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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Assassin's Creed

I saw this video on Metacafe of this new PS3 game, and I thought it'd be worth sharing with everyone. The graphics are simply mindblowing! Enjoy!

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Monday, August 14, 2006

A Very Happy Independence Day!

Firstly, I would like to wish every Pakistani around the globe, a very happy and safe independence day! On this day, all Pakistanis should hold hands and rejoice the freedom that we have today, which our forefathers ensured for us through immense struggle. Liberty was not granted to us, nor did anyone help us achieve it. Just as the European settlers in America, and the natives of many nations around the world fought the British colonialists, the freedom fighters in India led a war of independence against their occupiers too. In 1857, the war of independence was the battle of the final frontier, which paved the path for a more political and diplomatic process that would lead towards an independent India.

However, during the late 1930s, the Muslim League party feared the likely prospect of being under-represented in Indian politics due to the extremely polarized ratio of Muslims to Hindus. At the time, the Hindus were a majority by far, and even today, if one were to combine the entire Muslim population of India and Pakistan on one side and the Hindu population of both nations on the other, the gap is still enormous.

The idea of an Independent Muslim state owes its origin to two major events. The first such event was the presedential address held by Allama Iqbal, on the 29th of December, 1930, which called for an independent nation for the Muslims of India. The second call for such an act was the adoption of the "Lahore Resolution" in 1940, which used the "Two Nation Theory" as its foundation.

The Lahore Resolution, a significant factor in the independence of Pakistan, is a little-known event. Essentially, it was this day that founded the grounds for the creation of a new state for the Muslims of India. Here, Jinnah addressed the All-India Muslim league and rebuked the Congress and the nationalistic Muslims of India. He questioned and examined the defeat of the All-India Muslim league in the general elections of 1937, even in areas that were populated with a Muslim majority. It was becoming apparent that over the course of time, the Muslims of India would slowly be repressed and their fate would be that of any other minority.

The Lahore Resolution was quickly amended by the subject committe of the All-India Muslim League, and drafted in on the 23rd of March, 1940. This day is of extreme significance to the Pakistanis today, as it was possibly the first major movement that forged the idea of the existence of Pakistan as we have it today, in the depths of history. The resolution read as follows:

"No constitutional plan would be workable or acceptable to the Muslims unless geographical contiguous units are demarcated into regions which should be so constituted with such territorial readjustments as may be necessary. That the areas in which the Muslims are numerically in majority as in the North-Western and Eastern zones of India should be grouped to constitute independent states in which the constituent units shall be autonomous and sovereign.That adequate, effective and mandatory safeguards shall be specifically provided in the constitution for minorities in the units and in the regions for the protection of their religious, cultural, economic, political, administrative and other rights of the minorities, with their consultation. Arrangements thus should be made for the security of Muslims where they were in a minority".
On August 14th, 1947, a sovreign nation was carved out of the historic subcontinental India. Mohammad Ali Jinnah had a dream, and we are the children of this dream. It is incumbent upon us, to fulfill this dream through hard work, unity, education, tolerance, and most of all, remember that we are all related to each other by the bonds of nationalism. We shall never break this bond, rather, seek to reinforce it by not only celebrating our freedom, but by acting upon it. I wish all the Pakistani brothers and sisters, sons and daugthers, a very Happy Independence day! Pakistan, Pa'indabad.

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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Friend or Foe?

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The following is an excellent resource for details on the nature of the ties between the Middle East nations. There is also an interactive chart called the Middle East Buddy List that you can click and cross-reference the details of the relationships between two nations. Thanks to Npr for submitting this. Click here for "The Middle East Buddy List".

Israel-Palestine timeline

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Here's a timeline of the Israel-Palestine history in a chronological order. It talks about the events that occurred from the birth of a Jewish state till the current chaos that has crippled Lebanon down to rubble. It also mentions a detailed timeline of the history of the people who lived in that region during the 1300 B.C. era. I've mentioned some of the most noteworthy events in the history of Israel's existence. You may view the entire chronology of events by following the link at the end of post.

Nov 2, 1917 British issued the Balfour Declaration, viewed by Jews and Arabs as promising a “National Home” for the Jews in Palestine

May 15, 1948 Israel War of Independence (1948 War). Declaration of Israel as the Jewish State; British leave Palestine; Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia declared war on Israel. Egyptian, Syrian and Jordanian invasion began.

