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USA: The Future Of American Power – By: Arundhati Roy | The Economist  

Arundhati Roy | The Economist  

This By-invitation commentary is part of a series by a range of global thinkers on the future of American power, examining the forces shaping the country’s standing.

IN FEBRUARY 1989 the last Soviet tank rolled out of Afghanistan, its army having been decisively defeated in a punishing, nearly decade-long war by a loose coalition of mujahideen, who were trained, armed, funded and indoctrinated by the American and Pakistani Intelligence services.

By November that year the Berlin wall had fallen and the Soviet Union began to collapse. When the cold war ended, the United States took its place at the head of a unipolar world order. In a heartbeat, radical Islam replaced communism as the most imminent threat to world peace. After the attacks of September 11th, 2001: The political world as we knew it spun on its axis. And the pivot of that axis appeared to be located somewhere in the rough mountains of Afghanistan.         Continue reading

Commentary: Looking at the COVID-19 Down Under – by Francis Quamina Farrier

by Francis Quamina Farrier

During the past four months I have written feature articles about the COVID19 pandemic focusing on a number of countries. They include Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, Zambia and Zimbabwe. During the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic globally, I consider it important for Guyanese to know a bit about how other countries around the world are dealing with the pandemic.

That is so especially with our neighbour Brazil, which has an extremely high number of cases – 5 million infected and 147,000 dead. That is second only to the United States with 7.6 million infected, including the president, and 214,000 deaths. Closer home, reports are that there are some infected persons in Brazil who are crossing the Takatu border river from Bon Fim into Lethem and spreading the virus in Region 9.          Continue reading

Loewenstein: “Disaster Capitalism” – Making a Killing out of Catastrophe + 2 videos

Posted: 02 Dec 2015 05:08 PM PST – St Stanislaus College Blog

9781784781156-max_221Loewenstein: Disaster Capitalism – Making a Killing out of Catastrophe

Crisis, what crisis? How governments and corporations profit from disaster.“A keenly observed and timely investigation into rampant resource plunder, privatized detention centers, and an array of other forms of corporate rapacity on four continents.” – Naomi Klein

Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein trav­els across Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, the United States, Britain, Greece, and Australia to witness the reality of disaster capitalism. He discovers how companies such as G4S, Serco, and Halliburton cash in on or­ganized misery in a hidden world of privatized detention centers, militarized private security, aid profiteering, and destructive mining…….     [Note: 2 videos below] Continue reading

Cricket: West Indies trashes Pakistan to enter World T20 semis

Pakistan v West Indies, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur

West Indies dish out trashing to enter semis

The Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy – April 1, 2014- ESPNCRICINFO

West Indies 166 for 6 (Bravo 46, Sammy 42*) beat Pakistan 82 (Badree 3-10, Narine 3-16) by 84 runs .    Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Darren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo added 71 runs in 5.2 overs, Pakistan v West Indies, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur, April 1, 2014 ©Getty Images

Darren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo (Man of the Match) added 71 runs in 5.2 overs, Pakistan v West Indies, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur, April 1, 2014 ©Getty Images

West Indies scored 84 runs in their first 15 overs. They nearly doubled their total after that, smashing 82 off the last 30 balls of the innings. No Full Member team had ever conceded so many in the last five overs of a Twenty20 game.

It remained to be seen which part of West Indies’ innings, the first three-quarters or the final quarter, would make a bigger impact on the result as Pakistan began their chase, in a knockout game to determine who would take on Sri Lanka in the first semi-final on Thursday. In the end, West Indies could have declared after 15 overs and still won.  Continue reading

Cricket: ICC proposes sweeping changes for the game

Cricket: A new Imperium – Sweeping changes for the game

Stabroek News – 27 January 2014 – Tomorrow, the Board of the International Cricket Council (ICC) will begin deliberations on a proposal by its Finance & Commercial Affairs (FCA) committee for sweeping and astonishing changes in the way the game is run and how tours are scheduled. At the core of the proposal is that India, Australia and England would take charge of the game and that they would be immune to relegation in the two-tiered system that is also being promulgated.

It is in essence the cricketing version of the permanent five of the United Nations Security Council, as regressive and in need of urgent reform as that model is. And just as the permanent five were installed as the victors at the end of the Second World War, it is proposed that these three be ordained on the basis of the money they bring to the game and the level of the public interest in their teams.   Continue reading

Malala Yousafzai – interviews, speeches and articles

Malala Yousafzai – Full interview on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – Amazing Answers by Malala

Published on Oct 10, 2013  –  This is an excellent interview

Malala Yousafzai  – the youngest Girl who nominated for Nobel Peace Prize.  Taliban gunmen shot Malala on her school bus last October following her campaign for human rights since she was 12 . She is now 16 years old.

 Specially she raised her voice for girls’ education in Pakistan.  She has written a book and started a  Foundation focused on her work as a World Ambassador of Education . Check out  The Malala Fund: Supporting Girls Education

Malala Yousafzai speech at the UN  < video

12 July 2013 Last updated at 16:08 BST – BBC News     Continue reading

West Indies v Pakistan, 1st T20, St Vincent – last ball loss!

West Indies v Pakistan, 1st T20, St Vincent

Babar takes Pakistan home off last ball

The Report by Abhishek Purohit  –  July 27, 2013

Pakistan 158 for 8 (Amin 47, Afridi 46) beat West Indies 152 for 7 (Pollard 49*, Babar 3-23, Hafeez 2-4) by two wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details  << click

You get a chance to play international cricket at 34, becoming the second-oldest debutant for your country. You are hit for six second ball. What do you do? You dismiss three key batsmen for just 23 runs. You are then called on to finish the game. With the bat. Understandably, you are tied down. But with six needed off six, you loft over extra cover for four. You think you have more than pulled your weight as a debutant. You have, but it is not over yet. It comes down to the last ball. One run needed. Everyone is in the circle. No sweat. You go big over mid-off, so big that you clear the rope. Zulfiqar Babar, welcome to international cricket.  [read more]

West Indies name squad to face Pakistan in Guyana

West Indies name squad to face Pakistan in Guyana
Published on July 12, 2013  
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad — The West Indies Board’s Selection Panel has named the 13-man squad for the upcoming One-Day Internationals against Pakistan in Guyana. The matches will be played at the Guyana National Stadium on Sunday, July 14 and Tuesday July 16.The series will also mark the return of international cricket to Guyana after a one year absence and will include five One Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals.Guyana will host the first two ODIs, followed by three ODIs at the Beausejour Cricket Grounds in St Lucia. The Arnos Vale Cricket Ground in St Vincent will host the two Twenty20 Internationals on July 27th and 28th to conclude the tour.   Continue reading
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