September 24, 2017

Will Release of Top Taliban Leader Restore Peace?

(Photo by Helmand Blog, Creative Commons License)

As a remarkable sign of Pakistan’s new phase of cooperation with the Afghan peace process, Islamabad is to release Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a prominent Taliban leader who was in prison in Pakistan since he was captured in 2010. The Afghan government has long urged for release of Baradar as he is considered a moderate and pro-peace figure among the ... Read More »

Message from India’s Communal Riots

A bird-eye view of Muzaffarnagar, the scene of deadly Hindu-Muslim violence. (by Sun Pictures, Creative Commons License)

A series of riots that claims the lives of about 40 people (60% Muslim, 40% Hindu, according to a police source) may appear insignificant. After all, this is a country born in sectarian violence, where the main ruling and the Opposition parties have engineered and/or abetted pogroms against minorities. As Delhi’s authority slowly recedes and regional leaders grow more powerful, ... Read More »

The Anatomy of Radicalism

Co-founder of Indian Mujahideen Yasin Bhatkal was arrested in Pokhara on August 29. (Photo via Nepal Times)

  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

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 »

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 »

Will Iranian Gas Resolve Pakistan’s Energy Woes?

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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 »

Google Chrome’s Password Security is Absolutely Zero

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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 »