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How King Bibi Survived
Rachel Shabi

Observers may have baulked, but Bibi knew what he was doing. Benjamin Netanyahu, incumbent Israeli prime minister, has spent the past few days making alarmingly racist and intransigent statements - and as an election tactic, it worked.....

 

Pakistan’s Moral Catastrophe: Don’t Execute Shafqat Hussain
Fatima Bhutto

The boy was held in solitary confinement, his genitals were electrocuted and he was burned with cigarette butts. The policemen interrogating him removed three of his fingernails. Sadly, Shafqat’s case was not the exception. It was the rule.....

 

So What Else Should Christians Do?
Ayaz Amir

Every time a Shia Imambargah is attacked, dark images of revenge flit through the minds of Shia youths. This is the soil we tilled, and this the harvest we are lifting. The great theorists of strategic depth, the bright-eyed promoters of ‘jihad’ as an instrument of state policy....

 

Three Is A Crowd: Indian Supreme Court Decision On Polygamy Significantly Advances Muslim Personal Law Reform
Faizan Mustafa

Clandestine bigamy among Hindus has a worse effect than open polygamy among Muslims. Muslim men who have more than one wife, on the other hand, are legally bound to provide each not only residence but also proper maintenance. Thus, a Muslim woman is better off than the “second Hindu wife”.....

 

Pakistan Must Visualise Itself as a Pragmatic Territorial State While Focusing On Security of Its People
Husain Haqqani

That, distinctions still exists between terrorists who attack abroad and those who strike at home was confirmed by the Islamabad High Court’s decision to set free Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi, the mastermind of the 26/11. Although the Pakistan government moved to continue Lakhvi’s detention, the court’s argument for setting him free was disingenuous....

 

While Urdu's script resembles that of Arabic and Farsi, a lot of words are similar to Hindi. That remains its core strength. "Urdu has some inner fortitude that has led to it being around. It lives because the language can be understood and is similar to Hindi. The script has more or less ceased to be readable, but the popularity of its literature has not dimmed,"....

 
Iran Not Likely To Mend Its Ways
Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Iran Not Likely To Mend Its Ways
Abdulrahman al-Rashed

As the US-Iranian talks near the announced deadline, the question is no longer about nukes. It is about the Iranian regime itself. Will it become moderate after reaching a deal? Will suspicions end by a deal that lifts sanctions and turns Iran into a West-friendly country open to the world? Or will it only free an extremist lion from its cage?....

 

Pakistan Must Ensure Justice for 26/11 Mumbai Victims
Yasser Latif Hamdani

Ultimately, the Government of Pakistan must ensure that the people behind the Mumbai tragedy are effectively brought to justice in Pakistan. This is not merely a question of relations with our eastern neighbour but our very national honour and question of humanity is at stake. The blood of human beings whether spilt in Peshawar or Mumbai is the same.....

 

Extremists have destroyed our cultural values. By attacking Jirgas, Hujras, funerals, shrines, schools, cinemas, mosques and churches, they have attempted to engender fear and horror within communities. Tribal Maliks and members of peace committees have been targeted with the goal of discouraging communities to cooperate with authorities....

 

Why Gül Is Not In the AKP Anymore
Mustafa Akyol

The old AKP was determined to establish the “Copenhagen Criteria” in Turkey, or the political, legal and economic standards of the European Union. The new AKP shows zero interest in this EU dream, and is even winking an eye at the “Shanghai Union,” whose prominent members include Russia, China and Uzbekistan…..

 

Hath Not Palestinian Eyes?
Hamid Dabashi

There are scarce any Shakespearean passage more potent, more visceral, more laden with painful force than the lines delivered with dreaded precision by Shylock in ‘Merchant of Venice’. “I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes?”...

 

Is Turkey Ready For The Mosul Battle?
Serkan Demirtas

The current parameters and potential consequences of a multilateral military operation in Mosul oblige Turkey to take more concrete steps politically and militarily. Having already designated ISIL as a terrorist organization, Turkey should play its role in the regional fight to eliminate jihadists from its immediate neighbourhood….

 

Piety Wins, Work Ethic Loses
Khaled Ahmed

The Supreme Court of Pakistan is currently busy trying to enforce piety in Pakistan in the light of Articles 62 and 63 of the constitution. It is certain that the judges will lean towards Islamic jurisprudence and stay away from the argument of work ethic as opposed to ritual worship. The government in Islamabad is about to set up a uniform system of Namaz. ....

