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Fixing politics by non-political means

Thailand’s former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was overthrown in a September 2006 coup and subsequently convicted of corruption, is back in the country after years in exile. His party…

Political circus: will this ever end?

Perhaps, the immediate answer from any of my compatriots to this interrogative caption is, no. A vehement, no. There is no likelihood of peace between the warring factions of the…

Political arena

The Prime Minister has written a letter to the Speaker of the National Assembly to take steps for making electoral reforms. It is a step in the aftermath of recent…

Dark clouds on the political horizon

Eleven opposition parties met at an Iftar (breaking fast) dinner in Islamabad at Chairman Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari's residence on May 19, 2019. If Jamiat-e-Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief…

Fortunes made; fortunes not spent

What would society look like had fortunes not been made? What would culture look like had fortunes not been spent? We didn't need the overwhelming evidence Piketty and others produced…

An Evolving Political Equation

An evolving political equation

Sindh is the only province where politics has remained static since 1988. The PPP has repeatedly emerged as a major political force in the rural areas of the province while…

Political Process And Maturity

Political process and maturity

I was a graduate student in Canada in 1995 when Quebec held a referendum to decide whether it wanted to remain a part of Canada or become independent. Parti Québécois,…

The Political Calculus

The political calculus

WHY, and when, does a politician defect? The simplistic, but not all that simple, answer is money. We have good reason, of course, to be cynical about the morality of…