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Pakistan’s Political Instability Stemming from Pessimism
Khaled Ahmed

Maybe it is not an accident that the rise of religion in secular India has touched off a new pessimism in an economically high-performing India. New Delhi should look at 70 years of the “religious” state in Pakistan and try to link its own current “depression” to Pakistani pessimism. The two states are well on their way to becoming “internally” troubled in varying degrees....

 

The Price of China’s Debt Diplomacy Will Be Paid by the Pakistan’s Average Citizen
Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

By June 2019, Pakistan will owe Beijing $19 billion. But the interest rate on those loans averages an astronomical 7 percent per annum, payable over 25-40 years. According to experts’ calculations, the cost of servicing the debt owed to China will average $7-8 billion per year, for the next 43 years, starting from now. To begin with at least, that will be between 0.5-1 percent of Pakistan’s GDP....

 

Right-Wing Populist Movements Represent A Yearning to Return To an Imagined Past
Dina Shehata

As more countries move in a more nationalist, conservative and authoritarian direction, individual and citizenship rights, especially those earned by women and minorities, will likely be eroded in the name of nationalist and religious ideals. Moreover, more international conflicts are likely to result from the spread of nationalist and xenophobic movements across the globe, with refugees, immigrants and minorities suffering the most....

Will Islamic Scholars' Fatwa Force Afghan Taliban To Join Talks?
Shereena Qazi

In a statement in March, the Taliban, who control or exercise influence in 13 percent of Afghanistan's 408 districts, called the conference "un-Islamic" and urged all Islamic scholars to refrain from participating. "The invaders [the foreign troops in Afghanistan] have employed various stratagems to prolong their indirect occupation, an important part of which is called the 'Peace Process' which seeks the surrender of Mujahideen...

 

Prosperity for Peace: Trade Puts an End to War Because Of the Vested Interest in Mutual Economic Advantage
Khaled Ahmed

Trade puts an end to war because of the vested interest in mutual prosperity. Nothing destroys borders more effectively than free trade, which Pakistan and India should move to as nuclear powers no longer able to wage war. Maybe the process of “becoming like the enemy you hate” in India will come to an end and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s original instinct of economic advantage will prevail....

 

Iranians May Turn To ‘Military President’ As Nuclear Deal Collapses
Rohollah Faghihi

If Britain, France and Germany stand firmly behind the nuclear deal and uphold their commitments rather than continue seeking to appease Trump by bringing up extraneous issues, an Iranian government in the hands of the pro-Reform camp may eventually come to enter further engagement....

 

Mahathir’s Back: Malaysia’s Chance To Clean Up

Malaysia is often put forward as a rare example of tolerance and democracy among countries with a Muslim majority. Both claims had been looking shaky as UMNO resorted to ever more unfair tactics, and ever more strident appeals to the country’s Malay Muslim majority, to remain in power. How much this changes depends on the good faith and efficiency of the new government....

 
What Is Wrong With Malaysia?
Umapagan Ampikaipakan

What Is Wrong With Malaysia?
Umapagan Ampikaipakan

I have never quite bought the notion that democracy delivers a government no better than what its people deserve. The phrase, often repeated in anger or haste, is clever, but it ignores political realities. We do not deserve the government we get if the government we get is the consequence of fear and uncertainty, poverty, weakened democratic institutions, systematic racism, gerrymandering and a system stacked in favour of those in power....

 

Trump’s Most Foolish Decision Yet
Susan E. Rice

The president has just made the most foolish and consequential national security decision of his tenure. Exactly what comes next is unclear, but we certainly will face a far worse situation than today. When the mess materializes, Mr. Trump, per standard procedure, will blame everyone else: his political opponents, his predecessor, the Europeans and the Iranians. But there will be only one person responsible: President Trump, our wrecking ball in chief....

 

Trump to Iran: America’s Word is Worthless
Roger Cohen

Perhaps something can be salvaged by European powers. I doubt it. Trump has done what he likes to do: express his anger, break things and hope for the best. His Iran decision is a reckless gamble, even by his standards, the shredding of a singular diplomatic achievement....

 

It goes without saying that President Trump was under mounting pressure from Saudi Arabia and Israel – Iran’s arch rivals in the Middle East – to repeal the deal. Both Riyadh and Tel Aviv have been apprehensive that the nuclear deal has allowed Tehran to capitalise on the unfreezing of billions of dollars to expand its sway in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon. Since Saudi Arabia is a key US arms importer, Washington could not annoy Riyadh by keeping the nuclear deal without renegotiation....

