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The rise of fascism

In the post-Cold War world, an old phenomenon in new guises has raised its ugly head all over again. This is the rise of the far right and even neo-Nazi…

Correcting perceptions about MSCI downgrade

Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) index was downgraded from Emerging Market to Frontier Market recently by MSCI (Morgan Stanley Capital International). Some people are linking this subject to the state of…

Fascism continues

Despite ostensibly distinguishing between refugees who are actually fleeing war and other allegedly less deserving categories of migrant, the League has not shown much sympathy in the case of the…

Science diplomacy

The seemingly inherent incongruences between science and diplomacy can lend an element of incoherence to initiatives that see science and diplomacy working together for mutual benefit. Interestingly, notwithstanding these disjunctions,…

Punishing the conscientious

In this world of narrow nationalism and blind patriotism, it is difficult to follow the dictates of one’s conscience. Most people are influenced by state propaganda and the rhetoric of…

Science report card

SCIENCE is all around us. Kitchens, kitchen gardens, lawns etc. become a child’s first laboratories. They are never tired of exploring them. The fact that children as young as three…