November 6, 2008

America’s ‘new deal’ – By Shamshad Ahmad

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THE US has a new president-elect, Barack Obama. He is the first black man to be elected to the office of the president.

In the past, black candidates did run for this high office but none crossed the primaries. As a first-generation immigrant child and 45 years after Martin Luther King Jr declared his dream for a colour-blind America, Obama has shattered a barrier more than two centuries old.Read More »America’s ‘new deal’ – By Shamshad Ahmad

Pakistan on the edge, warns US intelligence report

By Anwar Iqbal

WASHINGTON: US intelligence agencies have reported that increased violence, massive energy and food shortages and political instability threatens to destabilise Pakistan.
The report, known as the National Intelligence Estimate, is collectively produced by 16 US intelligence agencies including CIA and the FBI, and is presented to the US president and Congress.
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Pak Economy: Default — over my dead body?

Ali Ashraf Khan

When Shaukat Tarin, another Citi banker and economic maverick was named advisor to P.M on Finance, the message was loud and clear that Pakistan’s economic prescription will continue in the shoes of Shaukat Aziz and Dr Salman Shah style, though Shaukat Tarin claimed and announced that all is not lost and that he has a plan A and a plan B and to the IMF Pakistan will go only “over his dead body.” This was a couple of weeks ago. Read More »Pak Economy: Default — over my dead body?

Idiocracy-Fasi Zaka

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There is a Mike Judge film called Idiocracy. The film itself is quite poorly done, but its premise is intellectually spectacular (even plausible). It envisions a future where intellect is severely compromised because the poor continue to overpopulate and the rich, the educated, have increasingly smaller numbers of children until knowledge is lost and cretins rule the world. And it’s set in America.
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The day after-Ikram Sehgal

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The long lines outside the polling stations on Election Day meant unprecedented numbers and history in the making. The US woke up having made history by electing its first coloured president. What happens in the US impacts the rest of the world, to paraphrase Neil Armstrong, the first man to go the moon, “the election of Barack H Obama is one small step for Americans, it is one giant step for mankind.Read More »The day after-Ikram Sehgal