Archive for the ‘Pakistan’ Category


image

Earlier this year on January 2nd, terrorists stormed at Pathankot airbase of India which took Indian Officials 7 days to clear the site and in the line of duty 7 Indian Security officials had died. India, immediately without any confirmation had blamed Pakistani Intelligence Agencies ISI to have planned that attack on Pathankot Airbase. Later from which it retreated and shifted the blame on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

image

India claimed that Jaish-e-Mohammed Commander Maulana Masood Azhar masterminded the attacks. After which Indian authorities had officially demanded the custody of suspects included JeM Commander Maulana Masood Azhar and released an audio tape claiming Maulana Masood Azhar ordering one of the militant to attack the airbase. Audio tape released ny India seemed fabricated and later it was established that it was not Maulana Masood Azhar and that he had no role in Pathankot Attacks which came as big blow to Indian claims of Pakistani soil being used to mediate the attacks on Pathankot Airbase.

Speculated Telecon between Maulana Masood Azhar and Commander of Pathankot Attacks

Later, Indian authorities released a telecon between the suspect and his mother which seemed to be another bogus attempt to involve Pakistan into the attacks.

As per Indian claim; Audio leak between a Pathankot attacker and his mother prior attacks

Nawaz Sharif lead PMLN Government’s poor diplomacy was evident in this matter like before when Pakistani Government without asking for any concrete evidences from Indian authorities, ordered to have an FIR registered in Pakistan against unknown suspects and begun investigation of the matter.

image

Later, after mutual consent a joint investigation team was formed, based on Intelligence Agency Officials from both sides investigating the attacks by visiting the site.

image

When Pakistani investigation team reached India, it was not given any sustential evidence of Pakistani involvement hence Pakistani investigation team after completing its part returned to Pakistan.

Today, as reported by Indian Media Indian Investigation agency that was investigating the attacks has issued clean chit to Pakistan, of not letting use its soil for Pathankot Attack. Which leads us to this conclusion that either it was an inside job or it was planned by separatists within India, seeking independence from India.

Indian Media’s report on Pathankot Attack

Now question arises that will Pakistani Government take up the issue on diplomatic level and take the matter to United Nation’s Security Council (UNSC) against India to have falsely accused Pakistan of planning attacks on India or will our Government maintain the same criminal silence that it always did.

image

Be informed this was not the very first time that Indian authorities had levelled baseless charges against Pakistan, to later it failed terribly to establish that it was Pakistan that backed those attacks.

image

In coming future, can we expect from our Government before investigating any terrorist activity else where to have asked for ample proofs of Pakistani involvement before initiating any legal proceesings. Will our Government seek from India an official apology for defaming Pakistan. Will our Foreign Ministry Officials raise the issue of an inquiry into Samjhota Express incident in which a serving Indian Army’s Colonel Purohit was found involved and which he confessed in Indian custody that he burnt the train which had 68 Pakistanis onboard all burnt and died on spot. Will Pakistan raise the issue of Indian involvement in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwan and in Karachi.

Let us hope, Pakistan will improve its diplomacy and take up the issue of Indian state sponsored terrorism on its soil.

Amaan Tareen is a blogger, Media Strategist, Politicial Commentator and Film Maker. He tweets from: @AmaanTareen


8680425_orig

by: Amaan Tareen

Recently events in Pakistan have unveiled the direction of where the country is heading to, the atmosphere of uncertainty is now at the Government’s end as different factions have decided to send the government to pavilion. Military started the Operation Zarb E Azb to eliminate terrorism aiming that there will be no Militant Group left behind in the Country. As Army began targeting  the Militant Hideouts in North Waziristan, some Political Parties are welcoming and some are mourning over it, showing displeasure over the on-going Military Operation as usual.

Imran Khan’s Political Career:

Imran Khan’s Politics has no future ever since the Military Operation in NW has started, Imran Khan’s Cousins (TTP) are in trouble as his mass confusion campaign against Army & in support of Taliban will end with the end of this Operation, also his pack of lies he spread will be exposed soon.

Imran-Khan-Bad-Press-Week

Now he has started a new drama of threatening the Govt that if his demands will not be met so he will come out on streets against the rigging in Elections 2013, if he is that serious about protesting against the rigging then at first place he along with his MNA’s should resign from All Provincial & National Assemblies and then talk.(Which he dont want to, afterall who loves to give up on VIP Culture)

He thinks he is smart? No he is not. Nation will not let him fool them this time. As they have decided not to trust the man, who does not have any moral value, has no practical approach, talks rubbish, commits and then backs out.

