Stories about Osama

An American perspective: Osama’s death is not Obama’s victory

When Osama bin Laden was killed, I was at a dinner party given by an award-winning author, munching on sweetbread and chatting up brilliant filmmaker, writer and activist types. Though I’m in the country where Bin Laden was tracked and killed, for me the news ironically came from America. I read about his death in an email from Mississippi shortly after waking. My American friends are bombarding my Facebook wall – “What’s it like to be there right now?” Honestly, I feel happy, scared and fairly apathetic. As I rode to work,  I watched Defense pass outside my window—the mosque, the ...

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At home, in Abbottabad

Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani was at the Pakistan Military Academy at Kakul in Abbottabad on April 24 where he told the graduating cadets of this prestigious military institution that the country will soon overcome the problem of terrorism. And from the events of May 1 and 2, it seems that Osama bin Laden wasn’t all that far away as the general made his speech to the PMA cadets. Now whether what the army chief said was prophetic or not, there are several questions that I, as a Pakistani, would like to have answered. Our military and intelligence agencies ...

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Osama’s death will not stop the dollar’s decline

The news of Osama Bin Laden’s death will open new dimensions for the US dollar but only for a short while. The reason I say this is because while global financial markets are terming the news of Bin Laden’s as good news for the currency, the dollar will continue to stay weak in 2011. Stock markets will rally in the US, Europe and Asia, but these efforts will all be short-lived and the status of the dollar will go back to its original position. Analyses of the past The bull market for the US dollar is like an invisible man. An important aspect ...

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