April 24, 2017


Mongolia Joins Shale Revolution, But at What Cost?

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  This spring, Genie Energy signed an agreement with the government of Mongolia, under which its subsidiary will explore oil shale over a five year period. Statements to the press have spun the agreement as a way for the country to achieve energy independence from Russia, as Mongolia currently imports 90 percent of its petroleum needs from its neighbor. Estimates have put Mongolia’s oil ... Read More »

Combating Impunity of Crimes Against Media in Pakistan

Journalists in Peshawar protesting against attack on a TV channel's office in Karachi on August 16, 2013. (ViewsWeek photo)

Media in Pakistan continues to face grave threats, including threats to the lives of journalists. The recent statistics are stark. Over 60 journalists have been killed in the last six years (2007 to 2013) – about two-thirds of them shot dead in target killings and the rest killed in suicide attacks and bombings in public places. On average, for each journalist ... Read More »

Russia’s Pivot to Eurasia And The Battle For Ukraine

Members of non-government public movement Nastup ('The attack') burn goods made in Russia during their protest in front of the Russian embassy building in Kiev, Ukraine, 16 August 2013. The Customs Service of the Russian Federation put all Ukrainian imports on the list of potentially dangerous goods, which halted the shipment of goods from Ukraine for an indefinite. (Photo by EPA/SERGEY DOLZHENKO via East Asia Forum)

Nearly one year after the APEC Summit in Vladivostok, Russia’s trade policy focus seems to have drifted away from the Asia Pacific. Russia has reverted to a relatively silent profile in APEC, showed ambivalence towards the economic dialogue with ASEAN, and suspended negotiations for an FTA with New Zealand after the last negotiating round was held in July 2012. There ... Read More »

Indian Politics — Memory Versus Forgetting

Gujarat pogrom started after the burning of a train at Godhra in 2002. (Photo by V. Malik, Creative Commons License)

“The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting,’ novelist Milan Kundera wrote. Indeed, those who wield power often try to efface the imprints of their despicable past, recreating on the slate of a cleansed public memory an endearing image of themselves. Yet, their darkled past returns to haunt them because of individuals who want to ... Read More »

Sri Lanka’s Vertical Theory of Democracy

A view of an election rally of the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) in North Western Province's Kurunegala District on September 17, 2013. (Photo via President Mahinda Rajapaksa's office)

I feel we are living in a vertical democracy. As the President of the country stated, we do have elections on a regular basis. We are governed by a Constitution, which establishes democratic institutions of governance. One can check the boxes: Sri Lanka has an Executive, Parliament, a Judiciary, and universal franchise is an age-old tradition in the country. This ... Read More »

GOP Leaders Hold Debt Ceiling Hostage

US Capitol building in Washington DC. (Photo by Tom Harris, Creative Commons License)

  This article was published by the Center for American Progress Action On Wednesday (September 18), House leaders confirmed that they will not vote to increase the nation’s debt ceiling without an amendment to delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act by one year, a measure that faces certain defeat in the Senate and a veto threat from President Obama. The bill will ... Read More »

De-Weaponizing Pakistan’s Most Violent City

According to Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, a total of 1,726 people were killed in the first six months of 2013. (ViewsWeek photo)

The paramilitary Rangers “targeted operation” to restore peace to Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi under the direction of the provincial Sindh government commenced on a low-key basis, a number of ‘suspects’ taken into custody and some arms and ammunition seized. It remains to be seen whether putting the operation into high gear will make an improvement, the lawlessness continues as ... Read More »

Pakistan’s Invest2Innovate Taps into Entrepreneurial Talent

(Photo via The Diplomat)

  Last year, five hopeful social entrepreneurs came together for Plan 9, the PITB’s (Pakistan Institute of Technology Board) Tech Incubator, in Lahore, Pakistan, to present their start-up ideas to a host of potential investors. The young entrepreneurs were part of a relatively new initiative called Invest2Innovate (“i2i” for short),  a social enterprise intermediary that not only trains newly launched social entrepreneurship initiatives ... Read More »

Fracking And Oil Projects Dunk in Colorado Floods

(Photo by East Boulder County United, via ThinkProgress)

  This article was published by the Center for American Progress Action Colorado flooding has not only overwhelmed roads and homes, but also the oil and gas infrastructure stationed in one of the most densely drilled areas in the U.S. Although oil companies have shut down much of their operations in Weld County due to flooding, nearby locals say an unknown amount of ... Read More »

A Language That Built A Nation

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For newly independent nations, the choice of an official, national language was crucial, and often controversial, made especially so in the context of polyphonic and geographically diverse countries like China, India, and Indonesia. In China, the Communist Party, opted for Putonghua, or Mandarin, the language of the capital, Beijing. In India, the initial intention of the postcolonial state — to ... Read More »