Views Digest

July, 2019

  • 21 July

    Pakistan: The Original Story of Reko Diq Gold

    If negotiations with Canadian mining company over the terms of extracting Pakistan's largest gold deposits do not succeed and Islamabad has to still pay them, then they should be paid the US$ 5 billion fine in installments over the life of the contract!

June, 2019

  • 25 June

    Winners and Losers in the US-China Trade War

    It’s difficult to say where this trade war will end. For any country to declare it has won may not be that difficult as this is purely a matter of political gamesmanship. In reality, however, escalating tariffs are damaging to businesses and consumers across the world.

  • 22 June

    Moldova Crisis: The First Battle in the War for Democracy

    Swift action from Brussels transformed the Moldova crisis on the ground. The EU will now learn to keep oligarchic governments at arm’s length in future.

  • 18 June

    China-Nepal Railway: Fantasy or Reality?

    The world’s toughest rail route, from Kerung in Tibet to Kathmandu, is struggling to get off the ground amid growing fears of debt, earthquakes and benefits bypassing local communities.

  • 15 June

    Saving Water in Pakistan and India by Feeding Thirsty Crops with Drops

    How India and Pakistan can reduce wastage of water in the age of climate change and water scarcity. The two countries can conserve water and increase productivity which can lessen stress on their shared and contested water resources.

  • 15 June

    Pakistan: Bad Math — Big Blunders

    Why is math illiteracy so rampant in Pakistan and why it has good soldiers but not a single top-level mathematician anywhere in the world, wonders one academic.

  • 14 June

    What Does the Trump Administration Want from Iran?

    Two oil tankers were attacked on June 13 off the coast of Oman, forcing the crew members of one burning ship to flee. It was the latest in a series of assaults on tankers transporting oil through the Gulf. In May, Saudi, Norwegian and Emirati oil tankers were attacked off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, causing damage but …

  • 14 June

    No Appetite for a ‘New Cold War’ in Asia

    Key states are attempting to shore up Asia’s fragile security and economic order. But much more will be needed — across issues ranging from cyber to maritime security and trade — if the region is to avoid the worst consequences of the growing competition between the United States and China. Sitting back and waiting for Trump and Xi to find common ground is no longer possible.

  • 11 June

    Trump Could Win Again in 2020

    Americans may again see something that, statistically speaking, has never been seen before. Approval ratings have high correlations with predicting the next president, but with Trump, the numbers are outside any historical trends.

  • 8 June

    Convicts are Returning to Farming – Anti-immigrant Policies are the Reason

    As current anti-immigrant policies diminish the supply of migrant workers, farmers are not able to find the labor they need. So prison systems have responded by leasing convicts to growers desperate for workers.