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from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

So what did happen after 9/11?

With apologies to those out there who are not fans of India's first prime minister, here is an interesting quote attributed to Jawaharlal Nehru: "You don't change the course of history by turning the faces of portraits to the wall."

In the latest Carnegie Endowment report on Pakistan entitled "Pakistan and the War on Terror: Conflicted Goals, Compromised Performance", Ashley Tellis gives a lucid and detailed account of what happened after 9/11, when Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf pledged to help the United States track down al Qaeda and its Taliban hosts in Afghanistan.Musharraf outside the Elysee Palace

His focus is on what needs to be done now. But to me, what makes this report worth reading is his analysis of what happened after 9/11, and what he sees as Pakistan's varied response to al Qaeda, the Taliban, the sectarian and Kashmiri groups among others. Whether you agree with his assessment or not, it's worth calling up the full PDF version of the report. No portraits turned to the wall there.

from Russia 2012:

Russia’s presidential election – over before it starts ?

The outcome of Russia's presidential election has never been in doubt.

medvedev1.jpgRight from the moment that President Vladimir Putin named his close ally Dmitry Medvedev as his preferred successor, Kremlin-watchers have assumed he will win a handsome electoral victory next March and take office.

But the latest talk in Moscow suggests it may prove hard for the Kremlin even to pretend that a real contest has taken place.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Flour power

Soldiers guarding Karachi flour mill

While the outside world debates who killed Benazir Bhutto and why, inside Pakistan the shortage of flour is beginning to dominate people's thoughts ahead of the Feb. 18 election. Reuters China Economics Editor Alan Wheatley highlighted quite how important food supplies are becoming with a piece on Sunday saying that across Asia food is the new oil.

The flour shortage has got so bad that Pakistan has had to use paramilitary troops to escort wheat trucks

from Russia 2012:

Medvedev’s New Address

The right address really matters in Russian politics. You need to be in the Kremlin, or as close as possible. From that point of view, Dmitry Medvedev, President Vladimir Putin's preferred candidate in the March 2 election, has won the best possible location for his campaign staff. According to the daily Vedemosti, dozens of Medvedev's aides will move into 8, Staraya Ploshchad - an official buildings just a mile from the Kremlin's red-brick walls.

Originally a hotel built in 1902 by renowned architect Fyodor Shekhtel, the building became part of an office compound occupied by ruling bodies of the Soviet Communist party. In Soviet days, the expression "Staraya Ploshchad" ("Old Square" in Russian) was as widely used as "the Kremlin" when referring to the national leadership.

from Russia 2012:

Medvedev’s first foreign outing


President Vladimir Putin's chosen successor Dmitry Medvedev made his first foreign trip last week since launching his election campaign, accompanying his mentor on a trip to Bulgaria which provided a few clues about the likely next Russian president's style and character. Our Kremlin correspondent Oleg Shchedrov, who travelled to Bulgaria to cover the trip, reports:

"Shoot them, forget the rest!", cried the producer of a major Russian broadcaster to his cameraman, during a solemn signing ceremony in Sofia's presidential palace. He was referring to a timid, curly-haired man who was nearing Putin to whisper something into his ear. In a moment, dozens of top officials and reporters were staring at the two, giggling like fans who unexpectedly ran into a pop star.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

Pakistan: Now or Never?

In a 1933 pamphlet, Choudhary Rahmat Ali -- credited with coining the name of Pakistan -- called on fellow Muslims in the Indian subcontinent to set up a separate nation. His pamphlet titled "Now or Never" argued that Indian Muslims risked losing their heritage if they did not fight for their own country. "Either we live or perish for ever," he wrote.Child throws petals at Bhutto’s grave

Now more than 70 years later, Pakistan faces a crisis which some say could threaten its very existence -- a view dismissed as alarmist by its leaders. In the coming weeks and months, we will aim to round up the best opinion, analysis and blogging about Pakistan, from both inside and outside the country. While content on external internet sites does not reflect the views of Reuters, we will be looking to identify the major themes as they emerge.