Riaz Haq's Blog – December 2008 Archive (7)

Year 2008 in Review--Pakistan

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 — No Comments

First Haji in US Congress

"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 — No Comments

Jinnah's Pakistan Booms Amidst Doom and Gloom

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 — 1 Comment

Pakistan Exporting Drones to America

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 — No Comments

Pakistan's Internet Outage--Service Disrupted Yet Again

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 — No Comments

War on Hunger Takes a Back Seat in South Asia

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 — 4 Comments

Social Networks Bring Blessings, Pose Risks

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 — No Comments

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    Agriculture: A Rare Bright Spot in Pakistan's Economy

    Pakistan's agriculture sector grew 6.3% in 2023-24, far outpacing the overall economy that grew just 2.38%, according to the Economic Survey of Pakistan 2023-24.  This is good news for about 40% of the country's population working in the agriculture sector. By contrast, India's agriculture growth slowed to …


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