Japan must shake off US-style globalization

The likely next prime minister outlines his hopes for a more Asia-focused Japan.

By Yukio Hatoyama

Courtesy: CSMonitor, August 19, 2009, via Globeistan

Tokyo – In the post-cold war period, Japan has been continually buffeted by the winds of market fundamentalism in a US-led movement that is more usually called globalization. Freedom is supposed to be the highest of all values, but in the fundamentalist pursuit of capitalism people are treated not as an end but as a means. Consequently, human dignity has been lost.

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The politics of Brigadier ‘Billa’

By Tahir Hasan Khan, Karachi, Sindh

Courtesy: The News, Monday, August 31, 2009

Brigadier (Retired) Imtiaz, also known as “Billa” is not new for the people of Sindh. He was Sindh ISI chief when political activist Nazeer Abbasi was murdered and a PIA plane was hijacked in early 80’s. The purpose of the murder of political activist Nazeer Abbasi was to warn political workers and the hijacking incident was to sabotage the MRD (Movement for Restoration of Democracy) action launched against Gen Zia-ul Haq. As a result of his work, Billa was promoted as brigadier in the army.

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Allama Iqbal and his poetry

by: Omar Ali, USA

Allama Iqbal had many sides. He was a very bright student (Arnold recognized that), but he was also a from a neo-convert molvi family that still had issues with their Hindu relatives and whose social outlook was conservative and conservative in the medieval orthodox manner, with very little balance from the more rainbow colored diverse folk traditions of Punjab. This mullahism sneaked more and more into his poetry as he got older (probably because he was intoxicated by the wah wah that his jihadi and obscurantist poetry got from the himayat e islam crowd). He did have other good qualities though: he was lazy, loved wine and music, liked to chat with his friends and smoke hookah and avoid his nagging wife and loved kabootar baazi, the sort of person most men would enjoy hanging out with (.. but I just mean that in our society these are mostly male pursuits even today) … and all well documented by his son and others close to him.

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There is no fire in hell. Everyone has to bring their own

gulagha

by: Prof. Gul Agha

Vataayo Fakiiru’s amaan [mother] once said to him on a cold night: “Vataayo! You are close to God. It is very cold. Can’t you ask God to spare a tiny bit of the fire in hell to keep us poor people warm here?”

“Amaan!” Vataayo answered, “There is no fire in hell. Everyone has to bring their own.”

Courtesy: Sindhi e-lists/ e-groups.

August 30, 2009

Fiber- The Miracle Ingredient

Researchers have discovered the familiar old ingredient as a new ingredient called fiber. The high fiber meal plan helps to accelerate weight loss,  helps to maintain optimum weight maintenance for life,  incorporate metabolic in boost,  heart and colon. In addition fiber helps in prevent many of the major diseases- including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. It also helps to reduce hunger to prevent us to eat harmful food all the time. Fiber also remove toxic waste from colon, help prevent colon cancer by keeping pH in intestines, promote regular bowel movements and prevent from constipation. Some Food source of Soluble Fiber: Apples, pears, Carrots, Beets, Lentils, Oranges, peaces, and peas, etc. Some Food source of Insoluble Fiber: Dried beans, Fruit skins, Potato skins, Root vegetable skins Whole weat, Whole grain, etc

Nationalist politics of Sindh

“Politics and political principles: nationalist politics of Sindh ”

by: Jamil Junejo.

Politics has greater importance and wider scope. It is such inseparable part of humans life that even those who deny being political falls into category of political being. For, just as man born into society is called social animal, similarly man born in state is, in principle, political animal.

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Sindhi Encyclopedia

HYDERABAD: Scholars’ help sought for encyclopaedia

Courtesy: Daily Dawn, June 23, 2008

HYDERABAD, June 22: Sindh Minister for Culture and Tourism Sassui Palijo has said that instructions have been issued for compiling a Sindhi encyclopedia and urged Sindhi writers, scholars and intellectuals to cooperate with the provincial government in this huge project.

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Poverty highest in Punjab, NFC told – Punjab needs more money – Oh Yes!!

