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What it means to use yuan in trade with China

What it means to use yuan in trade with China

IT has finally been officially confirmed that Pakistan is considering using the Chinese currency for bilateral trade. At a weekly media briefing on Dec 21, Foreign Office spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal said Pakistan and China “will actively use bilateral currencies for the settlement of bilateral trade and investment (transactions) under the relevant arrangements”. In response to a supplementary question, he ... Read More »

Politics of articles 62/63

Politics of articles 62/63

There is a growing consensus that these ‘political’ articles in the constitution are becoming a tool of victimisation, and need to be reviewed either by the parliament or the judiciary Pakistan’s top judiciary is under severe criticism after judgments regarding the disqualification cases of the top leaders of two main opposition parties — Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf ... Read More »

The fragile Afghan government

The fragile Afghan government

It seems the distance and distrust between President Ghani and CEO Abdullah is increasing and staying together would require regular US intervention in future Visiting Kabul can cause anxiety due to concern about the security situation in the Afghan capital. However, most journalists tend to take risks if a trip promises to be professionally rewarding. Curiosity can take you anywhere ... Read More »

Trump Security Strategy a Study in Contrasts

Trump Security Strategy a Study in Contrasts

To the extent that the National Security Strategy (NSS) matters—and it is not clear that it matters much—it is not because it constrains the choices that policymakers can make in the future. No senior decision-maker has ever confronted a crisis by looking at a copy of the NSS to find out what to do. NSSs are not even important in ... Read More »

The EU Must Recognize the Palestinian State

The EU Must Recognize the Palestinian State

At this point, the best way to encourage Israelis and Palestinians to return to the negotiating table is to work to level the playing field. Because the US clearly won’t do that, the EU must take the lead, sending a message that is as forceful as it is necessary, by immediately recognizing the State of Palestine. MADRID – Once again, ... Read More »

2017: The year the bitcoin craze reached Wall Street

2017: The year the bitcoin craze reached Wall Street

Bitcoin burst out of the shadows in 2017, seducing Wall Street and individual investors alike even though many still struggle to understand precisely what it is. The cryptocurrency’s rise is also pushing regulators to consider taking action after years of simply urging caution. Bitcoin started the year at $1,000 per unit in January but by mid-December had shot to within ... Read More »

Data protection and privacy

Data protection and privacy

What is data? WITH the fast paced advancements in technology and the increasing pervasiveness of information and community technologies (ICTs) in everyday life, our personal information is accessible to multiple parties including corporations, governments, hackers, stalkers and other third parties. We have now entered what Klaus Schwab calls the fourth industrial revolution, which, he argues, is “characterised by a fusion ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »