Western contempt for China turns to panic By SPENGLER in Asia Times

In the three and a half decades since Ronald Reagan became president, by the best measurement of economic performance, China has soared from 10 percent the size of the US to 60 percent in 2007, 100 percent in 2014, and 115 percent today. If the current trend continues, China’s economy will be a full 50 percent larger than that of the US by 2023. By 2040 it could be nearly three times as large. That would mean a China with triple America’s resources to use in influencing outcomes in international relations. Such gross economic, political, and military advantages would create a globe beyond anything American policymakers can now imagine.

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Riz Ahmed makes history to win an acting Emmy  by Rafique S.M.Ahmed

In a press conference afterwards, Ahmed spoke about the wider implications of him winning an Emmy acting award.”I don’t know if one person’s win of an award, one person snagging one role, or one person doing very well, changes something that’s a systemic issue of inclusion in this industry,” he said, “I think that’s something that happens slowly, over time. If there’s enough isolated examples of success then maybe the dots start joining up and it’s not as slow a process as it sometimes is.”

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REMIX SONGS By Inayet Ullah

When I heard, for the first time, a re-mix song, I was surprised and shocked. At first I was drowned in the deafening noise of the music, at times the singer’s voice hardly audible in the noise. When I recovered, I realized that if I continuously hear this music for a few weeks, I am likely to run the risk of damaging my ear drums. What is remix? A re-mix song is a piece of song which has been altered from its original state by adding, removing and/changing pieces, of the item. Usually, the makers of re-mix song choose a good, famous and popular song by an outstanding singer and change it in the aforesaid manner and the result is a distorted version of a good piece of art which is also a deplorable plagiarism.

 

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Chairman NAB by Col.Riaz Jafri (Retd)

NAB is a very very important organ of the state that can bring all and sundry to account for their deeds and misdeeds without fear or favour. It must, therefore, be able to act as impartially as possible.  But can it function that cleanly if its Chairman is under an obligation to his selectors, who have selected him after an arduous and grueling give and take parleys and negotiations between them? 

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Contemporary undercurrents in Pakistan Asif Haroon Raja

Equipped with diplomatic support of the five important countries, Pakistan’s Parliament has rejected the US stance and has conveyed to USA that no sanctuary exist this side of the Durand Line and that Haqqani network is based in Eastern Afghanistan and not in FATA. So is the case with ETIM, IMU and TTP. Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Muhammad are already declared as proscribed groups since 2003. Daesh has no presence or safe haven in Pakistan.

A loud message has been given that it is the US and not Pakistan which need to do more. Khawaja Asif finds himself in a better position to have a straight talk with the US leaders when he visits Washington at the end of this month and ask them to desist from blaming Pakistan for their failures in Afghanistan. Confident stance taken by Pakistan has slightly softened the US tough posture, but still there are many a slip between the cup and the lip.

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