1. Now Walk the Talk, Imran
  2. Violence against Minorities
  3. Unsheltered
  4. Lumbering Giant with a Midget’s Mentality
  5. How to Encourage Terrorism
  6. Faisalabad in 2028
  7. Mental Illness & the Progress of a Nation
  8. Child Sexual Abuse
  9. Living amongst the clouds : Aalia Bux
  10. Mental health – What soldiers can teach us
  11. Many Cookies still to Crumble
  12. Steering Through Turbulence
  13. ExxonMobil – Close to hitting huge oil reserves in Pakistan, bigger than Kuwait’s
  14. NAYA PAKISTAN?
  15. Making ADR work for Women
  16. Women’s Rights under Family Law
  17. Shutting the Door on Refugees
  18. Water Challenges and Opportunities
  19. In Conversation with Dr. Ghulam Rasul on Hydrology
  20. In Conversation with Shafqat kakakhel: Internal Water Management Practices
  21. Come on Skipper !
  22. GUMM
  23. Annus Horibilis
  24. The Inhumanity of Pakistan’s Coal Industry
  25. Iran Nuclear Deal The U.S Withdrawal
  26. Method in the Madness
  27. Legal System Reforms
  28. Power Over Impulse
  29. Refugees and Migrants are People too
  30. PTCL – A Nonstop Journey Towards Excellence
  31. Gulgee – The Last of The Greats
  32. Patrik Hoffmann – Sonraj
  33. Pakistan’s Primordial Hindu Heritage
  34. Pakistan’s Migrant Tragedy
  35. PTCL – Fastest Growing Brand in Pakistan
  36. Keep Pakistan’s Wagon Hitched To The China Star
  37. Anique’s Chocolate Cake
  38. Selfless & Fearless – Lahore Qalandars
  39. NEWS PICKS
  40. Intellectual Property and Tourism
  41. Fitness with the Mughal
  42. REBEL WITH A CAUSE
  43. The Big Fat Lie – Cholesterol (Part-1)
  44. Mummy’s Recipes Roast Chicken & Veg
  45. ENGAGING HEADS HEARTS AND HANDS
  46. The Big Fat Lie – Cholesterol (Part-2)
  47. Q & A with Star of Parchi
  48. Addressing Sexual Abuse
  49. Q & A with EMAN ZAEEM & MEHR SAAD
  50. Pakistan’s Lost Children
  51. ENGLAND AND THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
  52. STICK WITH FRIENDS AND DITCH THE ENEMIES
  53. The Phenomenon that Stephen Hawking was!
  54. In Conversation with ANUSHAY ZEESHAN
  55. Q & A with owner of District 6 – Anum Rafat
  56. Ali Rehman Khan – Naturally A Star
  57. MUNIBA`S Call for Tolerance & Justice
  58. Q&A Muniba Mazari
  59. Health Quotient (Dental health)
  60. Money for nothing, bits for free
  61. FinTech
  62. TRADING THREATS OF WAR
  63. Crisis of Civilization
  64. Child Sexual Abuse
  65. Education is the only Solution
  66. Fit for Purpose
  67. BLUE CHIP TALKS TO THE CREATOR OF TEETOO AND TANIA
  68. Mini meringue recipe
  69. NEW ANIMATED TV SERIES PAKISTANI
  70. Changing the Perception of Public Transport Motorway Express
  71. AUSTENISTAN DEBUTS WITH ELEGANCE AND ENTHUSIASM
  72. PAKISTAN’S WOMEN OF 2017
  73. THE BEAUTY IN BUSINESS
  74. PERCEPTIONS ARE ALSO REALITY
  75. Blue Chip Q/A with Atiqa Odho
  76. Five major political events of 2017
  77. WHAT DOES TRUMP’S TWEET MEAN FOR CPEC AND THE REGION
  78. THE GLOBAL ECONOMY IN 2017
  79. AFGHANISTAN GOING DOWNHILL
  80. 2017 FOR PSX – THE CLIMB AND THE DECLINE
  81. What we can learn from Ghalib
  82. QUINOA SALAD WITH THAI DRESSING
Sun, Nov 18, 2018
