March 23, 2017

Blogroll

A Short History of Presidents Lying About Their Health

(Image by James Ramirez, Creative Commons License)

Avoiding questions about coughs and chronic conditions has a long political history in America. Read More »

Melting Glaciers May Impact Hydropower Plans

The Karakorum glaciers [image via thethirdpole.net, courtesy earthobservatory.nasa.gov]

The World Water Week has put the focus back into shrinking glaciers but the jury is still out on the impacts they will have on the flow in snow-fed rivers and hydropower generation. Read More »

Pakistan Needs Another Sept. 6 Moment?

Relatives of Pakistanis who lost their lives in war against terror paying their respects at the national martyrs monument in Rawalpindi. (Photo via video stream)

With Pakistan’s democratic system not delivering despite its soldiers and citizens tremendous sacrifices, should the state be delivered to chaos and anarchy? Asks one analyst. Read More »

Instruments of Terror

More than 50,000 Pakistanis have lost their lives in terrorist attacks. File photo shows scale of destruction in a Karachi neighborhood following powerful explosion in Karachi in 2013. (Photo by Nadir Burney, Creative Commons License)

Pakistan faces the unavoidable specter of an ever-growing Indo-US-Afghan alliance that  requires it to do more in the anti-terror fight. It also needs to clean up its image that became tainted because of its alliances with or support for non-state actors. Read More »

Rural America Is Back In Business

(Photo by James Jordan, Creative Commons License)

Over the past eight years, the Obama Administration has vigorously invested in the rural way of life, strengthening the small towns and rural communities that so many call home. Read More »

How Trump’s ‘Mormon Problem’ May Cost Him Utah

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Many evangelicals are backing Trump, so why hasn't he caught fire with Mormons? A scholar of Mormons' political beliefs counts the ways. Read More »

The Abrupt Fall of Altaf’s Empire

A sealed office of MQM in Karachi. (Photo via video stream)

The important legal lesson derived from US Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes concept of “clear and present danger” is that when anything impacts national security adversely, you can’t afford to debate and vacillate, you have to act, and swiftly. Read More »

Super PAC Spending Hits $500m

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Super PACs have led the charge, breaking the half-a-billion dollar mark in spending and making up about 80 percent of total outside spending for the 2016 election. The nearly $530 million is almost three times the amount spent by super PACs in the 2012 election by the end of August. Read More »

China’s Role in an Emerging Global Order

A view of Shanghai skyline. (Photo by Bon Adrien, Creative Commons License)

For some commentators, China’s rising international status presages the eclipse of a Western-dominated liberal order. In reality, China’s position within an emerging global order that is both inclusive and legitimate has yet to be clearly defined. Read More »

Is Terrorism The Real Target?

Pakistan Army troops carrying out combing operation against terrorists in Punjab province. (Photo via ISPR)

Is terrorism the real target of our rulers or is it the Army? Instead of calling DG Rangers “to restore peace at all costs in Karachi”, the COAS could call the PM’s House to stop playing with the lives of the people of Pakistan.With Gen Raheel Shareef running out of time, Nawaz Sharif is rearing to call his bluff! We are in real trouble because even though the Army sees the political game, it clearly lacks the commitment to do something about it. Read More »