A.Q. Khan: Spreading Nuclear Technology

Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, who is sometimes referred to as the father of the Pakistani nuclear bomb, is now making news regarding nuclear proliferation. From Dawn: Last month, Dawn received a copy of the pamphlet purportedly distributed by A. Q. Khan Research Laboratories, offering vacuum technology for sale. The distributors said the technology can also… Continue reading A.Q. Khan: Spreading Nuclear Technology

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Death Penalty Racism

According to the New York Times, Blacks who kill whites are significantly more likely to face the death penalty in Maryland than are blacks who kill blacks or white killers, according to a state-sponsored study released yesterday. By itself, the study found, the race of the defendant was essentially irrelevant. […]The report found that two… Continue reading Death Penalty Racism

US/Pakistan Forces Clash

I know I am late on this news about the clash between US forces and Pakistani Border Scouts near the Afghan border (there’s a dispute about which side of the border it happened.) But then this is a weblog, not a news site. Plus I was enjoying my brother-in-law’s wedding the day it happened. Unqualified… Continue reading US/Pakistan Forces Clash

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Abductions of Foreigners

Responding to my post about the abduction and internment of Japanese from Latin American during World War II, the Head Heeb points out the modern-day abduction of drug dealers from Latin America and how it’s legal: The Supreme Court explicitly legalized this process in the 1992 case of United States v. Alvarez-Machain, which involved a… Continue reading Abductions of Foreigners

Nigerian 419 Scam Variation

I have received quite a few emails from the well-known Nigerian 419 scam artists. Today I received a Brunei variation: My name is Haja I am a 23 years old and a British citizen who was taken to Brunei by my father at the young age of 12. He deceived me that I was going… Continue reading Nigerian 419 Scam Variation

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Eve Tushnet has a series of thoughtful posts on race (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 6a, 7, 8, 8a, 9a, 9b, 9c, 9d, 9e). She discusses the employment study that I talked about earlier (1, 2, 3, 4). I don’t agree with all of Eve’s ideas but they are interesting nevertheless.

Islamabad: Pakistani or not?

Ikram Saeed commented about Islamabad: Any thoughts on Slamma-bad (that’s the hip-hop name)? I’ve been only once, and found it odd that the capital of Pakistan is such an un-Pakistani city. It felt like Muscut more than Multan. It reminds me of an American friend who visited Pakistan. According to him, Islamabad is a city… Continue reading Islamabad: Pakistani or not?

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History Lesson: Abduction by the US

According to the Washington Post, The internment of Japanese Americans? No. Matsubayashi was recalling a shameful and forgotten chapter in American history. From 1942 onward, the United States abducted some 3,000 people of Japanese, Italian and German ancestry from Latin America, shipped them to the United States and placed them in internment camps. These prisoners… Continue reading History Lesson: Abduction by the US

Special Registration: Pros and Cons

Suman Palit of the Kolkata Libertarian has two posts on the pros and cons of the special registration process: If I were a de-facto emigrant from Pakistan, like someone on a H1-B work visa or a F-1 student visa, or a J-1 exchange visa, or even a B-1 business traveller visa, I would be worried… Continue reading Special Registration: Pros and Cons

Back Home

Happy New Year! I am finally back home in Jersey. Blogging to resume soon.

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