May 2009

SF Snaps

Dr. Binayak Sen Released

After two years, Dr. Sen was finally released on bail by the Supreme Court. See Free Dr. Binayak Sen and, somewhat related, New Prisons for Old.

Regarding 1971

Action for a Progressive Pakistan, a group of like-minded folks (I am a proud member) has just published an op-ed in Dhaka's Daily Star concerning the actions of West Pakistan's army against the people of (now) Bangladesh: We Apologize. On May 13th, Bangladesh's Foreign Minister Dipu Moni asked that Pakistan formally announce an apology for [...]

Dear Spencer

You have so many interlocuters here, here, here and here that to respond to your answer to my earlier comment, I am afraid that I have to move it up here above the fold. We finally come to the nub of the matter. Your response makes it crystal clear that in your reading Taliban = [...]

The Lost Population

The Swat offensive continues to generate humanitarian crisis. A crisis which the Army or the state are failing to deal with. In Karachi, MQM - the major political party and social group - has adopted the language of TALIBOTHRA to deny safety and comfort to the IDPs. Tensions between the Pashtun and the Muhajir (basically, [...]

TXT “SWAT” TO 20222

"Americans can text the word “SWAT” — to the number 20222 and make a $5 contribution that will help the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees provide tents, clothing, food, and medicine to hundreds of thousands of affected people." - Secretary Clinton, May 19th, 2009. You can make up to 5 such contributions. Now, this last [...]

K. K. Aziz on Lahore

K. K. Aziz, 82, one of the most renowned historian of Pakistan, is gravely ill in Lahore. He is one of those cherished individuals who dare speak truth without the fear of consequence. He acted as the nation's conscious for a long while [See especially, The Pakistani Historian: Pride and Prejudice in the Writing of [...]

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