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The Biggest Tech Failures and Successes of 2017

The Biggest Tech Failures and Successes of 2017

Let’s face it: Technology this year was one big “fail” after another. And the biggest loser from all of this was you. It’s easy to count the ways that tech did you wrong, especially when it came to information security. On the other hand, there was also plenty of good technology this year that worked well and offered benefits for …

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Palestine and peace

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 …

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

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 …

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Can the International Criminal Court Be Saved From Itself?

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,” …

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Renewable resources: Competitive energy policy a welcome move

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 …

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Analysing the evolving fuel mix in electricity production

Analysing the evolving fuel mix in electricity production

KARACHI: In early December 2017, the government announced the production of surplus electricity in the country. Although the government may have been able to reduce load-shedding, it is the shifting composition of the fuel mix used in power generation that is essential as it can have an impact on the local fuel market as well as implications for the electricity …

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NON-FICTION: TELL ME NO LIES

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 …

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RTI: Pakistan’s case

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 …

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Questioning Arab loyalty

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 …

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Social media minefields

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 …

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