Tag: Afghanistan

Taliban, the Politics of Death, and our Obligation to Speak

That the Taliban claim certain mastery over the methods and instruments of death is no secret. They have proven their skills at killing their civilian brothers and sisters quite consistently over the last decade or so. The question that we need to pose to them and to many other like-minded groups is simply this: Do…

Comments: The trouble with being a "Pakistan analyst", By Amélie Blom

Amélie Blom (assistant professor, Sciences Po Paris-Campus Asie; co-editor, South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal http://samaj.revues.org) There are, sometimes, strange coincidences. I read an article published in Dawn‘s electronic edition by Michael Kugelman (a “Pakistan analyst” working as a Senior Program Associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington) and titled…

Lady in pink: Interview with Medea Benjamin

U.S. is not popular in Muslim countries because it’s occupying Afghanistan, it’s carrying out drone attacks in Muslim countries, and it’s supporting Israel unconditionally. U.S. has also been supporting undemocratic countries in the Middle East such as Saudi Arabia and Bahrain because of its economic and military interests. Medea Benjamin has been a vibrant advocate…

Road to Afghanistan

To compare the recent reopening of the Afghanistan route to the US/NATO traffic with an event preceding the First Anglo-Afghan war sounds so hackneyed. In its simplest sense it may be a repetition of history, a déjà vu; in a serious sense it may offer a lesson from history. It is difficult to trace any…

"Narco-terrorism, Narco-cops and Zombies"

If Petro-dollars have become the backbone of terrorism in Pakistan, Narco-dollars are the major source of funding for the Afghan Taliban. Without eliminating financial networks in both countries, terrorism will remain a force to be reckoned with for a long time to come. Opium has been a traditional cash crop in Afghanistan but Narco-terrorism has…

The last(ing) tango

If abused patience runs the risk of turning into fury, has American patience with Pakistan finally run out and should we expect a major falling-out? By Monday, it was clear Pakistan had been shipwrecked on the rocks of its own intransigence, reduced to a hangdog at a summit at which it had thought it was…

Pakistan Should Re-evaluate its Relationship with the US and NATO

In wake of the recent killing of Pakistani soldiers as a result of NATO bombing, Pakistani government has gone into a crisis mode and so has the Pakistani public: while the civilian government and the army have issues some powerful rhetorical statements, including the ultimatum to the US to vacate their base in Balochistan, the…

Killing of Pakistani Soldiers: A Mistake or a Message?

According to recent reports, 24 Pakistani soldiers were allegedly killed by NATO airstrikes along the Pak-Afghan border. The Pakistani government, in retaliation, has blocked the two NATO supply routes and has also asked the US to vacate the CIA (drone)base in Balochistan. This is a crucial moment for the so-called alliance between Pakistan and the…