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Tech-savvy terror

Traditional methods of financing terrorism such as cash smuggling and illicit donations are increasingly being supplemented by digital means. The internet’s anonymity and accessibility provides fertile ground for terrorist groups…

Budget & tax policy

‘The impact of economic growth on the lives of people is partly a matter of income distribution, but it also depends greatly on the use that is made of the…

Making the national divide worse

As ridiculous ideas go, nothing could be more absurd than declaring May 28 a public holiday twenty-six years after the nuclear explosions. This had not happened before – and did…

There’s a new spectre in Europe

The spectre of brutal policies has once again returned to Europe. However, this time it is neither communism nor the bloody red revolution; it is the pernicious far-right forces that…

How to tell what’s true online

The wars in the Middle East, South Sudan and Ukraine have heightened global tensions and deepened crises in the areas of peace and security, sustainable development and climate change. One…

Islands of privilege

Peace and security are basics for any society to prosper. The purpose of modern states is to ensure safety for everyone irrespective of their social status. Absence of social tranquillity…

A broken, bleeding society

Every morning when I pick up the newspapers, I wonder if I will find a particular news, datelined Karachi, that is reported rather infrequently – once a fortnight or a…

Good days shall return

An old saying has it that “when you dance with the devil, the devil doesn’t change. The devil changes you.” In this country, it is almost impossible to trace evil…