The disputed region of Kashmir has long been a flashpoint for strained relations between India and Pakistan. And the recent discovery of 6,000 bodies in unmarked graves in Kashmir’s India-administered area has underscored the conflict’s human toll.
After a NATO attack that killed more than 20 Pakistani troops, the already-sour relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan got even worse. Vali Nasr, an international politics professor at Tufts University, explains the implications.
According to the American counterterrorism establishment, al Qaeda is on the brink of collapse. Officials suggest that with a small number of additional blows, the U.S. can effectively extinguish the Pakistan-based organization that executed the September 11th attacks.
In Pakistan, shipping is big business. New paved highways offer a fast track to the north and Afghanistan. Goods arrive at the port of Karachi and travel as far as U.S. troops based in Afghanistan or newly rich Central-Asian republics farther north.
On this week’s Global Notes, our weekly look at world music, Jerome and Radio M host Tony Sarabia check out a new compilation of the eclectic, pulsating music produced by 1970s Lollywood, the movie industry in Lahore, Pakistan.
With army defections and reports of armed protesters on the rise, Syria appears to be on the brink of civil war. Opposition leaders are trying to better coordinate their efforts to bring down the brutal regime of President Bashar al-Assad.