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The Blair Follies

The Blair follies

Following an incredibly tumultuous three weeks in British politics, the nation gets a new prime minister today, rather sooner than expected, an event that is likely to trigger the dreaded…

VIEW POINT: Blair Remains Remorseless

VIEW POINT: Blair remains remorseless

So Tony Blair has apologised for following George W Bush and his neo-con cabal into invasion and occupation of Iraq? Not quite. In an interview with CNN's Farid Zakaria he…

Viewpoint: Blair’s ‘essential Battle’

Viewpoint: Blair’s ‘essential battle’

Tony Blair delivered a keynote speech last week at Bloomberg London on "Middle East Matters", arguing for continuation of interventionist policy in the Middle East and beyond to thwart the…

The China threat

The US step to shoot down a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon over the Atlantic has strengthened voices which anticipate heightened tensions between the two countries in the days ahead. At…

Just stop bombing

As the world watches the horror of Putin’s war on Ukraine unfold, there is another that must be remembered. Nineteen years ago, George W Bush launched his infamous war on…

Beyond Boris

THE wide-ranging inadequacies of what is known as Western-style democracy may stre­tch back to its inception, but what has been particularly disturbing of late is a tendency to elect (or…

Blaming Russia

Anti-Russian bias seems to be inherent in the Western psyche, and a torrent of criticism recently unleashed against Moscow proves this. The bogey of ‘irredentist Russia’ is almost all over…

Europe in the middle

After months of military build-up and weeks of intensive diplomacy, the crisis in Ukraine is at a critical juncture. It may turn towards a military confrontation or towards a negotiated…

Ehsaas’ positive contribution

The narrative of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s signature Ehsaas programme, which has subsumed Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), as a reflection of his ideological commitment to the uplift of the…

Reforming agricultural sector

Agriculture is the backbone of Pakistan’s economy. Unfortunately, for long it has been neglected by successive governments. This could not build up the resilience needed in this sector, for sustainably…