14 August March in Islamabad:

imran-khan1

Now let’s come to the point that what Imran Khan is planning for 14th August, 2014?

He knows that every Pakistani comes out on streets on 14th August to celebrate Independence Day, now Khan Sb wants to take advantage of this situation and is planing to own all those people out there as his PTI Worker protesting against the rigging just to give an impression that he has street power, in reality no body gives jack to what he thinks or say.

 

A large chunk of his supporters are still unsure about Khan’s call for Long March on 14th August, 2014 as they believe, their leader is confused about his motives, so are they!

How Khan wants to benefit from Grand Alliance?

tuq

He knows that momentum paced up against the PMLN Govt by Sunni Ittehad Council, Faisal Raza Abidi, MWM, TUQ, PMLQ and Sheikh Rasheed over the past years is going to be decisive this time, so finally Mr. Khan has also decided to come out on streets following the trend and seeing the prospects of the sitting Government to go home.

Khan’s Notion correlates to what we normally say in urdu ;

Ungli Katwa Kar Shaheedoun Mein Naam Likhwana

What it has for General (R) Pervez Musharraf?

16706-mush-1364625706-852-640x480

President Musharraf is  probably the only man who  stands tall today, as whatever  he did during his tenure  turned out to be right and time  has proved that all the pack of  lies that Imran Khan spread  against him had no truth in  them. General Musharraf who  returned to Pakistan last year  in March and faced the biased  Judiciary, Politically  Motivated Cases against him is  all set to get free as time has  proven all the allegations  leveled against him were  fabricated by his rivals, to  malign his image publicly. He  will come out clean from all  these Courts as he all his  actions were taken in favor of  the state.

I will be out on 13th  August to  save Pakistan  but not  to help  anyone  accomplish his  Political Motive InshahAllah!

 

Message for the readers is, support the State, it’s Interests and not any Individual and his Interests. Get united for the future of Pakistan and not for the future of any Political Party. Future of Pakistan is bright only if people realize that state need their loyalty  not individuals. Join hands with each other and hope that “It’s the Final Count Down” for this corrupt regime.

Pakistaniyat Zindabad, Pakistan Paindabad!


Despite all of the contrary belief, Egypt is certainly under deep trouble. We have seen a very aggressive campaign of the Army against the civilian leadership in the past few days, and it begs the question, why after so much trouble go back to square one?

Image

It’s much like the monopoly game where if a player lands the wrong turn, he/she ends up in jail or goes back to square one. This subtle game of destruction of Muslim nation states has gone much farther than one would anticipate and not only has it engulfed the entire region, it has also pulled Pakistan into the mix as well.

We now turn our attention towards the sequence of events following the revolution in Egypt which led to the downfall of Hosni Mubarak in 2010/2011 period. We saw a sea of people converging on the Tahrir Square to protest and eradicate the 30 year long rule of Hosni Mubarak who was determined not to let go. After a fierce struggle, seemingly, the people of Egypt triumph and Hosni is dethroned.

After which another sequence of events led to a fierce struggle of the people and the Egyptian army to ‘elect’ their leader this time around. Elections were held several months later, and a new face emerged victorious: Dr. Mohammad Morsi, a seemingly fine gentleman wearing square shaped glasses and a big chin. However, under the circumstances of borrowed loans from IMF and other money lending entities, Egypt yet again faces huge amount of turmoil, and a failed government now seems extremely incompetent to handle the everyday challenges in the lives of ordinary Egyptians.

After another ‘fierce’ struggle, the president is dethroned yet again! But this time it is not the people who did it, it was the Egyptian army. And so, not only is the democratic process most indefinitely held out, the Egyptian army now has gone down the road of the Yugoslavian army: fighting its own people, and if anyone can clearly remember what happened to a country like Yugoslavia, surely they can put the pieces together and come to a logical conclusion of what will happen in an event this tussle escalates.

Image

In this event, not only will Egypt be prone to outside invasion, it will be severely weakened as well; inviting an all-out buffet for the Israeli leadership to take charge of the country.

Now let’s look at it in another perspective: Pakistan. The Pakistani military still is holding its ground very well, and under all circumstances and predictions has emerged victorious gloriously by pushing back the insurgency in its western territory and dispelling the “bad image” campaign which sought to malign the Pakistan Army and raise questions on the authenticity of its fight of whether or not they are “fighting their own people?”

