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Orkuting in Pakistan

There is little doubt that Pakistanis simply love to Orkut and I would not be wrong to state that Orkut.com is probably one of the most visited sites from Pakistan second only to search engines like Google and Yahoo. I personally have been orkuteering since 2004 when there was not much awareness in Pakistan about this invitation only community. To sneak a foot into this social network I had to wrangle and invite from a friendly Brazilian who offered the invite in exchange for a postcard from Pakistan. Sweet deal and I obliged him with not one but seven such postcards mailed to him in Brazil

Orkut was quietly launched on January 19, 2004 by the search company Google. Orkut Büyükkökten, a Turkish software engineer, developed Orkut as an independent project while working at Google, who probably had no idea how popular it may eventually become

I personally saw the popularity of Orkut take to the skies in Pakistan in late 2005 and early 2006 when scraping became a household word interspersed in many conversations to eventually become an Urdu word. Generally the conversations revolved around ‘who scraped who’ and ‘who is on whose friends list’ it was literally a gossip column where the creative clickers could easily figure out some upcoming affairs and flings in progress. Despite its popularity it is strange to note that in this age of information overload where IM’s and emails are the hallmark of modern communication scraping was one of the slowest way to communicate yet it was surprising to see people to carry conversations for days if not weeks by scraping each other bank and forth.

Profile views was a concept which was included in the initial design back in 2004 but was discontinued for the better half of 2005 but has recently been reintroduced where members can see who has been visiting their profile, the option of anonymity can also be used which then permits gossipers / snoops to take a drive around town without even raising any suspicion.

Orkut stats 1st Jan 2007

A look at the demographics on orkut shows a very interesting picture, there are over 58% Brazilians followed by 16% Americans, Indians coming in at 12% while Pakistan lands fourth at 1.6% (Duh!!!). Though a number of reliable sources within Google indicate that the usage statistics show Pakistan at #2 in terms of pageviews after Brazil. Brazilians seem to be in full domination of the orkut sphere which according to the creator could be a reason why the North American users avoid flocking this South American networks and instead turn towards Facebook and MySpace.

Over the many years the orkut sphere has been a witness to a great deal of competition, there remains an undeclared competition for the user with the most scraps, the user with most friends, the group with the highest members, the post with the highest number of messages and this competition did spill over into a bull blown India-Pakistan battle where two groups competed to rally the highest numbers in each category. People simply had a lot of time to waste on their hands and orkut provided them an even more excuse to waste their time in the name of social networking.

Since the recent change in registration policy of Facebook which has opened non-US registrations I suspect the socialite class is slowly migrating to the Facebook network. Facebook apparently seems to be a little more socially intriguing as compared to orkut and I feel could be slowly capturing the Pakistani crowd. Time will only tell how the competition boils out. I personally have jumped the bandwagon towards facebook and rarely check Orkut and have heard many make the switch, could this be just a small minority looking for a change or is this a more rampant issue throughout the country?

With the overgrowing popularity of orkut and facebook there are a number of upcoming designers who strive to conjour up a localized social networks geared a community like the Pakistani and Indian communities for example Fropper, Naseeb and ApnaSpace they all seem to have a decent viewership but pale against the popularity of Orkut and Facebook.

How do you socialize online?


Lal Masjid issue and its Blocked Website

lalmasjid.jpgI am sure many have heard and read about the Burqa clad women armed with sticks who were protesting in Islamabad. The set of images has been displayed across millions of websites showing yet another extremist element in Pakistan.

I have a slightly different take on the entire issue, but before you start rapping me on the knuckles read the entire post with the knowledge that I am not a FUNDO (Fundamentalist).

