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An “International Migraine,” Albright Alright with Pak?

In Press War on January 31, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Trust the Press Trust of India (PTI) and the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) to highlight dramtically different takes on Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright’s remarks on Pakistan at CFR’s “US Relations with the Muslim World” panel discussion on Friday:

In Pak Most Dangerous Country in the World: Albright the PTI writes,

 “I have said that Pakistan — you know, every day, some of us are asked, what is the most dangerous country in the world? And for me, Pakistan has won the lottery because it has everything that gives you an international migraine,” Albright said.


And the APP takes also chooses which words to use (or not to use) with an agenda in Madeline Albright Says US-Pakistan Relationship Going to Be Major Relationship:

“I think there will be a re-calibration in terms of how we relate to Pakistan. It is going to, in my opinion, be one of the major relationships,” she stated at the Council on Foreign Relations while speaking on the U.S. relations with the Muslim World.”  


It’s a shame the people of India and Pakistan don’t routinely take in one another’s media coverage– perhaps then they’d get a full story.



U.S.’ “Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan” Annulled?

In Uncategorized on January 31, 2009 at 11:34 am

Yes, the bill, which if passed, that would have married the United States and the people of Pakistan for the next ten years (or perhaps only five, depending on how excellent a wife Pakistan makes) is indeed “legally dead” as many of its critics (the pro-India lobby) have declared.  That fact, however, is completely irrelevant. 

Bills routinely expire between Congressional sessions and this bill is likely to be redrawn in the next session.  The real question is whether or not suspicions about Pakistan in the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks will significantly weaken its support or result in harsher conditions for Pakistan to meet in order to receive aid when the bill is redrawn.

Here is just a small sampling of the day’s Biden-Lugar media marmalade:

Landmark Biden-Lugar for U.S. Aid to ‘Pak Legally Dead’, UK


Pakistan Will Not Get 1.5 Billion in 2009

The News



Biden-Lugar Bill Will Be Presented in a Few Days: Haqqani


Blasphemy Laws Blasphemy of Their Own

In Pakistani Christians on January 30, 2009 at 8:16 am

An allegedly blasphemous text message could result in the execution of a Christian, AsiaNews reports.

What Warsaw Wants, Will Warsaw Get?

In Kidnappings on January 30, 2009 at 7:47 am

What conessions would the Pakistani Government have to make in order to free a kidnapped Polish geologist?  Cand they do it? More importantly, will they?