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India’s U-2 Scandal And More

Nothing exposed the folly of Pakistan aligning itself with the west early in the Cold War and signing strategic treaties like the Baghdad Pact and the Southeast Asia Treaty Organisation agreement as badly as the shooting down in 1960 of a…

Restructuring Intelligence

The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) of the UK ‘monitors communications worldwide for intelligence purposes’, and works under the foreign secretary. The British parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee oversees the…

Enduring Failure

President Karzai is a troubled man these days. With the planned American and allied military withdrawal, he sits atop a sinking ship. He is busy securing his political future. The unruly warlords – the mainstay of Karzai’s US-backed…

Speak Directly

The attacks in Quetta and reports of massive American online spying on the Pakistani government’s computer systems are not shocking. What is truly disturbing is the weak and confused reaction of Pakistani politicians and law enforcement.…

Soundtrack Of Imperialism

Oscar winner for best picture, Argo and its comrade in imperial revisionism, Zero Dark Thirty both attempt a recasting of America’s failed foreign adventures, first during the Iranian hostage crisis of the Carter presidency and more…

Why Lincoln Lost

The media’s explanation for Argo’s victory over Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, a work of far greater artistic and historical weight, is revealing. Affleck’s film, noted the Los Angeles Times, is “a feel-good movie in which the American triumph…

Argo: An Embrace Of US Foreign Policy

A new political thriller, Argo, starring and directed by Ben Affleck, has earned critical praise and a number two spot on the box office charts for the second straight week. The film is based on declassified information about a little-known…

War And Peace

The maddening uproar against the murder attempt on Malala Yousafzai would have seemed fitting had this attack been perpetuated by the Taliban in a perfectly peaceful society. The outcry would have made sense had our children had access to…

Drones

Q: Are drone attacks illegal under international law? A: Drone attacks are illegal because of two reasons: One; drone attacks do not have the approval of the UN Security Council and military force against another member-state of the UN can…

The ‘Good’ Drone

When was the last time a Pakistani political party helped set the world news agenda for a day? Pakistani politics seldom draws any outside attention barring occasional jokes. So this is a real change. Welcome to constructive, positive…