Pakistan: Blog-o-day

I don't quite know what the appropriate salutation would be for this auspicious cyber day, so I'll just go with a very happy World Blog Day to all fellow bloggers and readers of GV! Hope the power of blogs and citizen journalism grow ten fold and beat the daylights out of propagandist mainstream institutions, such as Fox News Network, which is already suffering from a swollen black eye of a massive ratings drop, and big hurray to that.

As part of celebration of this special day, I would like to take this opportunity (as suggested by GV) to reveal a little bit more about myself so fellow bloggers can get to know me better.

Why did I start blogging?

Basically to save me the expense of seeing a therapist, I opted instead to vent my frustrations through the medium of a free web log. Very cathartic and highly economical!

What do I blog about mainly?

I mainly rant about the actions and foreign policies of the geniuses residing in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and 10 Downing Street.

What motivates me to keep blogging?

Primarily, to annoy as many Fox News watchers as I can with my posts. Seriously, it has to do with sharing my opinion on global events with other bloggers.

Have blogs started to have an impact on politics in my country?

The blogging community in Pakistan is considerably small in comparison to other countries, but it is large enough to annoy the government authorities who have started taking notice of dissenting and critical blogging voices and as a result Pakistan has suffered from unfair specific and blanket bans on blogs. I am happy to say the blockade of blogs in Pakistan has had the opposite reaction from bloggers who have become even more tenacious in continuing their blogging activities and the Pakistani blogging community continues to grow larger everyday.

Allow me to return to the main reason for this post, which is to highlight the latest and most interesting opinion pieces from the Pakistani blog community.

Hypocricy Thy Name discusses the Ralph Peters article and the Operation in Balochistan;
Fountainhead pens another impeccable piece on the Neocons; Teeth Maestro highlights an interesting opinion about the media; All Things Pakistan discusses the no confidence motion against the PM; PWC-ing writes about Bugti and the Baloch insurgency; PAKCAST presents Ambreen Ali's (podcast) report on Earthquake relief efforts; and finally, I rant about the real terror of airline travel.

Well that is it for this week, I shall return soon (depending on my work commitments and my uncontrollable procrastination level) with another collection Pakistani blog wares.

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