US sows discord in South Asia

Source: Asia Times on Line The United States has embarked on a divide-and-rule strategy in South Asia with a propaganda assault on Pakistan’s warming relations with India and Iran, highlighting Washington’s increasingly desperation to embed itself in the region as the Afghan endgame enters a crucial phase. In this context, […]

US and Islamists: It takes two to tango

Source: Times of India When Libya’s interim government announced the official ” liberation” of the country on October 23, it also declared that a system based on the Islamic sharia, including polygamy, will replace the dictatorship that Col Muammar Qaddafi ran for 42 years. “We as a Muslim nation have […]

Muslim women leaders convene at global conference

SOURCE: DAILY TIMES PAKISTAN NEW YORK: The American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA) announced the Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality (WISE) Conference to be held from October 14 to October 17 in Istanbul, Turkey. “Soon the world will witness how Muslim women activists, scholars, politicians jurists and poets have assumed […]

US warns UNESCO to stay out of Palestine debate

By BRADLEY KLAPPER BLOOMBERG BUSINESS WEEK SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic The Obama administration warned the U.N. cultural agency to stay out of the question of Palestinian statehood or face the consequences, as American lawmakers were threatening to withhold tens of millions of dollars in U.S. funding if the organization agrees […]

Haqqani: Military or political solution?

Source:  Asia times on line. A divisive policy debate pits top US military leaders, Pentagon officials and the Central Intelligence Agency, who want to put priority on pressuring Pakistan to attack Haqqani network forces, against those in the Barack Obama administration who doubt that a military effort could be decisive […]

Why men are in trouble

Editor’s note: William J. Bennett, a CNN contributor, is the author of “The Book of Man: Readings on the Path to Manhood.” Bennett is the Washington fellow of the Claremont Institute. He was U.S. secretary of education from 1985 to 1988 and was director of the Office of National Drug […]

Was Christopher Columbus on a religious crusade?

Source/Credit: The Washington Post: On Faith Two recent books argue that explorers Christopher Columbus and Vasco da Gama were more like Christian crusaders than greedy mercenaries or curious adventurers. Other historians, however, remain skeptical. The books, released in the weeks leading up to Columbus Day (Oct. 10), claim the reason […]

Fear of an Islamic Planet

by JOHN FEFFER Foreign Policy in Focus. Institute of Policy Studies. It’s easy to make fun of Michele Bachmann: her history gaffes, her Christian extremism, her ludicrous political positions. Journalists, though, would be sad to see her leave the Republican primary race, since she can be reliably counted on to […]