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Eurozone Debt Crisis


05/08/2015: Grexit more worrying than Brexit (The Irish Times) 04/13/2015: European Debt Crisis Fast Facts (CNN)***** 03/18/2015: Warnings Raised of a Greek Exit From the Euro (The New York Times)**** 03/12/2015: Language of Greek Crisis Shifts From Financial Jargon to Humiliation (The New York Times) 02/19/2015: Why Germany and Greece are at odds (The Economist) 01/31/2015: Go ahead, Angela, make my day (The Economist)  … Continue reading

A Brave Pakistani Activist Is Killed: But More Will Speak Up


The Pakistani activist Sabeen Mahmud’s murder has shocked the nation’s progressive circles. She was killed in Karachi Friday evening after The Second Floor (T2F), a social forum she directed, had organized an event to discuss forced disappearances in the country’s largest province of Balochistan. The Pakistani military and the intelligence agencies are believed to be … Continue reading

Pakistan’s Yemen Gamble


Pakistan, the world’s only Muslim nation with nuclear weapons, is also the sole non-Arab country that has officially indicated to support the Saudi-led strikes against the Houthi fighters in Yemen. Pakistan is not in the Middle East nor is the conflagrations of this conflict capable of immediately crossing into its borders simply because Pakistan shares … Continue reading

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

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