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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Bonus Season at the IMF, Justice delayed, justice denied, Let's hear it for Rumi | Andrew Brown

Bonus Season at the IMF - The largest drain on Pakistan’s resources is the financing of its debts. The second-largest is the financing of its military. The third-largest is the running of government.

Getting to the Bottom of Why "They" Want to Hurt Us Veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas broke through the terrorism boilerplate by asking "why."

Justice delayed, justice denied Well over a month after the package’s announcement, the province’s most sensitive issue of missing persons and the declaration of amnesty in politically motivated (largely treason) cases require proper, yet swift, handling. Many wonder whether the rule of law will eventually overcome the impression of, as Justice Raja Fayyaz put it, a “Gestapo-like reign of terror.”


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