Through understanding and delegation, assessing their situation and analyzing the threats correctly, Pakistan Army launched a massive counter-attack which not only baffled the Armies of the world, but also utterly disfigured the resolve of the TTP.

From the lessons of Egypt, Pakistan army has several options available, though the situation in both the countries appears to be very, very similar to each other: Pakistan has an incompetent failed government which has failed to punish the terrorists, but has instead engaged in a tussle against the Army, and the people of Pakistan are despairing yet again. The following scenarios can be played out:

1)      Pakistan army goes the path of the Yugoslavian army, takes over the government, ousts all power from the civilian set up and completely disintegrates the state by engaging in civil war: a very unlikely scenario but nonetheless something those who would like to see Pakistan balkanized would most certainly entertain themselves to.

2)      Pakistan army chooses not to engage themselves in this matter and let the incompetent government handle things; which it most certainly will not (under any situation or circumstances).

3)      Pakistan army chooses to act through deliberation and takes over the government, keeps the power within the civil set up and brings in caretaker government which would be allowed to stabilize the country for no more than 2 years until a reliable government can be formed.

The third is the most likely scenario to be played out under the current circumstances but even then, one cannot fully give an accurate detailed account of which scenario is the most likely to be played out.

However, Pakistan army would be wise enough to learn from Egypt and refrain from any unnecessary bloodshed and discourse of violence and they can do this by engaging with the civilian leadership: Non-Politicized Youth of Pakistan.


Image

Over the past 4 years people of intellect and reason have been constantly battling the befuddled and blinded masses who follow the slogan of freedom and democracy without even knowing what it stands for. For them, democracy means “freedom to do whatever they want after they come into power” instead, what they should be thinking about is that democracy is just another form of dictatorship, specifically tailored to the tyrant’s needs to keep a people “happy” in their enslavement.

In the ensuing months and years after which the PPP had come into power back in 2008, Pakistan saw the worst of corruption it has ever witnessed in its 66 years of history. Although one can also present an equally strong argument about the corruption and incompetence of the current prime minister of Pakistan, the point stands that as long as lordship and land-owner mafia remain strong, Pakistan will never see the light of day.

The people of Pakistan often more than not go after something that is illusionary and short-lasting, lacking insight and vision severely, our nation has been plagued by this disease since we had come into existence. We have been continuously bombarded with disappointment after disappointment, fake “leaders”, opportune “leaders”, “Islamist leaders”, you name it; everything is on the table.

The problem isn’t only with the people themselves, but also in the people who claim to be their leaders. In a brutalization of the system, these so called leaders only exploit the name of good father Muhammad Ali Jinnah and his strive to make Pakistan the greatest “Bulwark of Islam” and the most robust and active nation on Earth by giving it the gift of Pakistan. They do this by cheap slogans of “freedom and fraternity” or “housing, shelter, and food” all to gain a few more morsels of power on the seat of Islamabad.

However, people tend to think that the problem is outside themselves as well: another anathema worth annihilating from their minds. They think themselves either perfect or innocent of the charge of treason-against, lying, betraying, delusional thinking, and stabbing Pakistan in the back. In the most recent election, more than 300 people lost their lives in Karachi alone, while the rest of the country’s murders are unaccounted for. This crime, unbeknownst to the people of Pakistan, is on their hands. By refusing reason, opting to follow treacherous, criminal law designed to enslave them through an outdated system (democracy), they have proved once again that they still have not yet come out of this state of shock and surprise, either that, or they are brutally ignorant of the things happening in and around their country.

It is then no surprise that even the outsiders like Mr. Declan Walsh are openly advocating breaking Baluchistan away from Pakistan on the behest of the American government. His most recent article in the guardian outlines and enforces nothing but lies and propaganda on which the Baluchistan campaign has been built upon.

People like these and more are now in the open completely set loose upon Pakistan and its good citizens (who strive every day in hopes of redeeming themselves one day as a living and vibrant nation which (in my opinion also) deserves a full chance of being independent from outside influence and showing the world what it can truly do once set free from outside influences and focuses only on what its founding fathers, and true leaders have set in motion) all because a few “wise” nutcases in Islamabad decided that it was a good idea to let the country go to the dogs when it is under complete and total collapse and a state of anarchy and chaos which stems from a war which has spilled over from Afghanistan directly into Pakistan.