May, 1964 PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) founded with the aim of destroying Israel. The Palestinian National Charter (1968) officially called for liquidation of Israel.

June 5-10,1967 6-day war . Israel destroys the Egyptian air force on the ground, conquers and occupies Sinai and Gaza, then conquers the West Bank from Jordan, and Golan Heights from Syria. UN resolution 242 called for Israeli withdrawal, establishment of peace.

Oct. 6, 1973 Yom Kippur War (October War). In a surprise attack on the Jewish day of atonement, Egypt retook the Suez canal and a narrow zone on the other side. Syria reconquered the Golan Heights. Following massive US and Soviet resupplying of the sides, Israel succeeded in pushing back the Syrians and threatening Damascus. In Sinai, the IDF crossed the Suez Canal and cut off the Egyptian Third Army.

March 26, 1979 Peace treaty signed between Egypt and Israel.
June 7, 1981 Israel destroys Iraqi nuclear reactor in daring raid.

Oct. 6, 1981 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat is assassinated while on the reviewing stand of a victory parade.

Dec 8, 1987 First Intifadeh - Stone-throwing Palestinian teens led by local groups took on the Israeli occupation, attacking Israeli soldiers relentlessly. The triggering incident may have been the death of four Palestinian workers in a road accident with an Israeli vehicle.

Jan. 1988 Foundation of the Hamas Islamic Brotherhood. Hamas published their Charter in August 1988, based on the forged Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and advocating destruction of Israel.

Nov. 4, 1995 Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin assassinated by right-wing Israeli fanatic Yigal Amir. Rabin is replaced by Shimon Peres

Sept. 11, 2001 Terror attacks on World Trade Center in NYC and the Pentagon carried out by fanatic Islamic Al-Qaida group headed by Osama Bin Laden initiate US war on terror. Israel and Palestinians agree to a cease fire, but it is not implemented.

March-April 2002 Israel conducts operation Defensive Wall in the West Bank, following a large number of Palestinian suicide attacks on civilian targets. Saudi peace initiative adopted at Beirut summit.

Nov 11, 2004 Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat dies.

Feb 14, 2005 Assassination of Rafik Hariri, former PM and architect of Lebanese reconstruction. Hariri resigned in protest over continued Syrian interference in Lebanese affairs and occupation of Lebanon. (Commentary More More)

Jan 26, 2006 On January 26, the radical Islamist Hamas movement won an upset victory in Palestinian Legislative Council elections, threatening to end about 40 years of Fateh-PLO leadership of the Palestinians and to completely ruin hopes for peace with Israel. Hamas spokesmen sent mixed signals, but vowed never to recognize Israel and never to give up their claim to all of Palestine. Donor countries suspend direct aid to the Hamas until they are willing to recognize Israel and participate in peace process. Subsequently, a mechanism is agreed upon to pay salaries to PNA employees and give emergency humanitarian aid, but it is not implemented. Hamas smuggles in cash through the Rafah crossing with the connivance of European monitors in order to pay salaries.

July 12 Hezbollah terrorists cross the blue line border with Lebanon, attack an Israeli patrol, killing 3 and capturing 2 soldiers. Additional soldier dies the following day and several are killed when a tank hits a mine, pursuing the captors. At the same time, Hezbollah began a series of rocket attacks on northern Israel. In subsequent days, Israel carried out massive but selective bombing and artillery shelling of Lebanon, hitting rocket stores, Hezbollah headquarters in Dahya quarter of Beirut (see Beirut Map) and al-Manara television in Beirut, and killing over two hundred persons, many civilians. Hezbollah responds with several hundred rocket attacks on Haifa, Tiberias, Safed and other towns deep in northern Israel, killing 13 civilians to July 18 (See Map of Hezbollah Rocket Attacks) , and a Hezbollah Iranian supplied C-802 missile hits an Israeli missile cruiser off the cost of Beirut, killing 4. Hezbollah rocket also sinks at least one foreign neutral ship and damages an Egyptian one. G-8 meeting calls for cessation of violence, return of Israeli soldier and disarmament of Hezbolla in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1559 and UN Security Council Resolution 1680.