Try to understand the other side of the argument and also filter through conspiracy stories to better appreciate the issue at hand. Every Pakistani knows that the ISI and GHQ have a tremendous control over anything and everything that goes on in the country specially in ragards to the fundamentalist element in Pakistan hence nothing can be done without the expressive permission of these agencies. Additionally for this incident to have taken place ‘in Islamabad’ was enough to say that it was carefully orchestrated, if not a slap on their face. I think that the agencies probably had been stimulating the extremist element which ultimately boiled over leading bringing the women on the street. For non-Muslims reading this blog, burqa-clad women on the street is a big deal, as they are generally prefer to remain behind closed doors regardless of how frustrated one might be, for them to come armed with sticks is literally a jaw dropping incident.
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Nasim Ashraf & his Resignation Bull Shit

PLEASE DO NOT GIVE ME THE BULL SHIT ABOUT NASIM ASHRAF RESIGNING!!

Cricket Bloggers of Pakistan: Nasim Ashraf offered to resign, trying to follow the footsteps of Inzamam-ul-Haq who can be considered valiant enough to have accepted responsibility for the World Cup disaster. Nasim Ashraf, the supposed leader of the Pakistan Cricket Board literally ran from the media hovering someplace at an undisclosed location in the interior of Sindh, when on the other hand he should have been manning the fort, and ready to stand to take the heat, front and center. After all it was on his watch that things were going haywire, leading to the culmination of a first round exit.

Immediately a few days after the fateful loss to Ireland followed by the disastrous news of Bob Woolmers death Geo.Tv was able to locate this whimpering Son-of-a-bitch roasting his sorry ass at some feudal lord harem in Sindh. When Geo.Tv talked to him live in a telephonic conversation Ashraf had not much to say to defend the PCB organization but very soon indicated in a casual off-the-cuff remark in a last ditch attempt to save his sanity in front of millions watching Geo.Tv, that he had already tendered his resignation to the President of Pakistan.

There is a must watch video on Nasim Ashraf later in the post
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Interviewing the Interviewer: Kamran Khan & VOA

Voice of America did an interview today at 10:00pm PST of Kamran Khan who was accorded the opportunity shed light on his interview with General Pervez Musharraf. In a very interesting show format Murtaza Solangi of VOA decided to talk to Kamran Khan and then he opens the lines to callers to shed their own analysis of the interview.

As every Pakistani felt that the hard hitting questions were not asked by Kamran Khan quite contrarty to the bashing he delivered all day after his show was banned on Geo.tv. As far as Musharraf is considered he was a nervous wreck, quite different from his usual confident self, and everyone felt that Musharraf was lying through his teeth and he is guilty beyond a shadow of doubt. Listen to the entire VOA show below

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CJP & the Politico-Constitutional Crisis

By Amicus

Part One

Presently President Musharraf is faced with the most serious political crisis since he assumed the power on 12 October 1999. Briefly the unfolding of the events may be recorded in a chronological order. Read the lines and read between the lines.

March 9:
1. President General Musharraf summoned the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Iftkhar Mohammad Chaudhry, to his Camp Office, located in the annex of the Chief of Army Staffs official residence in Rawalpindi, and in the presence of Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz sought his resignation. The Chief Justice refused to tender the resignation.

2. Confronted with an unexpected situation, President Musharraf, through a notification sought to make the Chief Justice of Pakistan non-functional and decided to send a reference, purportedly, under article 209 of the Constitution, to the Supreme Judicial Council to investigate the charges of misconduct and misuse of authority against him.

3. Not even a draft of reference had been prepared, perhaps owing to misplaced confidence or out of arrogance or in the hope that the Chief Justice would resign under persuasion or pressure. President only had letter of lawyer Naeem Bokhari containing some unsubstantiated allegations against the Chief Justice.

4. Simultaneously, President Musharraf, un-necessarily, appointed available senior-most judge, Justice Javed Iqbal, as the Acting Chief Justice of Pakistan. He was administered oath while the Chief Justice was still under detention in the Chief of Army Staffs Camp Office.

5. The Supreme Judicial Council was hurriedly formed. Since the senior-most Judge, Justice Rana Bhagwandas was outside the country, the Supreme Judicial Council did not fulfill the constitutional requirements.

6. If the Supreme Judicial Council was to find the non-functional Chief Justice guilty of the charges contained in non-existent or yet to be prepared reference, he was to be removed.