Poverty incidence highest in Punjab, NFC told

Courtesy: The News, Saturday, August 29, 2009

Two committees to finalise vertical, horizontal resource distribution

By Khalid Mustafa

ISLAMABAD: On the second day of the meeting of the National Finance Commission (NFC), the participants were in for a rude shock when they were told by Punjab that it had the highest poverty incidence in the country, even more than Balochistan. The revelation came in the form of an exhaustive presentation made by the Punjab delegates here on Friday.

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Sindh: A Tale of Exploitation and Discrimination

By Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA
.. It is quite clear from the “Wealthy Sindh’s Poor people” report that Sindh and Sindhis have not received their fair share in .. Pakistan and it is imperative that the inequities pointed out in the article must be addressed immediately before Sindhis completely loose their trust and the sense of ownership in the entity of Pakistan.
According to the 1998 census, the report says 51.2% of Sindh’s population lives in rural areas and remaining 48.8% live in Metropolitan/Municipal Corporations, Municipal Committees and Town Committees. The following key points from the report clearly show that Sindhis have suffered considerable exploitation and discrimination that must come to an end:
Sindh’s Resources and Contributions:

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Wikipedia Foundation receives grant of $500,000

San Francisco – The Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that operates the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, has received a $500,000 grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to expand its work bringing free educational content to everyone on the planet. With this grant, the Hewlett Foundation acknowledges the important role Wikipedia and the other Wikipedia Foundation projects play in making educational information freely accessible. The grant to the Wikimedia Foundation is part of more than $100 million in grants since 2001 that the Hewlett has made to promote Open Education Resources around the world. The movement promotes the availability of high quality educational materials that anyone can use and edit for free.

3 more Sindhi short films ONLINE for FREE download

Report by: Asha Chand, Dubai

1. Pahinja Parawa, 2. Yaad Jee Sabti, 3. Uncle Sam

After the successful trial upload of our first Sindhi Telefilm, ‘Zahar Pyar Jo’, Sindhi Sangat now brings for all our viewers, 3 more Sindhi short films Online for FREE Viewing, or Download — http://www.sindhisangat.tv All telefilms are with subtitles in English. 1. Pahinja Parawa, 2. Yaad Jee Sabti, 3. Uncle Sam

We have received support from Sindhi Sponsors from all over the world, including Dubai , Mumbai, Hongkong and the Carribeans. It is of course with the support of our esteemed sponsors that such projects are possible and we look forward to greater support in the near future. Please forward this link to all your near and dear ones, anyone who is a Sindhi. With the convenience of subtitles, everyone can view, enjoy and understand fully these Sindhi short films! These telefilms have been telecast on Doordarshan (Indian TV Channel) and KTN in Sindh recently. Now we bring all these to you on your home computer and Television. Watch it online, Download it, Make DVDs and pass it on. Do as you please but spread the word, because together we can promote our Sindhi language, and preserve our Sindhi culture and IDENTITY.

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Pak-China: Changed Equations

Changed Equations

by: Aparna Pande

Courtesy: Wichaar.com, August 26th, 2009

Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari arrived in China on Friday, August 21, on his fourth visit to the country since taking over as President in September 2008. President Zardari is not the first Pakistani President to visit China so often. Regular visits to China are routine for every Pakistani head of state going back to the 1960s-1970s.

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Indus water for Islamabad

by: Badar Jatoi, Canada.

Courtesy: The Statesman, 25th August 2009

This is apropos of federal government’s decision reported in the media that Islamabad will be provided water from River Indus as the existing sources failed to meet the demand of Capital. While disclosing details before the parliament the minister of state said that since the present supplies of some 60 million gallons per day — from sources like Simly dam (30 million gallons) and Khanpur dam (10 million gallons) and 180 tube wells — were not enough, therefore a project to bring water from the Indus would ensure “uninterrupted” supplies to the capital. The minister has however failed to disclose the amount of additional water needed to meet the requirement of Capital. Obviously whatever the need be at present it must be very substantial and with the passage of time will grow manifold.

Although the twin cities of Islamabad-Rawalpindi receive highest quantity of rainfall in the entire country which if preserved can be more than sufficient to meet the future requirement of both the cities. However government has chosen to bring water from Indus which obviously will harm the interest of lower riparian regions.

I suggest that before taking decision to draw water from Indus the federal government must take Sindh into confidence which will be the ultimate sufferer in case there is any shortage in Indus basin system. Besides, there is also in existence water accord of 1991 whose terms are yet to be implemented in letter and spirit.

