Today’s stunning defeat of the colorless hack Martha Coakley by the Republican challenger in Massachusetts must be interpreted as crucial proof that the American electorate is hungry for populism in the midst of a worsening world economic depression. The kind of populism Massachusetts voters really wanted was New Deal economic populism in the tradition of [...]
Many Pakistanis fear more troops mean more of the nightmarish same; more drones, more CIA and private boots on the ground, more money for the ISI, and moral support for the army. Don’t be surprised by drone attacks in Baluchistan as well.
America encourages India’s increasing involvement in Afghanistan, and calculates that Indian and American interests coincide in seeking to develop pipelines that would draw central Asia’s oil reserves toward south Asia and the Indian Ocean.
For South Asian analysts mention of India and Pakistan in the joint statement was significant. China and the United States voiced support for the peace and stability in South Asia.
But of course our new president will no longer use the word “terrorism.” Today we are asked by President Obama to “renew our resolve against those who perpetrated this barbaric act and plot against us still. In pursuit of al Qaeda and its extremist allies we will never falter.” It seems Obama has replaced the word ‘terrorism’ with ‘extremism’, but the narrative stays the same. This play on words – can be at best linguistic acrobatics at worst more smoke and mirrors.
سیاست ایسی نظریاتی دنیا میں پنپتی ہے جہاں الفاظ کے معنی شازو نادر ہی بالکل واضح اور غیر مبہم ہوتے ہیں، اسی طرح نظریات بھی وہ نہیں ہوتے جو بیان کئے جاتے ہیں جبکہ وہ اپنے اندر کئی ممکنہ معنی سموئے ہوتے ہیں۔ ارادوں میں تضادات بھی ہوتے ہیں اور نتائج بھی غیر شعوری ، تحریکیں [...]