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Palestine and peace

THE Trump decision to move the US embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem confirms the obvious. The US has no respect for international law, UN resolutions or international agreements. It has zero credibility as an honest broker anywhere. Its credibility is its power not its leadership. The clash of civilisations may have been intellectually debunked, but it is alive and ... Read More »

Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: the Pentagon’s mysterious UFO programme

WASHINGTON: In the $600 billion annual Defence Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Programme was almost impossible to find. Which was how the Pentagon wanted it. For years, the programme investigated reports of unidentified flying objects, according to Defence Department officials, interviews with programme participants and records obtained by ‘The New York Times’. It ... Read More »

Can the International Criminal Court Be Saved From Itself?

MADISON, Wis. — Last month, the International Criminal Court opened two investigations, including a sensitive one in Afghanistan, and a call has been made to allow it to intervene in Myanmar. But such a flurry of announcements mainly testifies to the impasse at which the court finds itself. On Nov. 20, after 11 desperately long years conducting a “preliminary examination,” ... Read More »

Renewable resources: Competitive energy policy a welcome move

ISLAMABAD: The Cabinet Committee on Energy has announced some new decisions followed by press briefings by Power Division Minister Awais Leghari. Most of these pertain to renewable energy. The main decision is to do away with the upfront tariff for renewable energy in favour of competitive bidding. Earlier, some confusion had persisted about competitive bidding as there was no word ... Read More »

NON-FICTION: TELL ME NO LIES

Does truth have a history, itself has been history, or has become a thing of history in a world that increasingly tends to look at truths as alternative facts? It is a common perception that truth is an integral value of human nature, or all living creatures’ instinct. Seen from a historical perspective, truth is considered a behavioural trait that ... Read More »

RTI: Pakistan’s case

A comparative analysis of the RTI laws in the four provinces and the federal territory leads to the conclusion that while they look good on paper, a lot needs to be done on ground Twenty years after the promulgation of the first Freedom of Information (FOI) Ordinance in 1997, the Pakistani right to information (RTI) scene looks dynamic. The country ... Read More »

Questioning Arab loyalty

What are the implications of Trump’s decision to shift the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, on the Arab-Muslim World? After the December 7 decision of US President Donald Trump to shift the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the disputed capital of Israel, one can perhaps ask if the worst has happened. Since the US Congress decided ... Read More »

Social media minefields

In recent years the number of people engaged with social media has skyrocketed in Pakistan, but there are no institutions that offer advanced courses in the subject People with interest in the dynamics of society can’t afford to ignore the worth and effects of social media in the contemporary world. But in a country like Pakistan where unpredictable events unfold ... Read More »