Views Digest

August, 2015

  • 15 August

    Pakistan: Life in a Desert

    Tharparkar district in Pakistan suffers from a man-made disaster that stems from government apathy.

  • 13 August

    Fishing Ban Reflects How Fragile Arctic Ecosystem Is

    A melting Arctic means new areas will be open to commercial fishing but scientists – and bordering countries – say they need time to study the ecological and economic risks.

  • 13 August

    Saudi Oil Strategy: Brilliant or Suicide?

    Saudi Arabia, Russia, Iran and other major oil producers are engaged in the oil equivalent of mutually assured destruction. The sharp drop in oil revenue damages each of these countries economically and financially, while the wars they wage directly and indirectly against each other drain resources from vital domestic projects.

  • 10 August

    Religious Extremism on the Rise in Bangladesh

    Militants from at least two Bangladeshi banned outfits may be preparing for attacks in the country, including targeted assassinations. But Dhaka lacks a dedicated counter-terrorism response.

  • 10 August

    China Responds to Afghanistan’s Bloodiest Day

    China’s ambassador promised training and equipment for Afghan forces. With peace talks faltering, will that be enough?

  • 10 August

    What’s Behind Chinese’ Africa Influx?

    Are the estimated one million or so Chinese nationals who live and work on the African continent a neo-colonialist scourge that matches, if not outstrips, the one that preceded it? Or are they flying solo?

  • 9 August

    Afghan Peace Talks: Pakistan in a Quandary – Again

    With its peace plan stalled, Islamabad is wary of ‘spoilers and detractors’ in Afghanistan.

  • 8 August

    Immigrant Crisis Causes Outcry in Europe

    President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker has responded to the public outcry over the immigration crisis by urging European leaders to show solidarity and resist the message of populist parties.

  • 8 August

    Iran to Get Chinese J-10 Fighter Jets in Return for Oil Rights

    Iran is set to receive the advanced J-10 fighter jets from China without paying a dollar by signing a contract to allow Beijing exploit its largest oilfield for the next 20 years.

  • 6 August

    Global Oil Supply More Fragile Than You Think

    With spare capacity shot and major new sources of oil not coming online in a few years, the world may end up struggling to meet rising oil demand. That could cause oil prices to spike.