• TAMIL NADU IN INDIA NOW ON SLIPPERY PATH1

    by N. S. Venkataraman         25/5/2018 In recent times, Tamil Nadu has been in the news for all wrong reasons. A few years back, investors and employees in Kerala and West Bengal, both those residing in the state or from outside the states, were reluctant to invest or seek employment in Kerala and

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  • LOVE FOR POWER & AXIS OF EVILS0

    by F R Chowdhury     24/5/2018 We see in the history of civilization the lust for power to have control over others. In the old days, the kings and emperors conquered other territories to satisfy their ego and desire for power. In modern days it is not possible to conquer other lands. Now the appetite

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  • ATTACK ON PAKISTAN’S INTERIOR MINISTER FOR BLASPHEMY ALLEGATION0

    An Islamist shot Pakistan’s Interior Minister, Ahsan Iqbal under blasphemy allegation. About three decades ago, Iqbal’s mother was behind the controversial blasphemy law, which has been vigorously used against liberal Muslims and religious minorities, since its inception. The recent attack shows the level of growing militancy and religious intolerance, which is gripping the Islamic country

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  • What to do with Pakistani militant Hafez Saeed? Pakistan and China grope for ambiguity0

    By James M. Dorsey      24/5/2018 Recent remarks by several senior Pakistani officials suggest that Pakistan and China are groping with how to deal with globally designated Pakistani militant Hafez Saeed as the South Asian nation gears up for elections expected in July and risks being next month put on an international terrorism finance

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  • Why is the Taliban so strong?0

    MICHAEL KUGELMAN,    May 20, 201814:12 This past week, the Taliban entered the city of Farah, the capital of a province by the same name located in western Afghanistan. For a brief period, it took over several government buildings before being pushed out by Afghan ground forces and US airstrikes. The offensive marked one of the

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  • An American’s letter to Sabika Sheikh0

    Michael KugelmanUpdated May 22, 2018 Dear Sabika, It’s been several days since the school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, where you, a 17-year-old Pakistani exchange student, were among the 10 victims. Since then, I’ve learned a lot about you from media reports and the moving testimonials from your family and friends. You were blessed

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  • Sri Lanka: That cannot be cricket0

      Sathiya Moorthy       23 May 2018 Whether or not veteran cricketer Kumar Sangakkara ends up becoming the United National Party’s (UNP’s) presidential candidate in the 2020 election, current media reports in this regard have the potential to take away the seriousness of the party’s campaign for the nation’s highest elected constitutional authority. If he

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