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A precarious situation

IT is getting messier. An increasingly strident opposition and an obstinate prime minister are now locked in a battle that may not have a winner. The battle lines are still…

Making Sense Of South Asia

Making sense of South Asia

Politically, Narendra Modi has played his cards. He has used his near two-thirds majority to remove the charade of Article 370 in the Indian constitution to formalize Kashmir’s annexation. It’s…

Contested Public Spaces

Contested public spaces

The present spell of rainfall in Punjab highlights how poorly developed our urban spaces are, and how this is intricately tied to the impact climate change has on our people.…

Bargaining Peace With The Taliban

Bargaining peace with the Taliban

Russia has tactfully used the centennial of Moscow-Kabul diplomatic relations to bargain peace with the Taliban. In the name of this moot, Kremlin has hosted the Taliban for informal peace…

Cracks in the ranks

IT can’t get more bizarre: a government at war with itself and at war with all other political forces. The latest spat between the two top party leaders has opened wide the…

Ghareebabad: A Community At Risk

Ghareebabad: a community at risk

On Thursday, March 21, approximately 70 homes within the settlement of Ghareebabad were served seven-day eviction notices by the Pakistan Railways (PR).  In these 70 homes, several hundred people live,…

A Strategic Shift

A strategic shift

US Defence Secretary James Mattis has outlined a new American policy whereby countering China’s rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the main focus of America’s national…

When Boundaries Are Broken

When boundaries are broken

On December 12, 2000, the leadership of the American republic was decided for the next four years by five unelected individuals wearing robes. ‘Bush v Gore’ would prove to be…

Transitioning Into Nowhere

Transitioning into nowhere

I wrote about Singapore in my previous column and described its peculiar stability and staggering achievements, despite the amalgam of contradictions that combine to make up its whole. So if…