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Give peace a chance

We are living in the age of cut-throat competition where no one wants to see others grow. Humans have initiated a lot of fights against one another. The two world…

Shock, awe and ICC warrants

It must be a coincidence that ICC (International Criminal Court) issued arrest warrants for Russian President Vladimir Putin, for war crimes in Ukraine, just two days before the 20th anniversary…

The Saudi-Iran accord

The disintegration of the Soviet Union left the Middle East bereft of any alternatives to US leadership. Washington, a prisoner of American exceptionalism and manifest destiny – the mythical doctrine…

As Afghanistan suffers

Afghanistan’s central bank’s frozen assets serve as a stark reminder of the limitations and decline of American influence in the region. Much to the disappointment of the US and other…

Failure of imagination

On the evening of January 27, 1967 the Apollo 1 crew was performing a test rehearsal on the pad at Launch Complex 34 when a spark from a power surge…

The untouchables

Our culture respects the dead. Condolences pour in from near and far, even from ‘enemies’. The faults of the departed are either completely ignored, or mentioned in an elliptical manner…

Tackling militancy

The January 30 terror attack inside a mosque in Peshawar has terrified the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), who had been warning the government of the possible resurgence of militancy…

Give peace a chance

There’s a limit to how much significance songs can carry, of course, but a successful political movement does need a good soundtrack. (As I found out while reporting then, Rage…

Politics and character

Perhaps many who enter the arena of politics with none or little appreciation of the “Risks” they are likely to be exposed to end up writhing in pain at the…

Time for decisive action

Never before in recent decades has Pakistan been in such a state of crisis. Our economy, politics and society are in disarray. About the economy, the question being asked is:…