Imagine a loved one brutally murdered in a foreign country -- allegedly by another American. Correspondent Peter Van Sant and his team have investigated the disturbing 1988 murder of Carolyn Abel, an American teacher in South Korea, and the loophole in U.S. laws at the time that mean the suspected killer may never face trial. A MYSTERY BEGINS For writer and author Nancy Bercaw, flying to South Korea last winter reopened a painful chapter in her life: one of murder, loss and fear. Nancy Bercaw: Not only were we devastated about the loss of Carolyn … We of course wondered, "Who's next?" Peter Van Sant: Back in Seoul. Where should be our first stop? Nancy Bercaw: Well, I think we should go to the school, to ELS, where we all taught. ELS is the English Language School, where Bercaw met fellow teacher Carolyn Abel back in 1988. Nancy Bercaw: This is the school. …And the world was never the same for any of us who were in that building together on December 20th. The events … [Read more...] about Is justice out of reach for an American teacher murdered in South Korea?
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By Adam Garrie Published: January 23, 2019 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email US Senator meets Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan during his visit to Islamabad. PHOTO: PM OFFICE United States(US) Senator Lindsey Graham has always taken a keen interest in foreign affairs. That being said, he’s rarely came across a war he did not vote in favour of, as he also supported the US war in Afghanistan. However, on a recent visit to Islamabad, he left stating that Imran Khan – a man who long before becoming Pakistan’s prime minister had repeatedly criticised America’s role in the region – was right all along. Speaking before journalists, Graham said, “Prime Minister Imran Khan was criticised over the decades… for talking about reconciling with the Taliban – he was right! One thing I would say is that the war in Afghanistan will end through reconciliation. With Prime Minister Imran Khan, we have a unique opportunity to change … [Read more...] about From “Pakistan needs to do more” to “Imran Khan was right”
By Haroon Ahmed Published: January 16, 2019 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email Vernon Philander of South Africa celebrates with team-mates during day 4 of the 3rd Castle Lager Test match between South Africa and Pakistan at Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on January 14, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Pakistan last played a Test series against South Africa in 2013 and lost 3-0. Five and a half years later, nothing seems to have changed. Another series defeat, another series full of poor planning. When will the Pakistani management learn? Winning series in the UAE against the likes of Sri Lanka and Australia isn’t the most difficult feat to achieve. For me, the biggest test of a team’s competence is playing away from home in tough conditions. And South African conditions are exactly that. The toughest place for Asian teams to play is generally England and South Africa. Ironically, these were the two places Pakistan toured in 2018 and sadly returned from both these series … [Read more...] about After South Africa’s thrashing, it’s evident that Pakistan’s Test team needs a major reshuffle
If there ever was a time for America to speak up for religious freedom, that time is now. Asia Bibi — the Christian mother of five sentenced to death nearly a decade ago under Pakistan’s arcane blasphemy laws — is, in effect, still facing a sentence, despite the Supreme Court of Pakistan overturning her actual death sentence on October 31, acquitting her of all charges, and authorizing her immediate release.The celebration by the international community was quickly drowned out by the thundering rage of mobs, organized by the Islamic extremist party Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP), who demanded her death. Prime Minister Imran Khan, the cricket-star-turned-politician, initially resisted the demands of the extremists, but after three days of rioting, he capitulated. This isn’t new from the Pakistani prime minister. He did the same this year when he briefly appointed a world-renowned Princeton professor as an economic adviser only to bow to protests days later because … [Read more...] about D’Souza: If America Does Not Speak Up, Asia Bibi Has No Chance of Surviving in Pakistan
By Hamza Tariq Published: November 16, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email The Future of Pakistan Conference is the largest student run conference on Pakistan in the world, and the annual flagship event of the LSE Pakistan Development Society. PHOTO: HAMZA TARIQ “Judges, like all other officers of the state of Pakistan, are public servants and are accountable to the people.” This was a comment by Supreme Court Justice Qazi Faez Isa at the London School of Economics (LSE) on November 3rd, in front of a packed audience consisting of Pakistani and non-Pakistani students across the UK. Other speakers of note, ranging from the Prime Minister’s Special Economic Adviser Dr Ishrat Hussain to former Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, echoed this sentiment. The narrative of public accountability in Pakistan – both a goal and an ideal – is one we must aspire towards domestically and project internationally. At LSE, we worked … [Read more...] about Future of Pakistan Conference 2018: Where the youth fearlessly engage with Pakistan’s political leadership