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Spy-For-Spy Politics
Khaled Ahmed

Given a more sophisticated current Pak army leadership, it is hoped that the two countries will agree on an exchange of prisoners and not resort to committing bilateral homicide of dubious strategic value. But not long ago, in April 2017, the “spy wars” were on. India and Pakistan were supposed to stop thinking and act on reflex: Pakistan is a terrorist state causing violence in India; India never accepted Pakistan and is determined to undo it.....

 
Trump’s Lies vs. Obama’s
David Leonhardt, Ian Prasad Philbrick and Stuart A

If we had used a less strict standard, Trump would look even worse by comparison. He makes misleading statements and mild exaggerations – about economic statistics, his political opponents and many other subjects – far more often than Obama. We left out any statement that could be plausibly defended even if many people would disagree with the president's interpretation. We also left out modest quantitative errors, such as Trump's frequent imprecision with numbers....

 

Jared Kushner Failed To Disclose He Led a Foundation Funding Illegal Israeli Settlements before U.N. Vote
Jared Kushner

Whether Kushner’s latest discovered omission was intentional or not remained a mystery on Friday afternoon, as news was exploding surrounding his involvement in the U.N. Security Council vote, which ultimately approved the resolution condemning West Bank settlements. Representatives for the Office of Government Ethics, Jared Kushner, and the Charles and Seryl Kushner Foundation...

 
The Meaning of Ayodhya
Dhirendra Sharma

  In entire Ramayana epic no one fights for land, kingdom or property. If there was a fight that is only to protect the honour of Maa Sita.  That is the Meaning of Ayodhya. And that was Mahatma Gandhi' Ji Ram Rajya, where women were honoured and no one fought for property....

 

Let Hadiya Take Charge of Her Life
Brinda Karat

The case also brings into focus the right to practice and propagate the religion of one’s choice under the Constitution. In Hadiya’s case she has made it clear time and again that she converted because of her belief in Islam. It is not a forcible conversion. Moreover she converted at least a year before her marriage. So the issue of ‘love Jehad’ in any case is irrelevant and the court cannot interfere with her right to convert....

 

An Uprising in the Social Sciences: The Study of Middle East Politics in Transformation
Florian Kohstall

The uprisings resulted in very different developments: from the negotiation of a new constitution in Tunisia to the ouster of an elected president in Egypt; from the brutal repression of demonstrations in Bahrain and Syria to foreign intervention in Libya and Yemen. Rather than approaching these different developments with a single set of theoretical tools, it appears crucial to emphasise their very specific contexts.....

 
US-Pakistan Conundrum
Prasenjit Chowdhury

“Pakistanis have seldom pondered why, after six decades of alliance with the United States the country has not been able to build the kind of economy that other US allies such as South Korea and Taiwan have managed to create for themselves.” While India’s relationship with the US has been essentially strategic and synergic conforming to the imperatives of the US in South Asia, or simply as a bulwark against both China and Islamist extremism, Pakistan’s primary concern has been the competition with India for regional influence which has never been a strategic concern for the United States....

 

Pakistan Deploys Military Troops after Violent Clashes in Islamabad
Salman Masood

The protests erupted over two weeks ago, when the cleric, Khadim Hussain Rizvi, accused the nation’s law minister, Zahid Hamid, of committing blasphemy after the governing party proposed a new version of an oath for lawmakers that dealt with a declaration of Prophet Muhammad as God’s final prophet….

 

Will The Next King Allow Temples, Gurdwaras, And Churches?
Balbir Punj

Most of the Islamic terrorists holding the world to ransom are inspired by the Wahhabi cult. Though the cult was born in 18th century, its seeds were sown way back in the 14th century by Ibn Taimiyya, an Islamic scholar. He re-weaponised the concept of jihad. Taymiyyah’s theology was rejected in his times and he was declared a heretic. But his theology has since then been promoted by Saudi Arabia in the garb of Wahhabism....

 

The Chabahar Checkmate
Khaled Ahmed

Pakistan’s friend China thinks differently and this doesn’t rub off on Pakistan despite much admiration for the way China has advanced as an economic power. As far as China is concerned, the CPEC would benefit by joining up with India, Afghanistan and Iran, three countries where China has also invested in a big way. Although it is late in the day, an increasingly unstable Pakistan has to abandon the path of isolationism and worry more about trade and economic development....

 

Why Protests in Islamabad Are Terrifying Pakistan Leadership: The Siege Also Holds Lessons for India
Sushant Sareen

Unlike the Deobandis and Wahhabis, the Barelvis are not known to have any military wing or being involved in jihadist activities. But this could change in the near future because, in terms of fanaticism, there is little to choose between the puritans and the "innovators" or Barelvis, who have taken hate-mongering to a new level....

 

Saad Hariri Comes Home At Last, Ending A Bizarre Odyssey

Mr Hariri’s triumphant homecoming marks the end of a mysterious odyssey. It began on November 3rd when he flew to Riyadh. That was not unusual: Mr Hariri is a Sunni Arab with dual Saudi citizenship and is backed by the Saudi regime. But the following day he announced he would step down, in a speech packed with unusually zealous language. ...