  1. Now Walk the Talk, Imran
  2. Violence against Minorities
  3. Unsheltered
  4. Lumbering Giant with a Midget’s Mentality
  5. How to Encourage Terrorism
  6. Faisalabad in 2028
  7. Mental Illness & the Progress of a Nation
  8. Child Sexual Abuse
  9. Living amongst the clouds : Aalia Bux
  10. Mental health – What soldiers can teach us
  11. Many Cookies still to Crumble
  12. Steering Through Turbulence
  13. ExxonMobil – Close to hitting huge oil reserves in Pakistan, bigger than Kuwait’s
  14. NAYA PAKISTAN?
  15. Making ADR work for Women
  16. Women’s Rights under Family Law
  17. Shutting the Door on Refugees
  18. Water Challenges and Opportunities
  19. In Conversation with Dr. Ghulam Rasul on Hydrology
  20. In Conversation with Shafqat kakakhel: Internal Water Management Practices
  21. Come on Skipper !
  22. GUMM
  23. Annus Horibilis
  24. The Inhumanity of Pakistan’s Coal Industry
  25. Iran Nuclear Deal The U.S Withdrawal
  26. Method in the Madness
  27. Legal System Reforms
  28. Power Over Impulse
  29. Refugees and Migrants are People too
  30. PTCL – A Nonstop Journey Towards Excellence
  31. Gulgee – The Last of The Greats
  32. Patrik Hoffmann – Sonraj
  33. Pakistan’s Primordial Hindu Heritage
  34. Pakistan’s Migrant Tragedy
  35. PTCL – Fastest Growing Brand in Pakistan
  36. Keep Pakistan’s Wagon Hitched To The China Star
  37. Anique’s Chocolate Cake
  38. Selfless & Fearless – Lahore Qalandars
  39. NEWS PICKS
  40. Intellectual Property and Tourism
  41. Fitness with the Mughal
  42. REBEL WITH A CAUSE
  43. The Big Fat Lie – Cholesterol (Part-1)
  44. Mummy’s Recipes Roast Chicken & Veg
  45. ENGAGING HEADS HEARTS AND HANDS
  46. The Big Fat Lie – Cholesterol (Part-2)
  47. Q & A with Star of Parchi
  48. Addressing Sexual Abuse
  49. Q & A with EMAN ZAEEM & MEHR SAAD
  50. Pakistan’s Lost Children
  51. ENGLAND AND THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
  52. STICK WITH FRIENDS AND DITCH THE ENEMIES
  53. The Phenomenon that Stephen Hawking was!
  54. In Conversation with ANUSHAY ZEESHAN
  55. Q & A with owner of District 6 – Anum Rafat
  56. Ali Rehman Khan – Naturally A Star
  57. MUNIBA`S Call for Tolerance & Justice
  58. Q&A Muniba Mazari
  59. Health Quotient (Dental health)
  60. Money for nothing, bits for free
  61. FinTech
  62. TRADING THREATS OF WAR
  63. Crisis of Civilization
  64. Child Sexual Abuse
  65. Education is the only Solution
  66. Fit for Purpose
  67. BLUE CHIP TALKS TO THE CREATOR OF TEETOO AND TANIA
  68. Mini meringue recipe
  69. NEW ANIMATED TV SERIES PAKISTANI
  70. Changing the Perception of Public Transport Motorway Express
  71. AUSTENISTAN DEBUTS WITH ELEGANCE AND ENTHUSIASM
  72. PAKISTAN’S WOMEN OF 2017
  73. THE BEAUTY IN BUSINESS
  74. PERCEPTIONS ARE ALSO REALITY
  75. Blue Chip Q/A with Atiqa Odho
  76. Five major political events of 2017
  77. WHAT DOES TRUMP’S TWEET MEAN FOR CPEC AND THE REGION
  78. THE GLOBAL ECONOMY IN 2017
  79. AFGHANISTAN GOING DOWNHILL
  80. 2017 FOR PSX – THE CLIMB AND THE DECLINE
  81. What we can learn from Ghalib
  82. QUINOA SALAD WITH THAI DRESSING

