Archive for March, 2010

Abuse of language threatens USA by Dr James Zogby

2 March, 2010
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The last administration displayed a rather perverse and dangerous penchant for dressing up their behaviour, providing it with religious or patriotic intent. President George Bush packaged the Iraq war, for example, as America’s mission – having been charged by God to bring the gift of freedom to the world. The “war on terror” was presented […]

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Blind pride

2 March, 2010
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LITAI XUE Economic incline may sink the sense of crisis and hurt the ability of government to adapt to future risks. Obama, during his visit to China in November, was more modest and gentle than any of his predecessors. But his attitude toward the nation has taken an about-face into a tougher, more rigid stance, […]

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Poisoning children

2 March, 2010
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Tuesday, 02 Mar, 2010 An investigation undertaken by this newspaper has revealed the presence of dangerously high levels of contaminants in toys commonly available in Karachi. These toxic metals and chemicals include elements such as lead, cadmium and various phthalates that are serious health hazards. Worryingly, there is no system in Karachi — or indeed […]

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Parliament’s performance

2 March, 2010
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Tuesday, 02 Mar, 2010 A painful legacy of dictatorships in Pakistan is the political apathy they create in lawmakers, even if the latter have been democratically elected. Having become accustomed to acting as members of a rubberstamp body, many parliamentarians forget how to serve as representatives of the people who voted them into power. The […]

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Saudi connection

2 March, 2010
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Tuesday, 02 Mar, 2010 Saudi Arabia has been in the news lately and much of it for reasons that may unsettle some here. But a closer look at the goings-on and speculation suggests that the perceived ‘negative’ impact on Pakistan may be an exaggeration. Yesterday, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh became the first Indian prime […]

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Permanent etchings

2 March, 2010
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Tuesday, March 02, 2010 It seems the ‘Islamic’ provisions rammed into the Constitution by the late dictator General Ziaul Haq, to serve his own purposes, can be neither touched nor altered. Like etchings in stone, they may stay with us for a very long time to come. One of the greatest ironies of our time […]

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A crucial shift

2 March, 2010
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Tuesday, March 02, 2010 There are significant and far-reaching shifts in the way in which the ruling establishment perceives and interacts with the Pakistani Taliban and the Afghan Taliban. Until very recently they were seen as discrete entities, separate but having complementarities and some shared interests. Today, there is a recognition – somewhat belated but […]

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Pakistan losing space

2 March, 2010
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WHILE the Pakistani ruling elite is busy in internecine warfare and embroiled in corruption controversies, it is losing space amongst its old time allies as a result of hard Indian diplomacy. Where once there was almost no Indian presence, today Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Saudi Arabia has brought into light the shifts […]

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Fuel prices

2 March, 2010
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THERE has been a cut in the prices of POL products, but it has been insufficient. The international prices of oil fell in February, and there was an inevitable reduction in the prices of POL products. The reductions, announced on Sunday by the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA), saw cuts of 0.9 percent to […]

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Racist attitude

2 March, 2010
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A seminar organised by the Nawa-i-Waqt Group at Oxford University rightly pointed out the discriminatory stance of the UK government towards Pakistan, especially in terms of the immigration laws and the visa regime. It was also highlighted that those hit hardest by such measures are the students. The new laws have invariably thrown up a […]

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