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The perils of anocracy

Anocracies are countries in transition towards full democracy after having experienced non-democratic rule in the past but are not fully committed to democratic practices. These countries have a high probability…

Fear looms as time crawls

“Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself” – Samuel Butler. Through decades, a general perception had taken roots that we were but insignificant specks caught up in the…

Growth takes the cake!

Several economic team leaders throughout the world rely on data manipulation to show a performance that is at odds with ground realities and yet, disturbingly, have convinced many a cabinet…

The morning after November 29

Welcome to November 22, 2022. There are now only seven short, autumnal days to go. Exactly one week from today, Pakistan will breathe a sigh of relief (or shudder with…

Graceful protest

Democracies thrive on the value of public opinion and its empowerment by ensuring its inclusion and reflection government policies. Posters in public squares/spaces, peaceful marches, placard shows, sit-ins, candlelight vigils,…

Right to unedited data

Earlier in October, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif refused to inaugurate the dashboard for flood victims because it was a static one, and failed the very purpose for which it was…

The dangers of polarization

The recent climate change induced flood calamity has affected the whole country one way or the other. The resilient and rapid response exhibited by the government, the Pakistan Army and…

American security strategy

In its National Security Strategy released by the White House on October 12, the Biden administration asserts: “The PRC [People’s Republic of China] is the only competitor with both the…