In November President Trump goes to Paris to attend a military parade like the one he enjoyed so much last year, after which he’ll travel to Buenos Aires for a global economic forum. He’s not going to bother going to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Papua New Guinea or to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Singapore.  This means he will have visited only one single Asian nation in 2018 — and that was Singapore, to meet the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Contrast Trump’s behaviour with that of his opposite number in China, President Xi, who hosted a Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Beijing, attended by the leaders of almost every African country who, of course, were treated with appropriate civility, in contrast to Trump’s insulting vulgarity.

Then Trump decided to punish the Palestinians by stopping US aid to the UN Relief and Works Agency, a saintly organisation which works all the hours on the clock in order to “provide assistance and protection for some 5 million registered Palestine refugees to help them achieve their full potential in human development.”

Now :  UNRWA isn’t perfect.  It’s a UN body, which means that it’s under all sorts of peculiar rules, like being unable to always choose the best person for a job because of such things as “rostering” — but make no mistake, most members of such teams as UNRWA and the UN High Commission for Refugees are worth their weight in gold.  And it’s gold we are talking about, because some of that lifesaving 300 million dollars that Trump cut off from the Palestinians will now go to increasing US aid to Israel by 200 million dollars next year.

This handout is in addition to the 3.8 billion dollars that the US is giving Israel in military aid for ten years. And that’s not all, because there are lots of cherries and a great deal of cream on that aid cake.  Israel can use 26% of US military aid to purchase equipment from Israeli manufacturers. According to the Congressional Research Service, “no other recipient of US military assistance has been granted this benefit.” In Israel, what goes around, comes around, just as it does, in a very different fashion, in Palestine.

The effects of Trump’s vicious punishment of Palestinians, wholeheartedly endorsed by the US Congress, which is unconditional in its support of Israel, was much regretted by all those of merciful and humanitarian inclination, and especially by the Relief Agency, whose spokesperson said “this decision is likely to have a devastating impact on the lives of 526,000 children who receive a daily education from UNRWA; 3.5 million sick people who come to our clinics for medical care; 1.7 million food insecure people who receive assistance from us, and tens of thousands of vulnerable women, children and disabled refugees who come to us.”

There are going to be countless thousands of young Palestinians who will be gravely affected by this callous, vindictive and totally unnecessary ruling.  And this brings us to what is probably going to be the longest-term and most hideous effect of the Trump anti-Palestinian, pro-Israel policy.

Place yourself in the body, in the mind, of a clever teenage Palestinian boy. Try to imagine what he might feel about the United States of America.  Is he going to regard the US as a benevolent democracy that exercises compassionate guidance throughout the world?

Of course he’s not.  He is going to loathe Trump and America and every American with a profound, unrelenting, everlasting hatred that could well find release explosively, in all meanings of the word.

There he is, a thin, malnourished, ill-clad, intelligent Palestinian young man whose ambition is limited entirely by what he sees in the world around him. He sees life stretching before him in a confined line dictated by malevolent outsiders.  He sees little ahead but poverty and persecution.  His people are downtrodden, and he has experienced nothing but suffering in his entire life, so far. The lure of revenge by terror must beckon with compelling attraction.

The young Palestinian has seen and will continue to see demolition of Palestinian villages by the Israeli army in order to build condo-blocks for Israeli settlers;  if he lives in Gaza he will have witnessed the slaughter of 152 unarmed Palestinians by the Israeli army;  he will have seen thousands of his compatriots wounded by Israeli army gunmen; and he will know well that, as recorded by the UN,  “across the Gaza Strip, psychological trauma, poverty and environmental degradation have had a negative impact on residents’ physical and mental health; many, including children, suffer from anxiety, distress and depression.”

And many feel anger.  Anger at their Israeli oppressors, and anger at the United States.  What Trump and Washington do not realise is that they could win over the Palestinians and remove or at least diminish their hatred of everything that is American by behaving in a reasonable manner.

Simple recognition of their right to their lands, combined with expressions of understanding and compassion, would at least initiate an approach to tranquillity, as well as benefitting millions of utterly blameless Palestinians. But of much more importance, it would remove the anger that one of these days is most probably going to result in a terrorist strike of catastrophic proportions.

By: Brian Cloughley

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