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Ethics and politics

Last August, the FBI raided former US president Donald Trump's resort home in Florida. They searched for and confiscated a large number of classified documents that were in the former…

Inside the Red Zone: Half-baked politics

You can’t trash a house and then complain it’s looking bad. Which is why it has become rather tiresome to hear the PTI chairman bemoan the absence of stability as…

Politics of narratives and redlines Dec 21, 2022

Baroness Onora O’ Neill, in her Reith lectures on BBC (2002), published in book form by the Cambridge University Press, in the first lecture, titled spreading suspicion, quoted an advice…

The future of Eurasian geopolitics

Powerful forces are inexorably redrawing the Eurasian geopolitical map. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was the latest, but not the only one, of the momentous developments which will have far-reaching repercussions…

Judicialization of politics

Judicialization of politics means that courts exercise judicial power to decide political questions. Superior courts in Pakistan enter into the political thicket in the belief that they are entrusted with…

A week really is a long time in UK politics

Liz Truss came to 10 Downing Street vowing to be a “disruptor”. She U-turned on almost everything else, but that was one promise the convention-shredding Conservative leader delivered in full.…

Politics and the Pakistani diaspora

Historically, ‘diaspora’ had a very specific meaning – mostly ascribed to Jews and Armenians’ dispersions around the world – epitomizing the historical oppression and neglect these communities had to face…

Politics of false narratives

Imran Khan lacks the credentials of a visionary leader who has an unswerving commitment to prioritize national interests. But he surely is a master in carving out false narratives and…

Misogyny in politics

The recent act of verbal abuse directed by Pakistanis at Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb, while she was in one of Islam’s holiest sites, is yet another…

Primitive politics

Einstein had a definition of lunacy: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. We perhaps need a milder expression to interpret our rulers’ inability to…