March 23, 2017

Blogroll

Dispatches from An Unfinished African Revolution

A train is transporting sugarcane from the fields in Zimbabwe. (Photo by by Ullisan, Creative Commons License)

After a struggle with white farmers over nearly two decades, Zimbabwe’s peasants are now owners of more than three-fourths of all agricultural land. The ZANU-PF’s success has been to take this autonomous movement and project this as an outcome of its policies. Read More »

Unexpected Trends in New York’s Mayoral Race

John Liu and Bill Thompson won six and five endorsements respectively from the ethnic and community media. (Photos by Brock Stoneham via Voices of NY)

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn got three key newspaper endorsements – The New York Times, the Daily News and the New York Post – but her mayoral bid found little support in New York’s ethnic and community media. Frontrunner Bill de Blasio didn’t fare any better. A Voices of NY survey of 30 key community and ethnic papers on the ... Read More »

Cry Karachi!

Mausoleum of Pakistan's founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi. The city is home to much of Pakistan's industry and generates 71 percent of Pakistan's tax revenue. (Photo by by Kasuga Sho, Creative Commons License)

The Federal Cabinet met in the city of Karachi on the subject of “Karachi” to take “extraordinary measures to deal with the extraordinary situation in Karachi”, in the words of Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif. One does not doubt the urgency of the federal government or their sincerity, however one must call a spade a spade and that is missing. ... Read More »

Syria: South Asian Media Calls for Caution

Syrian soldiers man a checkpoint at the entrance of the Al-Karama area in the Bab Amro neighborhood of Homs on May 2, 2012. (Photo Photo by FreedomHouse, Creative Commons License)

As President Barack Obama weighs his options on Syria, media in South Asian countries is advising caution, fearing despite all good intentions, an attack on Syria could spiral out of control. Read More »

Difference Between Water Scarcity and Drought

Tanda dam in the outskirts of Kohat City in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa province. The small dam serves as lifeline for many downstream rural communities. (Photo by Raza Khan)

Water scarcity and drought are two interrelated but distinct concepts. Despite widespread recognition of the important differences between the two concepts, there is no scientific agreement about the precise definitions of the terms water scarcity and drought. Read More »

Muslim Community in Shock Over AP Revelations

Muslim worshippers coming out of Jamaica Muslim Center in Queens. (Photo by Jehangir Khattak)

Members of the Muslim community living in metropolitan New York are expressing a deep sense of shock, disbelief and anger at the latest revelations by the Associated Pressthat the New York City Police Department designated certain mosques as “terrorist organizations.” Read More »

Will Iranian Gas Resolve Pakistan’s Energy Woes?

Photo by Harald Hoyer, Creative Commons License

Pakistan's crippling energy crisis demands urgent initiatives for sustainable supply of natural gas at affordable political, economic and diplomatic cost. Is Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project worth the price Pakistan seems to be willing to pay? Read More »

How South Asia Can Benefit from Central Asian Energy Boom?

Long oil train on its way to Russia transporting oil from Kazakhstan. (Photo by Duccio Aiazzi, Creative Commons License)

In a rare assembly of representatives of governments of countries in South and Central Asia, parliaments and the private sector as well as experts from China, the US and Europe sat in Islamabad on September 1 and 2 to discuss not the security challenge but the energy promise that the region offers. Read More »

Deserts’ Photovoltaics Promise

solar energy

In the US, a vast glittering Ivanpah solar facility will be commissioned by the end of this summer. It will produce 392 megawatt electricity, making it the largest concentrating solar power (CSP) plant in the world. In the desert near Abu Dhabi, Middle East’s first large CSP — Shams-I — has already been commissioned, producing 100MW of electricity. The Saudis have bigger and ambitious ... Read More »

Google Chrome’s Password Security is Absolutely Zero

Photo by Dev.Arka, Creative Commons License

By Jehangir Khattak Google’s Chrome may be one of the most popular browser in the world, but it may have another distinction too — It is one of the most vulnerable in terms of password security as well. Google acknowledges the huge security flaw but has no plans to rectify it, reports Charles Arthur in the British daily The Guardian. The flaw, ... Read More »