May 23, 2017

Blogroll

Reflections on Polls in Indian-Administered Kashmir

Kashmiri leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq has been turning to Twitter to highlight atrocities by Indian security forces.

The international community should respond to the brutal suppression of Kashmiris and minimize the possibility of unimaginable nuclear disaster that looms on South Asia. Read More »

Would Trump’s Tax Cut Be the Biggest Ever? Fat Chance

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announcing massive tax reforms at a briefing in White House on April 26.

The bar for achieving that lofty goal was set almost 150 years ago when Congress cut taxes from as high as 10 percent to zero over two years. Read More »

Europe’s Fate Will Depend on the French Presidential Election

Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right Marine Le Pen will face off on May 7 in the second round of voting to determine who will be the next French president.

Next month’s run-off then is a critical juncture for the future of France and the EU. A Le Pen victory could signal the end of the project. The stakes could scarcely be higher. Read More »

Uzair ‘The Smoking Gun’

Karachi has for years been target of mobsters, who usually have been accused of doing the bidding of the country's powerful political elite. (Photo by No Real Name Given AKA, CC license)

If criminals continue functioning in the name of justice, Pakistan is at risk of becoming a criminal state. Read More »

Understanding George Maragos’ Grass-root Politics

Comptroller George Maragos addressing a reception of Khyber Society in Hempstead, Long Island on April 22.

Long Island politician is an emerging star for many in Nassau County's immigrant vote bank. Read More »

India’s Food-water-energy Nexus: Disaster or Opportunity?

Using pipes to provide just as much water as the plant needs can save much of the water used for irrigation in India now (Image by Joydeep Gupta)

Overuse of water for irrigation is taking India towards disaster, but new technologies provide opportunities to reverse the trend. Read More »

Turkish Referendum: Democracy No More?

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AKP, the Justice and Development Party, has been running the country since 2002. (Photo by unaoc, CC license)

Turkey’s April 16 referendum will be long remembered as a turning point in the country’s political history.   Turks were asked to grant additional executive powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, bringing an end to the separation of powers. The 18 proposed constitutional amendments grant the Turkish president sweeping authority over the executive, legislative and judiciary branches, including power to ... Read More »

Getting Regional Trade Right in Central Asia

Containers at Karachi port. Sheryaar Jivani. (photo by Sheryaar Jivani, CC license)

One golden opportunity for ECO member countries to increase trade and investment is in the road and rail development projects under the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor. Read More »

Why You May Be Paying More Income Tax Than You Should

(Photo by Philip Taylor, CC license)

The burden of filing our taxes appears to be growing, especially for those who tend to wait until the last minute to fill in their 1040s. Read More »

A Govt. Shutdown May Delay Billions in Tax Refunds

Even if Congress follows the spending levels set by the existing budget deal, a shutdown is still possible. (Photo by Stephen Melkisethian, CC license)

A two-week government shutdown, if Congress and President Trump fail reach an agreement on budget, would hold up the tax refunds of roughly 2.5 million families, delaying nearly $8 billion in refunds. Read More »