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Friday, August  03, 2007


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From July 28, 2007  to August 03, 2007

Fragile Paradise

Munir Ahed flinches as he recalls the blades of helicopters thrashing in the thin mountain air, their screaming engines sending livestock – and his children – scattering for cover into the forests.

Historic Role Of Judiciary

After a long time, the judiciary in Pakistan has something to be proud about. Its past is replete with unsavoury judgments such as endorsing the hanging of former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and sanctifying military coups under the . . . .

U.K. Army Presence In Ulster Ends

Any lingering doubts about Northern Ireland’s return to peace were laid to rest on Tuesday when nearly 40 years of British army presence in the once strife-torn province finally ended, bringing the curtain down on the longest continuous . . . . .

Shilpa Gets On The Wrong Side Of The Media Out Of London

Those who have watched the rise and fall of media-minted instant celebrities, had seen it coming.

The Pla Turns 80 Today

China’s army is in the midst of wide-ranging modernisation with the aim of reducing its size while upgrading its technological prowess.

Mi5 Betrayed Me To Cia, Says Former Guantanamo Detenu

An Iraqi resident of Britain has accused British intelligence agencies of “betraying” him to the CIA and implicating him in terror charges which led him to spend four years in the notorious U.S. detention centre in Guantanamo Bay.

General Blunder?

In a major political blunder, President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan tried to browbeat Chief Justice Iftikhar Ahmed Chaudhry of the Pakistan Supreme Court into resigning on March 9, 2007, as he was worried, inter alia, that he might come in the . . . .

Mir Ali Under Uzbek Control

It's time for the US to authorise its commanders on the ground in the Afghan territory to mount covert action in Pakistani territory in the North Waziristan area if such action is warranted by intelligence of terrorist operations under preparation.

Negative N-Vibe

After the completion of the nuclear negotiations with the US, the UPA government’s attention now turns to China’s opposition to three decades of global nuclear blockade against India.

Non-Alignment Yes, Nam No

Historian Ramachandra Guha has described Jawaharlal Nehru's policy of non-alignment as an attempt to place India "beyond and above the rivalries of Great Powers".

Europe Has Lost Its Nerve

What do the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Britain's Leader of Opposition David Cameron have in common? The question is intriguing and will leave most people stumped.

Tit For Tat Makes Sense

The police investigation into the botched terrorist attacks in Glasgow and London reminded me of the classic Prisoner's Dilemma.

‘I’M Driven By Ego. Offer Me A Role & I’M Not Excited. But Plant One Little Challenge, And That Does The Trick’

From being a photographer who also acted in plays, Boman Irani has come to be recognised as one of the most versatile actors of Bollywood, as much at ease with comic roles like Dr Asthana and Lucky Singh in the Munnabhai series as with tragic ones . . . .

N-Deal Reflects New World Reality

The 123 Agreement between India and the US has been finalised and frozen, pending its being further processing.

Musharraf Must Shed Uniform, Says Benazir Bhutto

The former Pakistan Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, on Sunday ruled out power-sharing deal with President Parvez Musharraf unless he relinquished his military role and delinked the office of the President from the army.

A Conversation With Dr Kalam

Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who has just concluded his term as Indian President, did not find "any difference" between the previous government run by Atal Behari Vajpayee and the present one headed by Dr Manmohan Singh.

Guru Ashtavakra And King Janaka The Pupil

Many great classical texts are rich in Vedanta. One such is the Ashtavakra Samhita, a conversation between Janaka, the king-pupil and Ashtavakra, the guru-seer whose name indicates that his body had eight contortions.

“This Is As Good A Text As One Can Possibly Get”

National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan on the negotiations with the United States over the bilateral Nuclear Cooperation Agreement, also known as the 123 agreement, and what this means for the future of India-U.S. relations.

The “Shame” Of Being A Suicide Bomber’s Wife

The woman behind the “niqab”, through which only her eyes were visible, tried to fight off tears as she spoke about how it felt to be branded as the “wife of a suicide bomber”, and the effect her husband’s actions had on her life.

Nuclear Deal Is Satisfactory, Says Kakodkar

“Historic milestone in strategic partnership” “Agreement fully consistent with commitments... ”

Intelligence Cooperation Has A Long History

Prince Hassan of Jordan suggested that the ISI and R&AW chiefs meet in secret and discuss issues instead of levelling open allegations against each other..

Non-Alignment Yes, Nam No

Historian Ramachandra Guha has described Jawaharlal Nehru's policy of non-alignment as an attempt to place India "beyond and above the rivalries of Great Powers".

A New Breed Of Parasites

If you go into one of the better hotels and restaurants in Kabul — particularly the ones that boast a “UN security cleared” tag — you are almost certain to come across piles of Afghan Scene, a free monthly magazine aimed at the . . . .

Five British Pakistanis Jailed On Terror Charges

Five British Pakistani youths, accused of being “intoxicated” by extremist propaganda, were on Thursday jailed for planning to go to Pakistan to train as “jihadis” in order to fight British forces in Afghanistan.

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