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Homage to Barcelona
Stephen Schwartz

Homage to Barcelona
Stephen Schwartz

The bandits who plotted and carried out this crime are not Muslims. They ceased being Muslims when they forgot that the people of Barcelona, many times, had fought and died to support the freedom of the Moroccan Muslims from imperialism....

 

Barcelona Attack: Police Kill 5 Suspected Terrorists, Foil 'Bomb Plot'

A van veered onto a promenade and barrelled down the busy walkway in central Barcelona on Thursday, swerving back and forth as it mowed down pedestrians and turned a picturesque tourist destination into a bloody killing zone. Thirteen people were killed and 100 were injured, 15 of them seriously, in what authorities called a terror attack.....

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Barcelona Terror Attack Updates: Spanish Police Kill 5 Suspected Terrorists, Thwart Second Attack

 

As Man Fights ‘Islamic State’ Taint For Wife, Police at Her Door, In Her Room
Shaju Philip

She was sent to this house, belonging to her parents, 35 km from Kottayam district town, three days later by the court, which said “a girl of 24 years is weak and vulnerable, capable of being exploited in many ways…. Her marriage being the most important decision in her life can also be taken only with the active involvement of her parents.” While her parents alleged that the wedding was just a bid to take their daughter to join the Islamic State....

 

If you don't find this to be one of the most damning and shameless acts in Pakistan's history, I implore you to revisit your moral values. Redirect your support, take it away from these inhumane clowns, and preserve the future of your country by educating yourselves and educating the masses....

From Afghanistan with Love and Sincerity
Amrullah Saleh

India’s post-Independence magic has been the unity of her ‘Amars, Akbars and Anthonys.’ All her children found their home, and under one ceiling embraced their lost mother, while retaining and celebrating their diversity of beliefs and skills. They were all synced to one script and sang ‘Jai Hind!’...

 

The Political Face of Jamaat ud Dawa
Muhammad Amir Rana

There is still plenty of literature being produced by the JuD against democracy and the Constitution — or man-made legislation. A brief background of the party’s anti-democratic ideology and practices can be found in a book Qafila Dawat-o-Jihad, written by Ameer Hamza, a JuD founder. Indeed, the JuD has the same worldview and anti-democratic attitude that are espoused by international terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda and the militant Islamic State group....

Forgotten Meaning: Partition Is Not the Same as Independence
Huma Yusuf

The independence that we are meant to celebrate today is from colonial rule. In India, the idea of independence continues to be linked with the experience of colonisation, particularly this year, thanks to Shashi Tharoor’s recent arguments that the Indian subcontinent was impoverished by the British Raj, and that an apology is long overdue. But in Pakistan, the link between our independence and our colonial past seems much more remote, and somehow less relevant....

 

History Is Not Repeating Itself
S. Akbar Zaidi

The judiciary, along with other institutions such as the media and pro-democracy forces, played a key role in marking the shift away from the military’s hegemony, a process which could be dated to around 2007-2008 when what is known as the ‘lawyers’ movement’ gave some credibility to the notion that the judiciary could actually be independent in asserting its own interests rather than being perceived to be a lackey of the military....

 

Why Pluralism and Secularism Are Essential for Indian Democracy
Hamid Ansari

It has been observed, with much justice, that ‘the relationship between identity and inequality lies at the heart of secularism and democracy in India.’ The challenge today then is to reiterate and rejuvenate secularism’s basic principles: equality, freedom of religion and tolerance, and to emphasise that equality has to be substantive, that freedom of religion be re-infused with its collectivist dimensions, and that toleration should be reflective of the realities of Indian society and lead to acceptance....

How Arabs lost India to Israel
Hussein Shobokshi

And the relationship between them is likely to be strengthened, increased and sustained because equality, respect and equivalency exist and are clearly established. The development of the relationship between India and Israel is a natural product of the Arab Spring’s chaos, which continues to manifest its disastrous consequences....

His anger is justified - even though there are laws that expressly forbid journalists from revealing identities of rape survivors and child victims of crimes, many people have been able to join the dots and identify the family because the alleged rapist's name was extensively reported in the Indian press. Now their neighbours and his work colleagues know. Possibly the child's school friends know too.....

 

Was Pakistan’s Creation a Mistake?
Gwynne Dyer

Could it have happened differently? Both Mahatma Gandhi, for all his saintly status a profoundly sectarian Hindu leader, and Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the leader of the All-India Muslim League and the founder of Pakistan, were dead within a year after Partition. If the British Government had not been in such a panic-stricken rush to get out of India, there might have been time for more moderate Hindu and Muslim leaders to negotiate a different outcome....

Collective Wisdom: Are the Judges To A Man All ‘Sadiq’ and ‘Ameen’ Themselves?
Najam Sethi

Are these manifestations of a creeping “judicial coup” against the letter and spirit of the Constitution in which both due process of law and accountability of all, subject to checks and balances are deeply enshrined? Are the judges to a man all “Sadiq” and “Ameen” themselves so that they can fairly determine who is “Sadiq” and “Ameen” among the 240 million populace of Pakistan?...

