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Journey Downhill

Forbes magazine has pronounced Russian President Vladimir Putin as the most powerful man in the world, leaving US president Barack Obama trailing behind. Surprised at the revelation, many Americans have cast doubts at the method Forbes…

Mercifully And Finally, The Death Of Illusion

Pakistan’s problems are unfixable, my considered opinion after working journalism’s fields for over 30 years. Not that the problems are complicated or unique. They certainly are not. Only this that the jokers entrusted by us through the…

Peace In Syria?

THE Russo-American accord on the destruction of chemical weapons in Syria, arrived at in Geneva last month, suggests three scenarios. The immediate one is covered by the agreed Framework for Elimination of Syrian Chemical Weapons and the UN…

A Changing Gambit

Events have moved far too fast. Syria is off the radar and almost forgotten. Bashar al-Assad will stay, minus his chemical weapons – which is kind of okay. This also means that the Syrian opposition, consisting of a few rebels but burgeoned…

Who Are The Russians?

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian federation found itself facing the question of whether it was the successor and legitimate heir to the Soviet Union or to the Russian Empire, or whether it was a completely new state.…

Syria In Imperial Sights

The Arab League has urged the UN and the world to take measures against Syria. Urging on the UN for taking ‘deterrent’ steps against Syria means to contrive justification for the US and its imperialist allies to attack the embattled…

The Jewish Vote

According to the Election Commission of Pakistan, there are around 800 Jewish voters registered in Pakistan out of which 427 are women and 382 men. This statistic seems odd because there are almost no Jewish people in the public sphere in…

Our Russian Dreams

Diplomacy runs on two legs: economics and military-strategic. Russia does not produce anything – other than attack helicopters and military airplanes – that would be of value to Pakistan. Pakistan does not produce much that would be of…

Putin’s Snub

Anyone who has stood in an infinitely protracted CNG queue or turned their stove’s gas knob on in vain on a frigid winter morning knows the extent of gas trouble in Pakistan. Last year we dug out 39 bcm (billion cubic metres) of gas from…

Learning From The Jews

Germany, France, the US and even Russia cannot take a single political, economic, strategic or military decision that hurts Israel, or the Jews. The Holocaust has no direct link with sacred books, religion or respected personalities of…