Home The Samosa positive politics, human rights, arts and lifestyle http://thesamosa.co.uk/index.php/component/content/frontpage.html Thu, 19 Jan 2012 13:16:48 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Pakistan is beautiful — and it’s mine http://thesamosa.co.uk/index.php/comment-and-analysis/politics/1010-pakistan-is-beautiful-and-its-mine-.html http://thesamosa.co.uk/index.php/comment-and-analysis/politics/1010-pakistan-is-beautiful-and-its-mine-.html By Shehrbano Taseer


2011 was a bleak year for Pakistan — even by its own harrowing standards. My father, Governor SalmaanTaseer, was assassinated by his own fanatical security guard in January for his stand on Pakistan’s cruel blasphemy laws, and minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti, the only Christian in the federal cabinet, was gunned down in March allegedly by the Punjabi Taliban for holding a similar view. ]]> pete@unitedwebdevelopment.co.uk (admin) frontpage Tue, 17 Jan 2012 14:30:58 +0000 Win or lose, Scottish independence referendum heralds a revolution in UK politics http://thesamosa.co.uk/index.php/comment-and-analysis/politics/1009-win-or-lose-scottish-independence-referendum-heralds-a-revolution-in-uk-politics-.html http://thesamosa.co.uk/index.php/comment-and-analysis/politics/1009-win-or-lose-scottish-independence-referendum-heralds-a-revolution-in-uk-politics-.html By Ed Jacobs


As the debate over the future make-up of the United Kingdom rumbles on, with Alex Salmond using an interview on the BBC’s “Sunday Politics Scotland” programme to call for a meeting between him and the prime minister, one former Labour cabinet minister has called for the debate to include a re-examination of the prospects for regional devolution in England. ]]> pete@unitedwebdevelopment.co.uk (admin) frontpage Tue, 17 Jan 2012 14:20:05 +0000 The quiet war in Saudi Arabia http://thesamosa.co.uk/index.php/comment-and-analysis/politics/1008-the-quiet-war-in-saudi-arabia.html http://thesamosa.co.uk/index.php/comment-and-analysis/politics/1008-the-quiet-war-in-saudi-arabia.html By Joshua Jacobs


There are good reasons not only for the media, but for western governments to begin taking an active interest in the ongoing street conflict in Eastern Province. ]]> pete@unitedwebdevelopment.co.uk (admin) frontpage Tue, 17 Jan 2012 14:15:03 +0000 Judiciary always supports army rule, rues Asma http://thesamosa.co.uk/index.php/comment-and-analysis/politics/1007-judiciary-always-supports-army-rule-rues-asma-.html http://thesamosa.co.uk/index.php/comment-and-analysis/politics/1007-judiciary-always-supports-army-rule-rues-asma-.html By Agency


Former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association Asma Jahangir condemned the judiciary on Wednesday, saying it has always approved military rules in the past. She said if judges wanted a hand in politics, they should contest elections. Talking to reporters at the Lahore High Court, she said that Parliament, not judiciary, was the supreme body in the country. ]]> pete@unitedwebdevelopment.co.uk (admin) frontpage Fri, 13 Jan 2012 21:51:31 +0000 Inequality must be ended to prevent another financial crisis http://thesamosa.co.uk/index.php/comment-and-analysis/politics/1006-inequality-must-be-ended-to-prevent-another-financial-crisis-.html http://thesamosa.co.uk/index.php/comment-and-analysis/politics/1006-inequality-must-be-ended-to-prevent-another-financial-crisis-.html By Stewart Lansley


