By Jeffrey Goldberg
Nov. 22 (Bloomberg) — The Pakistani military and its spy agency, the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence, have an expansive menu of options before them in their endless campaign to subvert democracy. And subverting democracy (as opposed to, say, winning wars against India, or helping the U.S. defeat the Haqqani terrorist network in Afghanistan) is the real specialty of Pakistan’s military. Read more »
A growing rivalry between India, Pakistan and China over the region’s great
rivers may be threatening South Asia’s peace
Nov 19th 2011 | DELHI, DHAKA, ISLAMABAD AND SRINAGAR |
from the Economist
SONAULLAH PHAPHO has spent half a century picking a living from Wular lake high in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Today he is lucky if he scoops a fish or two out of the soupy mess. Read more »
Please read the following story published in Vanity Fair magazine in August 2002 and think?
THE JOURNALIST AND THE TERRORIST
by Robert Sam Anson
The reporter who comes to Karachi, Pakistan is given certain cautions.
Do not take a taxi from the airport; arrange for the hotel to send a car and confirm the driver’s identity before getting in.
Do not stay in a room that faces the street.
Do not interview sources over the phone.
Do not discuss subjects such as Islam or the Pakistani nuclear program in the presence of hotel staff. Read more »
China’s state-owned enterprises are on the march and account for 40% of China’s non-agricultural GDP
From the Economist
November 12, 2011
WHEN China joined the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in December 2001, many people hoped that this would curb the power of its state-owned enterprises. Ten years on, they seem stronger than ever. President Hu Jintao can expect to hear about this at the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation summit this weekend. Hillary Clinton, America’s secretary of state, has warned stridently of the dangers of state capitalism. A Congressional report released on October 26th railed against the unfair advantages enjoyed by state-owned firms and lamented that China is giving them “a more prominent role”. Read more »
It is hardly a surprise that a Kangroo court – otherwise known as Anti-terrorism Court (ATC) in Faisalabad handed jail sentences of 490 years in total to six labour leaders from on November 1, 2011. Read more »