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Pakistan is beautiful — and it’s mine Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 15:30
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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.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 January 2012 15:50
Win or lose, Scottish independence referendum heralds a revolution in UK politics Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 15:20
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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.

The quiet war in Saudi Arabia Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 15:15
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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.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 January 2012 15:45
Judiciary always supports army rule, rues Asma Print E-mail
Friday, 13 January 2012 22:51
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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.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 January 2012 22:56
Inequality must be ended to prevent another financial crisis Print E-mail
Friday, 13 January 2012 22:46
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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.

The Saudi response to the ‘Arab spring’: containment and co-option Print E-mail
Friday, 13 January 2012 22:28
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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.

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 January 2012 23:49
Major poll finds Britons at odds on immigration Print E-mail
Monday, 09 January 2012 18:36
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By Newswire


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).

Pakistan’s real dangers are internal ─ William Milam Print E-mail
Monday, 09 January 2012 18:20
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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.

India through media lens Print E-mail
Friday, 06 January 2012 18:43
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By I.A Rehman


That the Pakistan media does not present a correct or complete account of what goes on in India is known and also understandable. But if anyone tries to probe what it chooses to report and what it does not, the findings will throw considerable light on its preferences and biases.

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