China takes control of Gwadar Sea Port Pakistan

PAKISTAN is building a port at the south-western city of Gwadar on the mouth of the oil rich Persian Gulf. It provides an economical route for the flow of Central Asia’s natural resources to the world with easy access to the growing consumer markets of Asia. Gwadar facility is a hub port that will contribute . . . → Read More: China takes control of Gwadar Sea Port Pakistan

Pakistan, China – Shared goals and objectives

By Sakib Sherani

The prime minister’s recent visit to China yielded a rich harvest of agreements and contracts between the two sides. The bulk of these agreements centred on ‘investment’ by Chinese companies in energy projects in Pakistan. Not surprisingly, the government’s PR team went into overdrive extolling how the agreements would be a “game-changer” . . . → Read More: Pakistan, China – Shared goals and objectives

FORK TONGUED PALEFACES

Bruce Riedel, a former CIA man and now affiliated with a Washington think-tank is no friend of Pakistan. This much was always clear from his writings. Now an article written by him and published in India’s Hindustan Times seems to indicate that he is no friend of India’s either. What he has proposed as an . . . → Read More: FORK TONGUED PALEFACES

US declares Pakistan’s Karachi and Lahore Urdu baraz piracy free

NEW YORK: US Trade Representative Michael Froman has announced to remove two Pakistani Urdu bazaars from the annual list of “notorious” marketplaces, online and physical marketplaces that “reportedly engage in and facilitate substantial piracy and counterfeiting.”

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… And we thought Sochi 2014 was “gay-free”

Ari-Pekka Liukkonen of Finland. (Daniel Mihailescu/Getty Images)

On Sunday the world gained another openly gay Olympic athlete: Ari-Pekka Liukkonen of Finland.

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The idealist utopia, crushing Asian children

Bollywood’s biggest international success, after many expensive and absurd attempts to break through abroad, was the 2009 film “3 Idiots.” Based on a novel by the Indian writer Chetan Bhagat, the movie follows three engineering students struggling to realize their deepest desires against the punitive strictures of teachers and parents.

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China’s cyber attack on Australia’s spy headquarters

Despite sophisticated cyber defences, the layout and location of computer networks inside Canberra’s spy agency are now reportedly in the hands of hackers.

The cyber attack on one of the construction contractors of the Australia Security Intelligence Organisation building came from a server traced to China, Australian media reported Monday.

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The time for rationing water

The right to water and sanitation is recognised in international law, but it is often left up to each local community’s initiative to secure that right. And a village in the Thar Desert of western India has recently been singled out by The Hindu newspaper for its exemplary water rationing system:

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Billy Bob’s got to move out

By Fred Reed

TSA I bet this won’t surprise you.

The United States is the most hated country in the world, followed closely by Israel, and then by nobody. Wny? Why not Ecuador? China? Russia? East Timor? The hostility puzzles many Americans, who genuinely believe their country to be a force for good, a pillar of democracy, . . . → Read More: Billy Bob’s got to move out

Who will provide affirmative action in India?

Consumed with weapon purchases, maritime capabilities and external threats from China and Pakistan, India has it seems neglected to peek at the state of affairs within its own boundaries. In the past few months, multiple incidents infringing the right of freedom of speech have occurred which has prompted writer Salman Rushdie to smear India with . . . → Read More: Who will provide affirmative action in India?