Greetings from Wonders of Pakistan


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WE AT THE WONDERS OF PAKISTAN WISH ALL OUR READERS A WARM WELCOME TO THE BEAUTIFUL MORNING OF 2013 THAT STARTS A NEW, CHERISH MOMENT THAT THE YEAR SHALL BEHOLD. SO LET’S CELEBRATE A BLISSFUL START TO THE NEW YEAR. HAPPY NEW YEAR.

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Connecticut school shooting: America gets a taste of its own medicine



Driven by hate, another home grown terrorist goes on the rampage – this would have been the headline if Adam Lanza had been called Mohammed Lanza. Similar headlines were seen after the Oklahoma bombings; the media spared no time in tarnishing the Muslims even before the basic facts were known.
Like Timothy McVeigh and Anders Breivik, Adam Lanza is also white with Christian heritage. Will the media now scrutinise the link between the ethnicity and religion of these men and the acts of gratuitous violence?
In the image above President Barack Obama wipes his eye as he talks about the Connecticut elementary school shooting, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, in the White House briefing room in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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ONE MAN’S COLLATERAL DAMAGEANOTHER MAN’S CHILD !

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by Yamin Zakaria

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Gulam Mitha, my friend from Calgary, Canada, has sent me mail that includes an Op-ed from Yamin Zakaria. In the mail Mitha has also inserted the URL of Yamin Zakaria’s blog. Since I know Mitha himself knows the value of words especially when expressed by people who delve deep into matters that afflict our human societies, therefore, I straightaway browsed into Yamin’s blog and found, whatever, he writes there, carries the punch.

And dear readers, this is what he sent to me and I’m putting it up here. After you have read this Op-ed, browse also for other posts on his site. I am pretty sure you will fully agree when you have gone through a few of his pieces. Plz do send me your comments, views and observations about all what he writes.

At this juncture when the year is closing to an end, I wish to express my very good wishes to all of your dear readers, and hope that new year will be the year where occurence of events such as of Newtown will not be repeated. However, this hope cannot and will not translate into a non violence America until and unless Americans need to ask what motivates such individuals to commit massacres. What ideas and values have been injected in their minds?

There is no Al-Qaeda here, no radical Imams, there is no foreign influence. Therefore, America needs to look in the mirror for answers which may pose a degree of challenge for a society that has a culture of blaming outsiders. [Nayyar] (more…)

Is Qatar the next Arab superpower. Oh really?


Designed to resemble a string of pearls, the Pearl-Qatar in Doha, Qatar is an artificial island spanning nearly four million square meters, creating over 20 miles (32 kilometers) of new coastline, located 383 yards (350 meters) offshore of Doha’s West Bay Lagoon area on a former pearl diving site.
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QATAR IS TINY AND RICH, AND ITS ANGLING FOR INFLUENCE  

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by Aryn Baker

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Note for WoP readers: The Arabs, including Qataris, are the gold grabbers who can’t even produce their own grains. Wealth alone cannot make a nation a superpower. It’s the productivity and the ability to innovate that makes nations great.

Added to this is their incapacity to manage their riches and assets which they leave to others to do for them. And above everything they’re incapable of defending their own country. They are totally oblivious to the fact that a nation cannot be productive if its lazy and squanders its talent (if they do have this trait!). In this regard, not only are they talent-less, they also are arrogant.

In this context, Qatar is just angling for the wrong influence.

Don’t these self styled mauvrik Qataris see a lesson in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan and lately Syria that when US wants, it can occupy every Arab land? Is Qatar not occupied?

I’m sure Aryn Baker was given a good compensation for writing such phrases and praises which of course the Qataris don’t deserve.

The following poem by a great and visionary Arab poet GIBRAN KHALIL GIBRAN though quoted quite often yet fully fits into the approach adopted by our Qatari and other Arab friends. (Gulam Mitha)

Pity The Nation…!

Pity the nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion.

 Pity the nation

that wears a cloth it does not weave,
 eats a bread it does not harvest,

and drinks a wine that flows not from its own wine-press.

 Pity the nation that acclaims the bully as hero,

and that deems the glittering conqueror bountiful.

Pity a nation that despises a passion in its dream, yet submits in its awakening.

 Pity the nation that raises not its voice

save when it walks in a funeral,

  Pity the nation whose statesman is a fox,

 whose philosopher is a juggler,

 and whose art is the art of patching and mimicking.

 Pity the nation that welcomes its new ruler with trumpeting,
 and farewells him with hooting,
 only to welcome another with trumpeting again.

 Pity the nation whose sages are dumb with years
 and whose strong men are yet in the cradle.

 Pity the nation divided into fragments,
And each fragment deeming itself a nation

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Try this incredible interactive four BILLION pixel image of Everest


Mount Everest is the Earth’s highest mountain, with a peak at 8,848 metres above sea level.
In 1865, Everest was given its official English name by the Royal Geographical Society upon a recommendation by Andrew Waugh, the British Surveyor General of India. Waugh named the mountain after his predecessor in the post, Sir George Everest.
It has become a mecca for climbers, and has two main climbing routes, the southeast ridge from Nepal and the north ridge from Tibet.
The southeast ridge is technically easier and was the route used by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953 when they reached the summit for the first time.
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THIS INCREDIBLE INTERACTIVE FOUR BILLION PIXEL IMAGE OF EVEREST LETS YOU ZOOM IN AS IF YOU WERE ACTUALLY THERE ON THE MOUNTAIN 

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  • Astonishing image was created from 477 photographs stitched together

  • Created by filmmaker David Breashears and nonprofit organisation GlacierWorks to highlight the effect of climate change on the area

  • Team also produced stunning ‘then and now’ pictures to show the effect climate change on the area since 1921

  • Working with Microsoft on even more detailed version

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by Mark Prigg

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It is an astonishing image that shows the beauty and majesty of the Himalaya region.

A climber and filmmaker has created the stunning mosaic of images to show the effect of climate change on the the area surrounding Mount Everest.

The 477 individual images that make up the gigapixel image of the Khumbu glacier were captured by David Breashears during the spring of 2012, from the Pumori viewpoint near Mount Everest. 

To view the interactive gigapixel photo, click through to the Glacier Works website.

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In the US, mass child killings are tragedies. In Pakistan, mere bug splats



The grief expressed by Obama over children murdered in Newtown, Connecticut, by a deranged young man should also apply to the children murdered in Pakistan by the sombre American president.
These children are just as important, just as real, just as deserving of the world’s concern. Yet there are no presidential speeches or presidential tears for them, no pictures on the front pages of the world’s newspapers, no interviews with grieving relatives, no minute analysis of what happened and why.
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BARACK OBAMA’S TEARS FOR THE CHILDREN OF NEWTOWN ARE IN STARK CONTRAST TO HIS SILENCE OVER THE CHILDREN MURDERED BY HIS DRONES

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by George Monbiot

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“Mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow, nor can they heal your wounded hearts … These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change.” Every parent can connect with what President Barack Obama said about the murder of 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut. There can scarcely be a person on earth with access to the media who is untouched by the grief of the people of that town.

It must follow that what applies to the children murdered there by a deranged young man also applies to the children murdered in Pakistan by a sombre American president. These children are just as important, just as real, just as deserving of the world’s concern. Yet there are no presidential speeches or presidential tears for them, no pictures on the front pages of the world’s newspapers, no interviews with grieving relatives, no minute analysis of what happened and why. (more…)

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