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May 2015 Blog Posts (13)

Heatwave Deaths: India Most Vulnerable to Climate Change

Over 1,800 people have so far died as a result of a severe heatwave sweeping across India, according to government officials and media reports. The highest death toll is in southern India with 1,700 heat-related deaths in the worst-hit states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, where temperatures rose above 45C (113F).…


Added by Riaz Haq on May 29, 2015 at 8:23am — 3 Comments

Greeks and Macedonians of Pakistan

Many Pakistanis of Chitral, Hunza, Gilgit and Nagir have long claimed descent from the Greek and the Macedonian invaders who were led into India by Alexander in 327 B.C. Among them are the Kalash people who live in Chitral, Pakistan.

Kalash Genes:…


Added by Riaz Haq on May 25, 2015 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Jaswant Singh on India's Foreign Policy

"The principal purpose and objectives of our (India's) foreign policy have been trapped between four lines: the Durand Line,; the McMahon Line; the Line of Control (LoC) and the Line of Actual Control (LAC). To achieve autonomy, an absolute necessity in the conduct of our foreign policy, we have to first find an answer to this strategic confinement".   Former Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh of India.…


Added by Riaz Haq on May 24, 2015 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Mission R&AW: Ex Indian Intelligence Officer on RAW's Successes in Pakistan

Are Pakistan's allegations against RAW mere conspiracy theories? Are all of Pakistan's problems today entirely of its own making?  Is RAW just a dis-interested spectator of the… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on May 21, 2015 at 11:00pm — 29 Comments

Jibran Nasir in Silicon Valley

Young Pakistani activist Mohammad Jibran Nasir was a big draw at a Silicon Valley lunch organized Saturday May 16 by iKolachi Policy Research Institute under Talk4Pak banner. …


Added by Riaz Haq on May 17, 2015 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Are Things Looking Up For Modi?

Things are not looking so rosy at home for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he continues his world tour with the latest stop in Beijing, China.

Is Modi…


Added by Riaz Haq on May 14, 2015 at 7:30pm — 20 Comments

Malaysia's Ex Prime Minister Mahathir's Controversial Speech on Hadith

Dr. Mahathir Mohammad, the ex-prime minister of Malaysia who is credited with transforming his country into an Asian Tiger economy,  recently made a controversial speech about the Hadith, the sayings of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).…


Added by Riaz Haq on May 12, 2015 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Pakistan 2.0: Technology to Drive Productivity and GDP

Introduction of green revolution technologies drove Pakistan's rapid GDP growth in 1960s and 1970s when it was essentially an agricultural economy. The decade of 1980s saw livestock revolution that helped increase farm productivity. Will rapid absorption of information and communication technology (ICT) do the same in coming…


Added by Riaz Haq on May 11, 2015 at 10:24pm — 23 Comments

India Tops Mexico: Illegal Immigration to United States

India left Mexico behind as the top country sending illegal immigrants into the United States as of 2012, according to several media reports.…


Added by Riaz Haq on May 8, 2015 at 10:42am — 4 Comments

Textbooks in Pakistan Finally Acknowledge Minorities' Role

Pakistani history books for middle and high school students now describe the role played by Christians, Hindus and Sikhs in building the country after independence, according to Pakistan Christian Post.

Professor Anjum James Paul,…


Added by Riaz Haq on May 6, 2015 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

Impact of Money as Free Speech in America and the World

Are corporations people?  Do constitutional guarantees of free speech apply to corporations spending money to shape public policy? The United States Supreme Court has answered both of these questions in the affirmative in Citizens United v Federal Election Commission case.…


Added by Riaz Haq on May 5, 2015 at 10:49am — 8 Comments

From Ijtihad to Taqlid: Decline of Islamic Science

Where did star names like Ain ( عين),  Betelgeuse (إبط الجوزاء ) and Cursa ( الكرسي… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on May 2, 2015 at 11:00pm — 9 Comments

Gwadar as Hong Kong West?

The port city of Hong Kong has played a pivotal role in China's economic and trade expansion on the Chinese East Coast in the Pacific region. Meanwhile, China's Western region has remained relatively underdeveloped.

China's West Coast:

Is China looking to build and use Gwadar in Pakistan as Hong Kong West to…


Added by Riaz Haq on May 1, 2015 at 11:30pm — 12 Comments

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