December 16, 2017

Blogroll

Bank Failure Not An Option

A Central Bank is only as good as the authority its personnel exercises with competence, honesty and integrity. Facing threats, intimidation, coercion and even blackmail, etc, State Bank of Pakistan’s unsung heroes truly deserve a medal. Read More »

Doomsday Politics

Can parliament pass laws that protect the corrupt from facing accountability? Tailored to “democratic” whims for a cover up of corruption, passing Nawaz Sharif-specific amendment may or may not be contempt of court, it shows utter contempt for the people of Pakistan. Read More »

Preparing for the Expected in Nepal

Natural disasters strike randomly, they do not choose a country. The issue then is how you prepare for these disasters in countries like Nepal where resources are not properly deployed towards initial preparedness that could help in the actual relief efforts. Read More »

How Safe is Your Smartphone from Hackers?

Your smartphone may be at risk of being hacked even while you are charging it at the airport or replacing its broken screen. Read More »

Faking The News to Win

Post-truth “alternative facts” and lies can have a destabilizing effect on domestic and international politics. With literacy rate low people in South Asia are particularly vulnerable, they tend to easily believe what they see and hear. Read More »

Europe and the Middle East Are Both on the Verge of Unraveling

From Catalonia to Kurdistan, long simmering regions are clamoring for their own states. But what good is being a state anymore? Read More »

Climate Change And A Dry Kabul Wetland

The degraded condition of Kabul’s largest wetland area, and its declaration as a heritage site, are emblematic of Afghanistan’s challenges and efforts to save its water resources. Read More »

Do Gun Purchases Go Up After Mass Shootings?

Research on background checks for gun purchases suggests there is an increase in gun acquisition a few months after a mass shooting happens. Read More »

Interplay Between Economy And Security

Pakistan’s economy faces fundamental challenges to sustain its economic growth and hence economic security. With falling domestic and foreign investments, the current policy of consumption-led growth is threatening even to maintain the present low economic growth. Read More »

Lessons Pakistani Democrats Can Learn from Tom Price

Tom Price's resignation may mean an end to his political career, but it reinforces the trust of millions of voters in the American democracy. What can quasi democracies like Pakistan learn from this episode? Read More »