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The Jehoshua Novels

Indian parties are using Obama-style campaign tactics in crucial election

Washington Post, By Annie Gowen & Rama Lakshmi, April 6

New Delhi – One recent Sunday morning, volunteers for India’s main opposition party fanned out through a middle-class apartment building in the capital. They were knocking on doors, guided by the most sophisticated set of analytical voter data that India has ever seen.

When a [...]

US boycotts UN human rights conference with drone resolution looming

Russia Today, March 20

Pakistani leaders hope to convince the United Nations Human Rights Council to pass a resolution that would force US drone strikes to adhere to international law – a request that inspired the US to boycott the talks altogether, according to a new report.

The draft of a Pakistani resolution, first reported [...]

Pakistan-Taliban peace talks under way

BBC, February 6

The first formal meeting between the Pakistan government and a Taliban-nominated team has begun at an “undisclosed location”, officials say.

They are due to start charting a “roadmap” for peace talks to end a decade-long insurgency.

The government side has entered the talks “wholeheartedly”, the interior ministry tells the BBC.

Militants from [...]

India Group Seeks Action on ‘Mass Conversion’ of Aboriginals to Christianity

The Christian Post, By Anugrah Kumar, November 30

An influential aboriginal tribal group in southern India has lodged a formal police complaint seeking penal action against missionaries for allegedly converting more than 1,000 original indigenous families to Christianity by “allurement” and “brainwashing.”

The Girijana Kriya Koota, a tribal welfare group in Karnataka state, has filed [...]

Pakistan Ex-President Musharraf Will Be Put on Trial for Treason

TIME – Pakistan’s government will request the Supreme Court to try former President Pervez Musharraf for treason, the Interior Minister said Sunday.

Government officials are accusing Musharraf of treason for declaring a state of emergency and suspending the constitution while he was in power, the Associated Press reports. Musharraf rose to power after a 1999 [...]

Yearnings for past glories

Over the past few days in Sri Lanka, the heads of the British Commonwealth met. Except some chose to boycott it. Some had even left such as Gambia. Roger Boyes in the Times stated that it is a“a country club for corrupt leaders”

Sri Lanka was hoping hosting CHOGM would infer legitimacy for its government [...]

The Next Great War

You may or may not be aware, but World War III has already started. We just haven’t gotten caught up in it. Yet.


Malala Yousafzai meets Barack Obama, asks for drone strikes to end

Raw Story, By George Chidi, October 12

Malala Yousafzai may have missed out on the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, but she did get a chance to talk to the president about education, human rights … and drone strikes in Pakistan.

Obama invited Yousafzai to the White House “to thank her for her inspiring and [...]

World’s largest coal miner to run out of reserves in 17 years: Greenpeace

RawStory/CleanTechnica, By Mridul Chadha, September 30

In a startling revelation, Greenpeace India has claimed that the world’s largest coal miner, and essentially India, could run out of recoverable coal reserves within 17 years. Coal India Limited is the world’s largest coal mining company and enjoys a monopoly in the Indian coal sector.

The Indian government [...]

Earthquake in Balochistan: Death toll touches 150, creates new island

(IHT) – A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake hit southwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing hundreds in Balochistan, besides creating a new island off the Gwadar coastline in its wake, Express News reported.

Tremors were felt as far as the Indian capital New Delhi.

The Deputy Speaker Balochistan Assembly stated that at least 150 people had died [...]

Pakistani drone victims’ lawyer accuses US of blocking his visit to Congress

(The Guardian) – Shahzad Akbar says visa hold-up means he cannot take his clients to Capitol Hill to testify on CIA drone strikes in Pakistan

7.8 earthquake strikes Pakistan, shaking felt in New Delhi

Russia Today, September 24

An earthquake measuring 7.8 has struck southwest Pakistan, with tremors felt across the region and as far as New Delhi. The quake struck in Balochistan, just 69 km north-northeast of Arawan, the nearest city.

The US Geological Survey has measured the quake at 7.8 magnitude. A “RED” alert has been issued [...]

Musharraf indicted in Bhutto murder case

(Al Jazeera) – Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s former military ruler, has been charged with murder of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who died in a gun and bomb attack in December 2007, court officials say.

The case of Bhutto’s murder is one of several that Musharraf is facing since his return from self-imposed exile earlier this [...]

Indian-built Arihant nuclear submarine activated

(BBC) – India has activated the reactor on board the INS Arihant nuclear submarine, the first to be designed and built in India.

The move means the submarine can now undergo sea trials.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hailed the “giant stride in… our indigenous technological capabilities”.

Experts say is the first ballistic missile submarine known [...]

Drone strikes on rescuers in Pakistan – New report says yes

If civilian ‘rescuers’ are indeed being intentionally targeted, there is no doubt about the law: those strikes are a war crime.

by Chris Woods Bureau of Investigative Journalism August 1 Creative Commons Additional reporting by Mushtaq Yusufzai

A field investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in Pakistan’s tribal areas appears to confirm that the [...]