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Sabur Ali Sayyid Imran and Qadri are promising the moon to the nation, for sure. To begin with, the socio-political and economical structure of Pakistan is inherently immune to any fundamental transformation under prevailing circumstances. Only a long and arduous mass movement can shake it upside down. Neither...

Mohammad AlRumaihi   In one of his most important statements, the 16th century Italian thinker Niccolo Machiavelli observes: “For, in truth, there is no sure way of holding [a province] other than by destroying it.” This is exactly what Israel is doing to Gaza, for a month now, and the death toll is approaching 2,000, following the resumption of Israeli attacks...

P.G. Bhaskar   It’s been happening stealthily. Little by little, it has crept upon us and numbed us. Now, I think we are stuck with it. Quality is pretty much dead. Goodbye, great service. It has touched every profession, every aspect of life. Look at airlines. I took my first flight when I was in my twenties. Till then I had only heard of those wonderful flying...

Dima Khatib   Let’s advocate for Palestine’s right to be a full member at the United Nations.” The voice is very familiar to any Venezuelan or anyone living in Venezuela. Heard in small recorded sentences, it comes out every now and then, scattered between commercial ads on a local radio station. “We want peace. We want the aggression on Palestine...

Farhan Bokhari   Clashes between Pakistan’s police and followers of Tahirul Qadri, an Islamic preacher, on Friday in parts of the Punjab province, have clearly set the pace for coming events. They have also indicated a growing tendency under the regime of Pakistan’s prime minister Nawaz Sharif to opt for an overkill in dealing with anti-government dissent across...

Gaza and World War-1

August 10, 2014

Neil Berry It seems a strange fatality that the latest horrors perpetrated by Israel in Gaza have coincided with the commemoration in the United Kingdom of the beginning of the First World War on August 4, 1914. For the unresolved Israel-Palestine conflict is the poison fruit of what was hailed as the ‘war to end all wars’. It is understandable that the centenary of...

Chris Ryecart US President Barack Obama sounded convincing enough when discussing issues of the US economy at the beginning of his press conference on Wednesday, but sadly when it came to the Middle East he might have been living on another planet. After his speech in Cairo, he has done little to turn his rhetoric into concrete actions, and his failure to blame the Israeli...

Aijaz Zaka Syed We live in interesting times. Like the poet who wondered, “sochta hoon duniya kya se kya ho jayegi,” one is perpetually intrigued and amazed by the contrasts and contradictions of the world. If the never-ending hypocrisies, and petty, selfishness of some wear you down, there are still people out there whose humanity and sheer generosity and nobility...

Rajeev Sharma   A six-year-old boy curiously named Curious asks his father the meaning of politics. The wise man comes up with a teaser. “Let me put the whole thing called ‘politics’ in proper context, my boy. I am the sole breadwinner of the family. So, call me Capitalism. Your mom is the sole administrator of the money I bring in. Call her the Government....

Neil Berry It seems a strange fatality that the latest horrors perpetrated by Israel in Gaza have coincided with the commemoration in the UK of the beginning of the First World War on Aug. 4, 1914. For the unresolved Israel-Palestine conflict is the poison fruit of what was hailed as the ‘war to end all wars.’ It is understandable that the centenary of the 1914-18...

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