Category: Lead Stories

In South Asia, Independent Journalism is a Real Risk

(Syndicated from mustafaqadri.net) Critical journalists face restrictions, torture or even death, reducing the accountability of both governments and the military South Asia’s media landscape is rich, diverse and contradictory. Yet the risks to independent journalism are real, and show no signs of abating. It would be an understatement to say this has been a difficult…

Empty Diplomacy in Afghanistan

(Syndicated from mustafaqadri.net) Negotiating with the Taliban is too little, too late – western allies need to fix the socioeconomic mess started long before 9/11 Memory spans are short in modern politics, but even by those standards the relative ease with which the discourse on Afghanistan has shifted from fighting the Taliban to negotiating with…

The WikiLeaking of Media

(Syndicated from Viewpoint Online) Imperialism had an unchallenged upper hand on how and where to launch psychological warfare until the age of cyberspace arrived. The new information and communication technologies (ICT) have provided amazing tools in the hands of common citizens worldwide to expose and challenge superpowers in their efforts to control people’s mind and…

Exaggerated Sufism in the Age of Terrorism

(Syndicated from Viewpoint Online) Believe it or not, world religions despite their image as a bunch of hot-headed tribes engaged in hostilities can forge unity and peace not only among themselves but also among the masses searching for tranquility in today’s violent world. Unfortunately, we rarely see the common strands that connect people all over…

Immunitary Paradigm and its Destructive Logic in US Foreign Policy

Published by the  Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Blog. It would not be an exaggeration to suggest that for the past few years Afghanistan and Pakistan (Af-Pak is the standard neologism for this) have become the new frontier of US foreign policy. In most public and academic discussions of this area of the…