 

WANTED: Angels for Positions of M. P; Excellent Perks; Opportunities For Advancement To Ministerial Posts; Five-Year Tenure, Applicants Must Be ‘Sadiq’ And ‘Ameen’
Irfan Husain

It’s the last requirement that’ll be the deal-breaker for most of us. Hands up all those who have never sinned in their lives. What, no hands? Hang on, I can see several judges, generals, bureaucrats and businessmen raising their hands at the back. Thank God we have some honest and upright people living in our midst, or I would have been very disappointed with the Land of the Pure....

Soft Coup in Pakistan
Gurmeet Kanwal

Soft Coup in Pakistan
Gurmeet Kanwal

Just when the Pakistan Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, was engaged in attempts to wrest control over the country's foreign and security policies from the army, he has been disqualified from holding office by the Supreme Court on corruption and money laundering charges ~ for which he is still to be tried....

 
Game of Drones
Khaled Ahmed

Game of Drones
Khaled Ahmed

On June 13, a US drone attack in Hangu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan killed Abu Bakar Haqqani of the Afghan terrorist Haqqani Network. Since Abu Bakar Haqqani was killed inside the area administered by Pakistan and not in the tribal belt, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has threatened an inter-agency review of his country’s funding and support to Pakistan....

 

70 Years after Independence, the India I Know Is Losing Its Way
Mihir Bose

So why, as it approaches its 70th birthday, is India beset with fears? Unlike in my youth these are not about India breaking up: but the way, since Narendra Modi’s astonishing election victory in 2014, the country seems to be turning its back on the tolerant, secular society India’s founding fathers wanted.....

Pakistan Sticks to a Sad Tradition
Husain Haqqani

In its judgment disqualifying Mr. Sharif, the Supreme Court has found him in violation of Article 62(1)(f) that demands that members of Parliament be “sagacious, righteous, non-profligate, honest and Ameen”. The last of these, “Ameen”, meaning ‘the keeper of trust’ is one of the attributes of Prophet Muhammad, which by definition is a hard standard to meet for any Muslim who deems the Prophet ‘the most perfect’ human being.....

 

After Nawaz: There Will Be A Greater Reliance On Street Power To Intimidate Pakistan’s Institutions
Khaled Ahmed

The odour of the “nexus” lingers as public opinion grasps the significance of Sharif’s ouster. The media, divided over the judicial process, is coming to terms with the process of accountability most Pakistanis think is missing. But the schism of politicisation remains, casting doubt on the impartiality of the court, especially in an environment of “immunity” granted to “street power” which renders court summons ineffective for the street agitators while the prime minister remains subject to the judicial process.....

 

Nawaz Sharif Has Gone, But Pakistan’s High-Level Corruption Survives
Tariq Ali

Sharif was brought down on a technicality, but he is out. Sharif was felled by a constitutional clause inserted by his one-time patron, the late dictator General Zia-ul-Haq, stipulating that every MP must be “honest and sincere”. Were this applied, the National Assembly would probably be permanently empty....

 

Pakistan: A Country without A PM
Ayesha Siddiqa

If the judges do not appear bipartisan and use the principle of law rather than their opinion — a fashion that dates back to Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry’s days — Mr. Sharif will be perceived as a victim rather than a culprit. Even his disqualification will then generate the myth that he was punished for something else rather than what the court and the JIT tried him for. This may not save Mr. Sharif now but will haunt the Establishment in a few years....

 

Reel bad Arabs and Jack Shaheen
Aijaz Zaka Syed

And mind you, he did not merely speak for the Arabs and Muslims. By confronting the racist, ethnic and religious stereotypes and labels prevalent in popular Western culture and other cultures for that matter, he spoke and stood for everyone who is viewed as ‘the Other’. Today, as even South Asian Hindus, Sikhs and everyone who looks like Arabs and Muslims are increasingly attacked and viewed with suspicion in the West...

 

In India, a Name Is Rarely Just a Name
Aatish Taseer

It was an example of how even the glories of the Muslim past in India could in the eyes of its Hindu majority come to seem like an unbroken record of defeat. More recently, Yogi Adityanath, the new chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, said, “Foreign dignitaries visiting the country used to be gifted replicas of the Taj Mahal and other minarets which do not reflect Indian culture.” If the Taj Mahal gets under your skin, safe to say probably everything will....

 

Let’s Pause and Think
Javaid Gillani

We have, willingly or unwillingly, sanctioned and accepted use of violence as a means to resolve issues.  Violence and its use are now central to our lives. It doesn't take us much to come to blows even on petty matters. Unless we reject the use of violence in strong, unequivocal and no uncertain terms and without attaching any preconditions we would go deeper and deeper in this quagmire with no chances of redemption. We are at a stage, where this violence is taking a serious radical turn. The time to stop it is now....

 

It Will Be Minus Four, And Not Minus Three
Dr Shabir Choudhry

It was decided that, at least, powers of Altaf Hussain, Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif should be cut to size that they, either become irrelevant or become manageable. It was not prudent to take all three of them at the same time. Although in power and in control of his party, in their view, Asif Zardari was in self destructive mode, and was not a potent threat to the system they had under their thumb....

 
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