Love Aaj Kal

WASHINGTON DIARY: Love, past and present

by: Dr. Manzur Ejaz

Courtesy: Wichaar.com, August 26th, 2009

Like many others, this film distorts the historical perspective of the great mythical love stories when it misrepresents them by saying that their characters were striving for some metaphysical goal while the present generation is only looking for worldly relations.

As the societies change, the concept of love is redefined. Love being the binding force between basic units of human society, man and woman, changes its forms and modalities; however, the essence remains constant. At least this is what has been portrayed in a new Bollywood’s movie, Love Aaj Kal. The reception and acceptance of the film’s mature and adult theme shows that the transition of Indian society is entering a decisive phase with implications for its neighbours and economic partners.

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Senator Edward M. Kennedy – Sindhi-Americans have lost a great voice in the US Senate

Senator Edward M. Kennedy, 1932-2009

by: FEROZE A. URSANI, Swansea, IL, USA

America, and indeed the world, today has lost a great fighter for their rights. Senator Kennedy in his five decades in the US Senate authored hundreds of pieces of legislation which played a major role in uplifting the lives of the have nots in this country, and played at times a pivotal role in extending these rights of the imperialistically subjugated peoples the world over.

We, Sindhi-Americans have also lost a great voice for us in the US Senate. His role in the special caucus arranged in Chicago by Dr Bhatti, SANA’s former President Dr Bhatti, which made it possible to bring to light the infamous “activism” of the US Consular staff in Karachi to bring MQM to the US, in the eighties, is well known and appreciated by us here. Senator Kennedy was resolutely in the corner of the people the world who struggled for their sovereign rights within a country. This was clearly evident in his open support of the Irish peoples struggles against British imperialism in the eighties, and then his part in getting the Irish get a fair deal in the George Mitchell brokered peace talks in the UK in the nineties. Senator Kennedy also was a friend of immigrants here, as we all are, and stood for their rights, as evidenced by his co-sponsored bill with John McCain. And above all, he led a fight to make sure that health coverage was a right rather than a privilege of all Americans. Like all Americans, we Sindhi-Americans also mourn the passing away of a great American.

AIR KINGDOM

By Dr Ali Akbar Dhakan, Karachi, Sindh

Once upon a time, we heard fairy stories of Hatim Tai and others but presently we see kingdom in the air as from London politics is being played like a Doll enchanting its courtiers with cries, weeping, dancing and other joking styles.The first question arises as to who is paying for this whole drama since last two decades. Is this not kind of corruption or bribe. The living pattern and other expenditure of Billion rupees is consumed monthly.Up to now if we calculate the whole expenditure on this drama, trillion of rupees must have been spent.Why the Sindh Government, Faderal Government of Pakistan, and other agencies are silent on this issue. It looks that this is happening for some long term plans and conspiracies. The plan might be very tragic for Sindh and the country itself. Some clues have appeared on the surface of the Sindh land that the U.S. diplomates visit them in Karachi without any security and announcement.We concerned citizens and Government should think over this plan and approach the Londoner to serve the people in his own country if the money is to be saved on such far away speeches and announcements which can be spent for the betterment and welfare of poor people of Pakistan.In addition to this Financial saving, the country can be saved from expected future turmoils. It is better to nip in the bud the conspiracy being planned or chalked out.

An open letter from Iqbal Tareen, the Founding President of Jeeay Sindh Students Federation to JSSF

August 25, 2009

Members and Leaders of Jeeay Sindh Students Federation

My dear friends, I am grieved at the loss of innocent life of Asad Abasi. Mother Sindh and Asad’s family lost a beautiful child in a wrong battle.

The recent tragic clashes causing deaths in Mehran University bring a deep sadness and pain to me and many well meaning people in Sindh and overseas. No matter how hard one pretends, it is simply impossible to pick an angel from a devil between the two feuding children? No matter who dies in the fight, Sindh becomes a grieved mother. The senseless and bloody battle of ideas will continue producing similar tragedies unless you decide to take charge of your destiny by denying evil forces a liberty of turning your sweet dreams into nightmares.

