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Powell: So What If Obama Is Muslim?



Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, a life-long Republican who served George W. Bush in his first term and argued for Iraq war at the UN, endorsed Senator Barack Obama to be the next president of the United States on NBC's "Meet the Press". While the endorsement was not unexpected, what caught my attention was the statement that Secretary Powell made about… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on October 20, 2008 at 10:48am — 1 Comment

HEC University Rankings Controversy in Pakistan



Summary:

Higher Education Commission in Pakistan released its first and only ranking of universities in Pakistan in October 2006. Prior to this HEC effort, there had been no formal attempts by any public or private group to establish a set of criteria and judge Pakistani institutions of higher… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on October 14, 2008 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Can US. NATO Win in Afghanistan?



"We're not going to win this war", Brig Mark Carleton-Smith, the UK's commander in Afghanistan's Helmand province, told London's Sunday Times this week.



"It's about reducing it to a manageable level of insurgency that's not a strategic threat and can be managed by the Afghan army." he added.



"If the Taleban were prepared to sit on the other… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on October 9, 2008 at 8:57pm — No Comments

Pakistani Scientists "Hunting for God Particle"



Humans have been engaged in the perennial effort to crack the code of the physical world; to figure out what the universe is made of; to know the origins of human and other species; in other words, to get to the very bottom of things. These are existential questions that religions and philosophers have offered answers to. But most scientists remain unconvinced with these… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on October 1, 2008 at 11:41am — No Comments

US-Pakistan FATA Face Off Fears

"I've been to Waziristan. I can see how tough that terrain is. It's ruled by a handful of tribes", said Senator John S. McCain in a recent presidential debate referring to Waziristan "agency" in Pakistan's FATA region.



Often described in the world media as "lawless" and "a terrorists sanctuary", Pakistan's FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Area) region, particularly Waziristan, has been the… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on September 30, 2008 at 7:59am — 18 Comments

McCain and Obama Debate Pakistan Policy



By various estimates, there are about 1.5 million to 2 million American Muslim voters, including several hundred thousand Pakistanis, in the United States. There is a significant concentration of Muslim vote in Florida and Michigan. If, as the anecdotal evidence suggests, Obama gets the… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on September 26, 2008 at 10:53pm — No Comments

Renewable Energy to Tackle Pakistan's Electricity Crisis

In June 2007, the power cuts in Pakistan lasted no more than 3 or 4 hours a day. Today, in extremely hot weather, Pakistanis have to endure without electricity for 8 to 10 hours a day. Industrial production is suffering, exports are down, jobs are being lost, and the national economy is in a downward spiral. By all indications, the power crisis in Pakistan is getting worse than ever.…



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Added by Riaz Haq on September 17, 2008 at 9:00am — 29 Comments

Light a Candle, Don't Curse the Darkness



"It's better to light a candle than to curse the darkness." Adlai Stevenson, 1962



It is important to repeat these golden words to exhort people to positive action. But it takes more than words to make social service and volunteerism become normal part of every day life for ordinary citizens. The message to be proactive to solve society's problems has to be… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on September 11, 2008 at 9:18am — No Comments

Can American Muslims Swing US Presidential Race?



The presidential contest between Barack H. Obama and John S. McCain is now even at 42 percent, according to a new CBS News poll conducted Monday-Wednesday of this week. Twelve percent are undecided according to the poll, and one percent said they

wouldn't vote.



The Race Tied:

The two main presidential… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on September 8, 2008 at 12:22pm — 1 Comment

Expect More Economic Woes Under President Zardari



As Pakistan finds itself in the midst of arguably the worst economic crisis in its sixty one year history, the recent accounts of Mr. Zardari's understanding of the economy are not particularly encouraging. It is certainly a huge letdown after Prime Minister… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on September 5, 2008 at 8:43am — 1 Comment

A Tale of Tribal Terror in Pakistan



Baba Kot, a village 50 miles from Usta Mohammad town of Jafferabad district in Baluchistan, is where this recent tale of tribal terror began.

