Taliban’s senseless desperation behind their brutality

By David Rothkopf

Why the Taliban can’t win in its fight against the future — and other bad omens for 2015.

Jihadis are waging the most futile war possible. Perhaps that explains the senseless desperation behind their brutality. They are not battling America or the West or regimes that seek to end their violence. Rather, . . . → Read More: Taliban’s senseless desperation behind their brutality

TTP’s choice of target has a deadly symbolic meaning

Pakistan is no stranger to militant attacks, but the brutal assault that left at least 132 children dead at an army-run school in Peshawar on Tuesday shocked the nation.

It also drew international condemnation, from the likes of U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed . . . → Read More: TTP’s choice of target has a deadly symbolic meaning

SSCI fails to achieve its goals on CIA’s Torture Report

(BY MICAH ZENKO) Two years after a 9-6 bipartisan vote, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) will reportedly finally release a declassified executive summary (of between 480 and 600 pages) of the committee’s report (itself over 6,000 pages long) into the CIA’s post-9/11 detention and interrogation program. Despite the best efforts of news organizations, . . . → Read More: SSCI fails to achieve its goals on CIA’s Torture Report

How one visit to Pakistan changed an Indian’s perspective

(By Nikita Singla) I said, “I want to go to Pakistan…” but, I couldn’t finish before the reactions came flying in:

“There are so many new places you can see, then why Pakistan?”

“If a war starts between India and Pakistan, the first thing they will do is seal the borders and you will be . . . → Read More: How one visit to Pakistan changed an Indian’s perspective

Jundallah a Balochistan based terror group pledges support for ISIS

In a statement today Jundallah, a high-profile Balochistan-based Islamist faction, announced that it is pledging loyalty to ISIS, and will back “whatever plans they have” going forward. The move follows reports from the Associated Press last week that the group’s leadership was meeting with ISIS members.

Jundallah is primarily a Balochistan separatist group, active in . . . → Read More: Jundallah a Balochistan based terror group pledges support for ISIS

Balochistan – A better future as part of Pakistan

(By S M Hali) If like-minded groups in Balochistan, of which there is no dearth, join hands, the issue of the uplift of Balochistan can be resolved.

The Baloch Council of North America (BCNA), headed by Dr Wahid Baloch, has decided to write a new chapter in the history of Balochistan by dissolving the pro-independence Baloch . . . → Read More: Balochistan – A better future as part of Pakistan

Moderate Islam in Jordan by guiding the Muslim clerics

(By William Booth and Taylor Luck) Several hundred robed Muslim clerics recently packed themselves into an auditorium to hear the minister of Islamic affairs issue their new marching orders. The meeting was mandatory.

“You clerics are our ground forces against the extremists,” Hayel Dawood told them.

Then he made himself clear: Preach moderate Islam — . . . → Read More: Moderate Islam in Jordan by guiding the Muslim clerics

Is India Al Qaeda’s next target?

Decrypted communications between Indian Mujahideen (IM) and al Qaeda and testimony from suspects have triggered alarm among intelligence officials in New Delhi: the groups appear to be working together to launch major attacks in the region.

The officials told Reuters that plots they had uncovered included the kidnapping of foreigners and turning India into a . . . → Read More: Is India Al Qaeda’s next target?

Modi’s India and the case of lost secularism

India, V.S. Naipaul declared in 1976, is “a wounded civilization,” whose obvious political and economic dysfunction conceals a deeper intellectual crisis. As evidence, he pointed out some strange symptoms he noticed among upper-caste middle-class Hindus since his first visit to his ancestral country in 1962. These well-born Indians betrayed a craze . . . → Read More: Modi’s India and the case of lost secularism

Islam has nothing to do with terrorism

Beheadings, stoning to death, blasphemy, conversion by the sword, caliphate — words that have come back to haunt us from the Middle Ages. You just have to open a newspaper or watch TV and you read about the Boko Haram in Nigeria, the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Islamic State of Iraq . . . → Read More: Islam has nothing to do with terrorism