(By AZAM AHMED) KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s new president, Ashraf Ghani, is a man in a hurry to break from his predecessor’s governing style. Best not make him late.
He drove the point home this month when he started a meeting without the prominent and widely . . . → Read More: Is Ashraf Ghani speeding ahead on a bumpy road?
THE VOTERS WHO put Barack Obama in office expected some big changes. From the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping to Guantanamo Bay to the Patriot Act, candidate Obama was a defender of civil liberties and privacy, promising a dramatically different approach from his predecessor.
But six years into his administration, the Obama version of national . . . → Read More: You can vote but you can’t elect
By Noam Chomsky An international poll found that the United States is ranked far in the lead as “the biggest threat to world peace today,” far ahead of second-place Pakistan, with no one else even close.
Imagine that the lead article in Pravda reported a study by the KGB that reviews major terrorist operations run by the . . . → Read More: USA the biggest threat to world peace
(By Marc-André Franche) The budget is one of the most powerful fiscal instruments at the disposal of incumbent governments to implement their political commitments and development agenda. Unfortunately, the debate, when it happens, is overly focused on allocations and expenditures, and rarely on the critical issues of transparency and accountability of the budget-making process. Only . . . → Read More: Pakistan needs to redesign its budgeting process
“An icon under pressure.” That was how Australia’s Great Barrier Reef was described recently by the body that manages it.
Stretching along the Queensland coast, the reef is an underwater wonderland home to thousands of different fish and coral species. But it is facing multiple threats.
Swathes of coral have been killed by . . . → Read More: Will Great Barrier Reef suffer due to coal exports?
(By Ansar Abbasi) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari wants to re-discover the politics of “the left” beyond the Constitution in Pakistan as he insists that if the PPP seeks to be the middle ground between the right-wing Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif, it would never live up to “Bhuttoism”
In a recent tweet, he highlighted the PPP . . . → Read More: Whose politics does Bilawal Zardari follow
(By Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury) India, upset with a recent US move to mobilize funds for a hydel-power project in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), will lodge a protest with the Obama administration for supporting a venture in a territory which it considers to be illegally occupied by Islamabad.
Delhi, that has long protested moves by outsiders including China . . . → Read More: Why is India panicking over US funds for Azad Kashmir
This quote in Bilawal’s “apology” on social media is a perfect reflection of his delusions, his confusion as well as an insult to former and current PPP supporters. Coming from someone whose party has become the B-team for Nawaz Sharif, a Saudi stooge and an “establishment test tube”spawn, Bilawal’s call to not support “parties which . . . → Read More: Bilawal – worst thing that could have happened to PPP