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Editorial : November 2014

Editorial: November 2014 The Casualty of Political Rhetoric Dr.Rasheed Hasan Khan Political leaders in Pakistan have lately stepped up their hype and rhetoric, rolling out an intricate mix of fact and fantasy that leaves the public speechless. There are public speeches, interviews on print and electronic media and auto-biographic expositions. Sadly enough, truth is usually … Continue reading

Populism’s Second Coming

Populism’s second coming I.A. Rehman Oct 09, 2014 The writer is a director of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP). Populist rhetoric has been used to sustain the Islamabad dharnas long enough to justify an inquiry into its impact on the country’s politics. This is the second time in Pakistan’s history that populist politics … Continue reading

Gambling against Armageddon

Gambling against Armageddon Munir Akram The writer is a former Pakistan ambassador to the UN. IN an opinion piece last year, Henry Kissinger observed that over the next couple of decades a nuclear war was likely to take place between India and Pakistan. The nuclear factor was in play in four major and one minor … Continue reading

Gamed: Why the Nobel Prize lacks Credibility

Gamed: Why the Nobel Prize lacks credibility Rakesh Krishnan Sinha—- Tehelka A delusion many people harbour is that the Nobel awards are fair and impartial. These are the same people who believe in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy. But look at the cold facts in an objective light and you will discover that the … Continue reading

The Light Brigade– Cuban Doctors fight Ebola

Cuban Doctors Fight Ebola Chris Gilbert The Ebola epidemic . . . whereas most of the world tightens frontier control and essentially flees from the problem, Cuba opens a new chapter of solidarity and faces the danger. By sending 255 doctors and nurses to West Africa to deal with the latest Ebola outbreak, the heroic … Continue reading

Romila Thapar bursts the Hindutva myths

Romila Thapar bursts the Hindutva myths Amit Ranjan Thursday, 11 September 2014 Romila Thapar is one of the most authoritative historians on ancient India, who has empirically argued against and burst various myths related to ancient India propagated by what she calls syndicated Hindutva forces. Her writings have falsified almost all historical hypotheses used by … Continue reading

MI5 Spied on leading British historians for decades—-

MI5 spied on leading British historians for decades, secret files reveal Eric Hobsbawm and Christopher Hill had phones tapped, correspondence intercepted and friends and wives monitored Friday 24 October 2014 00.00 BST MI5 amassed hundreds of records on Eric Hobsbawm and Christopher Hill, two of Britain’s leading historians who were both once members of the … Continue reading

Massa Tom

Massa Tom Jay Moore One of my cherished historical role models growing up in rural Virginia during the 1950s and 60s was the tall, red-haired intellectual and revolutionary, Thomas Jefferson. The vast majority of those I grew up with and went to school with were far from being intellectuals (who were commonly put down as … Continue reading

In Afghanistan the West suffered from Institutional Failure—-

In Afghanistan the west suffered from institutional failure. Let’s learn from it Afzal Amin Tuesday 28 October 2014 As the final British troops leave Afghanistan they do so with several hundred military personnel still in post supporting the Afghan National Army. They must now continue the fight against rural insurgency and terrorism the best way … Continue reading

9/11 -The Mother of all Big Lies

9/11: The Mother of All Big Lies By Stephen Lendman They’re an American tradition. They date from the republic’s inception. Notable ones began in the mid-19th century. They facilitated annexing Texas. Half of Mexico followed. America became Cuba’s colonial power. Controlling the Philippines, Guam, Samoa, Hawaii, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Canal Zone, Puerto Rico and … Continue reading