(By Sharmine Narwani) It’s been a bad time for foes of ISIS. Islamic State scored a neat hat-trick by invading strategic Ramadi in Iraq’s mainly Sunni Anbar province, occupying Syria’s historic gem Palmyra, and taking over Al-Tanf, the last remaining border crossing with Iraq.
The multinational, American-led ‘Coalition’ launched last August to thwart Islamic State’s . . . → Read More: The connection between ISIS and US-led coalition
I am sad that a suicide bomber decided to massacre innocent women, children and men at Wagah Border near Lahore, Pakistan who were there to witness the daily flag hoisting ceremony. I am happy that people of Lahore were there again the very next day to show solidarity with our armed forces . . . → Read More: The show must go on!
Much of the news that comes out of Pakistan is about dictators, drones and destruction, but 31-year-old Shehrbano Saiyid is one of the few Pakistanis who is trying to change the narrative of this beleaguered nation. She recently became the first Pakistani to lead an all-female mountaineering expedition through the Shimshal range in the Northern . . . → Read More: Shehrbano Saiyid leads mountaineering expedition through the Shimshal range
Pakistani police blocked a bail request for the minor who reportedly suffers from Down’s syndrome, claiming her release would endanger her life and that of her family. The girl is accused of blasphemy for allegedly burning a Koran.
. . . → Read More: Rimsha Masih in prison for her own safety
A mob is only as smart as its dimmest member. If the political discourse is anything to go by,our society is under attack from “outsiders”hell-bent on “undermining Islam” who we now must destroy. The destructive nature of mob mentality manifests itself every now and then in this country,be it under the banner of religion or . . . → Read More: Headless Chicken Syndrome
1 Geopolitics: ‘Rivals will take greater risks against the US’
No balance of power lasts forever. Just a century ago, London was the centre of the world. Britain bestrode the world like a colossus and only those with strong nerves (or weak judgment) dared challenge the Pax Britannica.
. . . → Read More: Changes we should expect in the next 25 years
This little piece is interesting. It strives to explain why Indians are susceptible to bribery. One of the explanations it espouses is that bribery lies in the transactional nature of Hindu religion i.e this comes down to bribing God, for Him to bestow unmerited favours. This being the religious practice, it is concluded, that bribery . . . → Read More: Bribery – Culture of India