Pakistan: Now or Never?

Afghan Prison Tales

July 31, 2012

In between stories of torture and the Taliban, the young man sitting opposite me had covered how to stage a dirty protest, Spanish chat-up lines, and how toothpaste can help you escape from prison.

Thirsty South Asia’s river rifts threaten “water wars”

July 25, 2012

As the silver waters of the Kishanganga rush through this north Kashmir valley, Indian labourers are hard at work on a hydropower project that will dam the river just before it flows across one of the world’s most militarised borders into Pakistan.

Pakistan: The politicisation of death

July 6, 2012

So many deaths in Pakistan; so many to outrage or upset us. How do we choose whose death to notice? The civilian killed by a drone strike? The Shia Hazara gunned down in Balochistan? The Ahmadi father knifed to death in his home? The beheaded Pakistani soldier? The mother who died in a suicide bombing? The murdered journalist? The child swept away by floods? The acid attack victim?

Afghan economy: a hard landing ahead

July 5, 2012

If you go to the run-down Desh bazaar in central Kabul – which sells everything from widescreen Samsung televisions to used shoes – it doesn’t matter what currency you use to pay for your shopping. They will accept the afghani, the US dollar or the Pakistani rupee. 

US and Pakistan: an expedient truce

July 4, 2012

It took seven months and the underlying problems remain, but the United States and Pakistan are now back to opposing each other as “frenemies” rather than enemies.