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Austerity: truly misunderstood

Certain policy areas are less well understood. Austerity is one of them. Austerity comes from the Latin word ‘austerus’, meaning harshness. Austerity has grown from a policy of rationing and…

Rivals and revivals

The recent local government elections in Karachi are a testament to one undeniable fact: the city has had a change of heart and the Pakistan Peoples Party has emerged victorious.…

How to challenge a dogma – Part II

The economic prosperity of the US, the sole superpower of our time, could only be possible due to labour exploitation. Four million African slaves were thrown overboard while being transported…

How to challenge a dogma – Part I

A few weeks ago, former finance minister Dr Miftah Ismail created a small political and social storm in the country by speaking out about the elite of the country, claiming…

Break the silence, hold your hearings

The independent Panel of Judges pronounced its judgment a few days back at the Nieuwe Kerk, The Hague. The panel of judges unanimously decided that “through their acts and omissions…

Maritime sector

Even after 75 years since its creation, Pakistan has never paid its utmost attention to its maritime sector. The main reason for the continued neglect has been the political instability…

Climate talks

In advance of the global climate negotiations taking place in Egypt, several countries announced important actions to curb the power of the fossil fuel industry. For decades now, a global…