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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Aitezaz Ahsan, Political trials in Bangladesh, The mosque at Ayodhya,

Anjum Niaz: Perhaps the prime ministership? I had asked Aitzaz. He declined to answer. Well, 5 1/2 years today, Benazir did return only to die; Zardari is the current president; And Aitzaz is still frozen out! Actually, this time, it’s worse: Zardari never gave him a party ticket to contest the 2008 elections. Will Aitzaz’s vicious cycle ever break? Will Aitzaz ever become the prime minister or president of Pakistan? Or will he be the wandering minstrel singing his poems forever?

Political trials in Bangladesh: The trials of Sheikh Hasina - MORE than 30 years after two Bangladeshi colonels flew to London to confess on television to having helped kill Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Bangladesh’s founding president, the Supreme Court on November 19th rejected an appeal by five army officers convicted of the murder. The verdict was expected, but praised as an historic chance for politicians to bury their obsession with Bangladesh’s past and focus on the present. More likely, partisan pressure will keep the past alive

Dubai's Request For Debt 'Standstill' Shakes World Markets - DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Just a year after the global downturn derailed Dubai's explosive growth, the city is now so swamped in debt that it's asking for a six-month reprieve on paying its bills – causing a drop on world markets Thursday and raising questions about Dubai's reputation as a magnet for international investment.

The mosque at Ayodhya: A destructive legacy - AFTER 17 years, several hundred testimonies, and many missed deadlines, an inquiry into one of modern India’s darkest episodes, the destruction of a mosque by Hindu fanatics, this week at last published its findings. It prompted riotous scenes in parliament and a media whirl. The report, on the demolition in December 1992 of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, concluded that

The world's ten fattest countries- If you tend to pack on a few pounds over the holidays, blame it on globalization. As the world has grown smaller, we've all grown larger -- alarmingly so. In countries around the world, waistlines are expanding so rapidly that health experts recently coined a term for the epidemic: globesity. The common fat-o-meter among nations is body mass index (BMI), a calculation based on a person's height and weight. The World Health Organization defines "overweight" as an individual with a BMI of 25 or more and "obese" as someone with a BMI of 30 or higher. (To see how you weigh in, use this calculator by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.)

The Afghan Speech Obama Should Give, But Won't - Sure, the quote in the over-title is only my fantasy. No one in Washington -- no less President Obama -- ever said, "This administration ended, rather than extended, two wars," and right now, it looks as if no one in an official capacity is likely to do so any time soon. It's common knowledge that a president -- but above all a Democratic president -- who tried to de-escalate a war like the one now expanding in Afghanistan and parts of Pakistan, and withdraw American troops, would be so much domestic political dead meat.


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