War In Afghanistan Proves That The Era Of Western Imperialism Is Over

February 3, 2012

War In Afghanistan Proves That The Era Of Western Imperialism Is Over

Martin McCauley writes from Kabul: The worst kept secret about the war in Afghanistan is out: a classified NATO report from senior officers in Afghanistan -  State of the Taliban – has concluded that the Pakistanis have been aiding and abetting the insurgents all along. The Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency has been running the Taliban since its inception. They have also been working with al Qaeda and other terrorist groups to destabilise Afghanistan. So, where do these revelations leave the international force? High and dry. The dismal conclusion is that the blood, sweat and tears devoted to that unhappy country have been a colossal waste of time and money. ‘Why are we here?’, one can hear the NATO commanders asking themselves. The answer is very simple: ‘We should... 

China Wants Military Bases In Pakistan. Is The US On Its Way Out?

January 17, 2012

China Wants Military Bases In Pakistan. Is The US On Its Way Out?

Martin McCauley writes from Islamabad: Relations between Pakistan and the US and NATO are at an all time low. The not so distant accidental killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers by a US drone fuelled anti-American sentiment. Islamabad was also offended by the US failing to give notice that it intended to take out Osama bin Laden. Washington has at long last realised that Pakistan is unwilling to deal with militants on its territory. The country’s intelligence agency, ISI, aids the Taliban in its operations in Afghanistan. If one big player is disappointed, another’s concern about weak Pakistan government is growing. That country is China. Beijing is so agitated by the refusal of Pakistan to deal with insurgents who are trained in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) that it has requested... 

Is Pakistan Falling Out Of Love With America, And Getting Into Bed With China?

December 14, 2011

Is Pakistan Falling Out Of Love With America, And Getting Into Bed With China?

Martin McCauley writes from Islamabad: Sorry for introducing a bit of eroticism into a serious international issue – I mean the heading to this piece, but what is Pakistan up to these days? Let’s take a look at the recent dramatic events. US drones killed 24 Pakistani troops at two check points on the Afghan border not so long ago. What was Islamabad’s response? It blocked NATO convoys from entering Afghanistan. Whose side is the Pakistani government on in this case? Because cutting the amount of NATO ordinance will only help the Taliban in Afghanistan. Is that the objective of the blockade? Pakistan has always had an ambivalent attitude towards the Taliban. The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency has nurtured and promoted the Taliban for years. The government is in negotiations... 

What’s China Up To In Pakistan? It’s All About The Uigher Fighters

December 3, 2011

What’s China Up To In Pakistan? It’s All About The Uigher Fighters

Martin McCauley writes from Islamabad: I bet some of you are wondering this weekend: just what is China up to these days? Could it be weighing its options, you may be thinking, and choosing India over Pakistan as its main ally in the region, or considering sending its troops to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in north west Pakistan? And if so, why do that? Well, Pakistan and China share a border, you see. The problem for the Middle Kingdom is that Uigher fighters, who are causing trouble in Xinjiang, China’s western province, get their training in Pakistan. There has been a spate of attacks in Xinjiang and Beijing is proving powerless to stop them. The problem is that Xinjiang is home to a large Muslim community that doesn’t see its future staying within China. Beijing is... 

Things About Pakistan You May Not Know. Plus A Word Of Advice To Washington

November 19, 2011

Things About Pakistan You May Not Know. Plus A Word Of Advice To Washington

Martin McCauley writes from Islamabad: Things are really happening in Pakistan. The latest extraordinary story is that of the Pakistani ambassador to Washington suggesting to the Americans that they should cut military aid to Islamabad down to size to help oust the top generals who pose a threat to the civilian government. The ambassador, Husain Haqqani, is about to be formally dismissed, in part for venting his anger at the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency. In case you don’t know it, its section ‘S’ runs the Taliban. Yes, the very same Taliban, who are killing American and other NATO troops in Afghanistan. It’s a strange world in which Washington pours billions of dollars into Pakistan – the main beneficiary is the military – and what do they get in... 

