Day: March 28, 2014

No NSA reform can fix the American Islamophobic surveillance complex

Guardian: Better oversight of the sprawling American national security apparatus may finally be coming: President Obama and the House Intelligence Committee unveiled plans this week toreduce bulk collection of telephone records. The debate opened up by Edward Snowden’s whistle-blowing is about to get even more legalistic than all the parsing of hops and stores andmetadata. These reforms may […]

Saudis woo Pakistan with $1.5 billion grant — Why now?

News.Yahoo: Pakistan announced last week that it received a $1.5 billion grant from Saudi Arabia, which it termed a “friendly gift” and an “unconditional grant.” Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have long had warm ties, but the no-strings-attached gift sparked immediate concern from Pakistani journalists, security experts, and opposition politicians, who question whether the […]

Russia looks to Asia for trade cushion

HONG KONG (CNNMoney) As the United States and Europe threaten Russia with trade sanctions, Moscow is looking east to Asian countries that might act as an economic bulwark. The Kremlin’s calculations rely heavily on China — already the second largest importer of Russian goods and a voracious energy consumer. Increased […]

Minorities in the Islamic Republic

March 27, 2014 ADNAN FALAK The Lahore resolution laid out the blue print for Pakistan. It envisioned an independent homeland for Muslims, consisting of “independent states” of geographical contiguous areas with a Muslim majority. It also called for the provision of “adequate, effective and mandatory safeguards for minorities in these […]