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Contractors, Not Troops, Will Save Afghanistan

In 1941, shortly after Pearl Harbor pulled the United States into World War II, a group of volunteer American aviators led by Gen. Claire Chennault known as the Flying Tigers fought Japanese aggression in China. They were so successful that many people believe they were decisive in holding back Japan, eventually leading to its defeat. Although they were paid volunteers ... Read More »

Power politics and corruption

Dealing with corruption requires political will and a comprehensive framework With Transparency International ranking Pakistan 116/176 on the Corruption Perception Index 2016, will the decision of Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification contribute to ending the culture of corruption? This is a key question in today’s Pakistan. The way different politicians — both who have been in power and those from the opposition ... Read More »

Gaza end game?

This week’s news that Gaza’s Hamas rulers have entered into a new pact with former Fatah strongman Mohammed Dahlan appeared to signal a new phase not only in Palestinian politics but in the wider Palestinian-Israeli and Arab regional arena. What once seemed unthinkable has become a reality, as the balance of power shifts due to the current Gulf Cooperation Council ... Read More »

Women’s economic empowerment

It is often argued that women’s contributions to the labour force can be an important driver for economic growth in Pakistan. This is represented not only in government reports but also by transnational organisations and NGOs. Indeed, one of the major themes driving girls’ education campaigns in the country is that educated girls will be able to secure jobs and ... Read More »

A new governance system

Our country stands at a crossroads of its history. Exports are down to $21.7 billion while imports have risen by 18 percent to $49 billion. The trade deficit has reached an alarming $26.9 billion and it is likely to grow to $30 billion this year. The current account deficit has reached $12 billion and Pakistan is sinking fast. We will ... Read More »

Is Trump All Talk on North Korea? The Uncertainty Sends a Shiver

WASHINGTON — When President Trump gave a fiery campaign speech in Huntsville, Ala., on Friday evening, he drew a rapturous roar by ridiculing Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, as “Little Rocket Man.” Among diplomats and national security specialists, the reaction was decidedly different. After Mr. Trump repeated his taunt in a tweet late Saturday and threatened that Mr. Kim ... Read More »

US bombers fly off North Korea’s coast in show of force as official says conflict ‘inevitable’

US Air Force bombers escorted by fighter jets flew over waters east of North Korea on Saturday. The Pentagon said it was a show of force designed to show the range of military options available to President Trump. This is the farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) any U.S. aircraft has flown off North Korea’s coast in the 21st ... Read More »

Explained: Kurdistan’s controversial independence referendum

Kurdistan controversial independence referendum

  By: Chris Harris   All you need to know about Kurdistan’s bid to split from Baghdad. What is happening? Kurdistan, an autonomous region in northern Iraq, will hold a referendum on Monday, September 25, calling for full independence from Baghdad. Why is it important? Experts say the electorate is likely to give the thumbs up to independence and, with ... Read More »

Unlearn, relearn

THE nature of work and its corresponding job skills are constantly changing. It is estimated that 65pc of children entering primary school and up to 40pc of tertiary students will ultimately end up working in completely new types of jobs that have yet to be created, and some of the skills they are learning will become obsolete during their working ... Read More »