August 21, 2017

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Ahmad Rahami Charged for Bombings in NY, NJ

FBI agents searching First American Fried Chicken and the apartment above it in Elizabeth, NJ, where Ahmad Rahami lived with his family.

The Afghan American charged with conducting and attempting to conduct bombings in New York City and various locations in New Jersey. Charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison. Read More »

Indo-Pak Detente? It Takes Two to Tango

Pakistani and Indian troops lower their respective national flags at Wahgah border near the Pakistani city of Lahore. (Photo Michael Foley, Creative Commons License)

It is time to shun the cold-war mindset and to take bold and pragmatic decisions in favor of the 1.4 billion people on both sides of the border. Read More »

Fighting 21st Century Wars

(Photo via ISPR)

To ensure peace and stability against adventurism in the 21st century a mean and lean fighting machine must be re-organized to fight the many wars Pakistan must contend with in this day and age to survive as an independent entity. Read More »

Hate and Discrimination in the Wake of September 11

A shot of the Tribute in Light in lower Manhattan from the Brooklyn side. (Photo by marcela, Creative Commons License)

The association of Muslims with terrorists in the wake of the 9/11 attacks continues to affect the nation in myriad ways. Read More »

A Short History of Presidents Lying About Their Health

(Image by James Ramirez, Creative Commons License)

Avoiding questions about coughs and chronic conditions has a long political history in America. Read More »

Melting Glaciers May Impact Hydropower Plans

The Karakorum glaciers [image via thethirdpole.net, courtesy earthobservatory.nasa.gov]

The World Water Week has put the focus back into shrinking glaciers but the jury is still out on the impacts they will have on the flow in snow-fed rivers and hydropower generation. Read More »

Pakistan Needs Another Sept. 6 Moment?

Relatives of Pakistanis who lost their lives in war against terror paying their respects at the national martyrs monument in Rawalpindi. (Photo via video stream)

With Pakistan’s democratic system not delivering despite its soldiers and citizens tremendous sacrifices, should the state be delivered to chaos and anarchy? Asks one analyst. Read More »

Instruments of Terror

More than 50,000 Pakistanis have lost their lives in terrorist attacks. File photo shows scale of destruction in a Karachi neighborhood following powerful explosion in Karachi in 2013. (Photo by Nadir Burney, Creative Commons License)

Pakistan faces the unavoidable specter of an ever-growing Indo-US-Afghan alliance that  requires it to do more in the anti-terror fight. It also needs to clean up its image that became tainted because of its alliances with or support for non-state actors. Read More »

Rural America Is Back In Business

(Photo by James Jordan, Creative Commons License)

Over the past eight years, the Obama Administration has vigorously invested in the rural way of life, strengthening the small towns and rural communities that so many call home. Read More »

How Trump’s ‘Mormon Problem’ May Cost Him Utah

(Photo via video stream)

Many evangelicals are backing Trump, so why hasn't he caught fire with Mormons? A scholar of Mormons' political beliefs counts the ways. Read More »