The right thing to do at this point for Pakistan is to admit its mistake, and work towards building stronger characters who are unflinching in their resolve, bravest in the world, and tougher than “Valerian Steel.”


Typical PTI lover's Reaction reading positve criticism on PTI

Typical PTI lover’s Reaction reading positive criticism on PTI

Biggest problem in Pakistan’s Society is that, we find blaming and questioning others work quite amusing, making fun of others has become our National Sport. As a Responsible Citizen of Pakistan I believe that one should not question anyone’s loyalty if he is not sure of himself and that too without knowing their intentions.

Unfortunately, People in Pakistan judge others character by their liking and disliking. We bully everyone we think is not favoring to our ears and eyes, which is one big reason why we have not produced Iconic Personalities/Leaders in last 66 Years as much as other Countries/Nations have produced. Even after 66 Years we are not acting as a Nation but group of people forcefully sharing the same land and that is why we are still far behind from the Nations that came into existence way after us. Raising questions on others is very easy but it takes a lot of courage to work and keep things straight.

I had been posting different material since morning I admit most of them were against one Party but that’s what most of you had been doing for over months now. Aren’t you? So why it caused you so much pain when someone posted something that you didn’t like. I would like to point out PTI Fans particularly who had been bullying me since morning. I am not one of them to give up on anything so soon. What keeps me moving is not one man or his attracting slogans but a Mission in Life. Mission is greater than any personality and that’s what I learn from the Life of The Great Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. This is what our Pakistanis need to understand. Pakistan was made by Quaid-e-Azam, as soon as he died our enemies claimed that Pakistan will not be able to sustain for more than 6 months and will come back to India but nothing like that happened. Sixty five Years have passed,  we are growing and we’re moving, we exist and we will remain on the face of earth as long as we are destined.My point of telling you all this is to make you all understand that do not follow personalities but follow their Mission.

Meanwhile people were out on roads Protesting without being so sure for what they were going out there, I gathered and submitted several applications/videos of rigging to the Election Commission of Pakistan without any discrimination within Political Parties.

I posted material against MQM/PTI and MQM friends didn’t respond like the way PTI Fans did, not all of them but some of them. I have a lot of Friends who are PTI supporters and they had been agreeing to me on all this and I know they’ll bereading this but what I really liked about them was they supportedand disagreed both gracefully which I really liked.  All PTI Fans are not same, there are some really great people that I know and I met. I am addressing those PTI Fans who attack without realizing that they’re doing wrong to others.

Whenever I see them doing all this to the people who disagree with PTI Policies I realize that I was so damn right about PTI,based on my personal judgment and with the help of some good advisors that I am blessed with and above all Guidance of Allah. I stopped supporting PTI for good because I felt they’re too blind, they’re deaf and their eyes are completely shut from the reality. Healthy & Productive Criticism is good as it at least helps me improve and I certainly cannot help those who want me to become another “YES MEN” like them.

Stop judging others when you yourself have no clue of what other person stands for. Calling someone sold out, calling him with different names, questioning his affiliations and bullying him for his views and that too for no good reason doesn’t make you any different from those who always made fun of the people who stood up in the history and their own people made funof them, but history tells us that such daring people ended up setting a history and no one know their critics today. Your discouragement adds more passion in me, motivates me more. People who’ll remain in dark will not only do injustice to themselves but also to their generations. Stop me if you can from doing good and I’ll not stop but I’ll definitely help you seek the right way whenever you need without thinking how ignorant you were towards me as this is what our World and Religion both teaches us Tolerance, Respect and Humanity.

With the help of Like Minded People I will continue my Mission I will continue spreading awarenessamong the masses. Those who’ll learn something out of that, I consider the job done and those who’ll continue staying in the state of denial will remain where they are. Choice is yours and the process of learning is mutual so I get to learn a lot from all of you as I am not some Mr. Perfect here!!

I have seen PTI supporters comparing Imran Khan with Quaid-e-Azam. Trust me you offend millions like me by doing that. Without getting into the details let me share you one major difference between Imran Khan and Quaid-e-Azam. Quaid-e-Azam made a Nation and then assigned them the mission on contrary Imran Khan created a vote bank andnot a Nation and if you think making his vote bank was his making of Nation then you are completely wrong. Quaid-e-Azam never asked for a vote to come into power and then make a Nation but for a creation of a Country on contrary Imran Khan asked for a vote to bring his Party into power and then make a Nation for a Country. Totally Opposite (I know you will raise questions, how could he do that before coming into power, so the answer is same way like the Great Quaid did. Complete the first step of making Nation and then follow the other steps).

