Pakistanis do not learn from history Print E-mail
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By Ardeshir Cowasjee

 

“A Phenomenom noticeable throughout history regardless of place or period is the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interests. Mankind, it seems, makes a poorer performance of government than of almost any other human activity.

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Ken v Boris: Six months out, Livingstone steps up the pressure on transport and crime Print E-mail
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By Shelly Asquith

 

The London Mayoral elections are now just six months away; to mark this point in the campaign, Labour’s candidate Ken Livingstone unveiled several new policy developments, reports Shelly Asquith.

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India, Pakistan strike friendly tones, but Afghan endgame likely to affect relations Print E-mail
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By Radu Nikolaus Botez

 

Recent improvements in ties between India and Pakistan might be jeopardized as both compete for influence in post-2014 Afghanistan. Nepal's political parties conclude a deal over reintegration of former rebels. Britain allows armed guards on vessels to fight pirate attacks, and the United States and South Korea strengthen ties to meet future challenges from the North.

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Pakistan in the media: changing the narrative, bringing in new voices and talent Print E-mail
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By Rima Saini

 

The third conference in the RSA, Samosa and City University series was held at City’s Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre, and thus seemed to take on a much more academic student-focused angle with some intelligent and hard-hitting questions from members of the audience.

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Former EDL members jailed for racist attacks Print E-mail
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Two racists who were part of the English Defence League (EDL) are beginning year-long sentences after attacking a mosque and two Asian-run businesses. Steven James Vasey and Anthony Donald Smith attacked the Nasir mosque in Hartlepool, spraying the letters EDL and NEI (North East Infidels) along with the slogan "no surrender" and images of poppies and the St George flag on the eve of the Muslim festival of Eid.

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Occupy London needs to catalyse a new Left Print E-mail
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By Ben Mitchell

 

We’re starting to get used to the sight of people camping out in tents throughout a number of cities in the world. We have a pretty good idea of what the ‘Occupy movement’ wants; Occupy London has issued its own mini-manifesto.

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British troops offer glimpse of life on the Afghan frontline Print E-mail
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On small pieces of paper, some covered in sand, British soldiers in Afghanistan have set out their hopes, fears and everyday musings for a new exhibition which paints a picture of modern war.

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EDL leader continues to reveal his disturbing attitudes Print E-mail
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By Jai

 

English Defence League leader Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka “Tommy Robinson”) has a history of making statements indicating that his actions are racially-motivated. For example, during an interview on 27 January 2010, Yaxley-Lennon made the following remarks: “Within 30 or 40 years in this country we are a complete minority to Muslims, because of the Muslim demographics…..Our culture and our race will disappear in this country.”

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Anger at government’s failure to include shipping emissions in climate targets Print E-mail
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By Shamik Das

 

Friends of the Earth today described the UK government’s omission of shipping emissions in its climate targets as “like an alcoholic giving up all booze except whisky”.

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Amir, Asif and Butt sentenced to jail Print E-mail
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A British judge jailed disgraced former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt, two of his bowlers and their agent Thursday for their part in a fixing scandal which rocked the international game to its core.

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British Pakistanis and Pakistan - 21st century citizenship and Diasporas Print E-mail
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 By Rima Saini

 

With an inspiring discussion that many would loathe to conclude, the second lecture in the joint series of RSA conferences organised in conjunction with the Samosa and City University explored the relationship between Britain, Pakistan, and the Pakistani Diaspora.

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Deepening the Pakistan-India divide Print E-mail
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By Pervez Hoodbhoy

 

Six years ago, while on a speaking tour of nearly 25 schools, colleges and universities across India, I discovered that only a handful of students had ever seen a living, breathing Pakistani. None had heard an academic from across the border speak. A 12-year old school student, who obviously did not know Hindi and Urdu were similar, wondered aloud how a real Pakistani could be speaking their language. For these puzzled students, Pakistanis are alien people belonging to an adversary country, not next-door neighbours.

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Energy crisis in South Asia Print E-mail
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By Abhirup Bhunia

 

India, Pakistan and Nepal are at the forefront of a looming South Asian energy crisis. Developing nations, particularly dominant Asian players like China and India, have driven the world economy for a while now. But in what is likely to have a calamitous effect on industries and consequently on growth outlooks in the emerging nations, sources of energy are expiring or are in short supply.

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