Iran

After much fuss and muss, the “Irani govt. finally admitted to election fraud”:http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/23/world/middleeast/23iran.html?_r=1&ref=global-home&pagewanted=all: bq. Iran’s most powerful oversight council announced on Monday that the number of votes recorded in 50 cities exceeded the number of eligible voters there by three million, further tarnishing a presidential election that has set off the most sustained challenge to […]

The dark side of Dubai

A great article on the worlds capital to globalization and slavery: “The Dark side of Dubai: Dubai was meant to be a Middle-Eastern Shangri-La, a glittering monument to Arab enterprise and western capitalism. But as hard times arrive in the city state that rose from the desert sands, an uglier story is emerging. Johann Hari […]

The endless boredom of Saudi Arabian youth

What do you in in a country where a king and his not-so-royal family owns everything, and gives the entire population a stipend so they go off somewhere and don’t bother the king? “Go drag racing!”:http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/08/world/middleeast/08drift.html?ref=world bq.. This may be the most popular sport of Saudi youth, an obsessive, semilegal competition that dominates weekend nights […]

Yet another corruption list

!http://ko.offroadpakistan.com/images/2006/parking.gif! “What makes officials corrupt?”:http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200610/primarysources _Disentangling law and culture is a tricky business, but a pair of economists have come up with an ingenious way to do it: studying the frequency of parking violations committed by diplomats in New York City. Since, as their study reports, there is “essentially zero legal enforcement of diplomatic parking […]

Blog Day 2006

“Blog Day August 31, 2006”:http://www.blogday.org/ bq. In one long moment In August 31st, bloggers from all over the world will post a recommendation of 5 new Blogs, Preferably, Blogs different from their own culture, point of view and attitude. On this day, blog surfers will find themselves leaping and discovering new, unknown Blogs, celebrating the […]

Indian automakerTata to launch $2,000 car

The giant “Tata Group”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tata_Group is “launching a 100.000 rupee car in 2008”:http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1726576,00020010.htm: bq.. Tata Group Chief Ratan Tata told shareholders that the launch of the car would create a new paradigm in low-cost personal transport, carve out a new market segment and reach a broader base of the pyramid. “The styling and designing of the […]

An Inconvenient Truth

“!(big)http://ko.offroadpakistan.com/images/2006/An_Inconvenient_Truth.jpg 490×135 (The Early Days)!”:http://www.climatecrisis.net/ A film on the dangers of global warming. It’s basically Al Gore presenting a very slick slideshow, but there is no more important subject. It’s ‘illuminating, fascinating and sometimes frightening.’:http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/reviews/2006-05-23-inconvenient-truth_x.htm: bq.. Gore’s point is a simple one: We have a moral imperative, as individuals and as a nation, to do […]

Reporters Without Borders: Freedom of the Press in 2006

From the introduction: …Pakistan remains attracted to control and censorship. Omnipresent military secret services continue to harass investigative journalists, while the Urdu-language press is closely watched. Under an onslaught from the Jihadists, the president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, has stepped up pressure on the most radical media.At the same time he has closed an FM radio […]

Why Do You Work So Hard?

Interesting article on work: “Why Do You Work So Hard? Is it maybe time to quit your safe job and follow your path and infuriate the establishment?”:http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/gate/archive/2005/07/08/notes070805.DTL In Pakistan, the term work used to have different connotations that in the West. That is slowly changing, with much of the corporate sector demanding employees adhere to […]