Thursday Apr 25

Who is Pervez Musharraf and Why is He Important?


Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan´s former president, greets supporters at the Karachi airport. He had been in self-imposed exile in Dubai. SHAKIL ADIL / AP

The name Pervez Musharraf has been floating around political circles in South Asia. He has recently been arrested by the Pakistani government after a long self-exile in London and Dubai. Who is this man, and why is he of international significance? 

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Monday Nov 28

Campus Events 11/28-12/4


Monday, November 28, 2011

Pakistani Students’ Association Presents:

Annual Eid Banquet!

Doors open 6:30 PM
Food served 7:00 PM
Tickets $6 with NYU ID and $8 for non-NYU guests

A multi-cultural celebration of Eid Ul Adha, attendees are encouraged to dress in their respective cultural outfits and eat delicious ethnic food, while enjoying breathtaking performances!

Co-sponsored by the Arab Students’ Union, Afghan Students’ Association, and Bengali Students’ Association. All proceeds will go to charity via UNICEF to help improve the lives of children in drought and conflict ridden areas of Somalia (

Monday, November 28
8:00-9:00 AM &
Wednesday, November 30
5:00-6:00 PM
Kimmel 8th Floor 

Asian American Christian Fellowship hosts Conversations with God

Want to play a part in God’s movement of love and renewal at NYU? Or just want to see what prayer is all about? Then join AACF for a time of listening and talking to God together. The topic of the week is “the life of a servant.”  

Monday, November 28
7:00 PM
Redeemer Offices - 1359 Broadway, 4th Floor

AACF hosts Stern Believers Meeting. Are you a Christian in Stern, wondering how you can be a light to your fellow Stern classmates? Or are you a non-Stern student who has a burden for reaching out to the Stern community? AACF will be joining Redeemer Presbyterian Church’s “Faith and Work Financial Services Ministry” meeting, a great chance to learn what God is already doing in the business world and how you can be a part of it. Click here to RSVP. 

Wednesday, November 30
6:00-8:00 PM
Kimmel 808

AACF hosts Large Group! Come be refreshed by worship and a message while enjoying fellowship with one another. This week’s topic is “The Cost of Compassion.” Christians are called to be loving and compassionate. What are the costs of loving others with passion, and how do we deal with them? AACF will be exploring those questions on Wednesday with their speaker. 

Due Wednesday, November 30
by 11:59 PM

Join the ITASA East Coast Conference Bidding Team!

Passionate about Taiwanese culture, big event planning, and e-board fun?

Every year, ITASA (the umbrella organization of all Taiwanese American student organizations in the U.S.) hosts a large conference on the coasts attended by more than 350 students across the nation. NYU TASS is hoping to host the East Coast Conference in Winter 2013, but they need help! Here is another opportunity to get involved in student activities and gain tangible experience in large-scale event planning and promotion. 9 positions are available and all applicants are welcome. Contact bid directors Angela ( or Kevin ( for questions about the event, board or application. Click here for the application.

Thursday, December 1

7:00 PM
Kimmel E&L (4th Floor) 

NYU Chinese Student Society and Lambda Phi Epsilon present Holiday Hoopla! Click here for the flyer for information! Take on their “Minute to Win It” games to win prizes like DVDs, T-shirts, and gift cards! There’s a chance to win a prize each round of the games. They’ll also have Chinese food and yummy desserts, as well as bubble tea for the first 50 guests!

Thursday, December 1

6:00-8:00 PM
Kimmel 904

Join NYU’s Vietnamese Student’s Association in celebrating the end of the semester, with banh mi and bubble tea! 

Due December 2 by 8:00 PM

Apply to help the Chinese Mei Society with its annual spring YUAN show! In accordance with Asian Heritage Month at NYU, CMS hosts a large-scale cultural production celebrating Chinese culture through musical, visual, and performing arts. CMS is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

-Tech Director
-Logistics Director
-Finance Director
-Catering Director
-Marketing Director
-Public Relations Director
-Performance Director
-Fashion Director 

Visit here to learn more about each position and to apply! Email for any questions, and click here for their Facebook page to check out more information about CMS and photos from last year’s production. 

Happening Throughout


Support Thailand’s flood victims by purchasing a T-Shirt and wristband! All proceeds will be donated to the “One Heart” Campaign in December. Organized by the Royal Thai Air Force and The Mall, the goal of the campaign is to provide humanitarian relief by distributing supplies to those devastated by the flood. Donations can be made directly by clicking here. Click to watch a video here.

Wednesday Feb 23

License to Kill?


John Kerry has just flown in from the States to Lahore, Pakistan, and boy is he tired. Tired of trying to claim that the shooting of two Pakistani motorcyclists on January 27, 2011 by an American consulate employee, Raymond Davis, is covered by the Geneva Convention. The two young men were allegedly chasing the American vehicle to rob it.

Davis (the administrator of technical employees in the Islamabad office) opened fire when they drew upon the vehicle. However, Davis did not have a permit to carry the gun and a witness stated that he saw the official actually get out of his vehicle and approach the men before shooting. Also a passer-by was killed when a colleague arrived to “back him up”, and both men were arrested as they attempted to flee the scene.Tempers are running high on both sides- mainly because of “anti-American” sentiment amongst the Pakistani populace.

 Raymond Davis ascorted away by Pakistani police

On the surface the U.S. government is making a not unreasonable request; allow the precedent of diplomatic immunity to remain untainted in exchange for a full trial in an American court. However the United States and Pakistan have a historical relationship that, while often amicable, has rarely conformed to what the rest of us may consider fair, judicial or even legal. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been funding the Pakistani military intelligence service, known as the ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence Agency), before the U.S.S.R invaded Afghanistan in 1980.

The money was supposedly to go to training a plucky young band of Afghani insurrgents called the Taliban, in exchange for their continued resistance to the Communist incursion. It’s been suggested that the CIA’s intent was to create a series of “Islamist brigades” in the various muslim  border countries around the U.S.S.R, to engage the U.S.S.R in constant conflict. It has also been estimated that upwards of 35,000 radical Islamists from 40 countries came to fight in the jihads, and that “tens of thousands” of extremist Muslims were trained in CIA sponsored, ISI-run training camps in Pakistan.

CIA funding to the ISI has only increased in the intervening years, and as of 2009 aid to the ISI comprised one-third of the CIA’s annual budget. Despite suspicions that many members of the ISI are actively collaborating with radical Muslim groups, the expense is justified because almost every major terrorist plot in the last decade has orignated from the Pakistani tribal belt and the ISI are the “only game in town”. Pakistani anger at the U.S. government stems from, allegedly, the continuing mess of Afghanistan’s stabalization process and ironically from U.S. drone missile strikes in the Northwest of the country to clear out militant Islamist training camps.