propecia pregnancy

Archive for November, 2013

Power. Hard, Soft and Smart

Power is nothing more than the ability to get others to do what you want. For doing that you require tools of coercion or payment, or “hard power”, and tools of attraction, or “soft power”. Soft power is when a state, an organization or even an individual exercises power with means other than violence and […]


Who is on Trial in Musharraf Case?

According to both legal opinion and mass public perception, prima facie the case against Gen Pervez Musharraf for treason is legally a “slam dunk”, he is guilty as charged. According to Article 6 the extra-constitutional measures Musharraf used on Nov 3, 2009 to remove the SC judges is “treason”. Will the trial court have the audacity to buck what the Supreme Court (SC), headed by the prime victim of Musharraf’s Nov 3 action, had already declared in 2009 as a “done thing”?


An Imperfect Process

Democracy is representative of the will of the majority, our major problems stem from experimenting with various models of ‘imperfect’ democracies. A social state in a true democracy is one in which everyone has equal rights without hereditary or arbitrary differences of rank or privilege. By this simple yardstick alone, do we really have democracy in Pakistan? Is every adult vote actually cast freely in our country in the manner that democracy requires it to be meaningful? Are the votes cast recorded fairly? Democracy means government of the people, by the people and for the people. Does the majority really rule or are we hostage to a powerful minority? One that can tamper at will with results at the ballot box? The problem is the leaders who get elected by the people to rule over the country are reluctant in their turn to give power to the people to rule over their own communities.


Countering the Terror Threat

Consider the theatrics of the absurd by some political clerics at the killing of the terrorist responsible for slaughtering thousands of innocent Pakistanis. Indeed pathetic that the fundamentally moderate Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) should label Tehrik-e-Taliban-i-Pakistan (TTP) Chief Hakimullah Mehsud a “Shaheed”! To safeguard their fiefdoms, politicians and clerics often turn to appeasement of militants. The Army did well by immediately reacting to what potentially can erode the morale of the rank and file. And so did PM Mian Nawaz Sharif, burying 15 years of self-created bad blood with the Army by a maiden visit to GHQ soon after the JI leader’s outrageous remarks, he rightly called the Army’s martyrs as “our benefactors”.


Fire and Forget

The term “fire and forget” denotes a missile which after launching and acquiring a target does not require further guidance, it can destroy the target without the launcher being in the line-of-sight. Precision Guided Munitions (PGMs) hit a specified target minimizing “collateral damage”, military for soft targets eg civilian casualties. The subject of much controversy […]