Will Pakistan Survive – Tarek Fatah

The language of the interview is urdu/Hindi.

Courtesy: Bilatakalluf with Tahir Gora Episode 86 Guest: Tarek Fatah

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March Madness: The 5th Straight Year of Extreme Corporate Tax Avoidance

by Paul Buchheit

The brackets are set for the big dance — the dance around tax responsibility. Most of the teams are in the bottom bracket. In this league, the lowest score wins.

Outside the stadium our nation’s kids and seniors and low-income mothers may be dealing with food and housing cuts, but on the corporate playing floor new low-tax records are being set again this year. Just as this is a golden age for sports, this is also, as noted by the New York Times, “a golden age for corporate profits.”

Corporations have simply stopped paying their taxes, perhaps using the 2008 recession as an excuse to plead hardship, but then never restoring their tax obligations when business got better. The facts are indisputable. For over 20 years, from 1987 to 2008, corporations paid an average of 22.5% in federal taxes. Since the recession, this has dropped to 10% — even though their profits have doubled in less than ten years.

Pay Up Now just completed a compilation of corporate tax payments over the past five years, using SEC data as reported by the companies themselves. The firms chosen are top-earners who have filed 10-K reports through 2012. Their US Tax figures represent the five-year total of “current” payments.

The 64 corporate teams paid just over 8% in taxes over the five-year period.

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Pakistan: Myths and consequences

By Omar Ali

The Islamic and irrationally anti-Indian elements in the self-image of the Pakistani state have led it down a self-destructive path.

Salman Rushdie famously said that Pakistan was “insufficiently imagined”. To say that a state is insufficiently imagined is to run into thorny questions regarding the appropriate quantum of imagination needed by any state; there is no single answer and at their edges (internal or external), all states and all imaginings are contested. But while the mythology used to justify any state is elastic and details vary in every case, it is not infinitely elastic and all options are not equally workable. I will argue that Pakistan in particular was insufficiently imagined prior to birth; that once it came into being, the mythology favoured by its establishment proved to be self-destructive; and that it must be corrected (surreptitiously if need be, openly if possible) in order to permit the emergence of workable solutions to myriad common post-colonial problems.

In state sponsored textbooks it is claimed that Pakistan was established because two separate nations lived in India — one of the Muslims and the other of the Hindus (or Muslims and non-Muslims, to be more accurate) and the Muslims needed a separate state to develop individually and collectively. That the two “nations” lived mixed up with each other in a vast subcontinent and were highly heterogeneous were considered minor details. What was important was the fact that the Muslim elite of North India (primarily Turk and Afghan in origin) entered India as conquerors from ‘Islamic’ lands. And even though they then settled in India and intermarried with locals and evolved a new Indo-Muslim identity, they remained a separate nation from the locals. More surprisingly, those locals who converted to the faith of the conquerors also became a separate nation, even as they continued to live in their ancestral lands alongside their unconverted neighbours. Accompanying this was the belief that the last millennium of Indian history was a period of Muslim rule followed by a period of British rule. Little mention was made of the fact that the relatively unified rule of the Delhi Sultanate and the Moghul empire (both of which can be fairly characterised as “Muslim rule”, Hindu generals, satraps and ministers notwithstanding) collapsed in the 18th century to be replaced in large sections of India by the Maratha empire, and then by the Sikh Kingdom of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.

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No price is too high to pay

By Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur

The UAE sheikhs get the most and choicest districts of houbara hunting because Pakistani rulers bend over backwards to appease them

For the last 64 years the Baloch’s rights have been trampled upon with impunity. To add insult to injury even the Arab sheikhs on their yearly picnics in Balochistan freely trample upon the Baloch rights. The legal heirs of Nawab of Kharan, Nawab Ameer Habibullah Khan Nousherwani (1911-1955) have filed a constitutional petition in the Balochistan High Court (BHC) against the allotment of hunting areas in Kharan and Washak districts to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) president, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed. Pleading illegal allotment of their agricultural land, forests, water channels, water springs, karezes, orchards and pastures spread over a vast area without consultation or permission for hunting to the UAE president, it states that every year the UAE president’s staff establish hunting posts and patrol the area in their vehicles disallowing even owners, tenants and shepherds to enter the area to tend their land, crops and cattle.

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China: The Rebirth of an Empire

China: The Rebirth of an Empire, a documentary film by Jesse and Jeremy Veverka with Chalmers Johnson.

“A journey through Asia to discover the new face of Empire in the 21st Century,” coming in winter of 2009.

ベベルカ兄弟 ジェシー(兄)ジェレミー(弟)監督の「中国:帝国の復活」

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Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur’s speech at UNPO conference

Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur’s speech at the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) conference at The Royal Society, London, Sunday 24 February 2013, 10am-3pm, entitled ‘Global and Regional Security Challenges in South Asia: What Future for Balochistan?’. The Royal Society – Kohn Centre, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London (U.K.).

Courtesy: Vimeo