Make every effort to achieve peace in AfghanistanAkahata editorialSeven years have elapsed since the United States started its war of retaliation against Afghanistan. With turmoil growing in the Afghan situation, there is a widespread view in the United Nations and countries that keep ground troops there that military means cannot resolve the conflict.Prime Minister Aso…

Petraeus strategy review to focus on reconciliation with moderate Taliban, economic initiativesWASHINGTON, Oct 16 (APP): U.S. General David Petraeus, who will head Central Command from October 31, has launched a major reassessment of the regional strategy, warning that the lack of development and the spiraling violence in Afghanistan will probably make it “the longest campaign…

Appraising ‘The Jewel of Medina’October 15, 2008 By Fred Burton and Scott Stewart“The Jewel of Medina,” a controversial work of historical fiction by American author Sherry Jones, was supposed to have gone on sale Oct. 15 in the United Kingdom. A series of events, however, have delayed its British release indefinitely. The book, which went…

Tuesday, October 14, 2008U.S. shifts focus from Iraq to Afghanistan, PakistanMartin Sieff, UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONALANALYSIS/OPINION:Top U.S. policymakers are declaring victory in Iraq and switching their focus to Afghanistan and Pakistan, where Islamist violence continues to surge following the fall of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.Eleven people, including four children, were killed Thursday when Islamist guerrillas set…

FIKRET ERTANf.ertan@todayszaman.comColumnistsSignificant changes in the Pakistani ArmyA few years ago changes in the top ranks of the Pakistani Army were closely watched for the most part by India. However after the toppling of the Taliban in Afghanistan and following the emergence of “Taliban and al-Qaeda safe havens” in Pakistan’s tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, these changes…

Focusing the Spy Glass on Pakistan’s ISI Shuja NawazPosted October 2, 2008 09:04 AM (EST)Only in Pakistan does the appointment of a new spy chief elicit more commentary than say a Prime Minister under today’s political system, where the presidency holds the power strings. The appointment of Lieutenant General Ahmed Shuja Pasha as the new…

Red Alert: The G-7 — Geopolitics, Politics and the Financial CrisisThe finance ministers of the G-7 countries are meeting in Washington. The first announcements on the meetings will come this weekend. It is not too extreme to say that the outcome of these meetings could redefine how the financial markets work, certainly for months and…

Chip and pin scam ‘has netted millions from British shoppers’A sophisticated “chip and pin” scam run by criminal gangs in China and Pakistan is netting millions of pounds from the bank accounts of British shoppers, America’s top cyber security official has revealed. By Henry Samuel in Paris Last Updated: 6:28PM BST 10 Oct 2008 An…

Beyond the Post-9/11 WorldOctober 8, 2008By Reva BhallaRelated LinkMilitant Possibilities on the New-Old FrontRelated Special Topic PageThe Russian ResurgenceOne day after 9/11, U.S. President George W. Bush declared a global “war on terror.” Al Qaeda had first reared its head years before in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the 1998 U.S. Embassy attacks in…