January 16, 2018

Blogroll

De Blasio Leads NYC Mayoral Primary

  Bill de Blasio edged closer to his victory in the hotly contested Democratic primary for New York City mayoral election on Tuesday, September 10. The Public Advocate had secured 40 percent of the vote with 96 percent of the precincts reporting the results. His nearest competitor was former New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson with 26 percent votes. Despite ... Read More »

The Anatomy of Radicalism

  When the Indian Mujahideen’s bomb-maker, Yasin Bhatkal, was caught in Pokhara (in western Nepal) last week (August 29), there was justifiable jubilation in India. Yasin spilled the beans on interrogation, revealing that Nepal’s scenic lakeside resort has become a hideout of choice where Indian extremists can lie low. But few know that Yasin was radicalized by what he erroneously believed ... Read More »

Dispatches from An Unfinished African Revolution

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

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!

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

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

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

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?

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?

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 »