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COP28 in a time of chaos

The raging Israeli violence in Gaza is feared to cast a dark shadow on the upcoming COP28 climate summit as the climate discussions are also not immune to abusive power…

In the shadows of occupation

Several days ago, a surprise and well-coordinated attack on Israel by the Palestinian militant group Hamas, drew renewed global attention to the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict that has troubled the Middle…

A war in our minds

During my infrequent encounters with university students, I have been quoting that first sentence of the Unesco constitution: “Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the…

The rise of bigotry

A religiously motivated violent mob in Jaranwala, Faisalabad attacked, vandalized and set houses and churches of the Christian community on fire on August 16. According to the initial official assessment,…

Bodyguard of lies

“In wartime”, Churchill famously told Stalin at Tehran in 1943, “truth is so precious that she must always be attended by a bodyguard of lies”. These words also describe the…

Invest in the planet

The theme of this year’s ‘Earth Day’ – observed on April 22 – was ‘Invest in Our Planet’. The day was observed to encourage people to utilize their time, resources,…

BBZ’s ‘dissenting’ note

Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has been compelled by circumstances to send a message to the International Monetary Fund just when the mighty and omnipotent lender is about to decide the fate of…

Securing Pakistan

The 40th meeting of the National Security Committee concluded on Monday with a resolve to have zero tolerance for terrorism in Pakistan. It was heartening to note that due emphasis…

Uplifting women

We welcomed the 21st century with great optimism. We entered it on the foundation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to plan a more prosperous way forward. But enter the…

Acid violence

Acid violence is an extreme form of gender-based violence (GBV). It affects women and girls disproportionally. According to the Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTI), 1,500 cases of acid violence are…