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Merger of FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

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Merger of FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa  On May 31, 2018, Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas, or FATA, formally ceased to exist. Home to five million people, and covering more than 27,000 square kilometres, these tribal districts have attracted enormous international attention in the last two decades due to their shared border with war-torn Afghanistan. The Government of Pakistan has now ... Read More »

How to Address Gender Disparities?

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How to Address Gender Disparities?  Indices are like black boxes. Before looking for the reasons behind Pakistan’s dismal performance on gender parity front, it would be enlightening to peep into various components of the Global Gender Gap Index. The Index examines the gap between men and women across four fundamental categories: economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival, ... Read More »

US-CHINA TRADE DEAL

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US-CHINA TRADE DEAL After nearly two years’ trade talks, the world’s two dominant economic powers, the United States and China, have signed an initial trade deal that will roll back some tariffs and boost Chinese purchases of US goods and services. Through the “Phase One” deal, which was signed in Washington on January 15, the Trump administration aims to resolve ... Read More »

Top 10 Geopolitical Trends of 2019

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Top 10 Geopolitical Trends of 2019 Europe’s Populist Surge In 2019, the rise of populism in Europe continued apace. France’s Yellow Vest protesters returned to the streets throughout the year. They also inspired people in other countries throughout Europe and around the world. The populist struggle also advanced in Britain over Brexit, with pro-Brussels forces making numerous attempts to cancel ... Read More »

The Unstable Middle East

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The Unstable Middle East  A review of seven Mideast conflicts The dynamics of power politics in the Middle East have drastically changed. There are many conflicting and contrasting historic, economic, geo-political and strategic forces in this part of the world. With the elimination of strong autocrats like Saddam Hussein, Moammar al-Gaddafi; the mauling of Bashar al-Assad in the bloody Syrian ... Read More »

Gen. Soleimani’s Assassination

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  Gen. Soleimani’s Assassination cry “havoc!” and let slip the dogs of war  on January 03, Qassim Suleimani, a top Iranian security force commander and the architect of Tehran’s regional military operations, was killed in Baghdad by a drone strike which was authorized by US President Donald J. Trump. The Pentagon justified this gruesome act by claiming that Maj. Gen. ... Read More »

Democracy of Inhumanity

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Democracy of Inhumanity and we the people of Global Conscience  In a synoptic view, global leaders professing to be wise and smart for being elected, turned out to be naïve and egoistically foolish. Once elected under the so-called democracy, they focus their minds on how to get re-elected and how to continue a tragic normality of abnormality against the masses ... Read More »