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Confessions Of A Pakistani National

Anyone who has ever traveled abroad will tell you that no matter where you go, no matter how developed the country it is that you’re travelling to, if you are a British national or a Caucasian American, the doors become friendlier. The security becomes less pressurising. Visa queues are shorter. Procedures are simpler. If you’re a brown Pakistani man (or ...

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Brussels attacks show just how desperate Islamic State has become

[Ben Rich|The Conversation] Islamic State (IS) was quick to claim responsibility for bombings at two major transportation hubs in Brussels on Tuesday that left at least 30 people dead. With attacks like these, the group is seeking to sow fear among its enemies, maintain itself as the forerunner in the global jihadi brand war with al-Qaeda, and maintain the veneer ...

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Saudi Arabia’s Phony War on Terror

[By Brahma Chellaney] Berlin– Containing the scourge of Islamist terror will be impossible without containing the ideology that drives it: Wahhabism, a messianic, jihad-extolling form of Sunni fundamentalism whose international expansion has been bankrolled by oil-rich sheikhdoms, especially Saudi Arabia. That is why the newly announced Saudi-led anti-terror coalition, the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism, should be viewed with ...

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Peace with Pakistan?

[By Shashi Tharoor] NEW DELHI – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise visit to Lahore, Pakistan, on Christmas Day brought his hyperkinetic year of global diplomacy to a headline-grabbing close. It also raised serious questions about the direction of the highly fraught relationship between the two nuclear-armed neighbors. Since Modi took office in May 2014, India-Pakistan relations have experienced more ups ...

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The Western Roots of Anti-Western Terror

[Brahma Chellaney] BERLIN – The Islamic State’s horrific attacks in Paris provide a stark reminder that Western powers cannot contain – let alone insulate themselves from – the unintended consequences of their interventions in the Middle East. The unraveling of Syria, Iraq, and Libya, together with the civil war that is tearing Yemen apart, have created vast killing fields, generated ...

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Why Jihadi terror is a threat to India

[By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: It was sometime in early 2001. We (I and a reporter from Indian Express newspaper) were at Lodhi Colony office of Special Cell of Delhi Police to interact with Mohammad Arif alias Ashfaq, a Pakistani terrorist who is accused of Red Fort shootout which claimed three lives on December 22, 2000. Ashfaq has been languishing ...

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Bin Laden documents: What’s in them?

[By Aishwarya Yerra] On Wednesday, US intelligence agencies declassified more than 100 documents that were seized during a raid on the world’s most-wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. These documents contained a treasure trove of information on Al Qaeda and their then leader and we give you the key points from these newly-released files: 26/11 was heroic The documents ...

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Media coverage of Charlie Hebdo and the Baga massacre: a study in contrasts

|By Ethan Zuckerman|The Conversation| Consider two tragic events that took place last week. A small cell of Islamic terrorists attacked cartoonists at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and shoppers in a Paris supermarket, killing 17 people and sparking international outcry, solidarity and support. The hashtag #JeSuisCharlie trended globally, and world leaders took to the streets to march in support of ...

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The Longest Sixty Hours of The Mumbai Mayhem

|By Col NN Bhatia (Retd)| When heaven sends down calamities there is a hope of weathering them, but when man brings them upon himself there is no hope of escape. – A Chinese saying.  At about 0800 hrs on 29 Nov 2008 after 60 long frightening and uncertain hours of the ‘fidayeen attacks’ on Mumbai, the commercial capital of India, the National ...

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