April 24, 2017

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View from India: Has Pakistan Walked into a Saudi Trap?

The 39-nation Saudi-lead alliance is being dubbed as Muslim NATO. (Photo by Omar Chatriwala, CC license)

Pakistan shouldn’t burn its fingers by joining an alliance that didn’t include Iran. Walking into the Saudi trap would be suicidal for Pakistan, pundits had warned Nawaz Sharif government. But Islamabad just did that. Read More »

Bury the Past, Not the Future

Pakistan Bangladesh flags

Pakistan and Bangladesh must assiduously try to work toward true reconciliation by facing down the demons of the past, forgive each other for the excesses from either side and set aside the lingering acrimony and bitterness. Read More »

Fortune 500 Companies Hold a Record $2.6 Trillion Offshore

Cayman Island is a known destination for offshore accounts. (Photo by Michael Hicks, CC License)

The limited disclosures made by a handful of Fortune 500 corporations show that corporations are brazenly using tax havens to avoid taxes on significant profits. Read More »

El Salvador Votes for Water over Gold

(Photo by Genia Yatsenko via Center for Policy Studies)

The people of El Salvador and their international allies against irresponsible mining are celebrating a historic victory. After a long battle against global mining companies that were determined to plunder the country’s natural resources for short-term profits, El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly has voted to ban all metal mining projects.   The new law is aimed at protecting the Central American ... Read More »

In China and Pakistan’s Coal Romance, Where’s Love for Climate?

Work in progress in Thar coal field to reach one of the world's largest coal deposits several meters under sand and mud in Pakistan's souther Sindh province. (Photo via Thar Coal Energy Board)

Instead of seeking foreign investment to fulfill its energy needs with fossil fuels, Pakistan can ride the renewables wave, developing its workforce and technical and institutional capacity to harness solar energy. Read More »

Pakistan Ranked Happiest Country in South Asia

Vista of the Tirich Mir Mountain across the Chitral valley. (Photo by zerega, CC License)

Pakistan is ranked as the happiest country in South Asia. Israel in Middle East, Uzbekistan in Central Asia, Costa Rica in Central and South America and Algeria in Africa are ranked happiest countries in their respective regions in the 2017 World Happiness Report. Read More »

Is ASEAN a Newfound Voice for the Rohingya?

A meeting of Rohingya Muslim leaders and their supporters at a January panel. (Photo via Rohingya.org)

Myanmar has long valued ASEAN for the protection it provides not only from the wider international community but also its fellow members. But the unwillingness of Myanmar to resolve the Rohingya issue has pushed ASEAN members towards new forms of protest. This failure is already a tragedy, but for ASEAN it might become a disaster. Read More »

Trump Slams Brakes on Obama’s Climate Plan

A coal train in West Virginia. (Photo by Cori Martin, CC License)

Badly looking for a political win that would both fulfill some campaign promises to his political base and satisfy the demands of rank-and-file Republicans in Congress, President Trump on March 28 signed an expansive Energy Independence and Economic Growth Executive Order.   The executive order signals a sharp shift in federal climate change rules, standards and work procedures. This was ... Read More »

The Hate That Divides Us

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In shock after hearing of the London attack and a Bangalore assault, Mari Marcel Thekaekara reflects on what could defeat hate of the ‘other’ and finally bring us together. Read More »

Revisiting Operation ‘Searchlight’

Bangladesh's national martyres monument in Dhaka. (Photo by nasir khan, CC license)

Militarily “Operation Searchlight” was necessary as a pre-emptive strike. That an outstanding military success would end in a horrible human catastrophe and an unmitigated political disaster was also inevitable. Has anyone really been held accountable in Pakistan? Read More »