FROM Samina Ahmed
War and Diplomacy in Afghanistan and Pakistan The massive NATO and Afghan offensive appears to have driven the Taliban out of the city of Marjah, at least for the moment. Across the border, Pakistani and US intelligence, working together, have captured three leading Afghan insurgents all said to be close to the Taliban leader, Mullah Omar.
In South Asia: War and Diplomacy The massive NATO and Afghan offensive appears to have driven the Taliban out of the city of Marjah, at least for the moment. Across the border, Pakistani and US intelligence, working together, have captured three leading Afghan insurgents all said to be close to the Taliban leader, Mullah Omar. Does that mean that the war in Afghanistan is going well, and that Pakistan has decided to cooperate with the US against the Afghan insurgents? There are no simple answers to those questions. In South Asia, apparent success can suddenly turn into a prelude to failure. Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Taliban all are divided within themselves. We look at many conflicting interests and what they could mean for the US.
Is Pakistan Ripe for an Islamic Revolution? In Pakistan's Swat Valley on Sunday, the militant Islamist leader Sufi Mohammed bluntly defied the country's secular government and its system of laws. As to Pakistan's democratic institutions, he said, “supporting an infidel system is a great sin.” He laid out a plan to bring what he called “a complete Islamic system” for the entire country. His speech to a crowd of thousands was carried live on TV.
Is Pakistan Ripe for an Islamic Revolution? In Pakistan's Swat Valley on Sunday, militant Islamist leader Sufi Mohammed bluntly defied the country's secular government and its system of laws. As to its democratic institutions, he said, "supporting an infidel system is a great sin," and he laid out a plan to bring "a complete Islamic system" to Pakistan. Such Taliban-style militants are assuming control in Pakistan's northwest provinces, openly promising to take over the rest of the country. Despite brutal enforcement of Islamic law, the secular government seems powerless against determined radicals exploiting poverty, class hatreds and decades of corruption. The US has vital interests in a region where both Pakistan and India have nuclear arms. We hear mounting concern about instability with international consequences.
Turmoil in Pakistan Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharaf suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry on charges of abusing his office - only to face massive protests . In two days of clashes and gunbattles, forty people were killed. Today, about three-thousand lawyers, opposition activists, and civil rights campaigners were back on the streets of Lahore.
Should we 'hack the climate' to fight global warming? The Paris Agreements won't be enough to reverse global warming, whether President Trump pulls the US out or not. Is it time to try altering the atmosphere by what's called "geoengineering?" We hear about unintended consequences, international relations… and ethics.
Trump, the GOP and the rule of law Conservatives — and some Republicans — are criticizing the President for "the mess he made" in firing FBI Director James Comey. We hear about a potential successor, the possibility of "obstruction of justice" and the constitutional separation of powers.
A New York Times op-ed on climate change sparks uproar The New York Times is embroiled in a public furor over a new columnist, who wrote that scientific uncertainty is reason for debate about climate change. Many conservatives are delighted. Is America's leading liberal newspaper fostering climate denial? This is the latest in our series, "The Emotional States of America."