(By Michael Doran, Michael Pregent, Eric B. Brown and Peter Rough) On June 10, 2014, a little over a year ago, the forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (IS) shocked the world by seizing Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq. The government in Baghdad watched helplessly as its security forces crumbled . . . → Read More: How to eliminate Islamic State
Global perceptions of Pakistan have been largely shaped by natural disasters,terrorism and official corruption. In newspapers and popular culture, meanwhile, the country has been portrayed as a dusty pit of desolation. The visit of Brandon Stanton, the street photographer behind the celebrated Humans of New York project, was nothing if not timely.
After touring 11 . . . → Read More: Humans of NY gives a new perspective on Pakistan
(By Dr Atta-ur-Rahman) Winds of change are now blowing across the landscape of Pakistan. The corrupt are being caught by the forces led by General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff, (COAS) and many are trying to escape to safer foreign shores where they have amassed mountains of dollars and pounds.
Karachi is beginning to . . . → Read More: Change is possible but not easy
IN Charleston, South Carolina, last Wednesday, Dylann Roof spent an hour in a Bible study class with a dozen or so parishioners before declaring, “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country, and you have to go.”
He took out his gun and murdered nine people, reportedly reloading his weapon five times. When . . . → Read More: Racial killings in America
In an article titled ‘Why Does Pakistan Accuse Indian Spies of Terrorism’ Mr Michael Kugelman of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC comes out strongly in support of India’s intelligence agency RAW and blames Pakistan’s military for the whole business of blaming a fresh smelling rose like RAW for foul and rotten . . . → Read More: RAW activities in Pakistan
A monumental task
Leaving aside the debate whether it is democratic to have leaders at the helm of political parties that are placed there because of the surname they carry, Bilawal is reportedly back within the party fold. Where does Bilawal go from here?
It is well known that there exists an in-party divide. . . . → Read More: PPP banking on Bilawal
Saad Aziz’s confession with regards to his involvement in perhaps the most high profile target killing incidents (Safoora chowk massacre and Sabeen Mehmood’s murder) in recent times seemed like a convenient all-in-one package that helped the state seal the controversial cases. Speculating the odd timing and circumstances behind the confession is a rather . . . → Read More: Distinguishing between terrorism and extremism
(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
Thomas R. Pickering Working Group Chair The Century Foundation Press • New York
The Report of The Century Foundation International Working Group on Pakistan
. . . → Read More: The sleep must end now
Six men armed with 9mm pistols dressed in police or security guard uniforms riding three motorcycles stopped a bus loaded with men and women of the Ismaili community in broad daylight on a busy Karachi street. They boarded the bus and killed 43 at close range and in cold blood. The Chief Minister . . . → Read More: Karachi Bus Massacre