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Mash-Up: Walter Scott


News Washington Post: South Carolina police officer charged with murder after shooting man during traffic stop Interviews CNN: Police shoot man in the back: Who was Walter Scott? [An Interview with Scott’s brother]  Opinion 

Mash-Up: European Union


Spiegel: In Search of a United Europe [4-part article] 

Mash-Up: Greece


New York Times, April 8, 2015: Putin Meets With Alexis Tsipras of Greece, Raising Eyebrows in Europe Euro News, April 8, 2015: Greece and Russia create new foundation for bilateral relations The Economist, April 7, 2015: Mr Tsipras goes to Moscow El Pais March 26,2015: Tsipras’s Mistake

Mash-Up: Iran Nuclear Deal


IBT: Full Text of the Iran-Nuclear Deal  The Atlantic: The Iran Nuclear Deal, by the Numbers Foreign Policy: Iran, World Powers Strike Tentative Nuclear Accord Foreign Policy: President Obama Comments on Interim Iranian Nuclear Deal Foreign Policy: Iran Deal Doesn’t Mean a Green Light for Business Foreign Policy: Iran Deal Threatens to Upend a Delicate Balance of Power in the … Continue reading

Mash-Up: Rolling Stone Rape Story


Text of Columbia Journalism School Investigative Report: Rolling Stone’s investigation: ‘A failure that was avoidable’ Daily Beast: Rolling Stone Is To Blame For Rape Story Failure, Not ‘Jackie’ Daily Beast: How Rolling Stone Sacrificed Good Journalism For A Cause Columbia Journalism Review: Should there have been firings at Rolling Stone? New York Times: The Lessons of Rolling Stone’s … Continue reading

2014 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 32,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 12 sold-out performances for that many … Continue reading

Who Should Worry About Pakistan’s School Carnage?


By Malik Siraj Akbar  Pakistan has a unique relationship with terrorism: It is safe ground for terrorist training and offensives, it is a regular victim of terrorism, and, at the same time, it is a state that is perceived as an apologist and a justifier of terrorism. Pakistan’s complicated struggle with jihadists is no clearer … Continue reading

The End of Pakistan’s Baloch Insurgency?


By Malik Siraj Akbar Since its beginning in 2004, the Pakistan’s Baloch insurgency is caught up in the worst infighting ever known to the general public. Different left-wing underground armed groups that had been fighting Islamabad for a free Baloch homeland have now started to attack each other’s camps. If the infighting exacerbates, Islamabad will … Continue reading

The Mass Graves of Balochistan


The state-sponsored inquiry committees formed in Pakistan in recent times to probe scandalous crimes have shockingly narrowed down their overall scope to one specific goal: Prove the government’s innocence. Marred with a chronic lack of public trust, the government and the military intelligence agencies are often blamed for atrocious crimes against unarmed civilians. Hence, the … Continue reading

Meeting with Noam Chomsky


Professor Noam Chomsky is indeed one of the greatest thinkers of our time. I was introduced to him for the first time by my English language teacher Sir Zahir Hussain in my hometown of Panjgur in Balochistan. He assigned me Chomsky’s book Necessary Illusions as a reading task. Mr. Hussain had previously introduced me with Bertrand Russell, the biggest philosophical … Continue reading

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