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Harsh Lessons From Regime Change

Harsh lessons from regime change

Although the event went largely unreported in Pakistan and elsewhere, a Coptic church was burned down in the Libyan city of Benghazi on March 4. Earlier, there was an assassination…

Obama’s Weasel Words

Obama’s weasel words

For those still hopeful for American support for an equitable solution to the Palestinian problem, Obama’s visit to the region would have been a big disappointment. At a press conference…

Elections And Betrayals

Elections and betrayals

On March 9, Kenya’s Election Commission declared Uhuru Kenyatta, the son of the country’s first president and a suspect wanted for war crimes, Kenya’s next president. Mr Kenyatta won by…

Brothers At War

Brothers at war

For two sects united by their belief in one Maker, one Book and one Prophet, the amount of blood spilt in the name of their respective faiths by Shias and…

Palestine And US Humbug

Palestine and US humbug

Maybe I’m a bit biased, having served in a UN peacekeeping mission and thus making and maintaining contact with some urbane and highly intelligent people in the UN headquarters in…

Egypt’s Zia Ul Haq?

Egypt’s Zia ul Haq?

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has been dubbed Egypt’s new pharaoh, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Cincinnatus, Benito Mussolini, Abraham Lincoln, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and even another Hosni Mubarak. Comparisons and juxtapositions are being…

The War On Education

The war on education

THIS week we saw many terrible pictures in the newspapers of buildings in Gaza reduced to rubble by the vicious Israeli air strikes that killed over 1,000 Palestinians, 400 of…

When Protest Is Possible

When protest is possible

THE recent war in Gaza provoked a series of protests across Pakistan. Vigorous street demonstrations and parliamentary resolutions denounced Israel’s actions and expressed sympathy for the Palestinians.

For A Different Israel

For a different Israel

On May 31, an armed Israeli naval force boarded a Turkish vessel in the Mediterranean carrying civilians from over 30 countries. They were carrying aid to the stricken people of…