[Dawn] THE children of Pakistain face many odds. From malnutrition to exposure to various forms of violence to diseases as debilitating as polio ...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set... , the younger generation has to contend with a host of extraordinary challenges. For children living on the streets the risks are even greater, and including substance abuse and routine sexual violence. And as a recent report in this paper indicated, the threat of an HIV epidemic amongst street children is an emerging concern. According to health officials in Sindh, six out of 10 drug-using street children registered with a Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... -based NGO were found to be HIV-positive. This may reflect a bigger trend. The children had been using contaminated needles or were sexually abused. HIV is prevalent amongst injecting drug users and sex workers in the country. Because street children are exposed to drugs and sexual predators, this creates an extremely vulnerable sub-group likely to be infected with HIV. Meanwhile, ...back at the game, the Babe was wondering why the baseball kept getting bigger and bigger. Finally it hit him... according to recent figures released by the NGO Madadgaar Helpline, over 2,300 children across Pakistain were subjected to different types of violence in the first half of this year. These included cases -- only those reported -- of rape, torture and murder.
As in other areas, after devolution it is the provinces' duty to pass laws concerning children's welfare. But barring a few exceptions, there has been a lack of intent and capacity at the provincial level to pass and implement laws to protect children. For example, Bloody Karachi, which observers estimate has a population of thousands of street children, does not have even a single state-operated rehabilitation home for the young ones. Only a few private concerns are making efforts in this regard. The fact is legislation is only a first step. What is needed most is compassion at the societal level for vulnerable children and the realisation that children have inviolable rights; rights that society denies them in a brutal fashion. Even the best laws are useless if not implemented. Until society reforms itself and the state moves beyond rhetoric and takes practical steps for the rehabilitation and welfare of children, we will only be bequeathing misery to the next generation.
India is the largest customer of Israeli military equipment and Israel is the second-largest military partner of India after Russia.
India is Israel's largest defense market, accounting for almost fifty percent of Israeli sales. As of 2009, the military business between the two nations is worth around US$9 billion.
Also military and strategic ties between the two nations extend to joint military training and space technology.
It should not be too surprising if Israel and India were cooperating on nuclear weapons. I suspect it is likely that India's warships are there to receive, and maybe install and test, the military equipment Israel has been developing for them. Whether or not this includes nuclear weapons is very interesting speculation and probably a very worrying prospect for Iran.
Israel has also sold large ammounts of military equipment to Saudi Arabia.
Recent reports claim that Israeli military aircraft have been spotted on Saudi airfields.
Saudi officials have denied reports that Saudi Arabia would allow Isreal to use Saudi air space to attack Iran. But I think Iran would love an excuse to shut down Saudi oilfields. Which would also greatly benefit Russia.
In the event of an Israeli attack on Iran, the U.S would have no choice but to at least protect Saudi Arabia and other oil producing countrys in the region, which Iran has threatened to attack.
Last month, while the world's attention was focused on battles raging in Syria's two largest cities, a quiet transformation was taking place in the country's oil-rich northeast where about 2 million minority Kurds live.
In mid-July, regime forces began pulling back from several towns and villages near the Turkish border. They ceded de facto control to armed Kurdish fighters who have since set up checkpoints, hoisted Kurdish flags, and began exercising a degree of autonomy unheard of before.
It is an extraordinary development for a community that has long been oppressed and discriminated against by the Assad regime, one that threatens to upset a decades-long geopolitical balance involving Syria, Turkey and Iraq, and challenge old regional alliances.
"The Kurds are emerging as one of the major winners of the crisis in Syria," said Fawaz A. Gerges, director of the Middle East Center at the London School of Economics. "They have begun laying the foundation for an autonomous region like their counterparts in Iraq. It's a dream-like situation for them."
Kurds see their chance to win the kind of autonomy that their ethnic brothers enjoy in Iraq. But this raises alarm bells for Turkey, one of the key state backers of the rebels trying to overthrow President Bashar Assad and a country where Kurdish rebels have been fighting a violent struggle for self-rule for the last 28 years.
Turkey is increasingly worried that the chaos in Syria will open up a new base for Kurdish rebels to press their struggle for self-rule. The government in Ankara has warned it would "not tolerate" any rebel threats from Syrian territory and has staged a number of military drills across the border to put a fine point on it.
The tensions feed myriad concerns that Syria's civil war could spill across borders into a wider regional conflagration.
Turkey has emerged as one of the most vociferous critics of the Assad regime and serves as a base for generals of the Free Syrian Army rebel group and the Syrian National Council opposition group.
In relinquishing border areas to Kurdish fighters, the Syrian regime may have had a dual motive -- diverting forces from there to shore up overstretched troops fighting in the northern commercial hub of Aleppo and other parts of the country as well as sending a warning to Turkey.