July 26, 2017


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

(Photo by J.P. Esperança, Creative Commons License)

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 »

An Indian Perspective: Cannot Wish Away Afghan Troubles

Afghan National Army recruits walk back to their formation after completing marksmanship training during Basic Warrior Training in Kabul Military Training Center. ((U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ernesto Hernandez Fonte, Creative Commons License)

New Delhi’s delusion that taking strong measures to protect its interests in Afghanistan will lead to war in South Asia will cost this country dear. Read More »

When The Water Runs Dry, The Ideas Flow

Dry earth in the desert plains of the Danakil depression in northern Ethiopia. For generic use, keywords: drought, famine, dry. (Photo by Siegfried Modola/IRIN)

STOCKHOLM: Droughts are rarely seen as a positive development. Historically equated with divine punishment, they can be fatal to local economies and human lives alike. But they can also provide a crucial test for water management systems, which – when they function effectively – may allow regions to shake off severe droughts that would have otherwise led to widespread loss ... Read More »

What You Need To Know Before House Vote on Food Stamps


  This article was published by the Center for American Progress Action   House Republicans plan to vote Wednesday on the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act, the remaining half of the policy traditionally referred to as the farm bill that would deal with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, otherwise known as food stamps). The House passed the portion that relates ... Read More »

Threats And Pakistan’s New Counter Terrorism Strategy

Trucks destroyed during military operations against the Taliban stand in a fuel station in Dagar, Buner district, North-West Frontier province, Pakistan on May 15, 2009. (Photo by Balazs Gardi, Creative Commons License)

About a week ago, without the usual international attention, Pakistan miraculously achieved a milestone that has proved to be elusive since the war against terror erupted in 2001. With the US slated to withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014, the new government has achieved consensus on a strategy to fight the extremists. This is after realizing that the bullet train cannot ... Read More »

India’s Divisive Political Face

Charismatic and controversial, Narendra Modi is seen both as divisive and unifying force in India. (Photo by Al Jazeera English, Creative Commons License)

Now that India’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has settled on Narendra Modi, a top right-wing politician and chief minister of western state of Gujarat, as its prime ministerial candidate for the next year’s crucial elections, commentators across India and beyond are looking at the emerging political circus with inquietude. Modi is likely to face a stiff challenge from Rahul ... Read More »

Can Asia Go The Next Round on Economic Integration?

Piles of containers are pictured at a terminal of Yangshan Deep-water Port in Shanghai, China, 10 September 2013. (Photo via East Asia Forum)

  Despite the slowing growth in some economies, Asia is still the most dynamic part of the world economy. Output, trade and incomes per head are still growing faster on average than in most other parts of the world economy. But there are threats to Asia’s economic growth on the horizon, not only because of the lingering malaise of industrial-country economies ... Read More »