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A pre-election watch

Since elections are likely to take place in January 2024 – at least per the announcement by the Election Commission of Pakistan – the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP)…

Which way lies the solution?

I have never quite understood the fascination in the West, and among the liberal class everywhere else, to see the developing societies’ problems solely through the prism of democracy. There…

Caged justice and numbed brains

“Out of the huts of history’s shame, I rise./ Up from the past that’s rooted in pain, I rise./ I am a black ocean, leaping and wide,/ Welling and swelling…

Palestine and imperialism

Hamas launched a well-planned and organized attack on Israel. The scale and speed of the October 7 Hamas attack shocked Israel. Hamas fired thousands of rockets into Israel. Hamas gunmen…

Developing with a cultural lag

Cultural lag is a condition in a society where one aspect of culture is out of kilter with another to which it is related. As a result, society falls between…

When allies go rogue

On September 18, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau stood before his parliament and made an astounding declaration – that the Indian government had been involved in the extrajudicial killing on Canadian…

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…

Will a bigger BRICS be a bigger challenge?

The expansion of BRICS has been hailed as “historic” by the bloc’s most stalwart proponent of enlargement, China. The five-member bloc consists of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa,…