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Inside the Pakistani Mind After 26/11

Cover Story

Pakistan. The most dangerous place on earth. Rock music, English satire, mansions with private guards and big guns. Meanwhile, students work as shoeshine boys. And death threats are issued on FM radio. A journey into a country of contradictions - Pakistan.

Stories in this issue

Attack of the Clones

When this intrepid reporter met Varun Gandhi, he was practising a peace speech before a mirror in the Pilibhit police station and frothing at the mouth. Although he had been granted bail in the…

Hitchhiker’s Second Ride to the Galaxy

Billionaire Charles Simonyi became the first man to make two trips to outer space as a commercial tourist. But it wasn’t without hiccups. The autopilot docking system of the craft flopped and had to…

Sheep Come to Aussie Economy’s Rescue

Australia’s struggling economy has got a boost from—guess what—sheep. A record four million live sheep were ferried to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. One Australian trader reportedly called Saudi Arabia a…

Malawi Makes Madge Wait

She might be the queen of pop but Malawi is making Madonna wait. The Material Girl is looking to adopt her second child from Malawi, this time a 4-year-old girl called Chifundo James. A Malawi court…

China Flexes Economic Muscle

The world sat up when Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao  called upon the US to “honour its commitments and ensure safety of Chinese assets”. China holds nearly $2 trillion worth of US treasury bonds. Till…

An Unexpected Boost

While the rest of the world sinks deeper into recession, South Africa has got an unexpected boost. We’re talking about the Indian Premier League, which is estimated to pump over $50 million into the…

Simulating Sun’s Power

Scientists are now simulating the sun’s power. Well, almost. The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has developed the most powerful laser in the world. Scientists are now simulating the sun’s…

Google Earth

At a time when bank lending and venture funding for entrepreneurs is a mere trickle the world over, Mountainview, California-based Internet giant Google can be trusted to take the contrarian approach…

Man U’s World Tour

When Manchester United has to scour the world for a shirt sponsor, you know that the times are tough. The club’s £56 million, four-year deal with AIG ends next year. The club has turned to the Tata…

Let Me Come

Hugh Hefner’s $350 million soft-porn empire Playboy is crumbling, and its revival hopes now rest on India, China and Latin America. Besides its flagship magazine, Playboy distributes its programming…