"Through his (social media) posts, Bilal Farooqi defamed the Pakistan Army and anti-state elements used these posts for their vested interests," said the police report, which added that his online activity also spread religious hatred and incited mutiny against the military. … [Read more...] about Pakistan: Journalist Bilal Farooqi arrested over posts criticizing army
Patch of uninhabitable desert that India and China have been fighting over for centuries The Himalayan border between India and China has been disputed for centuries, but the two countries have been fighting over it most recently since the 1960s. … [Read more...] about China ‘KIDNAPS’ five Indian citizens in disputed border territory
The pressure of hasty preparation for a no-deal outcome has added another layer of irritation. Annoyance over the revelation of spending more than £100m on ferry contracts to ease congestion at ports demonstrates the world of pain any no-deal scenario holds for the government. The Brexit menu, so decisively offered in 2016, has turned into a series of mushy dishes with various ingredients chucked in and fished out at the last moment. The optimistic case (from Number 10’s position) is that more pro-Leave MPs fear “losing” Brexit. Team May believes that parts of the hardline Eurosceptic bloc of up to 50 MPs have become less adamantine. A source close to the European Research Group tells me that the impact of Jeremy Corbyn’s shroud-waving of a vote of no confidence in the government before Christmas helped “warm up” relations between Downing Street and the ERG and Democratic Unionists on whose votes the government relies for survival. … [Read more...] about The sharks are already circling as May struggles to keep her Brexit afloat
'We also made our own sacrifices' The Taliban were not allowed to participate in the international Afghanistan conference in Germany at the end of 2001 — something Karim considers a major mistake early on. At that time the Taliban were on the run. Today they again control half of all Afghan districts, or are actively attacking them. "The second mistake that we are making here is trying to escape the situation very quickly," Karim says. "At times it seems that the US wants to leave at whatever cost. And I think that is really scary because we are bringing back a huge vulnerability." … [Read more...] about After 9/11: Has Germany failed in Afghanistan?
How are you getting by? I'm getting by with the money that my parents generously gave me to get through my last year of university and the summer while I do my internship in Montreal. I did get grant money for my summer research project which would be barely enough to pay for my rent and living expenses. Being honest, if my parents wouldn't have helped me out financially, I would probably be more stressed about my finances and about just living in general without a job. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus economy: ‘I’m just looking for whatever I can get’