Archive | February 2, 2014

A White Trail: How not to run an Ideological State!! If we did not know that the lives of minorities are under immense threat in Pakistan, Haroon Khalid’s A White Trail, gobsmacks, nay, sucker punches us with the reality. The language is unpretentious; there is no mincing of words, no melodrama, no harangue or pontification. There is page after page of cold, hard, cruel reality delivered […]

The limited allure of extremism

By Richard Wike, Special to CNN Editor’s note: Richard Wike is Director of Global Attitudes Research at the Pew Research Center. You can follow him @RichardWike. The views expressed are his own. The recent news from Fallujah and elsewhere in the Middle East and Africa must be pretty encouraging for al Qaeda sympathizers. The Islamic State of Iraq […]


Ohio man buried riding his 1967 Harley-Davidson motorcycle in extra-large grave

Credit: Billy Standley was spectacularly laid to rest in a Mechanicsburg cemetery on Friday while seated on the back of his 1967 Electra Glide cruiser thanks to the handiwork of five embalmers and a metal back brace and straps. The 82-year-old motorhead succumbed to lung cancer on Sunday.   Standley is seen propped up on […]

Pakistani workers prepare a stage around the ancient ruins ahead of the cultural heritage festival in Mohenjo Daro, the UNESCO World Heritage site around 425 kilometers north of the port city of Karachi, on January 30, 2014. (AFP)

Hundreds swarm ancient Pakistan ruins for grand cultural gala

MOENJODARO, Pakistan: Hundreds of people swarmed the ancient ruined city of Saturday to attend an inaugural festival commemorating Pakistan’s cultural heritage, days after experts warned the event endangered the UNESCO site. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, son of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto opened the two-week festival, which is part of a campaign to conserve the […]

Smoke rises while Free Syrian Army fighters stand at the Karm al-Tarab neighborhood frontline in Aleppo on Saturday. As if their troubles were not enough, forces fighting against the Assad regime are also killing each other, the latest of which was a twin car bombing by Al-Qaeda fighters that killed a rival Islamic brigade commander in Aleppo on Sunday. (Reuters/Ammar Abdullah)

Al-Qaeda fighters in Syria kill rival rebel leader

BEIRUT: Al-Qaeda fighters killed the leader of a rival Islamic brigade in a twin car bombing near Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, an attack likely to further exacerbate rebel infighting even as government forces continued their intense shelling of opposition-held areas of the city on Sunday. Syrian aircraft bombed buildings, burying people underneath rubble in […]


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