7. The Chief Justice was not allowed to go to his office even after several hours of detention. Against his wish, police escorted him to his residence where he was virtually placed under house arrest.

8. The Chief Justice was denied facilities of cable TV, newspapers and telephone. The flags of Supreme Court and Pakistan were removed from his hitherto official residence. Even his name was removed from the Official Web Site of Supreme Court. The Registrar of the Supreme court too was changed.

9. The legal fraternity took the Presidents action as unconstitutional and a blatant attack on the independence of the judiciary.

10.The Private TV channels exposed the hollowness and unconstitutionality of the Presidents action in their news, reports and discussion programs.

11.The nation was taken aback. The country was plunged into a deep crisis.

March 10
1. The newspapers were full of editorials and comments, and statements of lawyers and politicians condemning presidential reference. The private TV channels were seized of the matter. There was no respite. The intelligentsia and liberal sections of the society were shocked over the Presidents crude action.

2. It was vehemently contended that the government wanted to remove the Chief Justice because he had given bold decisions. His Suo- motu actions in the cases of privatization of Pakistan Steel Mills, the forced disappearance of the people, allotment of land to bureaucrats and army officers in Gwadar, etc were cited, as having presumably incurred displeasure of the government and prompted it to act against the Chief Justice. The whole exercise was rendered malafide and motivated by anything but the Constitutional diktat.

3. It was asserted with conviction that the Chief Justice had declined to promise a deputation of intelligence officials that he would uphold as lawful the actions which President Musharraf might take to get himself elected as president in uniform. And that this had left President Musharraf with no choice but to seek his removal before such actions were taken or emergency imposed.

4. The Chief justice remained incommunicado and a heavy police contingent was posted to guard his residence. His family was confined to the house and his son was denied access to his school.

5. All bar councils and bar associations decided to observe a black day on March 13 when the Supreme Judicial Council was to take up presidential reference. The lawyers began their agitation, which has continued to this date without let up.

March 11

1. Air Marshall Asghar Khan was allowed to meet with the Chief Justice. He disclosed that the Chief justice wanted the Supreme Judicial Council to have open proceedings.

2. Not sure of themselves, the ministers gave contradictory statements. The Sindh Chief Minister made wild allegations against the Chief Justice. The MQM was conspicuously silent. So did the Chief Minister of Punjab. Ironically both were, reported to have had complaints against the Chief Justice of Pakistan, which allegedly formed part of the reference.

March 12
1. Nationwide protests were reported. 40 lawyers were hurt in baton-charge in Lahore.

2. Two private TV channels were put off air for showing recordings of how lawyers were brutally beaten.

3. The government got visibly nervous and embarrassed.

March 13
1. The overwhelming support of the lawyers for the Chief Justice upset the government.

2. The Chief justice was roughed up on his way to the Supreme Judicial Council.

3. The Chief Justice demanded reconstitution of the Supreme Judicial Council.

4. The Opposition leaders stood by the Chief Justice.

March 14
1. The Acting Chief Justice took Suo motu notice of the manhandling of the Chief Justice.

2. The suspension of the Chief justice was challenged in the Lahore High Court.

3. Khalid Anwar and Fakhruddin G. Ibrahim declined to represent the government in the Supreme Judicial Council.

4. The US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher arrived. The US State Department announced that his visit was not linked to the current situation in Pakistan.

March 15
1. Shaken by lawyers agitation and spontaneous outpourings of public support for the Chief Justice, the government reportedly initiated talks with the Chief Justice to find a way out of the crisis.

2. Sharifuddin Pirzada expressed his inability to represent the government in the Supreme Judicial Council.

3. A petition was filed in the Supreme Court to declare the whereabouts of the senior-most judge, Justice Rana Bhagwandas.

4. President Musharraf said that he would accept the verdict of the Supreme Judicial Council.

5. Boucher described the crisis in Pakistan as sensitive and said that it needed to be handled carefully.

March 16
1. Daylong battles were fought between protestors and the police across the capital, Islamabad, on the occasion of the second hearing of the presidential reference.

