August 2008

Good Ice Cream at Avari

From *Daily Waqt* - published from Lahore, Sunday August 31, 2008: Obama's mother stayed in Pakistan for 5 years Lahore (Pervez Al-Islam): The mother of American Presidential hopeful, Barack Obama, Mrs. Ann Dunham lived in Pakistan for five years. During this time, Barack Obama also visited his mother and stayed for a few month. Mrs. [...]

The Speech

I don't really need to analyze and parse what Barack Obama said last night- countless others will do it for you. I will just tell you, in my opinion, that in its mundane parts it was easily the best political speech of this genre, i.e., politician wanting to get elected, narrates positions; in its best [...]

Charlie Wilson’s New Front

Since I will be publicly auditioning for this job, I present this without comment. August 26, 2008 Dr. Randy Diehl Dean of Liberal Arts GEB 3.216 University of Texas Austin, TX 78712 Dr. Itty Abraham Director, South Asia Institute WCH 4.132B University of Texas Austin, TX 78712 Dear Dean Diehl and Dr. Abraham, We the [...]

Ahmed Faraz, 1931-2008

It is with a sad heart that I note the passing away of Ahmed Faraz. He always spoke truth to power. update: See the obit in Dawn. کٹھن ہے راهگزر، تھوڑي دور ساتھ چلو بهت بڑا ہے سفر، تھوڑي دور ساتھ چلو تمام عمر کهاں کوئي ساتھ ديتا ہے ميں جانتا ہوں مگر تھوڑي دور [...]


Pakistan is in dire straits. It is a nation at a crossroads. Extremism is around the corner. The politicians are corrupt. The nukes could end up in the hands of bin Laden. Pakistan is in dire straits. Its people demand accountability. Those who claim to protect it and make it prosperous seem busy keeping themselves [...]


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