Syria ‘safe havens’ point to growing likelihood of civil war Print E-mail
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By Alex Hearn

 

With the attention of the world focused on the extraordinary scenes in Tahrir square, we must not forget that the Arab Spring is more than just one country. Syria faces renewed international pressure today, as the Arab League joins the EU in calling for an immediate end to the Government’s bloody crackdown.

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Rediscovering Pakistan’s heart and soul Print E-mail
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By Taher Khan

 

When someone says, “Pakistan is a strong nation” they are normally talking about all the wrong things. Pakistan’s strength is not its army, its bombs, the value of the resources beneath its soil, or even the talent of its people. Pakistan’s greatest strength is the idea that lies behind it.

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No country for the faithless Print E-mail
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By Saroop Ijaz

 

The murder of doctors belonging to the Hindu faith in Sindh has evoked considerable protest and condemnation. It is of some comfort that we have not been completely desensitised to murder. However, the patronising standard denunciation that follows after any attack on ‘minorities’ is not proving effective in putting an end to wanton criminality against them.

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The Brit Pak Print E-mail
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By Caroline Jaine

 

On hearing the term “Brit Pak” many in the art world would think first of the challenging band of mainly Goldsmiths graduates who dominated the British art scene in the 1980s and 90s. Lead by the controversial Damien Hirst, (who famously presented a shark preserved in formaldehyde), and including works by Tracey Emin, the Brit Pack reacted to the over-commercialisation of art by exhibiting in disused warehouses and decaying factories – but ironically the “pack” are now worth millions. Four years ago Hirst’s diamond encrusted skull entitled “For the Love of God”, was allegedly sold for £50million.

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Does Pakistan Need Our Help? Print E-mail
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By Michael Green

 

Is aid a blessing or a curse for developing countries? For Imran Khan, a former cricketer turned politician, the answer for his country, Pakistan, is clear. “If we don’t have aid we will be forced to make reforms and stand on our own feet,” he told the BBC recently. This was a message that he repeated at a mass rally in Lahore at the end of October, which launched his Movement for Justice party as a serious political force in the country. “Pakistan is losing over Rs3,000 billion [£21 billion] a year in tax corruption”, he told the crowd of 100,000 people. If this lost money “can be tapped, the country does not need foreign aid.”

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“An Audience With Zesh Rehman” Print E-mail
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Zesh Rehman, the British-born captain of the Pakistan national football team, launched his charitable foundation today at the Crystal Palace FC stadium in London. Representatives of several well-know football clubs were present as Zesh told his lift story from being the first Asian to play in the English Premier League to his current contract with Muangthong United FC of Bangkok.

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Reality TV show lifts veil on Muslim Americans Print E-mail
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It’s been a decade since the September 11 attacks and many Americans still don’t know quite what to make of their 2.75 million Muslim compatriots. Could a reality TV series help?

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Seen and not heard: women in Sri Lanka's reconciliation commission Print E-mail
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By Jo Baker 

 

Sri Lanka's Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission has no mention of gender in its mandate and no dedicated expertise related to women; it has just one female commissioner out of eight. For Tamil women, the LLRC simply reaffirms bad old habits.

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He sees no corruption, hears no racism and speaks no sense: It’s time to kick Blatter out Print E-mail
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By Shamik Das

 

For the umpteenth time, FIFA president Sepp Blatter caused outrage last night by saying footballers who had been racially abused should just “shake hands” with their abusers, and that, despite all the evidence to the contrary, “there is no racism” in football.

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Cricketer’s corruption is a wake up call for Pakistanis Print E-mail
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By Faisal Hanif 

 

The response to the corruption trial that has ended in disgrace for Pakistan’s spot fixing cricketers has been met with a resigned response from many Pakistanis both at home and in the UK.

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Faiz's Inspiration for the Youth of Pakistan Print E-mail
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United Pakistan Front (UPF) are hosting "Faiz's Inspiration for the Youth of Pakistan" and would welcome you all to attend this event. The event will be held on 23rd November 2011 between 18:30 – 20:30 at the UCL Archaeology Lecture Theatre, 31-34 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PY London, UK.

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EDL finally admit that their agenda is racially-motivated Print E-mail
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By Jai

 

The English Defence League issued the following public statement yesterday on the EDL’s official Facebook page where they finally confirmed that they are indeed motivated by racial reasons.

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Norwegian police formally investigating EDL financier for possible terrorism links Print E-mail
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Reuters news agency are reporting that English Defence League financier & strategist Alan Lake is now being formally investigated by the Norwegian police in order to verify if he was an ideological influence on the mass-murdering Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik.

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