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Browsing Archive: January, 2012

ANALYSIS: Civil-military relations in Pakistan —Farhat Taj

Posted by ADP on Monday, January 30, 2012, In : Farhat Taj 

Courtesy to "Daily Times"

The Difa-i-Pakistan rally was a combination of both: the Taliban with and without beards. The common denominator is that they both support the establishment’s use of religious bigotry in foreign as well as domestic policies of Pakistan

Militant outfits known for close ties with the military establishment of Pakistan held the Difa-i-Pakistan Conference (Defence of Pakistan Conference) on December 18, 2011. They declared jihad as an obligation for Muslims a...

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Arundhati Roy: "The People Who Created the Crisis Will Not Be the Ones That Come Up With a Solution"

Posted by ADP on Monday, January 30, 2012, In : Arundhati Roy 
by: Arun Gupta, The Guardian UK | Op-E, Wednesday 30 November 2011

Arundhati Roy, speaking at a Harvard conference in April, 2010. (Photo: jeanbaptisteparis)

The prize-winning author of The God of Small Things talks about why she is drawn to the Occupy movement and the need to reclaim language and meaning.

Sitting in a car ...

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Against populism

Posted by ADP on Monday, January 30, 2012, In : Mushtaq Gaadi 

Against populism

Mushtaq Gaadi | Opinion | From the Newspaper
January 19, 2012 (2 weeks ago)

POPULISM is the new cloak of right-wing politics in Pakistan. As elsewhere, this emergent rightist populism is constructed upon the pillars of hyper-patriotism, xenophobia and rhetoric of anti-politics.

Its manifest target is the incumbent government, but it potentially threatens the ongoing democratic transition and the institutional edifice of parliamentary democracy.

Populism typically thrives...

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ANALYSIS: State of education in Balochistan

Posted by ADP on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, In : Mir Balach Baloch 

 By —Mir Balach Baloch

Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2012, Daily Times

In modern times, no government, and particularly an economically shattered country like Pakistan, could control a massive land and its people through outdated colonial policies and an oppressive regime

Pakistan’s strategic heartland and resource-rich province Balochistan is deprived and suffering from all types of social, political and economic crises. Unbearably mismanaged and misgoverned by Islamabad’s puppet ...

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Sufism: path to peace and tolerance

Posted by ADP on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, In : Ahmed Shah Azami 

  By—Ahmad Shah Azami

Published: 18 Jan 2012, The Daily Times

  This popular form of Islam is more widespread than the hardline and extremist version of Wahabiism, which is followed by today’s Taliban and al Qaeda

A theatre (stage drama) was organised in Peshawar by the Directorate of Culture, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from January 16 to January 18 to commemorate the great Pashto sufi poet, Rahman Baba. The theatre show aimed to give the message of love, peace and tolerance to the youth of ...

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Don’t let mullahs take over Pakistan

Posted by ADP on Saturday, January 14, 2012,
December 28, 2010, Published in " Blogs, The Express Tribune"

While the mullahs in Lahore were waging jihad (at least through their hateful speeches) many progressive Pakistani and Indians were praying for peace. PHOTO: REUTERS

I had goosebumps reading the recent news that several criminals gathered in Lahore under the banner of t...

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This bastardised libertarianism makes 'freedom' an instrument of oppression

Posted by ADP on Saturday, January 14, 2012, In : Daniel Pudles 

It's the disguise used by those who wish to exploit without restraint, denying the need for the state to protect the 99% 

Illustration by Daniel Pudles

Freedom: who could object? Yet this word is now used to justify a thousand forms of exploitation. Throughout...

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10 Things about Memogate

Posted by ADP on Saturday, January 14, 2012, In : Aakar Patel 
Published: December 20, 2011

The writer is a director with Hill Road Media and a former editor of the Mumbai-based English newspaper Mid Day and the Gujarati paper Divya Bhaskar

Mansoor Ijaz’s memo to the American Army, given in the wake of May 2, says 10 things: 1; General Parvez Kayani was desperate to find someone to blame for being unable to stop America from killing Osama bin Laden. Pr...

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A mirage mis-named strategic depth

Posted by ADP on Saturday, January 14, 2012, In : Eqbal Ahmad 

By Eqbal Ahmad, Al-Ahram Weekly On-line 

In his letter to Zarb-i-Momin, the Taliban publication, Mr Azam Tariq, leader of Pakistan's violently sectarian Sipah-i-Sahaba Party, is ecstatic over his ideological brothers' recent victories. His ecstasy is shared by Pakistan's national security managers, but for non-ideological reasons. The attainment of "strategic depth" has been a prime objective of Pakistan's Afghan policy since the days of General Ziaul Haq. In recent years the Taliban replaced Gulbadin...

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‘To be a Baloch is to embrace death’

Posted by ADP on Saturday, January 14, 2012, In : Rabia Ali 
By Rabia Ali
Published: December 10, 2011

ABDUCTED: 5,000to 6,000 is the number of people ‘missing’ in Balochistan, according to the HRCP. PHOTO: REUTERS.

