Friday, September 28, 2012

Man behind Gaddafi's capture dies - Al Jazeera Blogs

The man who found Qaddafi hiding in the drain was captured by another tribe later, tortured, and left to die. More on this from Al-Jazeera.

Man behind Gaddafi's capture dies - Al Jazeera Blogs: "ere are areas inside Bani Walid where the green flag of the former regime is hoisted and they play the old national anthem to underline their support for "

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Zardari’s India yatra: too little, too late | DAWN.COM

If the next elections in Pakistan (expected in 2013) and India (2014) result again in split mandates, which would force the leading parties to form coalition governments, the prospects for peace will remain bleak regardless of a left or a right leaning party occupying the prime minister’s office. A strong mandate is a prerequisite for the next governments in India and Pakistan to have the confidence necessary to negotiate on matters that have failed to resolve in the past 65 years.

Zardari’s India yatra: too little, too late | DAWN.COM

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Can Pakistan survive without US aid?

Earlier this week I participated in an hour long dialogue on what has been happening in Pakistan as of late. The video footage from TVO is available below.

2011: A troublesome year in Pakistan

I ended up in a debate with an esteemed participant who argued that Pakistan cannot survive without US aid. I wrote an op-ed for the Daily Dawn in Pakistan exploring the question can Pakistan survive without US aid?

http://www.dawn.com/2012/02/15/can-pakistan-survive-without-us-aid.html

Some fact-checking is indeed in order. Pakistan is a $175 billion economy. Since 2002, the US has provided on average $825 million annually in economic assistance to Pakistan. On the other hand, Pakistani expatriates have remitted on average $1 billion each month in 2011, making remittances an order of magnitude higher than what the US has been providing to Pakistan. I would argue that Pakistan’s economy owes much more to what the expatriates contribute than what comes in charity from the United States.

Monday, January 9, 2012

American Migration [Interactive Map] - Forbes

"Close to 40 million Americans move from one home to another every year. Click anywhere on the map below: blue counties send more migrants to the selected county than they take; red counties take more than they send. Published on November 16, 2011".