Since the terrorist attacks of September 2001 Islam in America has flourished....– A boom in American mosque-building will probably further rouse those who are worried that radical Islam will take root. But as with other religions in the country, the main challenge facing Islam is not radicalism, but secularisation. (via theeconomist) Good read.
Grand Ayatollah or Grand Old Party?
“One is a religious fanatic railing against secularism, the role of women in the workplace, and the evils of higher education, as he seeks to impose his draconian moral values upon the state. The other is the supreme leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” A hilarious quiz by Reza Aslan in Foreign Policy: Its time to play Khamenei or Santorum! The read:...
Pakistan's Military Welfare State
Pakistani tax rupees (and military aid dollar) at work. The Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (the R&D arm of the Pakistan Airforce) recently developed a tablet dubbed the PACPAD. It intends to sell the PACPAD - developed entirely using public defense funds - for private profit. The Read: KAMRA: Inside a high-security air force complex that builds jet fighters and weapons systems, Pakistan’s...
A Soviet Assessment of Afghanistan
“We should honestly admit that our efforts over the last 8 years have not led to the expected results. Huge material resources and considerable casualties did not produce a positive end result – stabilization of military-political situation in the country. The protracted character of the military struggle and the absence of any serious success, which could lead to a breakthrough in the...