Pakistan and KSA to join hands against terrorism

Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have reiterated their commitment to fight extremism and terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and continue to cooperate in the field of exchange of security-related information.

They also emphasised the importance of security cooperation to combat the crimes of drug trafficking and money laundering while Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said . . . → Read More: Pakistan and KSA to join hands against terrorism

Karachi cheapest city in 2013

25 Of The World’s Cheapest Places To Live.

10. Tehran, Iran

Originally called Ray, this city is Iran’s 32nd national capital and has been that way for 220 years. Home to the sixth tallest tower in the world, the Milad tower, it is among the largest cities in Western Asia. The average price for a 1 . . . → Read More: Karachi cheapest city in 2013

US fails to understand drone abuse

By Lawrence Wilkerson

Although it’s far removed from the public conscience, we ought to pay more attention at just what drone use portends.

Akbar Ahmed’s The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam, should be required reading for American soldiers, citizens and, above all, . . . → Read More: US fails to understand drone abuse

ZoneAsia-Pk: Letting the world slip

By Zara Zulfiqar

Let’s be honest here: taking notice, taking action, and more of the like never work. Our elected governments only make these statements to pacify the panicking masses and well frankly, we all understand the quick sand swallowing us whole is here to stay. The week started with a shocking power breakdown. There was no . . . → Read More: ZoneAsia-Pk: Letting the world slip

What happened to the hippie trail

Jonathan Gregson goes back to Kathmandu and discovers that these days hotels outnumber flop houses

What seems like a lifetime ago, I packed up my rucksack and headed off down the “Hippie Trail” through Iran and Afghanistan, and ultimately to India. But for most of my long-haired, wide-eyed travelling companions, the ultimate destination was Kathmandu . . . → Read More: What happened to the hippie trail

What was the point of banning YouTube?

YouTube was banned in Pakistan on September 17, 2012 to pacify incensed emotions that were unleashed across the country following the release of the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims”.

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Lack of accountability in foreign policy making

I gave a lecture last night at the Cape Ann Forum, on the topic of America’s changing position in the world and what it might (should) mean for U.S. grand strategy. My hosts were gracious and the crowd asked plenty of good questions, which is what I’ve come to expect when I speak to non-academic groups. Indeed, . . . → Read More: Lack of accountability in foreign policy making

Wikileaks: Stratfor emails reveal low-grade intelligence on Iran

The leaked info from rent-a-spy agency Statfor both highlights the intel that Israeli forces wiped out Iran’s nuclear infrastructure – and casts doubts on the report’s validity.

According to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, both Stratfor’s methods and the quality of their information gathering raise eyebrows. Speaking at a press conference in London, Assange drew attention . . . → Read More: Wikileaks: Stratfor emails reveal low-grade intelligence on Iran

Former IAEA inspector asks for transparency

Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Paul Jay in Washington.

Robert Kelley, a nuclear engineer and former director/inspector with the IAEA, recently wrote a piece in Bloomberg about the whole question of Iran, nuclear weapons, and such. Here’s a little bit of what he said:

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Christie’s pressurized to return stolen goods from Pakistan

Looting of treasures from the old world has been a favorite pastime of colonial powers. Visit any European capital and one will find lotted treasures ensconced in pretty cases. The theft spans Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Iran, Iran, Pakistan, India and African countries. UNESCO has tried to create some regulations, but Western powers usually ignore the theft. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was the last . . . → Read More: Christie’s pressurized to return stolen goods from Pakistan