May 23, 2017

Blogroll

Riyadh Presses Pakistan on Sharif, Keeping Iran Out of CPEC

Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Abdullah Marzouk Al Zahrani meeting Pakistan's army chief General Asif Qamar Bajwa. (Courtesy ISPR)

Saudi diplomacy is reportedly at work to rescue Nawaz Sharif's embattled government once again and at the same time pushing Pakistan's military to speed up transition of General Raheel Sharif to head the 34-nation yet-tobe-formalized miltary alliance of Muslim majority countries. Read More »

Integrity and Character

Barack Obama boarding presidential helicopter as former president after Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45 President of the US on Jan 20. (Photo via video stream)

Neither Obama nor Biden boast tonnes of money, multiple houses and fleet of cars, escorted by massive security after all these years at top posts. And with heads held high, they walk out of their official residences to private homes and public transport. Do or can these examples shame the rulers in countries like Pakistan? Read More »

General Raheel Sharif at Davos

General (Retd) Raheel Sharif speaking at the Davos panel.

Pakistan's former army chief General Raheel Sharif was one of the most sought-after dignitary at the World Economic Forum in Davos, writes Pakistan's leading defense analyst. Read More »

Asia’s Coal Plans Promise Development, Deliver Premature Death

Over 70% of China's electricity is supplied by coal-fired power plants. One of the most noticeable features of these power plants is the cement cooling towers. (Photo by V. T. Polywoda, Creative Commons License)

A new report from Greenpeace and Harvard says Chinese-financed coal projects in Asia could lead to 70,000 premature deaths a year. Read More »

Understanding Trump’s Inaugural Speech

President Donald Trump delivering inaugural speech in Washington DC on January 20. (Photo from video stream)

The speech mimicked today’s political climate. For his base, it will be received as a call for all Americans to unify around his agenda. For his opponents, it will be seen as not only negative, but divisive. Read More »

West Africa Prepares Military Action Against Gambia’s Jammeh

Nigerian Navy's NNS THUNDER. Nigeria has deployed a warship off Gambia's cost.

Yahya Jammeh will certainly be removed if West Africa decides to use force. But that will come at a heavy price for The Gambia, the neighboring states and the world as a whole Read More »

Pakistan’s Coal Energy: At What Cost?

Kot Addu power plant in Muzaffargarh, Punjab, Pakistan.

The thoughtless rush for coal-fired energy by a politically motivated Pakistani ruling elite is both alarming and questionable. Read More »

Trauma and Afghan Journalists

Image Caption: The training participants in group with trainer. (Photo via FN)

Simple bravery is not enough for journalists to cope with trauma-like situation. Training is a must and the international community must come forward to help the Afghan journalists recover from the stress they face in the line of duty. Read More »

Davos 2017 Season

(Photo by Loic Le Meur, Creative Commons License)

Davos is a unique opportunity to showcase Pakistan. But a handful of Pakistani businessmen at are unable to shoulder the burden of projecting Pakistan. Read More »

Who is Betsy DeVos?

Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos speaks in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (Photo via video stream)

Confirmation hearings for Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's billionaire nominee for education, start on Jan. 11. Here's what you need to know about her past legislative actions and proposals. Read More »