 

We non-Muslims are more concerned about the second half of that sentence when the King spoke about religion, that is, the line “while allowing for other religions to be practised freely”. There have been some cases of restrictions or non-acceptance on the part of the government, when it comes to non-Muslims being able to practise their religion freely. ....

Israel’s Gilded Age
Paul Krugman

In short, the political economy of the Promised Land is now characterized by harshness at the bottom and at least soft corruption at the top. And many Israelis see Mr. Netanyahu as part of the problem. He’s an advocate of free-market policies; he has a Chris Christie-like penchant for living large at taxpayers’ expense, while clumsily pretending otherwise....

 

Sahir: The Poet Magician of Ludhiana, India
Dr Mohammad Taqi

The birthday of Sahir Ludhianvi, one of the foremost Urdu progressive poets of the 20th century, went largely unnoticed last weekend. Up until a few years ago when that indefatigable chronicler of the subcontinent’s progressive movement, Hamid Akhtar, was still alive, one would see a piece or two from him remembering his comrade Sahir.....

 

There is a distinction between being technologically sound, and having a scientific attitude. As Carl Sagan puts it, ‘science is much more a way of thinking, than it is a body of knowledge’. What we generally do is regard technology as science, and keep on living with the same biases.....

 

Bangladesh: Desperate Measures
S. Binodkumar Singh

Sheikh Hasina has tackled the rising spectre of Islamist extremism and terrorism in Bangladesh with a high measure of success. She has been far less effective, however, in handling the fractious and polarized politics of the country, and the corrosive practice (one that her party also followed while in Opposition) of disruptive street violence and protracted blockades that have worked to the enormous detriment of the national interest.....

 

Netanyahu Has Created A Zero-Sum Game With The U.S.
David Ignatius

He opened graciously with praise for President Barack Obama, which made his critique of the administration’s diplomacy all the stronger. He warned that the planned agreement would create a “nuclear tinderbox” in the Mideast and “inevitably lead to war.”....

 

The World’s Growing Disorder
Jonathan Power

Is disorder the measure of our times? Can anyone see an end to the upheavals in the Middle East and what can be done? My answer to the first question is no and my answer to the second is: wind the clock back to the days of the Ottoman Empire when vast stretches of the Middle East lived in relative peace under the benign rule of the sultans.....

 

Truth and Assassination Are Perhaps Two Eternally Disparate Phenomena
Rafia Zakaria

Truth and assassination are perhaps two eternally disparate phenomena, whose paths rarely if ever encounter justice. This is true not only of the Benazir Bhutto murder case, but of similar incidents that came long before and will likely come after.....

 

With Netanyahu, the Perfect Is the Enemy of the Good
David Ignatius

The deal-stopper for the administration is if Iran balks at U.S. insistence that sanctions will only be removed step by step, as Iran demonstrates that it’s serious about abiding by the agreement. In the U.S. view, Iran has to earn its way back to global acceptance.....

 

ISIL, CIA, Mossad, Quds Force, Etc: The Rise of ISIL Gave a Whole New Momentum to US, Iranian Interventionism in the Middle East
Marwan Bishara

Meanwhile, Daesh, ISIS, ISIL, IS - or whatever its name - broke away from al-Qaeda to become the definitive regional, and even global threat. Its pornographic barbarity provided a new bloodier banner for al-Qaeda affiliates throughout the region, with a prime real estate location to erect a whole new caliphate on Syrian and Iraqi soil....

 

Madrasas deem themselves to be the protectors of Islam, or at least their own brand of Islam. They disagree with the notion that they are encouraging extremism in any form. In a survey conducted by the Pak Institute for Peace Studies, 79pc of Madrasa teachers denied any link between Madrasas and extremism and emphasised the distinction between militant seminaries and ‘normal’ Madrasas. Of the respondents, 8pc believed that some Madrasas played a role in promoting extremism but also pointed out that such seminaries were close to the government and even received support from the West. Even those that identified extremism as a real problem refused to acknowledge that Madrasas play a role in promoting it....

 

The Need for Civil Society in Pakistan
Ahmed Rashid

Now suddenly peace between Pakistan and Afghanistan is all that is being talked about and there is the suggestion that the militaries of the two countries will take a joint run against their common problem - the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban. Neither have half a dozen serving and retired Pakistani generals dressed in suits, with their wives in tow, ever slipped into a public audience to hear India's leading historians and other Indian intellectuals speak of India's past and future problems and the need to make peace with Pakistan....

 


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