Declaring Christmas a federal holiday and putting up the first Christmas tree in the White House marked the final steps in making Christmas an American holiday. On June 28, 1870, Congress passed the law that turned Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Independence Day, and Thanksgiving Day into holidays for federal employees.
Many believe the country has entered a new round of civil-military tensions because of intense speculations that Prime Minister Imran Khan may be removed by the powerful military through political engineering. The military has so far stayed silent as sections of the media speculate that one of the reasons for discord is the Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa's desire to get a new extension as COAS.
Melissa Hawkins is an epidemiologist and public health researcher at American University. She explains the way researchers calculate how well a vaccine prevents disease, what influences these numbers and how omicron is changing things.
South Asia is not only the home of an amazing variety of different religions and cults, it is also the birthplace of religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism to name just the largest. Arriving from abroad, Islam, Zoroastrianism and Christianity have contributed an independent South Asian variety to the original belief system.
The suburb of Sugar Land, on the outskirts of Houston, is home to a thriving Pakistani community. The scenes at strip malls are equivalent to what you might find in cities like Karachi or Lahore, but they now exist in Texas. So how did so many Pakistanis end up in Houston in the first place?
The Pakistan-India dispute in 1971 was not an ‘armed conflict’ as only the Indian side was armed. What immediately followed Bangladesh’s birth was black, grey and white propaganda, disinformation campaigns, distortions, half-truths, blatant lies, white lies, trivial lies, serious lies, self betrayal and unadulterated partisan brainwashing.
Gen Asad Durrani explains how West Pakistanis created Bangladesh like India created Pakistan. Learn more on this painful experience for Pakistanis as the two-nation theory fell asunder after 24 years after 1947.
The events of December 16, 1971, reshaped the geopolitics of South Asia and changed Pakistan and its internal political struggles forever. Watch this insightful conversation on a tragedy that many in Pakistan have already forgotten.