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Pakistan: Playing with Fire

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Pamela Constable, foreign correspondent and former deputy editor at The Washington Post, discusses Pakistan, a volatile nation at the heart of major cultural, political, and religious conflicts in the world today, and one that continues to struggle over its identity, alliances, and direction. Playing with Fire: Pakistan at War with Itself is based on Constable’s many years of reporting in the region. It explores Pakistan's contradictions, confusion, struggles with inequality and corruption, and how competing versions of Islam divide the country. She also discusses U.S.-Pakistan relations, the ISI, and why the country is so strategically and politically important.

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Pamela Constable
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Comments [8]

bill

john from office-- a little introspection and humility would be nice. people who live in glass houses should be throwing stones.

Jul. 20 2011 01:59 PM
john from office

Cliff, please fly out of this corrupt place. Try Africa

Jul. 20 2011 01:17 PM
Clif from Inwood

You mentioned how corrupt Pakistan is and if anyone could succeed there without being corrupt. Your guest correctly pointed out that there is corruption everywhere, however, I was surprised that you did not mention how corrupt our own country is. It seems to me that, whether intended or not, you tacitly condoned the corruption that is happening here at home. Furthermore, NYC is probably one of the most corrupt places in America. Don't forget where this whole financial meltdown happened.

I must say tisk, tisk Leonard/WNYC!

Jul. 20 2011 12:51 PM
Clif from Inwood

You mentioned how corrupt Pakistan is and if anyone could succeed there without being corrupt. Your guest correctly pointed out that there is corruption everywhere, however, I was surprised that you did not mention how corrupt our own country is. It seems to me that, whether intended or not, you tacitly condoned the corruption that is happening here at home. Furthermore, NYC is probably one of the most corrupt places in America. Don't forget where this whole financial meltdown happened.

I must say tisk, tisk Leonard/WNYC!

Jul. 20 2011 12:50 PM
jmurphy from long island

very informative. thank you for such a knowledgeable report.

Jul. 20 2011 12:47 PM
JIM from NY

DEAR KYLE--- Pakistan is an acronym, for Punjab, Afghan (the North-West frontier region), Kashmir, Indus (some say it's for Islam) and Sind. The "Tan" is said to represent Baluchistan.
As for "land of the pure" idea, i'm sure there are some people who might feel that way, just as there are some people who might feel that they are God's "Chosen People". I'm sure you will agree that they are in the minority in every country.

Jul. 20 2011 12:37 PM
john from office

Maybe when India and Pakistan can feed all their people, have toilets for all their people amd educate their people, then they can play with nukes. Till then, leave the toys on the floor.

Jul. 20 2011 12:23 PM
Kyle

Pakistan also translates to "land of the pure." That doesn't exactly indicate tolerance of, well, anything, from the get-go.

Jul. 20 2011 12:20 PM

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