2. The defense lawyers said that no copy of reference was provided to them.

3. The police stormed the office of Geo TV. President Musharraf apologized for the attack.

4. The attack on media was condemned. Journalists came out on the streets.

5. The opposition flexed its muscles. The MQM declared that it was not consulted about the reference.

6. The British lawyers assured support to the Chief justice.

March 17
1. The Chief Justice declared that he would not resign and fight the battle for the rule of law and supremacy of constitution.

2. The Federal Minister for Law, Wasi Zafar stated that the Chief Justice was on forced leave under section 2 of the Judges Compulsory Leave Order 1970, validated in 1975 under the Validation of Laws Act 1975. A belated change in governments position?

3. President Musharraf said that he had no personal differences with the Chief Justice. The president tried to save his position by claiming that the government had sent a reference against the Chief Justice to him and as president it was his constitutional duty to send it to the Supreme Judicial Council.

4. President Musharraf termed the police attack on Geo TVs office in Islamabad a conspiracy [yes conspiracy] aimed at tarnishing his image.

5. 50 were injured as lawyers and police clashed in Lahore. There is a call by lawyers for countrywide strike on 21 March.

6. Balochistan cities were hit by rockets and bomb blasts.

7. In New York, Benazir Bhutto said that the Taliban must be defeated in Pakistan this year or the country risked to fall under the sway of extremists.

Part Two

The above-mentioned developments from March 9 onwards suggest that the situation is very tricky and has all the potentials to drift out of control.

President Musharraf needs to weigh his options very carefully and take a decision that appears to be in national interest and in the interest of his own survival.

From a hind side, on three counts President Musharraf must be very clear:

1. He did not have the authority to make the Chief Justice non-functional. His act was unconstitutional.

2. He did not have the authority to appoint an Acting Chief Jusitce nor was it called for or ever occasioned.

3. In the absence of the senior-most judge after the Chief justice, who in the present case is Justice Bhagvandas, the composition of the Supreme Judicial Council is not as per mandatory requirements of the Constitution.

In the present circumstances when the legal fraternity has discussed the whole issue threadbare in bar associations and in public through electronic media, the Supreme Judicial Council is likely to declare its own composition unconstitutional or wait for the return of Justice Bhagvandas to fulfill the constitutional requirement.

Justice Bhagvandas has a reputation for being a man of principles. He is not likely to accept any pressure from executive in dealing with the matter.

The Supreme Judicial Council under Justice Bhagvandas would more likely to declare presidential notification, making the Chief justice non-functiona,l as null and void. Such a decision would be extremely embarrassing for President Musharraf.

There is no guarantee that any fresh reference against the Chief justice as per constitutional procedure would result in his conviction and removal. If the Supreme judicial Council absolves Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, President Musharraf would become laughing stock in public.

The best course for President Musharraf is to admit publicly that he had committed a procedural mistake and to withdraw his notification of declaring Chief Justice non-functional and so also his reference against the Chief Justice to the Supreme Judicial Council.

In the past we have seen that President Musharraf broke his promise of giving up uniform by 31 December 2004 and explained his reasons to the nation for that. If he is able to convince the people that some advisors misguided him regarding the procedure of filing the reference, the people are likely to excuse him for what happened.

Within a few weeks the whole issue may go into oblivion and become a thing of the past. The lawyers would go back to their business and the opposition would be left without a potentially dangerous issue.

President Musharraf would then be in a position to take a fresh stock of the situation. He may identify the people who made error of judgment or deliberately misguided him. Once the culprits are identified, he may get rid of them in a proper manner. Some heads would roll and the things would settle down.

For future, it is advisable that President Musharraf realizes the limitations in which he has to maneuver. The present political dispensation has lost its worth. If he tries to get himself elected from the existing assemblies without consent of the real stakeholders, he would face an extremely stiff opposition. The country may plunge into another major crisis, the first casualty of which would be Musharraf himself if extra-constitutional forces intervene.

