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Jerusalem: The Epicenter of Crises in Middle East

Jerusalem

By: Aftab H. Wahla  The earliest manifestation of faith is the sacred geography, and Jerusalem, the holiest of the holy cities, enjoys the status of sacred geography for Abrahimic religions. All three monotheistic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – consider Jerusalem central in their theological belief system. Jews trace the centrality of this city from Biblical historicity and cite …

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Language Imperialism

Language Imperialism

By: Asifa Abbas The Curious Case of Pakistan Pakistan is a multilingual state; having six major and a spate of minor languages spoken far and wide. Urdu has been adopted constitutionally as the National Language while English, like during the lordship of the British lords, assumes the official character. The former is the mother tongue of nearly eight percent of …

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REPRESENTATIVE BUREAUCRACY

REPRESENTATIVE BUREAUCRACY

DEFINITION A representative bureaucracy is defined as a public service whose members reflect the demographic composition of the population it serves and to which its policies apply. To be truly representative, a public service would include members of significant sectors of the population throughout its workforce, including senior decision-making positions, not just in lower rank jobs. Pitkin provided the simplest …

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Palestinians Betrayed Again!

Palestinians Betrayed Again!

Muslim world needs dynamic leadership  Since the start of the illegitimate occupation of Palestinian lands after the (in)famous Balfour Declaration, and especially after subsequent Arab-Israel conflicts; as in 1948 Zionist forces captured West Jerusalem, then the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Golan Heights in 1967 and also forcibly annexed the East Jerusalem, international community has been condemning Israeli moves to consolidate …

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Is United States in Love with China?

Is United States in Love China?

The Sino-US relations are no longer what they used to be. President Donald Trump’s three-day visit, in November 2017, to China has revealed that the strained relations between strategic rivals are taking new turns; from chasm to rapprochement. Trump was all praise for Xi Jinping. The US President was extended a red-carpet welcome upon his arrival in China – his …

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The unbreakable stalemate in AFGHAN PEACE PROCESS

The unbreakable stalemate in AFGHAN PEACE PROCESS

In the past several years, considerable efforts to end the war in Afghanistan have been made. However, none of these efforts have produced any tangible result, and the current war continues to cost Afghan lives and has affected every aspect of life in the war-ravaged country. Most Afghans are in favour of bringing peace through negotiations with the Taliban and …

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Middle East’s Decent into Chaos

Middle East's Decent into Chaos

By: Tauqeer Ahmed  A Prognosis of the region for 2018 Middle East has been one of the most volatile regions of the world since the Second World War. But, recent conflicts in the region have brought academic phrases like ‘Arc of Instability’ to the fore. The Arab Spring was an extension of the Iranian Revolution and the War on Terror …

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Islam as the Harbinger of Feminism

Islam as the Harbinger of Feminism

By: Asifa Abbas Islam is all about feminism. Feminism, if taken as a movement toward gender egalitarianism, had been spearheaded by Islam long before the idea was known to the Western world, where it is a recent phenomenon. In the West, it developed in the eighteenth century when people sought in what is now known as the ‘first wave’ of …

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FIRST-WAVE FEMINISM

FIRST-WAVE FEMINISM

The movement that is taken for granted Historical development of feminism is divided into several periods. These periods are marked by differences in approach toward empowerment of women. Some periods are characterized by a relative absence of feminist thought, while others by sustained growth of feminist criticism and of activism. This rise and fall of feminist thought over a period …

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“COMMUNICATION” The language of leadership

COMMUNICATION The language of leadership

Definition According to Keyton, communication “is the process of transmitting information and common understanding from one person to another.” The definition underscores the fact that unless a common understanding results from the exchange of information, there is no communication. “Understanding” is the essence of communication. This only happens when there is an intention of understanding and being understood by those …

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