Tag Archives: Afghanistan

Pakistan in Grip of COVID-19’s Third Wave: PM Khan Among the Infected

The South Asian country is in the grip of the third wave of coronavirus but much of its population remains in denial mode, showing little respect for personal and public safety, stoking the infection rate to dangerous levels.

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What is a Hate Crime? Why It is Hard to Charge and Convict

Hate crime laws reflect American ideals of fairness, justice and equity. But if crimes motivated by bias aren’t reported, well investigated, charged or brought to trial, it matters little what state law says.

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5 Ways COVID-19 Changed Immigration

Travel restrictions will continue to emerge, end and evolve, dependent on context. As wealthier countries vaccinate their populations at rapid speed, less equipped countries continue to suffer severe outbreaks. International travel may soon require a COVID-19 “vaccination card.” New targeted travel bans could emerge.

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Seaweed in Diet Can Reduce Cows Contribution to Climate Change

About 70% of agricultural methane comes from enteric fermentation – chemical reactions in the stomachs of cows and other grazing animals as they break down plants.

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International Arms Transfers Level Off After Years of Sharp Growth

The United States remains the largest arms exporter, increasing its global share of arms exports from 32 to 37 percent between 2011–15 and 2016–20. The USA supplied major arms to 96 states in 2016–20, far more than any other supplier.. Middle Eastern arms imports grow most, says SIPRI.

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Inclusivity is Key to Salvaging the US-Taliban Doha Deal

Any major deviation from the basic contours of the existing agreement will only help spoilers of peace and not the millions of Afghans who are desperate for a return to normalcy. This could also erode trust in the inviolability of future peace agreements that consume enormous effort and time to mature.

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The Making of a Criminal State

A democracy with a modicum of control is far better than a corrupted democracy protecting criminals. What can one expect from criminals? Under most circumstances, one does not advise killing them but certainly, they cannot be allowed to subvert democracy at the peril of the State, argues Ikram Sehgal.

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FATF Grey List – A Bitter Reality for Pakistan

To reconcile with the outside world and insert Pakistani narrative better would require actionable events. This would be for any ruling party or government, now or in the future. Even if this seems like a case of ‘politics’, Pakistan will still need to focus their efforts in complying with the remaining points. Will Islamabad do the needful before a further backslide takes place?

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Pakistan: Broadsheet Scandal and Accountability

It is extremely difficult to reconstruct what happened in Pakistan's Broadsheet scandal because the text and terms of the contract and the subsequent actions not being disclosed fully and honestly. Those responsible have never been held accountable.

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Afghan Women Worry Peace with Taliban Could Cost Them Hard-won Rights

Women are a pale presence in the on-again, off-again, U.S.-brokered Afghanistan peace process underway in Doha, Qatar. The Taliban, which still controls roughly 30% of Afghanistan’s territory, has no women on its negotiating team. Only four of the Afghan government’s 21 negotiators are women – even though several women play prominent roles within the national government.

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