Pakistan Update: “This Grotesque Feudal Charade”

The Election Commission has postponed general elections, originally scheduled for January the 8th. Elections are now scheduled to be held on February the 18th, much to the chagrin of opposition leaders: “It is risky,” said one Western diplomat, who would speak only anonymously, following diplomatic...

Pakistan Update: Of Gunfire, Grassy Knolls and Bumped Heads

The word of the day is ‘conspiracy’. As in ‘conspiracy theories’. Consider the waters thoroughly muddied: An elusive Taliban leader with links to Al Qaeda is emerging as the key suspect in Thursday’s assassination of Benazir Bhutto, killed as she campaigned for a third term as...

Positive Thinking and the Looming Recession

Norman Vincent Peale has a lot to answer for. His gospel – that the “power of positive thinking” overcomes all obstacles – infected the executive and investor class in the 50’s and was magnified by the conservative corporatocracy for the next 50 years. They institutionalized it...

On The Ledge

4 days after the Iraq-based Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) attacked a Turkish battalion stationed near the Northern Iraq border (with least 12 Turkish soldiers killed, 16 injured, and 8 reportedly captured by PKK forces) the mood in Ankara, Irbil, and Washington remains tense. Despite a reported ceasefire...