You must refuse to operate under the moments of madness and acts of intimidation. If you failed to lead your lives now, your future will be lead by the forces which crave your misery and vanquish. You can’t possibly create a peaceful and loving society whose roots are buried under the pile of hate and violence. If you are yearning to create a new great Sindhi society you must act now. You must accommodate decent and disagreement within your lives and within your ranks to build an inclusive society.

Being a founder of your organization I feel I have a right to expect highest standards of conduct from you. I invite you and members of other student bodies to a real challenge of returning academic peace to the campuses. I urge you to implement complete civility in the dialogue and debate of ideas. History will also hold all other political parties to the same yardstick. I urge major political groups and parties including Pakistan People’s Party, all wings of Jeeay Sindh movement, Awami Tehrik, teachers, NGOs, and influential parents of students to come together to bring about an Academic Peace into all educational institutions of Sindh.

My dear friends, nation of Sindh is counting on you. I urge you not personalize your political differences and stop directing your anger at each other. Invest your energy into building higher frontiers of hope and paving way for prosperity and better tomorrow.

Iqbal Tareen

Founding President, Jeeay Sindh Students Federation

Email – iqbal.tareen@gmail.com

PARKINSON’S DISEASE

Dopamine is a brain chemical that transmits signals to muscles throughout your body but people with Parkinson’s disease, the cells that make dopamine are damaged or destroyed. Scientists believe that Parkinson’s disease is caused, in part, by harmful oxygen molecules called free radicals. These molecules, that are missing electrons, stealing electrons wherever they can find them. In the process, they may damage dopamine-producing cells in the brain, One of the best ways to stop this damage is to get more antioxidant vitamins, especially vitamins C and E, in your diet. Fresh and washed raw vegetables and fruits are good source of antioxidants.

Sindh – Peoples Forum on NFC

Peoples Forum on NFC: organized by NFC Action Committee Sindh

Report by: Nasir Arain, Coordinator NFC Action Committee Sindh

NFC Action Committee Sindh in collaboration with Karachi Press Club andf civil society organizations; organized the Peoples Forum on NFC on August 23, 2009 in Karachi Press Club. All major political parties and civil society organizations participated and resolved to raise voice jointly for Sindh Case on NFC and rights of other smaller federating units of Pakistan. The participants resolved to coordinate with political parties and civil society organizations all over Pakistan especially in Balochistan and PakhtoonKhwa. The participants recommended to PML (N) central leadership to understand and support the stance and standpoint of smaller provinces on NFC.

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The fall of Roman Empire

Some historians point out that the fall of the Roman Empire is to the metal “lead”. Romans had used lead materials in their food storage vessels and to line the channel used for transporting water. Since lead is a known neurotoxic that is proven to affect mental performance, researchers think that ancient Romans lost some of their mental capacities & abilities to make intelligent choices, thus causing their empire demise. Lead crosses the blood- brain barrier and can cause dementia and Alzheimer’s, and learning disabilities.

Opinion – Afghanistan’s Bleak Options

Courtesy: TheMarkNews, Aug 17, 2009

by: Saeed Rahnema

Saeed Rahnema is a Professor of political science at York University and media commentator on the Middle East.

Travelling through Afghanistan in the mid-1970s – in every way a previous century – I was able to witness signs of development and the germination of some symbols of social change in a glaringly undeveloped society. This was when Davoud Khan had led a palace coup against his royal cousin, Zahir Shah in 1974, launching some gradual, though modest reforms. The radical communists soon toppled Davoud with the plan of bringing socialism to a backward feudal/tribal land. This was followed by superpower rivalries, the Soviet invasion, civil war, Mujahideen rule, anarchy, the birth of the Taliban, the U.S. invasion, and finally the installation of the present regime of Karzai-NATO. After nearly 40 years of unbelievable suffering and enduring misery, a female candidate for president, Shahla Atta, has pledged a return to the modernizing policies of Davoud Khan.

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Big belly risk

Having a big belly in your 40s can boost your risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia decades later, a new study suggest. It’s not just about your weight. While previous research has found evidence that obesity in middle age raises the chances of developing dementia later, the new work found a separate risk from storing a lot of fat around the abdomen. Even people who weren’t overweight were susceptible. That abdominal fat, sometimes described as making people apple-shaped rather than pear shaped, has already been linked to a higher risk of developing diabetes, stroke and heart disease.

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