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The world of Huxley

When Eric Arthur Blair (better known by his pen name George Orwell) sent his novel ‘1984’ to Aldous Huxley – his French teacher and mentor – for a review, Orwell…

The exploding population

Iranian authorities recently deported 140 illegal Pakistani migrants. The picture of the hapless migrants squatting on their haunches has appeared in news reports; their dishevelled state evoked deep sympathy for…

An unequal world

The Global Gender Gap Report 2022 issued by the World Economic Forum ranks Pakistan 145 out of 146 countries. Pakistan is only behind Afghanistan, which has closed 43.5 per cent…

How the world has changed—II

The above (carried in the first part of this two-part article) appears to paint a rather bleak picture of the future for investors. However, in the continuum of human history…

The new world ‘disorder’

The more things change the more they are the same. Wrong? Should be, but unfortunately it is right. The fright of the pandemic is not yet over. But it seems…

Punishing populations

Economic sanctions are like the siege of a medieval city. Siege engines batter at the walls and hurl missiles over them, but it is all a slow business. Those suffering…

Population census, 2017 – II

The first article last week on the census of 2017 focused on the provisional results with regard to the overall size and growth rate of the population of Pakistan. This…