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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

In the name of God, go, 'The name tells us a lot' Emma Thompson,

In the name of God, go - Roedad Khan Some things do not change. Mr. Khan said the same words two years back. The intended recipient of his fervent prayers was one Gen. Pervez Musharraf. Now the recipient is the co chairman of the hand written will. In another two years, God willing, Mr. Khan will repeat the mantra for another leader. InshalAllah ~ t

Blackwater Attempted to Bribe Iraqi Officials - In the aftermath of the 2007 Nisour Square massacre in Baghdad by operatives working for Blackwater, top company officials including then-president Gary Jackson "authorized secret payments of about $1 million to Iraqi officials that were intended to silence their criticism and buy their support," according to the New York Times. Seventeen Iraqis were killed and more than 20 others wounded in the shooting, prompting the Iraqi government to announce it would ban the company from Iraq with officials vowing to prosecute the shooters. Blackwater, however, remains in Iraq to this day.

Diagnosing Pakistan
By Kathy Kemper - Husain Haqqani offered a candid assessment of where Pakistan stands at my IFE / INFO Global Connections Public Policy Roundtable last Friday. In addition to being Pakistan’s youngest ambassador to the U.S., Haqqani was a strong advocate of the late Benazir Bhutto, who stood as a symbol of democracy in a country where dictatorship has long prevailed.

[Should ask Shaheen Sehbai - what happened to allthem hints that Haqqani was a going to be a casualty of the KLA? ~~t]

Saad Khan: Pakistan's Half-hearted Military Offensives Aren't Enough - The Pakistani military has launched an offensive against the Taliban in the South Waziristan region, but it isn't working. To effectively fend off the militants, a much stronger effort is needed.

Emma Thompson's 'Journey' Exhibit Spotlights Sex Trafficking - By The Huffington Post News Editors - Two-time Academy Award-winning British actress Emma Thompson is focusing her attention on the issue of human trafficking of women and young girls by co-curating an interactive New York City art exhibit titled Journey.

'The name tells us a lot'- Anjum Niaz - The witch hunt has begun and the news channels are whipping up anti-Muslim hysteria. Stop! The Columbia Journalism Review, the only voice of reason, said: "Smith and Hutchison and all the others who are tempted to engage in this kind of Muslim-to-murderer implication-mongering would do well to heed the warning of the ABC TV channel's Jake Tapper: 'No word on motive yet, and at a time like this people should listen to their better angels." But contrary to such advice, the anchors, particularly on Fox News, were like cats on a hot tin roof meowing to name the shooter when military protocol demanded that they keep their traps shut.

Shireen M Mazari - With all that has been happening in this region, one had tended to push the Indo-Israeli relationship on the backburner. This was not wise because the military dimension of this relationship is critical and has been a major factor in India’s military policies in Occupied Kashmir. Post-9/11 the Israeli factor has always covertly been present in Afghanistan because Israel was one of the first country to move into the Central Asian States energy sector after the demise of the Soviet Union and the emergence of independent Central Asian States.

Of chameleons and more Sumaira Jajja - he first day of the on going Shanaakht festival saw plenty of activity at the venue. However, it was ‘Rang Badal Lo Bhai’ a satirical Nautanki staged by Tehrik-e-Niswan and The Citizens Archive Pakistan that proved to be a major crowd puller.

MQM says PPP ignoring it after NRO stand - The president has called the PPP’s newly-formed Karachi Coordination Committee to Islamabad to discuss the Karachi-related issues. Responding to a question, he said the MQM was not invited to the meeting, which was strange given that the party was intrinsically linked and concerned about the issues of Karachi.


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