January 17, 2009

Gaza in America —Rafia Zakaria

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Since current Israeli policy has reflected the philosophies of the Bush Administration, it only follows that the change in philosophy marked by the incoming Obama Administration will mark less tolerance for such policies

On January 11, 2008, the both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives passed resolutions declaring their strong support for Israel and its right to defend itself. The two non-binding resolutions were exceptionally similar in their language expressing “vigorous support and unwavering commitment to Israel”. The Congressional resolution went on to “condemn Hamas for deliberately embedding its fighters, leaders, and weapons in private homes, schools, mosques, hospitals, and otherwise using Palestinian civilians as human shields, while simultaneously targeting Israeli civilians.”Read More »Gaza in America —Rafia Zakaria

Terrorism begs new laws —Shaukat Qadir

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Interestingly, it was debated at the UN whether the International Criminal Court should be empowered to try international terrorists, which is actually the only genuinely workable solution to an international problem. The only reason a decision could not be reached was because members could not agree on a definition for terrorism!

For quite some time, eminent jurists have been arguing for new laws to deal with international terrorism. Perhaps it is time to attempt to understand why.Read More »Terrorism begs new laws —Shaukat Qadir

Ecological borders —Saleem H Ali

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It is high time that India and Pakistan consider the primacy of ecological cooperation as a means of lasting conflict resolution. Several proposals have already been presented to both governments to consider jointly managed ecological conservation zones in border areas which could help to reduce tensions

Amidst the political circus in Islamabad, it was refreshing to see that there could still be some meaningful discussion of how to mend relations between India and Pakistan. Despite all the negative rhetoric emanating from New Delhi, the visit of Dr RK Pachauri to the Pakistani capital this past week shows that many in India are still committed to a healthy and meaningful relationship with PakistanRead More »Ecological borders —Saleem H Ali

Demand for used cars increases in Pakistan as banks refuse credit

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  • PAMA reports decrease in sales of new cars by 55 percent during 2008 * Jail Road Traders Association general secretary says sellers of used cars hard to find
    * Dealer says cars used for five years in high demand

    By Nauman Tasleem

    LAHORE: With an increase in the prices of new cars and a decrease in the availability of credit from banks, the markets are suddenly facing a shortage of used cars, sources told Daily Times. Read More »Demand for used cars increases in Pakistan as banks refuse credit

Pakistan’s finest women writers gather under one roof

By Sumaira Jajja

KARACHI: It’s not every day that some of the finest women writers of Pakistan gather under one roof, but at The Second Floor (T2F), a book reading cum question and answer session managed to accomplish just that. In collaboration with the Oxford University Press (OUP), T2F gave the audience a chance to listen to excerpts from ‘And The World Changed,’ an anthology featuring some of the best works written by Pakistani women writers in English. Read More »Pakistan’s finest women writers gather under one roof

Global power struggle and Pakistan-Part I

 Masood Sharif Khan Khattak

From the 70s to date Pakistan has often been on the centre stage in the global power struggle and its role has always benefited the USA immensely. One such role was played when Pakistan brought about President Richard M Nixon’s visit to China in Feb 1972. Nixon’s visit to China helped USA contain USSR in the cold war era and also effectively neutralised the then growing Chinese nuclear threat.
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26/11: Poor training, not weaponry let Mumbai cops down

NEW DELHI: It was not the quality of weapons but poor training of policemen that handed terrorists an advantage during the Mumbai attack, a ounter-terrorism report from Stratfor, a think tank on geopolitical intelligence has said.

“In the end, the attackers outclassed the Indian police with their marksmanship far more than they outclassed them with their armaments,” says the January 14 Stratfor report.
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