President Obama Condemns The Suicide Bombing In Pakistan. The Men Of Violence Are Terrified

December 27, 2010

President Obama Condemns The Suicide Bombing In Pakistan. The Men Of Violence Are Terrified

Anton Goryunov writes from Honolulu: First the big news: President Barack Obama, who is spending his Christmas holidays in Hawaii, has strongly condemned the latest terrorist attack in Pakistan, when a woman suicide bomber blew herself up at a UN food distribution point in the city of Khar in Bajawar province, killing 45 people at the latest count and injuring dozens of others. Mr Obama made his strong feelings known in a statement released by the White House, so that no one would have any doubts where he stood on the issue. ‘Killing innocent civilians outside a food distribution point for the World Food Program is an affront to the people of Pakistan and the entire humanity,’ the President said. Tough words obviously intended to convey a strong message. According to sources who know things,... 

President Obama’s Visit To India. It Had Its Embarrassing Moments

November 9, 2010

President Obama’s Visit To India. It Had Its Embarrassing Moments

Adam Lovejoy writes from Mumbai: I don’t know about you, people, but I find President Barack Obama’s visit to India a bit of an embarrassment. I mean, it was so politically correct that at times it was painful to watch the proceedings. Take that silly dancing routine with children at a school in Mumbai that the President and his wife, Michele, got involved in: why did they have to do it? Why couldn’t they just watch the kids jump around for a while and then say something like: ‘Great stuff, guys,’ and walk away. But no, they had to make total fools of themselves and jump around with the children. It looked silly, childish and, quite frankly, bizarre. It sort of brought back the question that so many people have been asking, both in America: why the hell did President Obama need to... 

Of Useless Peace Talks, Wars And Economic Booms: Has The World Gone Bonkers Or What?

September 7, 2010

Of Useless Peace Talks, Wars And Economic Booms: Has The World Gone Bonkers Or What?

Dan Majestic writes: Has the world gone bonkers or what? Everywhere you look crazy things are happening. Take the US, for starters. They brought the Israelis and Palestinians together in Washington, to supposedly hammer out a peace deal. Now what peace deal would that be? The two sides hate each other, OK? The Israelis will never give up East Jerusalem, no way. And they’ll keep on building settlements on occupied territories, don’t you worry about that. Meanwhile, the Palestinians will continue to insist that East Jerusalem is theirs and that they’ll never accept any new or even old Israeli settlements on their land. How on earth are you going to bring this lot together? Especially as the leaders on both sides like it the way it is: conflict makes them look good. It was a crazy idea to... 

Pissing Off The People Behind The Relief Effort In Haiti. And In Pakistan As Well

August 26, 2010

Pissing Off The People Behind The Relief Effort In Haiti. And In Pakistan As Well

R.F.Wilson writes: Well wouldn’t you know it: there are over 800 international relief agencies operating in Haiti, working their fingers to the bone to overcome the devastating effects of the earthquake that had hit the island in January of this year. These fine men and women are backed by thousands of US troops that have been sent in to see to it that the locals don’t interfere with the relief effort. Like, for example, grabbing some food or bottled water, in a chaotic, disorderly fashion, and running off with it without allowing the hacks to photograph the heartwarming scenes of aid being distributed among the needy. As for money that has been donated to fund the relief effort, it now amounts to many hundreds of millions, and growing. The United Nations is involved, the World Bank, the... 

Ban Ki-Moon, of UN, Struts His Stuff In Pakistan. Should We Expect Bono, Of U2, To Come As Well?

August 17, 2010

Ban Ki-Moon, of UN, Struts His Stuff In Pakistan. Should We Expect Bono, Of U2, To Come As Well?

Dan Majestic writes from Islamabad: As the second most powerful public figure in the world, after Bono of U2, Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, of UN, visits the flood stricken Pakistan the whole world watches in amazement as this short, inarticulate man reads out a stark warning from a prepared text: I’m a busy man, you know, and I can’t spend all August visiting places that are covered with water. So get that money rolling in. Dodgy looking characters, calling themselves ‘UN officials’, have been telling anyone who’d listen that Mr Ban is really pissed off by the reluctance of the world media to give him credit for dealing with natural disasters and solving the world’s problems. If this man loses his patience and walks away from it all, these ‘officials’ have said, the world... 

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