March 23, 2017

Blogroll

Asia’s Coal Plans Promise Development, Deliver Premature Death

Over 70% of China's electricity is supplied by coal-fired power plants. One of the most noticeable features of these power plants is the cement cooling towers. (Photo by V. T. Polywoda, Creative Commons License)

A new report from Greenpeace and Harvard says Chinese-financed coal projects in Asia could lead to 70,000 premature deaths a year. Read More »

Understanding Trump’s Inaugural Speech

President Donald Trump delivering inaugural speech in Washington DC on January 20. (Photo from video stream)

The speech mimicked today’s political climate. For his base, it will be received as a call for all Americans to unify around his agenda. For his opponents, it will be seen as not only negative, but divisive. Read More »

West Africa Prepares Military Action Against Gambia’s Jammeh

Nigerian Navy's NNS THUNDER. Nigeria has deployed a warship off Gambia's cost.

Yahya Jammeh will certainly be removed if West Africa decides to use force. But that will come at a heavy price for The Gambia, the neighboring states and the world as a whole Read More »

Pakistan’s Coal Energy: At What Cost?

Kot Addu power plant in Muzaffargarh, Punjab, Pakistan.

The thoughtless rush for coal-fired energy by a politically motivated Pakistani ruling elite is both alarming and questionable. Read More »

Trauma and Afghan Journalists

Image Caption: The training participants in group with trainer. (Photo via FN)

Simple bravery is not enough for journalists to cope with trauma-like situation. Training is a must and the international community must come forward to help the Afghan journalists recover from the stress they face in the line of duty. Read More »

Davos 2017 Season

(Photo by Loic Le Meur, Creative Commons License)

Davos is a unique opportunity to showcase Pakistan. But a handful of Pakistani businessmen at are unable to shoulder the burden of projecting Pakistan. Read More »

Who is Betsy DeVos?

Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos speaks in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (Photo via video stream)

Confirmation hearings for Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump's billionaire nominee for education, start on Jan. 11. Here's what you need to know about her past legislative actions and proposals. Read More »

45% Drop in Violence in Pakistan in 2016

Scene of a bomb attack in the Pakistani city of Lahore in March 2016.

Since 2014, there has been a 66% overall reduction in violence-related fatalities in Pakistan, says Islamabad-based think tank Center for Research & Security Studies in its annual report. Read More »

Intellectual Honesty and Moral Obligation

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is under growing pressure from the opposition to resign. (Photo by Patrick Tsui/FCO, Creative Commons License)

Without a real sense of ethics among Pakistan's rulers things will never become better for the people, rampant intellectual dishonesty and their total apathy towards their moral obligations make them invariably choose colleagues and subordinates who they believe will blindly follow their criminal dictates. Read More »

How to Get Ready for the Economic Recession Coming in 2017

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The current US economic expansion is nearly the third-longest since the 1850s, making a recession likely in 2017. It's time to get ready. Read More »