Last but not the least I work for Pakistan, I don’t work for any Political Party and even if you will judge me with that, I’ll give up on you as helpless case. For me it will always be Pakistan First !! 🙂

May Allah show us all the right path and keep those on who already have it !!

Signing Off,

Amaan Tareen.

You can reach me directly at amaantareen@gmail.com to share your feedback . Don’t think I am PML-N paid blogger or in your thesaurus a “Noora


Cover Image

October 31, 2010

A lot of people after reading this may assume as If I am projecting something against my own society and this may cause damage to our image Globally but I think this is a need of time that we need to correct ourselves as it’s a “ Do or Die “ situation for us. The root cause of all our major problems in Pakistan are self made sociocultural values and all these aspects of human life are intermingled ,deficient of all these we are not worthy to be called a nation, but just a group of people occupying some land.

Today after looking at most of the problems in our society I feel that we are not heading towards the moral values, vision of the Perfect Society that we had 1400 years ago. We are in a state of confusion, are we suffering from intellectual repression? As a nation we are morally dead and this is the bitter truth, the worse that can happen to any nation. We have always forgotten the lessons taught to us by the history, we posses capability to rediscover our Patriotism to rebuild a Nation.

We have become a chronic complainer and an aggressive critic of the rampant corruption in the bureaucracy, unclear foreign policy, bribery and government inefficiency. But how about us? Are we morally upright? We also have the same weakness and the same petty quarrels that existed between our leaders. After the gruesome and barbaric Sialkot incident, I deduced that we have no the right to criticize the evil in the government, because we just watched, while these people freely committing a crime in a maniacal and monstrous way, there are hundreds of people who are loosing their lives in Pakistan but we seem less bothered about them.  A Muslim by Religion is killing his fellow Muslim Brother/Sister and we are doing nothing except acting as a silent Spectator of all these events that happening right in front of our eyes. There is no doubt that we love to criticize Western Nations for their grieve violation of Human rights and yet we could not even make a stand nor we could show sympathy at least to those who were victimized. We all have suffered a moral decay. We have remained stagnant, we cease to signify as the masses that could break the past and challenge the establishment, rebuilding the society, acting rather than talking.

We want good politicians but we do not have a right political culture the political structure of dictatorship have not been completely transformed and even if we are aware of all these facts, we always voted for the wrong choice,  without knowing the true essence and power of our right of suffrage, but voted for them because we felt that that was a right choice to be made. We criticize our Armed Forces but still we want them to save us from our enemies, we want them to come in power and save us from the corrupt politicians but as soon as they leave, we branded them traitors or dictators. We want honest people to come forward but we always fail because we do not have a strong and credible political system that can bring good people to the front, or we do not know how to identify their existence. We want someone to take the lead but again we have a ridiculous credibility issues, and highest level of mistrust, or we try to find some controversy related to them we always have a “crab mentality”. So, we can pull them down and preventing them to perform their duty of serving the people.

We need change but first it should come from within us. We have to be faithful to our historical aspirations and experience, rooted as it were, in our realistic demands; we are in many ways and under changing circumstances, still waging a struggle for change. But Always remember that;

To bring the change you have to change FIRST!

We want our rights, but we fail to identify what those rights are. We often make complaints about the issues but we never try to figure out the actual reasons behind such issues. We want revolution in the country but we do not realize that

“ The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall ” – Che Guevara 

We cease to abide within the precept of Islam the way the Prophet (P.B.U.H) admonished us. All of these chaos and miseries will not end as long as we do not remain faithful. I believe that Allah has already given us the direction; it’s only up to us to articulate our faith and follow that direction. If you have no idea on how to overcome all this, then read the Quran thoroughly to understand the purpose for the creation of Pakistan , only then you will come to know why we came into being and why  despite all the hardship and torments we are still safe, The lyrics of our National Anthem also reverberates that purpose.

