Day: December 12, 2014

US monitoring mass conversions in India

Source: Dawn WASHINGTON: The United States said on Friday that it was closely monitoring reports of forced mass conversions in India. “We are aware of recent reports regarding alleged coercion in mass conversions in India, and are monitoring the situation closely,” said a statement issued by the US Department of […]

Cold war is on

Source: Dawn A COLD war is on between the West and Russia in right earnest. Its immediate cause is, of course, the Ukraine. But Prof John J. Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago, and one of the few dissenters in the US, points out in Foreign Affairs that “the taproot […]

A general’s views

Source: Dawn LATELY, Pervez Musharraf has been unburdening himself of some of his views on democracy. In a BBC interview, he said that while he believed in democracy, he did not consider the Western version of the system appropriate for Pakistan. And speaking at a youth forum in Karachi, he […]

The dismal state of human rights in Pakistan

Source: ET  The International Day of Human Rights was observed on December 10 by the international community to commemorate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the UN General Assembly in 1948. The UDHR sets international standards of human rights in which every individual is entitled […]

Student Creates First Ever Man-Made Biological Leaf

HigherPerspective: — The “first man-made biological leaf” could enable humans to colonise space from Dezeen on Vimeo. Another hurdle to prolonged interstellar travel has been passed. RCA Graduate Julian Melchiorri has developed a biological leaf that acts just like a natural one, breathing in carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. “Plants don’t grow in zero gravity,” […]

EXCLUSIVE: “Corrupt, toxic and sociopathic”: Glenn Greenwald unloads on torture, CIA and Washington’s rotten soul

Salon: It took years until the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture report — which shows not only that the CIA’s torture regime was larger and more vicious than understood, but that the agency repeatedly lied about it to the White House and Congress — was finally released to […]