When Goliath gets the media to thwart the sling of David by Jawed Naqvi

5 July, 2010
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Following the First World War, Austrian journalist Karl Wiegand made an insightful observation. “How are nations ruled and led into war?” he asked. “Politicians lie to journalists and then believe those lies when they see them in print.” What seems cynical was true then, and it is true today. The one difference, however, is that […]

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If spy agencies had cooperated by Irfan Husain

3 July, 2010
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The recent revelations about a Russian spy network working under deep cover in the US gives us the farcical side of espionage. The fact that the Russian suspects had been under FBI surveillance for 10 years without the Americans being able to uncover what secret information they had actually sent back to Moscow says as […]

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Kashmir in the picture by Kuldip Nayar

2 July, 2010
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Kuldip Nayar Friday, 02 Jul, 2010 With such positive talks between India and Pakistan recently, the tragic happenings in Kashmir seem more than a coincidence. That the youth in the valley are angry for not getting their due is known to all. But why should Kashmir be on the boil when relations between India and […]

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Most vulnerable prisoners by I.A. Rehman

1 July, 2010
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There has been some welcome news about the most vulnerable of all prisoners in South Asia — the Indians in Pakistani prisons and the Pakistanis in Indian jails — but the matter demands much greater attention than it has lately received. Pakistan released 17 Indians on the eve of the India-Pakistan foreign secretaries’ meeting and […]

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Hate and horror in Lahore by Irfan Husain

5 June, 2010
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Irfan Husain Saturday, 05 Jun, 2010 A day after the slaughter of nearly 100 Ahmadis in Lahore last week, Britain’s Channel 4 aired a programme on Iraq in its ‘Unreported World’ series. The narrator described the plight of the Christians and other minorities in the north who were being regularly targeted by Sunni militias. One ancient […]

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Israel’s challenge to the world by Kuldip Nayar

4 June, 2010
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It depends on how you interpret the ‘right to live’. The Israelis believe that they can live only if their state, Israel, is not challenged by any power or people in the Middle East. The Palestinians, who were once strongly opposed to the existence of Israel, believe that they, however weak militarily, too have the […]

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Notes from the courtroom by Cyril Almeida

4 June, 2010
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Politicians are scum. Politically, it’s an old argument, probably as old as politics itself. Few here would particularly disagree with the assessment. Constitutionally, it’s a novel argument. But that’s what the Supreme Court witnessed this week as Akram Sheikh went on his confused and confusing rant against the new process for selecting judges under the […]

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A handy name for an enemy by Jawed Naqvi

3 June, 2010
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It’s baking hot in Delhi, but there is a spring in the walk of its Pakistani diplomatic community. Some are savouring the prospects of a new posting, reward for helping their country weather the storm that came with the Mumbai terror attacks. Others are busy with next month’s visit to Islamabad by the Indian foreign […]

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Victims and victimisers by Rafia Zakaria

2 June, 2010
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IF the attacks on Ahmadis in Lahore last week were not horrifying enough, the ensuing debate on Pakistani talk shows and television programmes was even more chilling. While condemning the attack, it seems Pakistanis were unwilling to deal with the underlying bigotry that permits such hatred. Across the globe in the United States, on the […]

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It’s now or never by Kamran Shafi

1 June, 2010
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I saw the news of the massacre much after it had happened, being out of the house when I received an alert on my cell about “12” people getting killed in a terrorist attack on praying Ahmadis in Model Town. I ran home and put on the TV and burst into tears, first of rage […]

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