Instead, a sensible option is to take all the stakeholders, including the Pakistan Peoples Party, on board and form a government of national consensus.

If needed due to genuine reasons, President Musharraf may impose emergency with the approval of stakeholders and as per constitutional provisions the term of the present assemblies may be extended by one year. The assemblies may elect President Musharraf without uniform for another five years and at the end of the assemblies extended period, free and fair elections may be held under the national government.

If the real stakeholders (foremost being the PPP) are not prepared for postponement of general elections, the present assemblies may be dissolved under relevant constitutional provisions, a national government or a government of consensus may be formed and general elections held without unnecessary delay. (This may not be to his liking owing to the fact that he, at the behest of his over zealous advisors, has squandered lot of capital for now).

The circumstances are such that if the dissolution of the assemblies is challenged, the Supreme Court is likely to uphold the legality of dissolution on the ground of state necessity or on the basis of the argument that for holding of presidential election, which is due between 16 September and 15 October 2007, it is imperative that the newly constituted assemblies should serve as electoral college.

Another sensible way is that after the budget session, President Musharraf may persuade the Prime Minister and the Chief Ministers to tender advice as per constitutional provisions for dissolution of the National and Provincial Assemblies. By the second week of September 2007, the new assembles may come into existence to serve as electoral college for presidential election which is, as stated above, due between 16 September and 15 October 2007.

For all these options to succeed, President Musharraf would have to strike a deal with the Pakistan Peoples Party on future political set up. The PPP is likely to accept Musharraf as president without uniform provided it is offered a level playing field and allowed to form government in case it is able to forge a majority.

This would take the country back to erstwhile system of troika. The restoration of the troika system would be acceptable to the armed forces also. It will let the Supreme Court in its place, as the arbiters for convenience or exigency.

Other options are fraught with extreme dangers.

If the legal battle over the presidential reference takes a nasty turn due to any reason and anti-government agitation picks up, President Musharraf may be forced to have unceremonious exit by the armed forces.

If President Musharraf wins legal battle through unscrupulous means – he pressurizes the Supreme judicial Council or bribes or threatens Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry to obtain resignation – neither the people would accept it nor the legal fraternity or opposition.

If President Musharraf imposes emergency without approval of the stakeholders or tries to get himself elected by the present assembly without first forging understanding with the stakeholders, he is almost certain to fail.

His emergency may then be followed by martial law.

President Musharrafs own constituency is already uneasy with him. Some of his policies are resented by strong quarters in the armed forces. It is advisable for him not to go for head-on collision with the opposition.

A recent, motivated, article in The New York Times, has indicated that the United States no more considers General Musharraf as indispensable. If Musharraf goes, the Vice Chief of Army Staff would simply become the Chief of Army Staff and the Chairman of Senate would assume presidency. It would be a re-enactment of what happened in 1988 after President and Chief of Army Staff General Mohammad Zia ul Haq was killed in a plane crash.

When some sensible options are available, why take risk?


Voice of America covers Pakistani Bloggers

Voice of America did a one hour round table discussion calling in four different bloggers from across the world into a telephonic round table discussion

The guests were Adil Najam of Pakistaniat.com, Ramla Akhtar of Next> by Ramla blog, Hakim of micropakistan.org and wrapping up the talk with myself as the fourth speaker. The host was Murtaza Solangi, the hour long discussion was quite interesting with a wide range of topics being discussion from the blogging situation in Pakistan to censorship and also the impact of blogging in the CJP crisis

Hear the entire round table from Voice of America Urdu website or locally here

[audio:http://www.teeth.com.pk/blog/wp-content/audio/VOABlogger.mp3]
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Divide Pakistan TV Commercial on CNN

For the past few weeks CNN has been seen to be running 15-second spot on its network which is actively promoting the division of Pakistan. The promo is for a book being sold on Amazon for $15.95 called Divide Pakistan to Eliminate Terrorism, the surprising thing is this unknown author has the spare change to run an advertisement which can run upwards of US$20,000 per slot, surely not spare change for any, let alone an unknown author.

