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Bangkok Protests Deepen Thai Political Divide

Bangkok protests deepen Thai political divide

Phichet Thabudda, 58, like most people living in Thailand's provinces, has been glued to the TV for the past few weeks watching the Bangkok political drama unfold. Since late October,…

South Africa’s Anti-apartheid Hero

South Africa’s anti-apartheid hero

Three global black leaders-Nelson Mandela, Kofi Annan and Colin Powell-were widely admired for their grace and natural authority. Three great politicians-Nelson Mandela of South Africa, Kim Dae-jung of South Korea…

Populist Haven

Populist haven

It has been more than a century since the renowned German sociologist Max Weber wrote about the declining influence of charisma in the modern era. Weber argued that the larger-than-life…

Germany Divided On Minimum Wage Plan

Germany divided on minimum wage plan

Fruit and vegetable seller Thomas Sader says a proposed national minimum wage in Germany would hurt his small business of four employees. "I have to pay costs like electricity and…

Remembering JFK

Remembering JFK

Today is the 50th anniversary of assassination of US President John F. Kennedy. Though the 35th US President never visited Pakistan, his wife did. The walls of the US consul…

Much Ado About Much

Much ado about much

WHEN the curtain is pulled back some, when the cannibalisation begins, when rabid dog turns on rabid dog, those are the fascinating, scary moments. Someone said something stupid about martyrdom,…

Towards The Demise Of The Commonwealth

Towards the demise of the Commonwealth

Officially, the main focus of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in the Sri Lankan capital on November 15-17 was ‘growth with equity: inclusive development’. At the conclusion…

Being Different Is Not Being Wicked

Being different is not being wicked

Recognising that the state, its structure and institutions, political decisions, internal and external policy options, governance and rule of law, economic circumstances, and power struggles for a bigger slice in…

Money Makes The World Go Round

Money makes the world go round

As things go, Pakistanis are amongst the most mobile people in the world. According to government statistics, at least seven million people are formally listed as ‘overseas Pakistanis’, while many…

The One Percent

The one percent

Gregory Mankiw’s essay, ‘Defending the one percent’, is a forceful response to Professor Joseph Stiglitz’s thesis against concentration of fortunes within the top one percent of the Americans. Professor Mankiw…