KARACHI: What is happening in the largest province of the country remains behind a veil of secrecy. There are some who dare to speak, but only if their privacy is protected. For “to be a Baloch openly is to embrace death,” says one such woman.

Sarah* is o...

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Memo-gate: Man who delivered memo wants US to leash ISI

Posted by ADP on Saturday, January 14, 2012,

Washington: Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz, who is at the centre of the “memogate” controversy, has alleged that ‘S Branch’ of Pakistan’s military-run ISI is so powerful that it can’t be controlled by anyone and wants the US to take the lead in leashing it.

Saying that the branch along with CT (Counter-terrorism) section were critical wings of the ISI, Ijaz alleged that the S Branch conspires intervention in other countries like Afghanistan as well as manipulate...

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Occupy London is 50 days old- now it's time to Occupy

Posted by ADP on Saturday, January 14, 2012,

We're undeterred by recent criticism, and determined to rise to the challenge of accountability – unlike the banks

    • reddit thA protester sits outside at the Occupy London camp at St Pauls cathedral
tester sits outside at the Occupy London camp at St Pauls cathedral. Photograph: Jack MacDonald

Occupy London is 50 days old on Monday and it's time to take stock. Unlike those occupations across the world that sta...

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Will the posturing never stop?

Posted by ADP on Saturday, January 14, 2012, In : Kamran Shafi 
By Kamran Shafi
Published: December 1, 2011

The writer is a columnist, a former major of the Pakistan Army and served as press secretary to Benazir Bhutto

And will our brass hats not learn that merely striking attitudes is never enough? Take the matter of the Shamsi airbase which the Americans have been asked to vacate inside of 15 days after Nato helicopters attacked a border post in Mohmand Agency, killing 26 of ...

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PAKISTAN: A teenage Nobel Prize nominee leads the struggle for the education of girls

Posted by ADP on Saturday, January 14, 2012, In : Farzana Ali Khan 

Contributors: Farzana Ali Khan
Farzana Ali Khan

AHRC-ART-059-2011.jpgSWAT: Despite losing the Nobel Peace Laureate prize, Malalai Yousafzai, a grade 8 student from Gulkada, Mingora is determined to fight for the education of girls an...
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Conference: ‘Indigenous languages the worst victims of globalisation’

Posted by ADP on Saturday, January 14, 2012, In : Azam Khan / Umer Nangiana 
Published: November 18, 2011

" Recent globalisation is a modern face of capitalism, which is always coercive in nature and increases insecurity,

" Dr Ejaz Akram of LSE.


Globalisation, the linking and shrinking of the world into a global village, has affected indigenous languages badly, as more than 2,400 of the world’s 7,000 languages face extinction. At least 23 of 66 l...

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Pakistan spy chief intervenes in memo scandal

Posted by ADP on Saturday, January 14, 2012,

Associated Press | Posted: Friday, January 13, 2012 12:29 pm

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's powerful army intelligence chief personally intervened to check details surrounding a secret memo asking Washington to rein in Pakistan's military following the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the man who made the memo public said Sunday.

Lt. Gen. Shuja Pasha, the head of the Inter-Services Intelligence agency, flew to London to meet with Mansoor Ijaz on Oct. 22, l...

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My dog ate my memo

Posted by ADP on Thursday, January 12, 2012, In : Faraz Aamer Khan 

Pakistan’s ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Mr. Husain Luckani has been accused by a Papua New Guinean columnist and businessman, Mr. Manzooro Otto Otanga, of giving him a secret memo and asking him to deliver it to the chief of the Papua New Guinean Navy, Admiral Tropico Melon.

Manzooro Otto Otanga claims that the memo had pleaded that Admiral Melon put pressure on the Pakistan army, its intelligence agency, the ISI, and on Mr. Luckani’s mother-in-law because these forces were plann...

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Imran meets Munter in ISI Chief's Presense:

Posted by ADP on Thursday, January 12, 2012,
News Desk
Monday, November 21, 2011

LONDON: Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan was recently introduced to Cameron Munter, American Ambassador to Pakistan, in the presence of General Ahmed Shuja Pasha, the ISI chief, according to sources, The Sunday Times reported. Imran Khan is said to have gained the backing of the country’s powerful security establishment, which has grown tired of the corruption pervading the two traditional political groupings, the Pakistan People...

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Cells That Read Minds

Posted by ADP on Thursday, January 12, 2012, In : SANDRA BLAKESLEE 
Leigh Wells

MONKEY SEE When a monkey watches a researcher bring an object—an ice cream cone, for example— to his mouth, the same brain neurons fire as when the monkey brings a peanut to its own mouth. In the early 1990's, Italian researchers discovered this phenomenon and named the cells "mirror neurons." More Photos >

Published: January 10, 2006

On a hot summer day 15 years ago in Parma, Italy, a monkey sat in a special labor...

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