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Pakistan and the US – Working for a Greater We or a Greater Me?

  To say that the Pakistan-US relationship is one of the great modern voluntary mistakes of the region is not an understatement. What is this relationship based on? What are its foundations? Is it really necessary? Unfortunately, it is not. Coercion? Threats? Muscle flexing? All three? Yes. This may be partly or entirely true – but that is irrelevant here. What is relevant is the…

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Rare 1930 Video Interview With Arthur Conan Doyle

People ask me, will I write any more Sherlock Holmes stories and I certainly don’t think it’s at all probable. But as I grow older, the psychic subject always grows in intensity and one becomes more earnest upon it, and I should think that my few remaining years will be probably devoted much more in that direction than in the direction of literature. My principal…

When LulzSec Hacked My Email

      This morning, as usual, I checked my mail. This particular email caught my eye because of the content in the excerpt. My first thoughts? OMG! Yeah, obvious. I was too scared to click and open it for two whole minutes. (Yes, I counted them.) I did click eventually. Of course, if I hadn’t I would not be writing this post. Or maybe I would.…

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Written After Hours – The Best Piece of Copy Ever Written

An old Fortune magazine carries an Ad that testifies to the longevity of good, solid copy writing. As the Copy Blogger’s Senior editor, Sonia Simone, says, “The next time you say that you “hate cheesy long sales pages,” start paying attention to the sales copy that does persuade you. See if you can spot the classic persuasion techniques when they’re presented in a new wrapper.” (From: Why Long Copy…

Islamabad change through time

The Form of a City Changes Faster, alas, than the Human Heart

Having spent my youth growing up in an Islamabad[i] that belonged to an entirely different generation, I can’t help but compare today’s Islamabad with the yesteryears. While it may still be the city of sleepers that it was in the 90s – when the name was still a novelty[ii] – Islamabad is no longer the ‘burbs that Pindi-ites [iii]would visit every now and then to…

“There Will Be Time To Murder And Create”

Indignant, pained, angry, frustrated… I can go on writing many more words but they would never appropriately convey how I, and many others, feel right now. A nineteen year old man shot in broad daylight and left to bleed to death. This may be something we hear and read about every single day. What makes this story different is the fact that the murderers are…

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Did Obama Kill the Bogeyman?

In what seems, to many, to be a rather suspicious operation, Osama Bin Laden was shot in the head by US Navy Seals in the early hours of May 2nd 2011 (Pakistan standard time) in Pakistan’s city of Abbotabad. Bin Laden has been reported as having been in hiding in the house for a number of months if not years. (The exact duration has yet…