The year 2008 was a year of great turmoil in Pakistan as the prior year ended with the tragic assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto
on Dec 27, 2007. It began with Bhutto's widower Asif Ali Zardari taking over the reins of Pakistan Peoples Party, Pakistan's largest political… Continue
Added by Riaz Haq on December 31, 2008 at 10:00pm —
I feel compelled to share this link with everybody here, out of a sense of duty and humanity. Israel has been exposed, time and time again, but to no benefit of the innocent victims, who can't send off their men to work or their children to school, not fearing for their lives. Blood and gore have entered and raped almost every household in Palestine. This page carries raw footage, so the faint of heart are discouraged from going any further. [… Continue
Added by Saadia Malik on December 28, 2008 at 10:35am —
"It was an amazingly transformative experience. I'll never forget it. Three million people, from every inch of the globe, all getting along together in a world where there's a lot of turbulence", said US Congressman Keith Ellison said of his recent experience of pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
This year, Rep. Ellison, Democratic Congressman from Minneapolis,… Continue
Added by Riaz Haq on December 27, 2008 at 3:46pm —
Media reports from Pakistan often portray a picture of doom and gloom, with the IMF bailout
of the economy, terrorist training camps, Islamic radicals, horrible governance, and corrupt and inept politicians making the headlines around the world. The adjective of "failed state" is often… Continue
Added by Riaz Haq on December 25, 2008 at 10:30am —
By Noah Shachtman
America's killer drones are getting all the attention, in the fight against Pakistani militants. But Pakistan's military has plenty of unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs
, too. And they're being used to… Continue
Added by Riaz Haq on December 24, 2008 at 6:00am —
Internet and telephone traffic between Europe and the Middle East and Asia has been seriously disrupted since Friday when three major underwater data lines were cut in the Mediterranean, according to media reports.
The main damage is to the four submarine cables running across the Mediterranean and through the Suez Canal. The damaged cables include Sea… Continue
Added by Riaz Haq on December 20, 2008 at 9:00am —
I travelled to Mumbai last night and instantly headed towards the Taj Mahal hotel. What grandeur. I recall seeing the structure on TV when Josh, an awesome Montreal-based Pakistani-Indian fusion band, came up with the video for their song, Mahi Ve. For some strange, odd reason, I decided it looked like a Belgian building. [Read more
Added by Saadia Malik on December 18, 2008 at 4:01am —
Calls to "do a Lebanon"
to fight terror are being made vociferously by the Indian media as they have focused the national and international attention on Mumbai terrorist attacks that targeted two opulent hotels and a small Jewish center in India's financial capital. The need for war on… Continue
Added by Riaz Haq on December 15, 2008 at 9:00am —
Added by Shoieb Yunus on December 10, 2008 at 5:23pm —
SAN FRANCISCO, CA and TORONTO--(Marketwire - December 2, 2008) - Precept Productions and Hiltz Squared Media Group Inc. announced today that the two organizations have signed a distribution agreement for Precept's first film, "Streets of Karachi." The agreement is the result of a meeting at MIPCOM in Cannes, France in October.
"Streets of Karachi" is an 84-minute docudrama that was filmed earlier this… Continue
Added by Shoieb Yunus on December 10, 2008 at 5:15pm —
Red alert, do we have an identity crisis?
Imagine a world full of people, demonstrating identical faces, synonymous dressing senses, communicating in the same language. Heck, there wouldn't be room for any imagination! Dullness. Boredom. Monotony.
The beauty of the world lies in its diversity. [Read more
Added by Saadia Malik on December 7, 2008 at 7:34am —
Of the two recent studies making headlines this week, one brings good news and the other warns of grave risks.
The good news first: New research shows that in a social network, happiness spreads among people up to three degrees removed from one another. That means when you feel happy, a friend of a friend of a friend has a slightly higher… Continue
Added by Riaz Haq on December 5, 2008 at 10:30pm —
Singing and musical instruments are categorically deemed prohibited by most, if not all, of the traditionalist Muslim scholars. Such vices could only be enjoyed by no less than drunken reprobates and good Muslims, we are told, would do well to poke fingers in their ears on hearing the voice of the devil or the sound of the satanic inventions. I will not attempt a rebuttal of this position but my view is diametrically opposed to the traditional view. There is plenty of research to suggest… Continue
Added by Saadia Malik on December 4, 2008 at 8:18am —
Chandrayaan-1 - A great leap forward
The successful launch and lunar operations of the first Indian unmanned moon spacecraft Chandrayaan-1 is a remarkable milestone of Indian science. It was the 68th of the lunar missions that began with the Soviet Luna 1 launch on 02 January 1959. The total cost of the mission is approximately $83 million. On landing an impact probe on the moon surface from a lunar orbiting spacecraft India joins the elite club of space fairing nations that… Continue
Added by Ameer Alam on December 3, 2008 at 10:00am —
Just to lighten up the mood a little, here's a funny piece I found on the net. If you follow football, or what is known in the U.S. as soccer, hopefully, you'll find this entertaining too. This is humour in good vein. Hopefully, it'll be consumed in that spirit! [Read more
Added by Saadia Malik on December 1, 2008 at 10:57pm —
Truth be told. Honestly speaking. To be very honest. This is the truth and nothing but the truth.
Each one of us has encountered these phrases innumerable times. They serve as prologues to forthcoming statements. That they are said and heard so much, is an indication that we do not trust each other to be always telling the truth. Or in the very least, that we are so weary of being smothered with propaganda, exaggeration and lies, that we need that extra nudge to believe. Naturally,… Continue
Added by Saadia Malik on December 1, 2008 at 10:56pm —