The commercial is said to be aired every day and charges Pakistan with terrorist activities across the world and says the only way to stop this is to split the country into half dozen separate entities, including Sindhudesh, Jinnahpur, Balochistan and Pakhtunistan.

I personally think this is just to irritate the Pakistanis and exert pressure on a peaceful nation to do something stupid. I urge the media outlets to be a little more responsible on what is permitted on their airwaves, no one is naive to see the hatred driven message on the commercial which reflect unkindly on the editorial policy being maintained at CNN. There is little doubt that the editorial board would certainly object had it been an Osama Bin Laden commercial for his blockbuster book, it would have never been permitted because of the negative propaganda it might portray within the Americans. The Americans can plead the first amendment all day long but they will definitely draw the line when it comes to Osama and slam him with the Patriot Act.

I urge all Pakistanis to exert pressure and force the global media to STOP THIS HATRED AGAINST PAKISTANIS
As a matter of principle I have NOT provided a link to the book on sale and neither the blog which is being maintained for this propaganda


Democrat Tim Ryan Lashes out at Bush

This is a video of Rep Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) who spoke to the congress a few months back, its interesting to see him eloquently voice his frustration at the way George Bush continues to give the American people the roller coaster ride of their life.



Silencing Saddam

Its been barely two weeks since Saddam Hussein was sent to the gallows. There is not a soul on the earth who would have been sympathetic with this murderer but strangely after watching the ‘assassination’ haphazardly orchestrated by the American forces he may have potentially become a hero. I look beyond the jeering crowds, I look beyond the hooded masks and I look beyond the cheers which drown the room immediately after his hanging, he gracefully held his composure despite being confronted with a rough audience. Out of humanity, out of decency and respect for a dying man, regardless of how ruthless he maybe, the assassins could have ensured his peaceful departure.

The scheduling of Saddams assassination can be the most controversial and damaging to the United States of America. Since it was ordered to be scheduled ON the day of the Hajj, probably one of the most religions days in the Islamic calender. The American forces it seems were unsympathetic to the Muslim feelings and specifically ordered the assassination on the very day millions were celebrating Eid while a large congregation was observing their once in a lifetime religious rituals at Makkah, where even the act of hurting an inconsequential animal such as an ant can potentially nullify the entire ritual for the person. For many Muslims it apparently appeared to be a deliberate effort to ensure that the hanging took place on the every same day as if to indicate to the Muslim world that, do all you might but we will continue to rub your nose into the ground. While a post 9-11 traumatized nation which continuously tries in vain to comprehend as to why Islamofascist have turned against them, there is little doubt when such matters of insensitivity can easily push a moderate Muslim to radicalisms. Had if the assassinations been of some other criminal belonging to another religion more care would have been taken to avoid the ‘accidental’ scheduling on a major event like Christmas Day or for the matter Thanksgiving day lest it leave a bad taste, probably even the cruelest of democracies prefer to avoid criminal proceedings on such landmark events to avoid an emotional backlash from the greater populace.
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Enlightened Moderation – My Ass !!!

Protest PictureOver a number of years photographers have captured stunning pictures which have later turned into defining pictures for the year. This picture in my opinion quite easily summarize the moment of truth for the seven year regime of the Enlightened Moderation era enforced by Dictator Musharraf.

It is a true representation of the Pakistani people in the present day and age, we stand literally naked on the streets and all types of authoritarian adminstrative forces come one-by-one to whack us with all their might, rob us of our heard earned wealth and leave us for the dead. We have no rights whatsoever, let alone the security one so much desires, simply said we are at their mercy.

