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The Pacific, the Indian Ocean and Asia

Pakistan was founded in 1947 at a time when nobody was thinking about globalization even though the then just concluded WW II suggested that. History of the opposing military alliances…

Culture War

Culture war

There’s an old joke about how Richard Nixon was the kind of politician who’d cut down an endangered giant redwood, then climb on the stump and make a speech about…

Trump on trial

THE only US president to have successfully been ousted as the consequence of an impeachment process wasn’t actually im­­peached. Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 once it became clear he would…

Impeachment And The American System

Impeachment and the American system

The specter of impeachment is haunting President Donald Trump, who has been accused by his critics of abusing his powers, obstructing justice and lying to the nation. According to expert,s…

Does Power Corrupt?

Does power corrupt?

In the mid-nineteenth century Lord Acton first introduced the well-known dictum, ‘power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely’. For over a century this was accepted as the gospel…

Arc of Joan

SIXTY years ago this week, a teenager stood in the rain by the side of the stage at the very first Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island. Her talent had…

The American Way

The American way

Just after dawn on March 16, 1968, a company of US Army infantrymen, led by Capt Ernest Medina and spearheaded by Lt William Calley, entered the small hamlet of My…

Making The Economy Scream

Making the economy scream

How did Pakistan land in such a predicament? For 40 years, Pakistan has been following the same beaten track of finding funds from abroad to finance its import-addicted consumption economy…

Direct Complicity

Direct complicity

If not for the United States, thousands of men, women, and children would be sitting at home in peace and comfort, not risking their lives across several thousand miles of…

A second Nuremberg

November is also the anniversary of the commencement of the Nuremberg trials, when, after the Second World War, the Allies put Nazi Germany on trial. On Nov 20, 1945, R.H.…