 

If Ever India Needed A Secular Figure Such As Maulana Azad, It’s Now
Syeda Hameed

“Today if a Farishta were to descend from Heaven and declare from the heights of the Qutub Minar that India would get Swaraj within 24 hours, provided she relinquishes Hindu-Muslim unity, I will relinquish Swaraj rather than give up Hindu-Muslim unity. Delay in the attainment of Swaraj will be a loss for India, but if our unity is lost it will be a loss for entire mankind”,….

 

Pakistan Should Learn From India
Rafia Zakaria

They have been successful. The stairwells of many public buildings, the boundary walls around many others, all reek of excrement; when there are no toilets the whole country is a toilet. If Pakistanis want a better future for their children, if they want to ensure that so many of them do not perish because of entirely preventable illnesses, this attitude of stubborn denial will have to change….

 

Padmavati: Sufi-Poet Malik Jayasi, Must Be Turning In His Grave
Raziuddin Aquil

Muslim holy-men or Sufis devoted their lives to the love of God. Organised in many groups and chains of lineages from early centuries of the rise of Islam in Arabia, Sufism spread to almost all of the known parts of the world. Sufism, true to its meaning as love for all His creations, translated into service to humanity through a variety of ways, including charitable endeavours and healing practices....

 

Donald Trump’s Quack Remedies For Asia
Praveen Swami

Fearful of the savage minefields emerging around it, India hopes the United States will — push come to shove — stand with it in Asia. Hope, however, is not a policy. India must build the tools, economic and military, needed to protect its own interests — and use them in the knowledge that it alone will suffer the consequences....

 

Reining in the Rogue Royal of Arabia

Yet we have our own interests here. And we should tell the crown prince that if he starts a war in Lebanon or in the Gulf, he is on his own. We cannot have this impulsive prince deciding whether or not the United States goes to war again in the Middle East. We alone decide that....

 

A Toxic Mix: Sex, Religion and Hypocrisy
Sylvie Kauffmann

Women are on the front line of this indispensable revolution, because they are the first victims of Islamic obscurantists. Ironically, this world of religious dogmas about sexuality was once a very different world. Ten centuries ago, Arabic erotica written by religious dignitaries and sophisticated dictionaries of sex shocked the West. Six decades ago, women wore miniskirts in Kabul and in Tunis. Today, they just want to decide freely who they are, what they wear, whom they love and when. Make no mistake....

 

The Turnover Test in Pakistan
S. Akbar Zaidi

Pakistan is a country of conspiracy theories, and as social scientists, we often do not know the truth. The dismissal of Mr. Sharif was done by the Supreme Court on grounds of misreporting his income to the Election Commission of Pakistan. He has been barred from contesting elections, although there has been some debate amongst lawyers whether this ban is for life or not. ...

 

Illiberal Liberalism: Freedom Of Speech

For many Dutch, blunt critiques of religion are part of a national heritage going back to Spinoza. So are efforts by government to keep diverse religious communities from insulting each other to the point of violence. For Mr Wilders, the tension between these two mandates has been politically fruitful, and he is likely to continue milking it for all it is worth....

 

Unsurprisingly, offended mainstream Hindus, Christians and Jews who did not care to be associated in the public mind with their pee- drinking, braineating, death- worshipping sub- sects. No discreditable customs of any Muslim sub- sect were shown. Since Aslan has elsewhere gone out of his way to dismiss Islamic terrorism as less of a problem than ‘ faulty furniture’; has described jihadism as a mere ‘ pop culture’; and has denied any link between the Islamic religion and female genital mutilation, he soon found ( no doubt to his delight) that he had sharply divided America’s liberal progressive movement.

Saudis on the Move
Javed Anand

For a world plagued by extremism and terrorism in the name of Islam, what could be better news than this? But within hours of the declaration of grand intent, Prince Mohammed gives the game away. In an interview to the Guardian, he blames Shia Iran for all the ills of the overwhelmingly Sunni, Arab world. “What happened in the last 30 years is not Saudi Arabia. What happened in the region in the last 30 years is not the Middle East. After the Iranian revolution in 1979, people wanted to copy this model in different countries; one of them is Saudi Arabia… Now is the time to get rid of it.”

India & Kabul play new round in Great Game: Chabahar

The much-awaited Chabahar route for Indo-Afghan trade, has finally taken off. The first shipment of wheat to Afghanistan has left Kandla port for Chabahar port in Iran, and then through the land route via Iran into Afghanistan. This will catapult the Indo-Afghan bilateral relationship into another level, besides strengthening the trilateral relationship between India, Afghanistan and Iran, and also increasing linkages between Kabul and Tehran.

 

The Canadian Hostage Drama Means Pakistan Must Confront the Reality
Khaled Ahmed

Saleh is known to be a vitriolic critic of Pakistan. Normally people in intelligence services are adept at analysing what states want to do to each other on the sly. His interpretation of the latest incident on the Pak-Afghan border is that Pakistan has deliberately “hurt itself” to please its old master, the US. He should have focused on Kurram Agency instead...

 

Mr. Ghani also rejected “Pakistan-managed” efforts to broker peace in his country, and in line with this India too has emphasised that it believes peace efforts in Afghanistan should be “Afghan-led” and “Afghan-controlled”. India continues to maintain that renunciation of violence and terror, and closure of state-sponsored safe havens and sanctuaries remain essential for any meaningful progress and lasting peace. ....

 
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