The media reports and the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) indicate that it was here that Mr. Abdul Sattar Umrani, a brother of Mr. Sadiq Umrani, a… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on August 31, 2008 at 7:14am — 2 Comments

Mobile Internet Revolution in Pakistan



Mobile application developers and high-bandwidth data network operators are being dramatically boosted by latest innovations, growing popularity and rising demand of smartphones such as iPhone, Blackberry, Palm Treo and other mobile platforms. Some 10 percent of phones shipped worldwide — and some 19 percent of phones sold at retail in the United States — are smart-phones.… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on August 27, 2008 at 9:44pm — 15 Comments

Indian Wind Power Giant Faltering

Indian Wind Power Giant Faltering

By Riaz Haq

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India's Suzlon Energy (SUZL: BSE), with 8% market share of wind turbine in the US, is beset by quality issues at home and abroad, according the Wall Street Journal.

Suzlon Energy, with market cap of INR 270B, is a wind power company in India. In terms of market share, the company is the largest wind turbine manufacturer in Asia and the fifth largest worldwide. With… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on August 27, 2008 at 8:52am — No Comments

Zardari Corruption Probe Alive in Switzerland



While the news of President Musharraf's resignation and Asif Zardari's nomination for president occupy the big headlines, the renewed reports of the continuing Swiss probe into corruption allegations against Zardari are also vying for attention in the same week.



Swiss Judge Daniel Devaud has "confirmed to… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on August 22, 2008 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Stop and Smell the Roses in Pakistan

By Mona Eltahawy



NEW YORK -- As an Egyptian whose country’s military dictators are either taken by God or an assassin’s bullet, I envy the Pakistani people their ability to now use the term “former president.”



As former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf contemplates how his friends in the U.S. administration dropped him quicker than you can say “hot freedom fries,” for those of us from the Muslim world -- awash in military dictators who have friends in high places in… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on August 20, 2008 at 12:44pm — No Comments

End of the days play!

Another sad day in the history of Pakistan, I really feel bad about what happen today. No matter what Pres. Musharraf did in his 9 years tenure, of course it can’t be totally correct or justified, but it is an undeniable truth that the progress we made as a nation and the development Pakistan has seen in these years is remarkable. There are few questionable things that happened in his era but I am sure that the situation would have been worse if either of the two current crooks were there… Continue

Added by khalid Hassan on August 18, 2008 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Is This the Dawn of Freedom We Yearned For?

Here are a few lines from Late Faiz Ahmed Faiz that capture the essence of where Pakistanis stand today:





Subah-e- Azadi

(Dawn of Freedom)



ye daaG daaG ujaalaa, ye shab_gaziidaa sahar

(This spotty, stained, dim light after the darkness of night)

wo intazaar thaa jis kaa, ye wo sahar to nahii.n

(Is this the dawn of freedom we yearned for?)



ye wo sahar to nahii.n jis kii aarazuu lekar

chale… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on August 14, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

India, Pakistan and Olympics Success Model



“Why are the top 10 medaling nations top 10?” Professor Daniel Johnson asks. “It’s not that athletic prowess is completely independent from wealth and population. These nations have more resources at their disposal.” Daniel Johnson, a college professor and an economist in Denver, Colorado has developed a mathematical model for predicting each nation's Olympics… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on August 12, 2008 at 7:27am — No Comments

Is India Really " Stable, Peaceful, and Prosperous?

In the past five years bomb attacks claimed by Islamist groups have killed hundreds across the Indian cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Varanasi, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. An Indian Muslim was even involved in the failed assault on Glasgow airport in July last year. Yet George Bush reportedly introduced Manmohan Singh to his wife, Laura, as "the prime minister of India, a democracy which does not have a single al-Qaida member in a population of 150 million Muslims".



To be… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on August 8, 2008 at 5:29pm — 9 Comments

Scaling K2, the Ultimate Challenge

Not only is it dangerous, climbing Mount Everest is not cheap, either in terms of lives or dollars. And yet, hundreds are drawn each year to climb it. Commercial expeditions can cost climbers $60,000 to $75,00 each. Nepalese government charges fees ranging from $25000 for one member expedition to $70,000 for seven members. The total cost for climbing is steep, according to CNN. An expedition to the… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on August 5, 2008 at 9:00pm — 6 Comments

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