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Excellent account of the history of masjid/state politics in Bangladesh

 I don't know Bangladeshi political history well enough to evaluate the arguments, but as a primer on Bangladesh, it's well written, readable, and worth taking a glance at.  The news hook is that the Bangladeshi Supreme Court recently upheld a 5-year-old decision banning the use of religion in politics.

Additionally, I've been meaning to put a plug in for the source, Newsline, which is among the best publications I've seen out of Pakistan - if not South Asia - in a while.   Take a browse around.

Nation Magazine: Kidnaping, Assassination Planning in Pakisatan Outsourced by U.S. Government to Private Firm Blackwater

WTF!!!!

I know it's one story and it's denied and I'm not supposed to be surprised by anything anymore even if it turns out true, but seriously, wtf!?  Doesn't this enrage you?  How did my government get to this point?!

Update - corrected head - apparently they don't kill people for the U.S. government - just for the Pakistani government.  They do planning of killing people for the U.S. government, according to the article. 

Pakistani Court Orders Government Action To Protect Third Sex People

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday directed the federal and provincial governments to sit together and find out amicable solutions to the issues confronting eunuchs...-

The three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry issued the direction after hearing progress over its previous orders. Justice Chaudhry Ijaz Ahmed and Justice Rahmat Hussain Jafferi were the other members of the bench.

No Pakistanis Or Dogs Allowed

Always nice to see that neocolonial racism hasn't totally lost its will to exist in the countries it once colonised.  A French restaurant in Islamabad had a sign up that said 'Foreigners Only.' 

If they had been smart, they would have just done what Delhi establishments do and allegedly what they did before and simply discriminate without making a sign to draw attention to it. 

Britain, US, others pledge billions to Pakistan

According to British conservative newspaper The Telegraph, the United Kingdom and the United States are leading a group of countries that have pledged $5 billion to Pakistan:

More than $5 billion (£3 billion) has already been pledged, $2.5 billion of which has been earmarked to help rebuild homes, roads, bridges, schools and hospitals decimated in the Pakistan Army's operation to break the Taliban's control over the the Swat valley....

NYC benefit concert for Pakistani IDPs 8/18 TOMORROW-- DJ Rekha!

Come support an emergency benefit concert on Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 (at 515 Malcolm X Blvd New York, NY, from 730-11pm, tickets $8 advance, $10 at the door) to raise money for Pakistani IDPs. DJ Rekha of Basement Bhangra, K-Salaam, and performances by The Kominas and AbstractVision.

Pakistani offensive 'nears end'

Article Date: 
19 Jun 2009

The military offensive against Taliban militants entrenched in north-western Pakistan is nearly over, the defence minister has said.

Article Source: 
BBC

Help Pakistan's Internally Displaced Refugees

By: on 27 May 2009

The Pakistan Army’s recent military incursion against the Taliban in the Malakand region has internally displaced about 1.8 million Pakistanis. The IDPs have fled to make-shift camps, some as far as Karachi, and are suffering from hunger-related health problems and mental trauma.

Thousands flee life made 'worse than hell' by violence in Pakistan

Article Date: 
25 May 2009

Young and old, poor and prosperous, sick and healthy -- residents of Pakistan's Swat Valley continue to flee the violence that has erupted there as the military clashes with the Taliban.

Those who have fled tell of the whole valley being turned into a battlefield as citizens run away, many of them with no shoes and some elderly. They fall ill from sun and heat exposure -- particularly infants and those already weak and sick -- as they flee.

Article Author: 
Ingrid Formanek and Zeeshan Ali
Article Source: 
CNN

Action for a Progressive Pakistan Apologises On Behalf of Pakistan to Bangladeshis For 1971

Published apology in the Daily Star.  Those of us who have national allegiances could take notes on this:

We reject the Pakistani state and army's claim that these atrocities were committed in our name.

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