Salam Sahab, we have failed you



Yesterday marked the 85th Birthday of Dr. Abdus Salam, theoretical physicist and the only Pakistani Nobel Laureate. He is not our national hero, his name is rarely ever mentioned, in his life the only befitting ‘honour’ we could provide him was a life in self exile, in his death however we went a step ahead by blanking out the term ‘Muslim’ from his epitaph.
A member of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, a member of the Scientific Commission of Pakistan and the Chief Scientific Adviser to the President, Salam was one of the most prolific researchers in theoretical elementary particle physics. No minister or high government official attended his funeral. He was an Ahmadi.
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SALAM SAHAB, WE HAVE FAILED YOU

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by Sana Saleem

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Yesterday marked the 85th Birthday of Dr. Abdus Salam, theoretical physicist and the only Pakistani Nobel Laureate. He is not our national hero, his name is rarely ever mentioned, in his life the only befitting ‘honour’ we could provide him was a life in self exile, in his death however we went a step ahead by blanking out the term ‘Muslim’ from his epitaph. A member of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, a member of the Scientific Commission of Pakistan and the Chief Scientific Adviser to the President, Salam was one of the most prolific researchers in theoretical elementary particle physics. No minister or high government official attended his funeral.

He was an Ahmadi.

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What is really going on in Syria: An insider update


The current situation in Syria remains one of the most important components of the Middle Eastern and international policies. Using Syria’s domestic crisis and pursuing their own goals NATO, Israel, Turkey and the monarchies of the Persian Gulf are trying to undermine the Syrian regime. Since beginning of the crisis in Syria if we watch the dynamics of situation’s development over that period on the one hand we can state intensification of terrorist groups in Syria and on the other we see a broader range of people’s support for President Bashar Assad and a clear demarcation of political forces’ positions in Syria.
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UNREST IN SYRIAAGAIN A WEST SPONSORED INSURGENCY? 

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by Boris Dolgov

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The current situation in Syria remains one of the most important components of the Middle Eastern and international policies. Using Syria’s domestic crisis and pursuing their own goals NATO, Israel, Turkey and the monarchies of the Persian Gulf are trying to undermine the Syrian regime.

Since the beginning of the crisis in Syria I have made two trips to that country as a member of international delegations in August 2011 and in January 2012. If we watch the dynamics of situation’s development over that period on the one hand we can state intensification of terrorist groups in Syria and on the other hand we see a broader people’s support of President Bashar Assad and a clear demarcation of political forces’ positions.

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Will the US back real democracy in Egypt?



Egyptians are celebrating the first anniversary of the revolution that overthrew the 30-year Mubarak regime. By contrast, America’s reaction to this historic event is tellingly muted. Egypt contains a quarter of the Arab world’s people. Here in Egypt, the US had a golden opportunity to encourage genuine democracy. Instead, it long opposed demands by Egyptians for real democracy and an end to Mubarak’s police state. Egyptians know this and they have shown their disapproval of US lip service to democracy by voting Muslim Brotherhood as their primary voice, and whom North America wrongly brands as an extremist, even terrorist organization.
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WASHINGTON: PRESS YOUR ALLIES IN THE MILITARY TO CEDE POWER TO A RESPONSIBLE CIVILIAN SET UP IN EGYPT

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by Eric Margolis

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Last Monday, Egyptians celebrated the first anniversary of the revolution that overthrew the 30-year Mubarak regime.

By contrast, America’s reaction this historic event was tellingly muted.

Egypt contains a quarter of the Arab world’s people. In Egypt, the US had a golden opportunity to encourage genuine democracy. Instead, it long opposed demands by Egyptians for real democracy and an end to Mubarak’s police state.

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For many in Pakistan, some TV shows going too far



After an intense online campaign, television channel Samaa TV has fired morning show host Maya Khan and her team, and has said that her show will be taken off the air. The decision comes after a controversial episode of the morning show, where Khan was seen conducting a ‘raid’ on a public park in Karachi and questioning couples about whether their parents were aware of their whereabouts and going as far as asking them about their marital status. Maya Khan was at first reluctant talking about the decision, but later confirmed that her show had indeed been cancelled.
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SHOWS THAT TRESPASS PRIVACY OF PAKISTANI PUBLIC

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by Declan Walsh

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — One morning last week, television viewers in Pakistan were treated to a darkly comic sight: a posse of middle-class women roaming through a public park in Karachi, on the hunt for dating couples engaged in “immoral” behavior.

Panting breathlessly and trailed by a cameraman, the group of about 15 women chased after — sometimes at jogging pace — girls and boys sitting quietly on benches overlooking the Arabian Sea or strolling under the trees. The women peppered them with questions: What were they doing? Did their parents know? Were they engaged?

Some couples reacted with alarm, and tried to scuttle away. A few gave awkward answers. One couple claimed to be married. The show’s host, Maya Khan, 31, demanded to see proof. “So where is your marriage certificate?” she asked sternly.

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For the US to get on the right side of human history


US must take human rights absolutely seriously. Every single person is entitled to dignity and human rights. No application needed. No exclusions at all. This is our highest priority. US must radically reinvent contemporary democracy. Current systems are deeply corrupt and not responsive to the needs of the people. Representatives chosen by money and influence govern by money and influence. This is unacceptable. Direct democracy by the people is now technologically possible and should be the rule. Communities must be protected whenever they advocate for self-determination, self-development and human rights. Dissent is essential to democracy; we pledge to help it flourish.
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FOR A US REVOLUTION

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by Bill Quigley

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“I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values.”

— Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. 1967

One. Human rights must be taken absolutely seriously. Every single person is entitled to dignity and human rights. No application needed. No exclusions at all. This is our highest priority.

Two. We must radically reinvent contemporary democracy. Current systems are deeply corrupt and not responsive to the needs of the people. Representatives chosen by money and influence govern by money and influence. This is unacceptable. Direct democracy by the people is now technologically possible and should be the rule. Communities must be protected whenever they advocate for self-determination, self-development and human rights. Dissent is essential to democracy; we pledge to help it flourish.

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