This comparison between money raised for Pakistan and Haiti’s natural disasters this year is pretty stark. As the graphic above shows, the response to Pakistan’s floods was muted compared with the response to Haiti’s earthquake. The analysis of why this might be has been kicking around for a while, and finds a fresh incarnation today, … More Covering Pakistan’s Floods
Being spokesman for the US Embassy in Islamabad has to be something of a thankless task. Take this offering today… Correction For The Record: No Airstrip On U.S. Embassy Compound Islamabad, November 24, 2010 – There was a story in the Pakistani press Tuesday that the United States Embassy plans to build an airstrip on … More Corrections for the Record
The Afghanistan Campaign Medal was created by George W Bush (under Executive Order 13363) in 2004 for American service personnel who have served in Afghanistan (or Afghan airspace) for 30 consecutive days or 60 non-consecutively. It is however much easier and safer to pick one up in the Pakistan city of Peshawar where they are … More Peshawar’s Loot
This cartoon, in today’s Daily Times, nicely sums up the state of Pakistan cricket. The men face an uphill struggle against South Africa, who have declared just shy of 600 runs, so let’s enjoy the success of the women’s team who have won gold at the Asian Games. What’s their secret? Maybe they have taken … More Women Cricketers on Top
To Lahore last week, on the trail of anyone who could shed light on Zulqarnain Haider’s odd defection, and who should I bump into at Model Town Green’s Cricket Club but Salman Butt, the Pakistan cricket captain currently suspended over spot fixing allegations. I politely enquired whether he or any other of the club cricketers … More Butt on Haider
Noticed this sign in Lahore yesterday. I’d be interested to know what benefits are available to members. Their website had precious few answers. But I can’t also help thinking that there may well be a good reason why no-one has tried this before.
Heartened to read a piece in The Christian Science Monitor suggesting that the threat of war in Sudan may have been exaggerated in the run up to January’s referendum… Having listed a series of hyperbollock stories, Maggie Fick, a journalism expert based in Juba, expands on her theory… These news clips illustrate the tendency – … More Sudan: Blimey it’s complicated