In power, one of Labour’s most significant moves was to drop the party’s traditional commitment to a more equal society. In the election manifesto, Tony Blair wrote that he had ‘no time for the politics of envy’. He wanted a society that encouraged as he put it, ‘levelling up’ rather than ‘levelling down’. Stephen Byers, trade secretary from December 1998, said that wealth creation was now more important than wealth distribution. ]]> pete@unitedwebdevelopment.co.uk (admin) frontpage Fri, 13 Jan 2012 21:46:35 +0000 The Saudi response to the ‘Arab spring’: containment and co-option http://thesamosa.co.uk/index.php/comment-and-analysis/politics/1005-the-saudi-response-to-the-arab-spring-containment-and-co-option.html http://thesamosa.co.uk/index.php/comment-and-analysis/politics/1005-the-saudi-response-to-the-arab-spring-containment-and-co-option.html By Madawi Al-Rasheed


Saudi Arabia’s response to the ‘Arab spring’ has been an attempt to co-opt movements for change in a bid to maintain the status quo. Madawi Al-Rasheed talks to Deniz Kandiyoti about the contradictions of a ruling elite that promotes a conservative Islam, that threatens women’s existing rights abroad – as in Tunisia and Egypt – while it poses as the emancipator of women at home. ]]> pete@unitedwebdevelopment.co.uk (admin) frontpage Fri, 13 Jan 2012 21:28:06 +0000 Pakistan’s real dangers are internal ─ William Milam http://thesamosa.co.uk/index.php/comment-and-analysis/politics/1002-pakistans-real-dangers-are-internal--william-milam.html http://thesamosa.co.uk/index.php/comment-and-analysis/politics/1002-pakistans-real-dangers-are-internal--william-milam.html By Malik Siraj Akbar


The year 2011 witnessed a dramatic deterioration in trust and diplomatic relations between the United States and Pakistan. The two strategic partners in the war on terror traded allegations on the Raymond Davis affair, the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, drone strikes, Admiral Mike Mullen’s assertion about ISI’s alleged contacts with the elements of Taliban who attacked the US embassy in Kabul, and the attack by Nato forces on Salala check post, which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. ]]> pete@unitedwebdevelopment.co.uk (admin) frontpage Mon, 09 Jan 2012 17:20:20 +0000 Major poll finds Britons at odds on immigration http://thesamosa.co.uk/index.php/comment-and-analysis/politics/1003-major-poll-finds-britons-at-odds-on-immigration.html http://thesamosa.co.uk/index.php/comment-and-analysis/politics/1003-major-poll-finds-britons-at-odds-on-immigration.html

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The fourth annual Transatlantic Trends: Immigration survey, out last week, showed that global economic turmoil and migration following the “Arab Spring,” had little impact on attitudes to immigration in the US and five European countries (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Spain). ]]> pete@unitedwebdevelopment.co.uk (admin) frontpage Mon, 09 Jan 2012 17:36:09 +0000 Iranians' choice in the face of war http://thesamosa.co.uk/index.php/news-and-features/politics-and-policy/1004-iranians-choice-in-the-face-of-war.html http://thesamosa.co.uk/index.php/news-and-features/politics-and-policy/1004-iranians-choice-in-the-face-of-war.html By Arash Falasiri


Signals that military action against Iran is a real danger have been multiplying over the past twelve months. Faced with external military intervention and internal repression, Arash Falasiri asks what course remains open to the Iranian people. ]]> pete@unitedwebdevelopment.co.uk (admin) frontpage Mon, 09 Jan 2012 17:38:13 +0000 Three to eight million people work as bonded labour in Pakistan http://thesamosa.co.uk/index.php/comment-and-analysis/politics/1000-three-to-eight-million-people-work-as-bonded-labour-in-pakistan-.html http://thesamosa.co.uk/index.php/comment-and-analysis/politics/1000-three-to-eight-million-people-work-as-bonded-labour-in-pakistan-.html By Agency


Activists from human rights organisations held a protest on December 30, 2011 to show solidarity with bonded labour. The protesters were holding placards and banners in front of Karachi Press Club. They were demanding the government to ensure the labourers got their rights. ]]> pete@unitedwebdevelopment.co.uk (admin) frontpage Fri, 06 Jan 2012 17:39:34 +0000