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Amnesty says US Officials should face War Crimes Charges…..

Amnesty says US Officials should face War Crimes Charges….. The Guardian. 22/10/13 US officials responsible for the secret CIA drone campaign against suspected terrorists in Pakistan may have committed war crimes and should stand trial, a report by a leading human rights group warns. Amnesty International has highlighted the case of a grandmother who was … Continue reading

US Shutdown: a guide for non-Americans

  US shutdown: a guide for non-Americans The American government has begun shutting its non-essential services. Why? And what will it mean?   Graeme Wearden   The Guardian, Tuesday 1 October 2013 The US government has begun shutting its non-essential services. Hundreds of thousands of workers are waking up to the news that they are on … Continue reading

Editorial: October 2013

  Editorial: October2013 Between the Devil and the Deep Sea Dr. Rasheed Hasan Khan The hundred days honeymoon period of Nawaz  Sharif   government  are over, with nothing  spectacular to show for it. Nawaz Sharif had made a commitment to give priority to revitalizing the economy, Solving the Energy Crisis and Restoring Law and Order, especially … Continue reading

Focus on Pro-poor Growth Strategy

  Focus on pro-poor growth strategy Niaz Murtaza The PML-N leaders frequently talk about building bullet train networks and regional economic corridors to revitalise the economy. The emphasis on economics is welcome. However, a document that translates political rhetoric into concrete strategies is still being awaited. Given Pakistan’s poor social indicators, regional inequalities and tensions, … Continue reading

Tips to Contain Militancy

      Tips to Contain Militancy Munir Akram DAWN 7/7/13 RISING militancy accompanies the spreading turmoil in the Islamic world. The coup in Cairo to oust the Muslim Brotherhood’s president Mohamed Morsi is symptomatic of the tumult and conflict that afflicts Muslim peoples today. Egypt may see uneasy stability or a wider internal conflict. … Continue reading

Are Pak Christians paying the price for their perceived loyalty to the West?

  Are Pak Christians paying the price for their perceived loyalty to the West? The Christian community seems to suffer all over the subcontinent due to the pre-1947 bias. They are considered as naturally attached to the former colonial masters and their extended family of nations Ayesha Siddiqa A day after Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz … Continue reading

The Forgotten War: 12 Years in Afghanistan

   Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by TomDispatch The Forgotten War: 12 Years in Afghanistan Down the Memory Hole by Ann Jones   Will the U.S. still be meddling in Afghanistan 30 years from now?  If history is any guide, the answer is yes.  And if history is any guide, three decades from now most Americans will … Continue reading

It’s in the (Indian)Air, Smells like Semi- Fascism

  It’s in the (Indian) Air, Smells like Semi-Fascism by Bernard D’Mello Public memory of how (the) fascists “use[d] and abuse[d] democratic freedoms in order to abolish them” (Hannah Arendt) was strong when, more than 60 years ago, India’s Constituent Assembly rejected the option of a presidential type of executive.  But now, the coming general … Continue reading

Chilean Coup: 40 years ago I watched Pinochet crush a Democratic Dream

  Chilean coup: 40 years ago I watched Pinochet crush a democratic dream  Hugh O’Shaughnessy    The Observer, Saturday 7 September 2013 Few foreign reporters were left in Santiago on the spring morning of Tuesday 11 September 1973 when Augusto Pinochet, head of the army, was pulling off his trick. The previous Saturday he had … Continue reading

Kissinger and Chile : The Declassified Record

  Kissinger and Chile: The Declassified Record on Regime Change  Peter Kornbluh Global Research, September 12, 2013 Washington, D.C. – Henry Kissinger urged President Richard Nixon to overthrow the democratically elected Allende government in Chile because his “‘model’ effect can be insidious,” according to documents posted today by the National Security Archive. The coup against … Continue reading