International

  • Is there a Shia-Sunni conflict brewing in the Middle East?

    By Yamin Zakaria London: In times of conflict, religious, ethnic, linguistic traits are accentuated and the sectarian dimension is no exception. With the direct involvement of Hezbollah, Iran's proxy, the Syrian conflict accelerates to...

  • Is Nawaz the Man of Destiny?

    Mian Nawaz Sharif has already made history in Pakistan by ascending to the coveted office of its Prime Minister for a record third time. He isn’t ‘third-time lucky,’ as some pundits have erroneously pontificated. He’s th...

  • Israel is one of world’s most unpopular countries and it’s getting worse: BBC survey

    Israel is not only one of the world’s most negatively viewed countries, but its reputation is deteriorating, according to the BBC World Service’s latest global survey. The US is now the only Western country that holds favorable vi...

  • The Nakba Revisited

    By Khalid Amayreh     Occupied Jerusalem: The seizure of Palestine can be considered one of the greatest acts of theft in the history of mankind. Israel itself is a war crime and a crime against humanity. Palestinian refu...

  • The Issue for the Palestinians is Justice

    President Barack Obama strived to lend the event as much regal trappings as he czould. The inaugural ceremony at the White House, on September 2, of the first direct talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis in more than 20 months ass...

  • Who is behind the abduction and torture of Pakistani journalist?

    By Abdus Sattar Ghazali Pakistan, where disappearance and torture of people is not uncommon, a prominent journalist was tortured and humiliated after abduction by unidentified men from the capital, Islamabad, on Saturday, September 4. Umar...

  • Nuclear “Shiite” Iran vs. “Sunni” Gulf?

    By Anis Ahmad anis49@gmail.com In his much published memoirs, A Journey, UK’s former Prime Minister, Tony Blair has made numerous undesirable statements about the Queen, Lady Diana, and his successor, Gordan Brown. One statement th...

  • The international Mosque imbroglio

    By Ghulam Muhammed ghulammuhammed3@gmail. com Though US writers would prefer to localize the issue of the proposed Mosque near Ground Zero, or anywhere else on mainland US, there is a wider perspective that cannot be ignored if the drift...

  • Pakistan: blighted by Nature, betrayed by Rulers

    It’s a deluge like no other in the history of Pakistan. Those with a sense of history and knowledge of divine scriptures are likening it to the Biblical floods of Noah. Even a man like the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, not particularl...

  • Ground Zero Mosque – Is there a real need for it

    By Syed Qamar Hasan qamarhasan50@hotmail.com To build or not to build Ground Zero Mosque near the site of the World Trade Centre destroyed in attacks on September 11, 2001, has nothing to do with Islam as a faith of 1.5 billion people ac...

  • Makkah Clock: Islamic Timekeeper

    By Asif Anwar Alig Riyadh: This year the Holy month of Ramadan began with a new spirit in the holiest city of Makkah. The matter of pride is the inauguration of highly ambitious project named Makkah Clock. The project is much exciting for all...

  • President Zardari of Pakistan is pelted with shoes

    Abdus Sattar Ghazali Taking cue from the Iraqi journalist, Muntadhar al-Zaidi, who threw both of his shoes at the then President George Bush to protest against the US invasion and occupation of his country, Shamim Khan from Azad Kashmir hu...

  • Indian army’s repressive tactics in Kashmir shock even Israel

    By Iftikhar Gilani Kashmir Times correspondent Jerusalem (August 9): Israeli military officers facing international criticism for alleged human rights violations in the Palestinian territories were shocked to hear an Indian Army general,...

  • NATO Bares its Imperialist Teeth for Afghanistan

    History proffers but scant few examples of a land so viciously and barbarically invaded-at regular intervals-as Afghanistan. Fewer still would be examples of an invader so shamelessly insisting on its ‘right’ to stay on in its invad...

  • Can Nawaz Sharif Lead to a New Pakistan?

    The people of Pakistan have spoken with a resolution and determination not seen before. Their participation at the May 11 nation-wide polls has set a new record of enthusiasm and participation in their country’s off-again, on-again experi...

  • Israel’s dirty little secret: the “internally displaced persons” it continues to deny basic rights

    By Dr. Daud Abdullah   Under Israeli law, the IDPs are present in so far as they are obliged to pay taxes but absent in terms of their rights to employment, health care, water and education. Internally displaced Arabs of al-Ar...

  • Will Obama Break Israel’s Chokehold on US?

    It has been axiomatic, not for years but for decades, that some taboos in US policies should never be trifled with. It’s almost fashionable that some questions never get asked in this context-the so-called untouchables subjects that lesse...

  • Gaza convoy activists say Israeli soldiers using debit cards stolen in raid

    Confiscated goods and ships from Free Gaza Movement flotilla in Ashdod port One of the ships impounded by Israel when it raided the flotilla of aid vessels off Gaza. Israeli troops have been accused of stealing from activists arrested in th...

  • EU calls Israel 'obstacle to peace'

    The EU on 30 June expressed concern about an Israeli plan for the demolition of Palestinian homes in East al-Quds (Jerusalem), calling the move damaging. The EU has expressed concern about an Israeli plan for the demolition of Palestinian homes...

  • A New dawn on the ME horizon

    Events of a cataclysmic nature do carry in their womb the making of a new history as an essential consequence. In our living memory the apocalypse of 9/11 was one such event that violently impacted the course of contemporary history and pro...