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January 2009 Blog Posts (14)

Learning Reasoning Versus Facts



International math and science test results have consistently shown for over a decade that Asian students from China, Japan, Singapore and Korea perform better than American students. In spite of such results, the US continues to excel in… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on January 30, 2009 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Say No to Yoga

Months back, there were reports in the papers on the "yoga controversy" in Malaysia. Muslims, it argued, were in danger of being corrupted by elements of Hinduism: the chantings of "Om". While it is to be appreciated that Islam is a strictly monotheist religion and Hinduism is not, and Muslims, by their faith, are required to steer clear of the very spirit of polytheism or atheism in their activities, this is utterly absurd. In 7th century Arabia, Muslims were asked to get rid of curtains… Continue

Added by Saadia Malik on January 26, 2009 at 6:12am — No Comments

2008 Venture Capital Review of China, India and Pakistan



China continued to outperform India as a magnet for US venture capital investments in 2008. This was particularly interesting in a year that saw the venture investors feel the pinch from declining values of their portfolios. It was also a year when a company based in Pakistan became the first to receive US venture funding.



In India, the… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on January 25, 2009 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Improving Higher Education in Pakistan



By Pervez Hoodbhoy

Rumor has it that the World Bank is on its way back to Pakistan with a bagful of loans, together with plans for how we must spend the money. A… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on January 24, 2009 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Follow Haq's Musings on Twitter



In response to readers' requests and in recognition of the popularity of Twitter, you can now follow the tweets from Haq's Musings anywhere in real time.



If you already have a Twitter account, please check out and subscribe… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on January 24, 2009 at 9:57am — No Comments

Obama's High-Tech Warfare in Pakistan



Nine people are reported killed in the first CIA predator attack in North Waziristan since President Obama took office on Tuesday. There was another strike in South Waziristan but there have been no reports of casualties yet.



These strikes came shortly after Obama met his advisers,… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on January 23, 2009 at 10:27am — No Comments

Hindu Nationalists Gang Up on Musharraf at Stanford





The editors of Stanford Daily have criticized the less-than-civil questioning by "enraged Indian nationalist" after President Musharraf's speech at Stanford University last Friday. The Stanford student body clearly did not present itself well. Instead of an intellectual and political discourse worthy of Stanford, they brought dishonor upon a highly… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on January 20, 2009 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Pakistan Ranks Among Top Outsourcing Destinations



Menlo Park based oDesk has ranked Philippines and Pakistan as the top two outsourcing destinations in terms of growth, value for money and customer feedback.



oDesk helps its clients with tools, technologies and services to hire and manage remote work teams. Other companies in its category, including… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on January 16, 2009 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Pakistani-American: Mr. Thirty Percent



Most people are familiar with the moniker of Mr. Ten Percent bestowed on Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari. Now meet Mr. Thirty Percent, Ausaf Umar Siddiqui, a Pakistani-American in Silicon Valley, who is accused of… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on January 16, 2009 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Comparing Military Strengths of India and Pakistan



By Air Marshall (Retd) Ayaz Khan of Pakistan Air Force



Unfortunately India and Pakistan had adversarial relations since sixty years. After the Mumbai carnage Pakistan is under threat of pre-emptive strikes. The Fourth Indo-Pakistan war could be triggered by another terrorist… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on January 15, 2009 at 12:37pm — 38 Comments

Movie Marathon

Internet problems and "a routine" (for a change) have kept me from the blogging world, for what seems like months, not days. The crazy routine apart, I'd been using my internet-free hours as a chance to catch up on a long-list of some must-watch movies and some random ones: The Great Debaters, Ghajini, RNBDJ, The Accidental Husband, Taken, Revolutionary Road, Slumdog Millionaire. [Read more]

Added by Saadia Malik on January 14, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Satyam: India's IT Scandal



Satyam Computer Services Ltd., considered the poster child of India's information technology age, has shocked the world with a scandal of major proportions. The chairman of Satyam, a name that literally means "truth" in Sanskrit, said he cooked up key financial results, including a fictitious cash balance of more than $1 billion,… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on January 9, 2009 at 8:28am — No Comments

Is Pakistan Ready for High-Tech Warfare?



Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or Drones designed and manufactured in Pakistan have been making news since IDEAS 2008 event in November of last year. Also in the news has been the growing reliance on armed drones (aka predators) by Americans in Afghanistan and Pakistan's FATA region to target militants… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on January 6, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Pictorial Review of Israeli Brutality in Gaza

Death and destruction continued to rain on Gazans as Israel began its ground assault. Here are a few of the horrifying images of the brutality the Jewish state is committing against the innocent Palestinian children:



PNN -Israeli forces killed two girls in an air attack on Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip early Tuesday. Local sources report that a… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on January 4, 2009 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

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