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Pervez Hoodbhoy: Is It A War On Islam?

Street opinion in Pakistan, and probably most Muslim countries, holds that Islam is the sole target of America’s new wars. Even moderate Muslims are worried. The profiling of Muslims by the INS, the placing of Muslim states on the US register of rogues, and the blanket approval given to Israeli bulldozers as they level Palestinian Read more…

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Pervez Hoodbhoy: Were We Too Hijacked On 9/11?

Al-Qaida had to be bombed, to let the Taliban be was not an option. When fanatics, inspired by Osama bin Laden, flew airliners packed with people into two of America’s tallest buildings, it was unreasonable to expect otherwise. So, yes, I agree with Anthony Barnett that a “focused military response was essential”. And yes, I Read more…

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Pervez Hoodbhoy: The Wages Of Obedience

> Buried under the rubble of the World Trade Centre lies a decade-worth of Pakistani foreign policy. Faced by a furious United States, Pakistan’s establishment abandoned what had earlier been declared as vital national security interests. First, Pakistan junked the mullahs beyond the western border. A still bigger earthquake followed just weeks later as thousands Read more…

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Pervez Hoodbhoy: BLACK TUESDAY: THE VIEW FROM ISLAMABAD

Hoodbhoy Samuel Huntington’s evil desire for a clash between civilizations may well come true after Tuesday’s terror attacks. The crack that divided Muslims everywhere from the rest of the world is no longer a crack. It is a gulf, that if not bridged, will surely destroy both. For much of the world, it was the Read more…

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Pervez Hoodbhoy: OUR BLIND NUCLEAR PROPHETS

Hoodbhoy Having thrown away several hundred, I still have in my possession about a hundred newspaper articles on the nuclear issue written in Pakistan and India over the past decade. The authors, overwhelmingly, are establishment nuclear "experts" and "strategists". These people, actively assisted on both sides by the state and its media, have effectively monopolized Read more…

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Pervez Hoodbhoy: THE MENACE OF EDUCATION

Pervez Hoodbhoy From brain size and hair colour to the shape and texture of toe-nails, every characteristic of an individual is totally determined by just two twisted strands of human DNA. A similar cultural DNA – a society’s education system – contains within it the detailed genetic blueprint determining what that society is destined to Read more…

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Pervez Hoodbhoy: EQBAL AHMAD: POST-POKHARAN DAYS

Pervez Hoodhoy He fought for Kashmiri self-determination in 1948, against French imperialism in Algeria in the early 60’s, roused students on American campuses in the early 70’s against their government’s immoral war in Vietnam, dodged arrest by the CIA in a case trumped up by Richard Nixon’s government that accused him of trying to kidnap Read more…

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