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Trade war’s wider collateral damage

Trade war’s wider collateral damage

As well as hitting Chinese exporters, the escalating US-China dispute will have an impact on many Asia-Pacific economies Aseries of decisions by the United States to impose trade tariffs on various key trade partners, including China, the European Union, India, Russia and the key NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) partners of Canada and Mexico, have catapulted the world toward ... Read More »

Education beyond elections

Education beyond elections

IN the run-up to elections both the PTI and PML-N claimed that they had achieved a lot in education in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab respectively. And, to an extent, they were both right. There have been major reforms that have been carried out in the education systems in these provinces. But a few things should be clear. First, though a ... Read More »

Making sense of the water crisis

Making sense of the water crisis

Are we moving towards a thirsty tomorrow? Independent studies and expert opinion have revealed that a country with an abundance of water resources is now on the verge of being severely affected by a water scarcity. South Asia has 1,500 million acre-feet (MAF) of the world’s share of fresh water supply. As the largest countries of South Asia, Pakistan and ... Read More »

‘Battery of Asia’: Laos’s controversial hydro ambitions

‘Battery of Asia’ Laos’s controversial hydro ambitions

BANGKOK: Moun­tainous and landlocked Laos, known as the “Battery of Asia”, is building dozens of dams at breakneck speed so it can sell energy to power-hungry neighbours as a fast track out of poverty. But the communist country’s ambitious power plans are highly controversial. Most energy is exported to neighbouring countries Vietnam, Cambodia and China, with the lion’s share going ... Read More »

A national democratic charter

NOTWITHSTANDING the controversies surrounding the run-up to the elections, the country is set to achieve a second consecutive democratic transition. They may be dirty but the votes still count. The people will give their verdict today in what is believed to be one of the most critical elections to determine the future course of politics in this country. The outcome ... Read More »

ICC in Palestine

ICC in Palestine

In January 2015, the International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, opened a preliminary examination into the “situation in Palestine” after the “State of Palestine” signed the Rome Statute, thereby formally accepting the court’s jurisdiction over its territory. Two months ago, Palestine submitted to the court a so-called state referral, which basically requests the prosecutor to investigate “past, ongoing ... Read More »

The population bomb

The population bomb

Unbridled population growth is one of the biggest challenges in today’s Pakistan. Yet, there are no credible attempts at any level in Pakistan to tackle the issues posed by a rising population. From an economic, environmental and development perspective, our population is growing at an untenable rate. Successive governments in Pakistan never recognised the growing population as a serious question ... Read More »

The climate conundrum

The climate conundrum

Climate change is one of the major challenges faced by the modern world. It is a peril that will continue to have an impact on our planet for the next 100 years or so. Unfortunately, Pakistan is among the countries that are going to be negatively affected by climate change. Pakistan has persistently fallen victim to extreme weather conditions. This ... Read More »

It’s the economy, stupid!

It’s the economy, stupid!

As the elections 2018 loom, the single most important issue that should command priority attention should be the economy A slogan first pinned on a wall by the Clinton campaign team, during the presidential elections of 1992, has surely passed into history. The phrase, “It’s the economy, stupid,” is no longer limited to the American elections anymore and also has ... Read More »