The July/Aug 2007 issue of Foreign Affairs contains Daniel Markey‘s A False Choice in Pakistan. It is a clear-eyed assessment of Pakistan – and US options going forward. I highly recommend it. I don’t necessarily agree with everything – Markey’s analysis has no place for non-Army actors and I am not entirely satisfied with his reading of Army’s role in Pakistani civil society, and I think that skews his conclusion a little – but this is the sort of advice I hope our politicians are basing their policy on [Hint: Obama – whose essay, Renewing American Leadership, also appears in the same issue. Also, can we blame Obama for The General’s bail-out from the jirga?].
M.I.A.‘s new album Kala [link will cause blindness] is A for Awesome [so far]. Thanks to moacir, for showing me Jimmy with its R. D. Burman/Disco Dancer inspired goodness (Jimmy/Come back Jimmy/When you go Rwanda Congo/take me on ya genocide tour/take me on a truck to Darfur/take me where you would go can only be the ultimate come-on for loving that makes one crazy)
Over the weekend I intend on introducing Daniel Markey to M.I.A. Then, we shall get somewhere. CM will be returning to both of these – in greater detail – in the not so distant future.