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 Deadly China Pollution Breathes New Life Into Solar Debt


China’s pledge to reduce pollution after air-quality in Beijing hit hazardous levels on 20 days last month has cut financing costs for the world’s biggest maker of solar wafers to a four-month low.The yield for February 2015 notes of GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Ltd. has fallen 109 basis points from a s...

 Karachi tells a tale of shame


THE government may rightly take pride in its legislative record but its abject failure in controlling lawlessness in the country’s commercial capital may shame and haunt it for long. There is no denying that the government’s policy of unifying all parliamentary forces in order to remove distortions...

 Heritage, pilgrimage and the war on history


In the Grand Mosque of Mecca, is an elegant, Ottoman portico from the 17th century. In the latest development plan developed for the city of Mecca by Saudi authorities, the portico has been ordered destroyed. Its demolition, a familiar sight in Mecca, would have proceeded unnoticed, were it not for ...

 Tarbela faces natural, man-made threats


ISLAMABAD: Minister for Water and Power Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar on Friday told the upper house of the Parliament that the world’s largest earth and rock filled Tarbela Dam constantly faced natural and man-made threats. Replying to questions from senators the minister said that at present two types o...

 Lal Masjid cleric’s interview in burqa still a mystery


ISLAMABAD: Maulana Abdul Aziz removing his veil of his burqa on the state run PTV remains the defining image of the Lal Masjid crisis of 2007. But nearly six years later, it is still not clear whose brainwave led to this spectacle. Both the federal secretary of information and the man managing PTV ...

 Why I Don't Vaccinate My Children


If any of you have read my vaccine damage story 'My Fight For Health After Vaccination', it may surprise you to learn that that wasn't the reason why I chose not to vaccinate, although I'm confident my children won't experience the string of nervous system disorders that I have. My suspicion of va...

 Afghan corruption, opium, and the strange case of Kam Air


Kam Air, an airline owned by a politically-connected Afghan businessman, was blacklisted by the US military in Afghanistan for opium smuggling. Then the Afghan government complained. In late January, the US military blacklisted Afghanistan's Kam Air from winning contracts with the US in Afghanista...

 Young Afghan musicians meet American peers in D.C.


The barefoot boys sit cross-legged on the stage, tuning their instruments to the droning A of the lutelike rubab. Behind them hangs a poster of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, shaking hands underneath the word “Cooperation.” Before them is an audience of mostly African American boys and girls, listening to...

 Afghan Youth Orchestra Prepares to Play US Venues


In embattled Afghanistan, music is making an appearance after having been banned outright under the Taliban in the late 1990s. The Afghanistan Youth Orchestra was created in 2010, the first orchestra formed in that country in more than 30 years. Today, its musicians are preparing their debut perform...

 Obama Grants Himself License To Kill This is the power claimed by kings and tyrants‏


- After stonewalling for more than a year federal judges and ordinary citizens who sought the revelation of its secret legal research justifying the presidential use of drones to kill persons overseas – even Americans – claiming the research was so sensitive and so secret that it could not be reveal...

 Ten Years After Powell’s U.N. Speech, Old Hands are Ready for More Blood


- When Secretary of State Colin Powell spoke to the U.N. Security Council on February 5, 2003, countless journalists in the United States extolled him for a masterful performance -- making the case that Saddam Hussein’s Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. The fact that the speech later became noto...

 Planners in a fix over destruction of schools


PESHAWAR: The unabated destruction of public sector schools in terrorist attacks has added to the woes of official development planners as they complain of anxiety and lack of focus because of the security crisis. “You rebuild a school one day and the next week you find that the workload has not di...

 Why Norway Is Paying A South American Country To Not Cut Down Its Trees


As part of a landmark deal, the Scandinavian country is investing in deforestation-prevention efforts in Guyana, in the hopes that it might help slow climate change around the world. It’s an odd arrangement at first glance: Norway is sinking hundreds of millions of dollars into Guyana, in the hopes...

 Afghan Peace Deal Sought in 6 Months


Leaders From Kabul, Islamabad Set First Timeline to Reach Accord; Taliban Seen Acquiescing to Talks KABUL: Afghan and Pakistani leaders agreed to seek a six-month timeline to reach a peace settlement with the Taliban, the first concrete target set for the long-sputtering reconciliation process. T...

 Boy and Girl Scouts in Afghanistan?


An Afghan charity has worked to rejuvenate Afghanistan's coed Scouting program. It has 2,000 Scouts and more than 100 Scout leaders spread around the county. Kabul, Afghanistan: PARSA, the group that got the clothes collected by Maryland Boy Scout John Ferry to the cave dwellers of Bamiyan, has wo...

 White House Weighs Emission Rules


State of the Union Could Signal Effort to Curb Greenhouse Gases From Existing Coal-Powered Facilities President Barack Obama in next week's State of the Union speech will lay out a renewed effort to combat climate change that is expected to include using his authority to curb emissions from existin...

 Boeing 787 batteries: What's causing their 'thermal runaways?'


The Boeing 787 batteries may have overheated due to a structural flaw that prevented adequate ventilation. The ongoing investigation could keep the Boeing 787 grounded for weeks or months. The source of Boeing 787 battery failures is proving elusive, weeks after two separate incidents involving ove...

 2 Great Lakes hit lowest water level on record


TRAVERSE CITY, Mich: Two of the Great Lakes have hit their lowest water levels ever recorded, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday, capping more than a decade of below-normal rain and snowfall and higher temperatures that boost evaporation.Measurements taken last month show Lake Huron and L...

 Britains brave new war‏


In the wake of the Arab Spring, the UK is taking the place of despotic Arab regimes, stepping up to the plate as the US’ primary partner in the “War on Terror”, and British Muslims are becoming as vulnerable to targeting and grave mistreatment with the support of their own government as Egyptian and...

 Hamid Karzai: security in Afghanistan was better before British troops arrived


Afghan president Hamid Karzai has said that security was better in southern Helmand before the arrival of British troops and questioned whether international forces had been fighting in the right part of the country for the past 10 years. Mr. Karzai, who has led the country since 2001, also said he...


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Opinion

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