We emerged as a nation under the great leadership of Quaid-e-Azam; we were conceived from the mind of Allama Muhammad Iqbal a great philosopher of the east. Today, we have our own leaders to whom we like and to whom we are ready to defend but not those who helped us get liberated from the Dark Rule of Great Britain and Indians, we are always up for responding to any allegation on our Favorite Politician just because we like them and we defame others to whom we don’t like. I see a lot of people have forgotten about their greatness and that is why we let every Pakistani Politician play with the Name and Vision of The Great Quaid and Iqbal. Few years have passed PPP Co-Chairman and President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari called Quaid-e-Azam a Non-Graduate” what happened to our national aspiration then? Where our National Integrity and Possessive Attitude go when such radicalizing statements comes out from the people who have no public standing? Why do we only protest and react when a Politician of our choice gets radicalized? Just because we like them? And we agree to what he says no matter he is right or wrong but we opt to defend him, why? Because from the core, we ourselves are equally corrupt, we may go out of the way to defend the Politician we like but not to those who laid the Foundations of this Land and made a Nation before putting any demands? At such instances where goes our Historical, Political and Cultural Awareness?

We should have demanded President Zardari to apologize for using inappropriate words for the founder of the Nation, but we didn’t neither did any of us came out on road. All this doesn’t end here as we do not dare to stop it when that should be and later keep regretting for not doing what we were supposed to do. We always forget that the Nations that forget their real heroes will cease to exist for long. We all should be vigilant in every circumstances that compel, confused aggravate or twist our heroes character or open them to dangerous and self-serving opportunists. There are necessary evils, some done deliberately but with regret, sometimes without. But there are also plain betrayals for selfish ends which are not only unforgettable but unforgivable. We have to take charge of our destiny to free ourselves from the clout of Imperialism and from all the vestiges of oppressions and to take pride in our historical heritage. One does not need to be wealthy and highly educated to identify with the change that we want to achieve. We are all in these together. Together we can act different possibilities, a consolidated power in re-establishing our identity of being Pakistani and to participate in rebuilding our beloved Nation. A Nation, moving forward, armed with Faith, posses Discipline and equipped with Unity! Pakistan Zindabad!

Closing Remarks:

Before you finish reading this, I would like to make one thing clear that this piece of writing is my personal opinion on different on-going matters; my intentions are not to demoralize anyone or deliberately target any segment of the society. The sole purpose of sharing this write up with you all is to share my view and to get some intellectual feedback from you all. The image used represents the “CHUNK” of Pakistani society that has become dead from inside that no one and nothing can wake them up from this deadly sleep of insensitivity. This is my little effort as an individual, as a media person, as a proud Pakistani to at least try and make a difference. I will continue writing more and more and will continue doing work that I believe can bring the real Change in us First and then in our Society. Long Live PAKISTAN !!!



Education that help Nations grow


25%

Twenty-five percent of Americans that start high school do not graduate. Entering the workforce without a high school diploma means an unemployment rate three-and-a-half times the rate of those with a college degree. And for those who do find full-time work, they on average earn less than half of what a college graduate makes each year.

30%

Thirty percent of high school graduates do not go on to college right after graduation. In the workforce, a high school graduate earns on average more than someone without a diploma, but still only 60 percent of what a college graduate makes each year.

43%

Forty-three percent of students who start college will not graduate in 6 years. Women graduate at a six-percent-higher rate than men within six years, and outnumber men in higher education by a ratio of 3-to-2.

How does this compare with other countries? In 2008, the U.S. high school graduation rate was lower than the rates of the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Ireland, Germany, Finland and Denmark. That same year, the U.S. was the only developed nation where a higher percent of 55- to 64-year-olds than 25- to 34-year-olds had graduated from high school.

What about college? The U.S. once led the world in college graduates. As an example of this, Americans age 55-to-64 still lead their peers in other nations in the portion with college degrees (41 percent). But this number has flat-lined for Americans. In 2008, the same percentage of Americans age 25-to-34 and age 55-to-64 were college graduates.

Meanwhile, other nations have caught up, and some have pulled ahead. Among this younger age group, 25- to 34-year-olds, all of the following nations now have a larger percent of college graduates than the U.S.: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Ireland, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

This Sunday at 8pm ET, Fareed Zakaria will explore what the U.S. education system needs to do to compete in today’s world in a special edition of CNN GPS called “Restoring the America Dream: Fixing Education.”

Sources:
Education and Synthetic Work-Life Earnings Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, Sept. 2011
Education at a Glance 2011. OECD
The Condition of Education 2011. Department of Education