Its been over 7 years, 2 months & 19 days since Dictator Musharraf came into power, he promised Pakistan a paradigm shifting leadership concept, but more importantly he promised Pakistan an honest leadership. For many, this romance barely lasted a year and then it seems as if the power of the seat gravitated Musharraf down the same path of looting and corruption which has been the hall mark of all Pakistani leaders who have ruled our country previously. If I were to name a leader who truly meant well for Pakistan, there can be none, none at least who left a positive mark on the history of Pakistan, none who I would be proud to have called a true leader for Pakistan.
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Time: Person of the Year – YOU

Time: Person of the Year - You

TIME Magazine has just named their Person of the Year and the winner is You. It seems that you, me & us control the information age which has resulted in a paradigm shift in the world as we know it. By You they give the award to anyone involved in user generated content – everything ranging from web 2.0, social media, blogging, video sharing etc etc etc. In actual sense with respect to blogging – the silent readers, the vocal commenters and all the bloggers equally share this award, as no one would have made it without the active participation from each individual person of this precious link.

It is undoubtedly surprising change to have moved away from the tradition of nominating an individual person and have taken the step of nominating the entire industry associated with the social networking hype. I think its a great award for us all as we have involved in the formation of a paradigm shift in the flow of information showing that common people like you and I can create change.

At the same time Problogger points out that this could very well be a Linkbaiting strategy (planned or unplanned) as it will create massive inbound links for TIME as the as the news spreads ensuring a rise in search engine ranking. With the announcement of the Person of the Year Time Magazine has already attracted over 17,000 incoming links jumping the average of 40 links per day to a whopping 160 in just one day (Technorati Chart) and it will continue to rise as the blogging community takes a bow for a job well done. Criticisms aside TIME defends its decision to honor the entire community of Citizen Media Journalists by stating
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The Truth about the Israeli Lobby

James Abourezk

The following letter was sent to Jeff Blankfort by James Abourezk, former U.S. Senator from South Dakota. The letter is important to read as it does lend an interesting light to the impact of the Jewish lobby upon the American politics. The response could be in reference to the article written by Jeff Blankfort titled Damage Control: Noam Chomsky and the Israel-Palestine Conflict
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Karachi – Dubai ‘A Cruise to Hell’

Shattered Dreams aboard Gulf Dream Cruise

To follow up on my initial report of the Karachi – Dubai Cruise liner which I posted a week back practically a day before it set sail for its first maiden voyage from Karachi to Dubai. The ship left the berth with the cruise management and Geo.TV (Jang) promoters literally patting themselves on the back for this remarkable feat.

During the five days on the sea, no news filtered through from any of the passengers but upon its return, I amongst many, were surprised of a strange hushed silence on Geo which should have been prancing with joy, it seemed to suggest that something was amiss. Little do these old-school media moguls realize the power of the Internet especially with the emerging concept of Citizen Journalism (blogging) where individuals can speak out and be heard, no more hidden agenda, no more governmental control, its the time of being brave to speak out, this is the true power of Citizen Journalism, commonly referred to as blogging.
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Bush is More Dangerous than Kim

World Leaders Poll

ICM Research based in London has carried out a very extensive telephonic survey to determine the general perception of people around the world on a few world leaders. The poll was conducted by the Guardian in Britain and leading newspapers in Israel (Haaretz), Canada (La Presse and Toronto Star) and Mexico (Reforma), using professional local opinion polling in each country. The study employed doing a telephonic interview of more then a thousand adults located across the world in Britain, Canada, Mexico and Israel. The interesting part of this study is important to note that this is primarily a non-US poll, which would allow us to look past the bias when interviewing Americans when they have so much at stake.

I have studied the data and even went the extra mile to create graphics to better give my readers an idea as to what was the overall opinion on each question. The results are as follows while the raw data can be downloaded here
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236 years of US Military Conquest in 90 seconds

Have you ever wondered which American Presidents and political parties were responsible for America’s deadliest wars? Republicans, Democrats, or the Founding Fathers? This 90 second illustration easily answers all our question by actually illustrating the history of American conflict from the Revolutionary War to Iraq. It gives a new meaning to the term we call United States of America, Adolf Hitler and other modern day rulers can easily be dwarfed by the Military interventions by the United States of America since its inception in 1770.
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