August 21, 2017

Blogroll

Contempt for the Constitution

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been sacked twice as prime minister on corruption charges. Now he faces yet another disqualification for corruption.

Pakistan’s powerful power brokers in Islamabad and province of Sindh, sensing threat of fair accountability, have declared war on state institutions and the law. Read More »

Sri Lanka Muted on Rising Religious Violence

Sri Lankan Muslims protesting against attacks on the community. (Photo via video stream)

The Sri Lankan government may fear that the opposition political parties and Buddhist nationalist groups will come together if it cracks down on the perpetrators of religious violence. But the government must act decisively. If this problem is permitted to go on unchecked, it will only get worse. Read More »

A Burning Issue

The death toll from the Bahawalpur inferno has crossed 200. (Photo via video)

What ignited the oil tanker inferno in Pakistan's Punjab province is irrelevant. Enough medical facilities to cope with major burn injuries at mass level is what needs urgent measures. What would Pakistan do in a nuclear event? To save lives the treating of major burns must start in the first “golden hour”, only possible with regional Burn Centers established on an emergency basis in major cities throughout Pakistan. Read More »

Where are the Teesta Waters?

Where is the water? The Teesta is barely a trickle once it clears the hydropower dams (Photo by Jayanta Basu, via thethirdpole.net)

Days before the monsoon rains, The Third Pole explored the length of the Teesta river in West Bengal and Sikkim to see how much water is flowing, and where it is going in the eight lean months of the year. Read More »

Republican Health Care Bills Defy the Party’s Own Ideology

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who announced June 27 that a vote on the Senate health care bill has been delayed until after the July 4 recess. (Photo by  by Gage Skidmore, CC license)

The health care bill proposed by Senate Republicans was little better than the House version, which begs an important question: Who's driving health care law – a free market, or insurance companies? Read More »

Why Pakistan Should Declare Gilgit-Baltistan a Province

Gilgit-Baltistan's economy is heavily dependent on tourism. The region needs more independent institutions to diversify and develop its economy. (Photo by Ahmed Sajjad Zaidi, CC license)

Pakistan may gain more by giving the status of a province to its Gilgit-Baltistan region, which could kickstart a new era of development in a region blessed with natural beauty and resources, says one analyst. Read More »

Pakistan’s Forgotten Pashtoon Minority

People remving the injured from the blast site in Parachinar after twin explosions on June 23. (Photo via video stream)

Pakistan's Pashtoon minority, especially those belonging to tribal regions, are right in asking whether their blood is cheaper than ‘mainstream’ Pakistanis after the country's Punjabi prime minister displayed the most visible discrimination towards his own countrymen by completely ignoring the deadly bombings in Parachinar that left more than 70 ethnic Pashtoons dead. Read More »

Afghanistan: Beset by Geo-Politics

Marine Drivers Training Course mentors instruct Afghan National Army 209th Corps soldiers on basic driving skills. Marines also train a select few ANA soldiers to become instructors themselves. (Photo by: Master Sgt. Christopher DeWitt/ResoluteSupportMedia, CC license))

As the Trump administration ponders raising troops level in Afghanistan to stabilize its security environment, one Pakistani analyst digs into the complex issues and conflicting interests of regional and international players in the war-torn country that remain continue to be part of Afghan problem. Read More »

Misusing Corporate Responsibility

(Photo by Jorge Franganillo, CC license)

The “acid test” for anyone with conscience occupying a seat of influence is to expose those misusing corporate responsibility either for personal benefit or ulterior motives whoever he (or she) may be. Read More »

Report Paints Bleak Electoral Outcome for Bangladesh’s Hasina

Bangladesh's parliament in Dhaka. (Photo via Bangladeshi parliament)

Bangladeshi intelligence agencies project that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina may not win enough parliamentary seats to retain power in the next general elections. Read More »