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Islamic Holy Month of Ramadan Starts in Much of North America on April 13th

While many Muslim communities across the US and Canada will attempt to sight the moon in their areas and start the holy month in the light of local sighting, many American Muslims have announced to start the holy month on Tuesday, April 13.

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Pakistan-China Relations Not As Usual Any More

Geo-strategic location is no blank cheque for unqualified external support. The recent Chinese-Iran strategic cooperation deal is perhaps a warning that Beijing is not likely to rely on the nuclear-armed goliath which is hamstrung by the burden of its own inaction, tardy governance system, policy contradictions, and partially delusional romance with its super geo-strategic location which meanwhile is more of a liability than advantage.

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Pakistan-India Water Talks Resolve Little, But Raise Hope for Dialogue

Even as Pakistan's questions about Indian hydropower projects went unanswered, both sides at the Indus Waters Treaty meeting showed an intention to engage.

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Meet the Pakistani-American Candidates for the New Jersey State Assembly

Sadaf Jaffer (L) is running from NJ assembly District 16 while Shama Haider (R) is a candidate from NJ Assembly District 37.

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Afghanistan: Peace Still a Far Cry

While the US, Russia and China have their own interests in the matter one should be careful to try to put pressure on a process that is supposed to be ‘Afghan-led and Afghan-owned; the experience with the Bonn conference in 2001 that tried to prescribe conditions to Afghans have rather not been helpful. And the threat of the US to delay their troop pull-out is a game-breaker looming large over the situation.

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Mild Winter in Afghanistan Threatens Staple Potato Crop

Climate change and water mismanagement could create a food crisis, as Afghanistan’s biggest potato-producing province records a dramatic drop in precipitation

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Biden Nominates Pakistani-American to Become America’s First Muslim Federal Judge

Born in New York City and raised in New Jersey, Quraishi was also the first Muslim to serve as US Magistrate Judge for the District of New Jersey in 2019.

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Pakistan’s Democracy on Trial

The creditability of elections of Pakistan over the decades has remained weak, for many citizens a power game of the ruling elite and of the ‘establishment’.

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Biden’s Trade Commission Pick Lina Khan Led Antitrust Efforts Against Big Tech

Khan's appointment, in combination with Biden’s pick of another outspoken antitrust lawyer, Tim Wu, as a White House economic adviser, could signal that Biden is planning to take a more aggressive stance toward big tech than his predecessors.

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Uzbekistan Eyes Pakistan’s Gwadar Port for Exports

A southbound logistics corridor via the Gwadar Port can increase regional connectivity and trade, offering Central Asian states direct access to the deepsea port. Plans are also afoot to connect Uzbekistan with Pakistan via Afghanistan through railway.

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