...condemns the UN resolution against Sri Lanka (watered down) and India (specifically) for having sabotaged the cause of the Tamils.
….the US resolution, backed by 25 countries, with 13 opposed and 8 abstentions, is little different to one passed by the UN body a year ago. It “welcomed” the government’s promise to hold provincial elections in the island’s Tamil majority north, and the “progress” in infrastructure rebuilding, de-mining and resettlement. At the same time, it calls on the Rajapakse government “to conduct its own independent and credible investigation into allegations of violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.” This is nothing but asking the government to probe its own war crimes. The New York Times described the resolution as “polite diplomatic shorthand for growing evidence that soldiers killed tens of thousands of civilians.” Continue reading
Taliban in karachi is the flavor of the month.
BBC New York Times Wall Street Journal Dawn.
1. They are there. In fact, they have been there for a long time. I wrote about meeting a driver in Karachi several years ago who was full of praise for the quick (and fair) justice delivered by Taliban courts in Karachi.
2. They are able to thrive because the state is corrupt and is withering away. Continue reading
Ultimately the womens harassment problem in India will be solved by the women themselves (more awareness, more ability, more attitude).
Three automobile engineers from Chennai have taken the bull by the horns and designed innerwear that will profoundly shock you. Continue reading
What happens when you are from a mixed family and communal riots break out? This must be a question which affects millions of people around the world. This is the story of one of them, whose own father turned him in (to the police) and who now bows to Sai Baba instead of the godmen of the Dubai underworld (it will be a nice movie).
He had asked a friend, Yusuf Nulwalla, to remove his AK-56 from his house, and Yusuf together with another friend, the steel manufacturer Kersi Adajania, saw to it that the gun was melted and thrown into the sea at Nariman Point. The police recovered the spring and some cartridges from the rocks. Continue reading
A lost cultural form (due to repression by Khmer Rogue) is making a comeback (even though People’s Party rule is still going on).
Apsara dance, a classical style of the Angkorian era, nearly vanished in the 1970s under Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge communist regime, which exterminated much of the country’s heritage along with up to two million people. Continue reading
Politics and money are not mixing well, especially when a man needs to survive (minority wise and money wise). I would not put it past Rajpakse to be twisting arms but it appears that Murali is himself quite the pragmatic money maker.
The city of Chennai, in many ways, has been a second home for Muttiah Muralitharan. Besides being a Tamil, the former Sri Lankan off-spinner is married to an Indian who belongs to the city….But with the Tamil Nadu government having declared the state capital a ‘no-Sri-Lankan-zone’, Muralitharan will in all likelihood be forced to give Chennai a miss during the sixth edition of IPL starting next month. Continue reading
…..for Pakistan as the vote will mark the first democratic transition of power in Pakistan, which has been governed by four military rulers.
In the meantime the Islamists are focused on derailing the elections, but also clear sighted about their principal opponent- the Army. Continue reading
….and predictably raises fear of bubble.
That’s the market capitalisation of Bitcoin, an innovative fiat currency which relies on some fancy cryptography to create a perfectly decentralised and unhackable store of value. The graph shows the total value of all bitcoins in circulation — and it’s currently peaking at a little over half a billion dollars. Continue reading
Christians delivering aid to Palestinians in Gaza face un-christian response at the hand of islamists in Benghazi, Libya. Perhaps wearing a veil would have made a difference. Also Muslim Brotherhood (Egypt) preventing aid to reach their co-brothers in Gaza- that seems passing strange. At any rate things look grim in “liberated” Libya.
Three women who were part of an aid convoy passing through Libya on the way to Gaza have been sexually assaulted in Benghazi, after a group of five British nationals were briefly kidnapped. Libyan security officials said the attacks happened in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Abdul Barghathi, commander of preventative security in the Libyan defence ministry, said the women had been sexually assaulted, but not raped. “There was no rape, just touching (sexual assault),” he said. Continue reading
…actually the German Marshall Fund commenting on the status and strategies of Chrisians in the Middle East. The Christians are lining up with one set of extremists to prevent the other set from running them into the ground.
Local Christian leaders have considered at least three different courses to deal with the problem. First, some smaller communities have opted for an orderly migration to more welcoming shores, from Scandinavia to Australia and Canada. Second, in Iraq, a long-shot effort at creating a Christian region within the federal system has been proposed. Christians are finding unlikely allies against Sunni Islamist radicalism. Thus the brutal Bashar al-Assad dictatorship in Syria and the Shia militant group Hezbollah have been portrayed as valid partners by the likes of former Lebanese Prime Minister Michel Aoun in seeking to “secure Christian rights.” Continue reading