TECH AND GADGETS
"Afghanistan's journey to recovery is likely to be a difficult journey. Yet for Pakistan the only policy option is to provide substantive support and at all times remain engaged in dialogue with Afghanistan. For Pakistan's own interest and the interest of the entire region Afghanistan's rapid recovery and reconstruction has to be a priority goal."
MAKE IT MODERN
"The focus of media attention will go back to Israeli Prime Minister Olmert’s convergence plan, internal fighting between Hamas and Fatah, and Israel’s quest to find a “partner for peace.” The media will all but forget Hamas’ call for a renewed cease-fire, Hamas’ persistent moderation, and the “diet” Palestinians have been put on by Israel and the international community. The closing of the Rafah border, which used to make headlines, has become the status quo in Gaza."
"What is worrying in Aznar’s article is the racism and hatred one detects in every line. When he says that there is historical hostility between Jews and Christians, on the one hand, and Muslims on the other, he makes a flagrant historical error. How can he explain the desire of Israel’s extremist government to make itself a purely Jewish state and to expel Palestinian Christians who used to constitute a significant part of Palestine before the creation of Israel? Now, the number of Christians has shrunk to a few thousands as a result of Israel’ policy of deliberate displacement."
"The Iranian nuclearization issue should be understood as not restricted to Iran alone. The problem is far more comprehensive and dangerous because it is obvious that after Iran, additional Middle East states will seek to develop their own nuclear weapons. Why, for example, shouldn't Egypt try? Why shouldn't Saudi Arabia attempt to acquire nuclear weaponry or know-how from Pakistan? Why won't Sunni Arab states fear an extremist Shi'ite Iran that has acquired nuclear weapons?"
"The war started with outstanding Egyptian (and Syrian) successes and ended with an Israeli military victory. The Israeli army was not yet corrupted by the occupation (another disastrous result of the 1967 victory), and most of its commanders were of a quality that can only be envied today. But politically, the war ended in a draw."
"The Downing St. Memo was center stage on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC, on June 16, 2005. Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) called a hearing to focus on that leaked document, which shows that President George W. Bush, Jr., and his cohorts, were looking to “cook the intelligence” on the Iraqi War. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said Bush is “a liar” and it’s time to bring the troops home!"