined as a group of people that have shared cultural, linguistic and historic tradition. Language plays a dominant role in defining a nation for instance China, Germany, France, Italy, Russia, Iran and Greece are all linguistically defined nations. But no country is 100% homogenous comprising of only one ethnicity. Culture is another factor that brings people together to form a nation. In modern times shared values and ideologies have emerged as builder of national identities. America, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia are diverse societies but are held together by set of values that permeate all cross sections of the society.
Continue reading Being Pakistani
If you thought the Isis war couldn’t get any worse, just wait for more of the CIA
Even America’s top spies know that arming rebels is ‘doomed to failure’ – but that can’t stop Obama’s gun-running operation
November 20, 2014 “ICH” – “The Guardian” – As the war against the Islamic State in Syria has fallen into even more chaos – partially due to the United States government’s increasing involvement there – the White House’s bright new idea seems to be to ramping up the involvement of the intelligence agency that is notorious for making bad situations worse. As the Washington Post reported late Friday, “The Obama administration has been weighing plans to escalate the CIA’s role in arming and training fighters in Syria, a move aimed at accelerating covert U.S. support to moderate rebel factions while the Pentagon is preparing to establish its own training bases.”
Continue reading Obama must learn from the past – Keep CIA away from IS
(BY WAJAHAT S. KHAN) A television studio for suicide bombers, a market offering car bombs in a variety of colors and a secret tunnel filled with rotting corpses under the local mosque. These were aspects of daily life in the militant-controlled mountain area of North Waziristan, according to Pakistan’s military. Continue reading The hive of terror and militants – North Waziristan