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A Book About Pakistan

Given the non-stop turmoil in Pakistan, and the role of military in Pakistan's affairs, political or otherwise, it was understandable when Pakistan watchers took great interest in Crossed Swords by Shuja Nawaz. Almost no one knows the author except for the few fortunate, but there is a simple way to introduce him. Shuja Nawaz, the […]

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A Devastating Terrorist Attack in Pakistan, Again.

Taliban Claim Responsibility for Pakistan Blasts Pakistan is going through one of the most difficult times in its history. Not only is the political situation too tumultuous, but economical uncertainly, terrorism, lack of electricity, fast diminishing water resources, and exploding population are factors threatening Pakistan's very core. We have seen back to back suicide bombings […]

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Responding to South Ossetia

Responding to South Ossetia

China's Xinhua Press is reporting that China welcomes the Georgia-Russia peace plan regarding South Ossetia on Wednesday, with optimism that the ceasefire would generate dialogue that would bring both nations on a common path to a solution. China's position on the conflict favors an agreement between both parties, and has remained netural as far as […]

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Pakistan: Dangers ahead for Washington

”I want to implement complete Islamic laws where the Koran and the Sunnat are supreme.”   This is a direct quote from Nawaz Sharif's speech in the parliament when he was Pakistan's Prime Minister. Before he triggered a crisis that brought Musharraf into power, Nawaz Sharif was on his way to trashing everything non-religious in […]

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Aafia Siddiqui

While the drama about Musharraf's resignation is playing out in Pakistan, there are other profoundly important issues that deserve our attention. One of the most heated topics of debate in Pakistan is the case of Aafia Siddiqui. Siddiqui was educated at MIT and Brandeis, but now she is suspected of being linked to Al Qaeda. […]

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Pakistan's Next President

Ahmed Rashid's opinion piece in today's Washington Post explains the dilemma for Washington. We have Nawaz Sharif who is totally opposed to anything and everything Washington, and we have Asif Zardari, who is moving cautiously and deliberately. Washington has to move decisively to help Mr. Zardari, who is open to working with the Western countries […]

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Headlines about Musharraf's departure!

The New York Times – President Musharraf of Pakistan Resigns Washington Post – Musharraf Resigns as President of Pakistan Reuters , President's Musharraf quits under impeachment threat Los Angeles Times – Pakistan's Musharraf steps down The Wall Street Journal , Next Chapter for Pakistan As Musharraf Steps Down The Financial Times , Pakistan's Musharraf announces […]

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Post Musharraf Pakistan

Musharraf resigned. Good news or bad, only time will tell. However, now that we are entering post Musharaff era, it is critical that Mr. Gillani initiate programs to help the country, and also to establish good rapport with rest of the world. Pakistan needs friends and above all, Pakistan has to keep the alliance with […]

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Musharraf, please leave

Pakistan's Foreign said that Musharraf has 24 hours to quit on his own. However, Once again, Musharraf is making the wrong choice by not reading the writing on the wall. Daily Dawn is reporting that Musharraf has decided to ignore the advice of his friends, and his (few) supporters to leave with respect and dignity. […]

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Military avoiding Musharraf Issue

Musharraf's base, Pakistan Army has wisely decided to let the political process take care of itself, instead of supporting or protecting Musharraf. Musharraf's best friend, G.W. Bush has not even bothered to call him to show his support. Laura King looks at how and why the military decided not to intervene. Pakistani military leaders are […]

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Pakistan after Musharraf

Writing for Los Angeles Times, Tariq Ali pointed out that inflation is out of control in Pakistan. Life for ordinary citizens is nothing short of hell on daily basis and therefore, Pakistan after Musharaff won't be different for those who are unable to afford daily necessities. Pakistan after Musharraf The country's problems won't go away […]

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Al Qaeda at 20 Dead or Alive?

Peter Bergen, one of the leading terrorism analyst and the author of The Osama bin Laden I Know wrote this piece for Washington Post on Sunday, 8/17/08 Al Qaeda at 20 Dead or Alive? By Peter Bergen Sunday, August 17, 2008; B01 Two decades after al-Qaeda was founded in the Pakistani border city of Peshawar […]

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Few Words About Pakistan

What comes to mind when we hear Pakistan? Bombings? Angry mobs? Terrorism? Violence against women and religious minorities?  The answer is all of the above. But, is this the true picture? After all, this is all we hear whenever Pakistan or anything about Pakistan is mentioned. The question is whether this picture is correct or […]

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Musharraf & AQ Khan

It was reported in The News International that Henny Khan, the wife of AQ Khan has suggested that Musharraf be treated the way Musharraf treated Dr. Khan after Dr. Khan's supposedly illegal activities surfaced. This is a remarkable fall from grace for Musharraf, a man who ran Pakistan like his personal estate. Just to remind […]

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XPost // China Abroad 2008: Chinese Communities and Culture in the Americas

Catch this post by R. Basas on the Latin America blog, which explores emigration patterns and Asian settlements in the Americas. Truly a timely piece with the steady streams of media infiltrating our inboxes, television sets, newspapers, and ipods – covering all things China.

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