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Unending Torture – Jeffrey St Clair

It was shortly after five on a Saturday morning last April. The prisoners in the communal cellblock at Camp 6 in Guantanamo Bay Prison had just gathered for morning prayers. Suddenly the overhead lights went out, the cell doors slammed shut…

The ‘Pakistani’ psyche

NATIONAL or group psyche represents the idea that different nations or groups possess distinctive psychological characteristics. The idea’s hard cultural version controversially argues that group cultures inculcate timeless psyches among…

Army Versus JI?

Pakistanis face a dangerous internal division at a time when the homeland is under attack from multiple regional proxy wars. The divided house coincides with a weak foreign policy that continues to fail to assert legitimate Pakistani…

Killing Grandmothers For Freedom

Pakistan’s defence ministry told parliament recently that US drones have killed 67 ordinary Pakistani citizens in the past six years. The figure is open to dispute (most estimates are around the 400 mark), but that isn’t the point because…

TTP Camps

If the United States was interested in punishing the TTP terror group after the murder of seven CIA agents in Khost in 2009, all that the US army and the CIA had to do was pull a few strings within the Afghan spy service, the NDS, and flush…

Challenge Of Wasteful Passions

James Stewart thought that he was successful if he played the part and the acting didn’t show. Well, there was precious little on view except acting during Nawaz Sharif’s Washington visit. As for the ‘acting’, that too was below par.…

The Right To Travel

When the State Department revoked Edward Snowden’s passport four months ago, the move was a reprisal from a surveillance-and-warfare state that operates largely in the shadows. Top officials in Washington were furious. Snowden had suddenly…

Dying In Our Democracy

Tell me, what did you think democracy was going to be all about? Did you enjoy the free coffees/cakes/etc for voters, the enthusiastic ‘go vote!’ ad campaigns run nationwide with all the headiness of a teenager discovering life after 10pm…