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June 2017

Jahangirs World Times Magazine
(June 2017)

The French Political Structure

The French Political Structure

The constitution of October 4, 1958 provides the institutional basis for the Fifth Republic (France’s current political system). The President functions as the head of the state and is elected for five years under universal suffrage. As the head of state, the President controls foreign policy and defence, and appoints a prime minister with the approval of the parliament. The ... Read More »

French Presidential Election 2017, The Macron Miracle & the Future

French Presidential Election 2017

Emmanuel Macron’s resounding victory in the French presidential election has elicited a sigh of relief not just in France, but also in other countries. Macron not only stopped his country from sliding into the hands of far-right but also showed that the anti-establishment momentum that powered the victories of the Brexit camp in the UK and Donald Trump in the ... Read More »

The Rise of Populism, A temporary wind or a deep-rooted change?

The Rise of Populism

After Brexit and Donald Trump’s election as the US president, the world has been anxiously awaiting European elections where populist have been resurgent. In countries, like the Netherlands and France, populist leaders and their political parties have seen an unprecedented surge so much so that France, for the first time in its history, has witnessed the second round of the ... Read More »

China’s Economic Diplomacy, The Dragon’s growing clout in international economic affairs

China's Economic Diplomacy

With a $12 trillion economy still growing at about 6.5 percent annually and $3 trillion in foreign exchange reserves, China is moving very rapidly to become a true global power. In recent years, the country has expanded its global and regional economic footprint especially through new institutions, such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the ‘One Belt, One ... Read More »

Hindutva Fascism, The New Normal in India?

Hindutva Fascism

“Brexit, Erdogan, Putin and now Trump. Something is rotten in the state of democracy. The stink first became unmistakable in India in May 2014, when Narendra Modi, a member of an alt-right Hindu organization inspired by fascists and Nazis, was elected prime minister. Like Donald Trump, Mr. Modi rose to power demonizing ethnic-religious minorities, immigrants and the establishment media, and ... Read More »

The Syrian Conflict & Geopolitical Changes

The Syrian Conflict

The shifting alliances and the overlapping of multiple ethnic, religious, geopolitical and social conflicts that characterize the civil war in Syria seem to defy the basic premise of any war— the distinction between “friend or foe”. On the one side is the regime of Bashar al-Assad, supported by Russia, Iran, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Shiite militias in Iraq while on ... Read More »

Banning Nuclear Weapons, A Primer on Nuclear Ban Treaty Negotiations 2017

Banning Nuclear Weapons

“The world in its present state of moral advancement compared with its technical development would be eventually at the mercy of such a [nuclear] weapon. In other words, modern civilization might be completely destroyed … Also our leadership in the war and in the development of this weapon has placed a certain moral responsibility upon us which we cannot shirk ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor (June 2017)

Letter to the editor

For feedback and suggestions, please write to us at: editorjwtmag@gmail.com; editor@jworldtimes.com TIPS TO LEARN VOCABULARY Mountainous concentration of wealth, without the effective system of checks and balances, has led the entire society to chaos and mayhem. The burgeoning number of impoverished Pakistanis is the distinct outcome of an inequitable distribution of wealth. Meanwhile, affluent class in Pakistan has shielded itself ... Read More »