The United States must come up with a strategy to deal with many Middle East developments rather than wasting time, energy and resources in senseless political bickering back home like we saw over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit last week.
Pakistan needs its state capacity to be enhanced because essentially it has a weak state which has not been able to really penetrate into the society. Due to low tax base coupled with bureaucratic incompetence, state has not been able to provide even basic facilities to a large chunk of population.
We are our brothers' keepers. Yet if we cannot reach each other, we cannot know each other. The tension between the powerless and those armed with wealth or weapons is pervasive and growing.
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The Lahore Literary Festival is precisely a symbol of a battle, paying ode to devoted individuals, giving people cause and platform to believe that they can begin a conversation sharing their literary achievements, rather than the common defensive approach against terrorism.
In the minds of those who live with ongoing daily violence in the Middle East and Pakistan, America has become part of the problem. We have become the terrorists we seek to eradicate. And that is what is the matter with American Sniper. It celebrates the very values that are driving a wedge between the U.S. and the Muslim world.
Even for Pakistan-watchers who privilige nuance over sensation, the question of why our country continues to grapple with a disease that has been preventable for over half a century, certainly begs an answer.
The groundbreaking photos that she took during the Great Depression of breadlines, and the despair she recorded of those forced to migrate in response to the Dust Bowl, are permanent fixtures in the pictorial history of the United States. However, the depth and range of her photography extend far beyond those iconic depictions.
ISLAMABAD -- Even in the world's most dangerous places we must now establish the right of all children to schooling and make a new idea of "education without borders" a reality.
Even before American hegemony emerged after World War II, birthday boy George Washington's Farewell Address admonition to avoid "permanent alliances" and focus on neutrality had long since been ignored. Now we have a worldwide web of alliances, mostly of our own instigation, and involvement in a whole host of wars.
When terrorists killed 160 teachers and children at a Peshawar school last December, a burst of commentary suggested that Pakistan would now change its ambivalence about Islamist extremism. Two months later, it seems that Pakistan's government and military are back to business as usual.
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Through the preservation of cultural heritage sites in Pakistan and other countries, the United States can demonstrate our support for the principles of tolerance and respect for diversity that residents of this region have lived by for centuries.
The thugs who cut down a dozen Charlie Hebdo are the international descendants of those who murder alleged blasphemers and apostates in Muslim nations.
Pakistan needs to understand that it has to set its priorities right and shake off its paranoia about India. Our neighbor is no longer interested in annexing Pakistan. It has moved on to bigger things whereas we have just remained stuck. It is time to move on.
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