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Faces of institutional failure

Sakib Sherani INSTITUTIONS intersect our daily lives in myriad but mostly unnoticed or unseen ways. Ensuring public safety is one such domain. Among many different ways, public safety can be in the form of ensuring buildings that we live and work in are built to certain minimum standards, or that road traffic follows laid-down guidelines, or the food that we ... Read More »

Can America survive Donald Trump?

By Aijaz Zaka Syed No one expected Donald Trump to be all sweetness and light once he won the White House. But who turns his first press conference into a circus and slanging match with the media and virtually everyone else in the room? The man really nurses a grudge. It was probably the shallowest speech ever delivered by an ... Read More »

Afghanistan and the New World Order

By Jehangir Khattak As Donald Trump takes oath as the 45th President of the US, history seems to be going full circle in one part of the world. The enemies of yesteryear are cosying up to one another and allies of yesterday are embracing estrangement, if not outright hostility over Afghanistan. The display of shifting sands was witnessed in Moscow ... Read More »

Is Turkish military’s role in politics over?

Through a state of emergency decree issued Jan. 10, the Turkish government transferred some critical powers of the chief of the General Staff to the civilian minister of defense. Although the move passed without much debate, its importance cannot be disregarded. The powers transferred constitute the nerve endings of the military tutelage that ruled over Turkey for many years. The decree concentrates military power in ... Read More »

A strategic shift

By Hussain H Zaidi President Donald Trump has pulled the US out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on his first day in the White House. If for nothing else, Trump deserves a round of applause for being as good as his word. Compliments aside, the decision taken by the man who presides over the globe’s largest economy and trading nation ... Read More »

The Doomsday Clock just advanced, ‘thanks to Trump’: It’s now just 2½ minutes to ‘midnight.’

By Peter Holley, Abby Ohlheiser and Amy B Wang It’s now 2 ½ minutes to “midnight,” according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, which warned Thursday that the end of humanity may be near. The group behind the famed Doomsday Clock announced at a news conference that it was adjusting the countdown to the End of it All by moving ... Read More »

Donald Trump’s Mexico Tantrum

Less than a week into the job, President Trump on Thursday raised the specter of a trade war with America’s third-largest partner, Mexico, as the White House warned that the United States could impose a 20 percent tariff on Mexican imports. This absurd threat, issued as a proposal to cover the cost of a border wall, came just hours after ... Read More »

What was destroyed must be rebuilt

BY Mary Scully Perhaps what is most puzzling about the Donald Trump presidency is why US policymakers – those who really run the country – allowed him to take the election when Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by an indisputable margin. That is not to endorse Clinton’s candidacy as preferable to Trump because her actual policies contradict her populist ... Read More »

How to handle the enabling conditions for extremism and terrorism

Tehran, Dec 30, IRNA – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has elaborated on the issue of extremism and terrorism contaminating the present world and suggested ways to struggle with the evil phenomenon. In an article published in the Iranian Review of Foreign Affairs, the senior diplomat wrote: ‘Much is being articulated today about the formidable challenge presented to the ... Read More »