 

Pak’s Growing Concerns about India’s Influence in Afghanistan
Praveen Swami

Afghanistan’s intelligence service, the Riyasat-i Amniyat-i Milli or National Directorate of Security, fears Bakhtiar’s Taliban unit may be under pressure from Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence to draw out the kidnapping, in a bid to force out Indian power companies from northern Afghanistan, another Afghan government official said.....

 
How Israelis See the World
Yossi Klein Halevi

After all, only two years earlier, Israel had offered to withdraw from virtually the entire West Bank and Gaza. In return, it received the worst wave of terrorism in its history. That Israeli narrative of why the peace process failed transformed Israel’s politics for a generation, leading to the near-total collapse of the left as a viable political force....

 

Erdogan's World of Terrorists Includes Everyone but Terrorists
Burak Bekdil

Many Middle East despots have historically accused the free world of being terrorists. For Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, for instance, the entire Western civilization is a terrorist machine programmed to spill Muslim blood. Turkey's strongman, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is no exception....

 

Saudi Arabia Is Pushing Out Foreigners to Create Jobs for Locals

There are some signs the plan is working. Female Saudi receptionists welcome pilgrims to Mecca’s hotels. Though they cannot yet drive, women are running rental-car agencies. Poorer Saudis are even trying their hand at manual labour, hitherto an exclusively foreign domain. Given the chance, many locals defy stereotypes that cast them as slothful and incompetent, some launderers notwithstanding. “Apologies for our shortcomings, we’re still new,”....

 

Why Does Trump Treat Immigrant Kids Cruelly? Because He Can
Nicholas Kristof

I am the son of a refugee myself, a beneficiary of America’s magnanimity, and today’s policies leave me ashamed. When immigration officials pry a crying young child away from a parent and send that child to foster care that is not “immigration policy.” That is “barbarism.”...

 

Erdogan vs. the Free Press
Burak Bekdil

Turkey, which is already the worst jailer of journalists in the world, may no longer need to put newsmen and -women behind bars. The bad news, however, is that there may no longer be any journalists left with sufficient editorial liberty to anger Turkey’s Islamist strongman, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This is because what most viewed as the last bastion of critical journalism in the mainstream press has been sold to a pro-Erdogan businessman....

 

A Curb on Religious Employers’ Right to Discriminate

It is a problem that arises in every liberal democracy that upholds liberty of belief (and hence, the freedom of religious bodies to manage their own affairs) while also aiming to defend citizens, including job-seekers, from unfair discrimination. As part of their entitlement to run their own show, faith groups often claim some exemption from equality laws when they are recruiting people....

 
The Hadiya Caution
Suhrith Parthasarathy

The Hadiya Caution
Suhrith Parthasarathy

Or, as Justice Chandrachud puts it: “In deciding whether Shafin Jahan is a fit person for Hadiya to marry, the High Court has entered into prohibited terrain. Our choices are respected because they are ours. Social approval for intimate personal decisions is not the basis for recognising them. Indeed, the Constitution protects personal liberty from disapproving audiences.”....

 

The Banishment of Nawaz Sharif
Khaled Ahmed

The prospect for Pakistan is not good at all. Pakistan’s self-perception was coloured by the popular enthusiasm to get rid of Nawaz Sharif, which made the man in the street rebuff the international verdict on how well the Sharif government was doing economically despite street protests at times inspired by the establishment. More of this is going to make Pakistan even less governable than it is now given the outlawry of its ideologically exploitative religious organisations...

 

Colonialism and Imperialism: The Case of Lebanon
Ali M. Kassem

While Lebanon was once referred to as Switzerland of the East, and Beirut as Paris of the East, the country’s past must not be seen as one of flourishing prosperity which went off-course. It was never on-course. True, a few years after the declaration of its establishment, the republic witnessed a significant boom: Arab petrodollars flooded its banks, and new investments sparked various forms of tourism. Yet, this was a state of exception; simple serendipity. ...

 

The Narrative of Decline
Mubarak Ali

When European philosophers analyse the decline of a civilisation, they never mention the religious factors involved in their downfall. However, Muslim scholars tend to blame society for abandoning religious teachings and pushing itself towards decline. These scholars believe that the solution is to revive religious teachings and restore society’s past glory....

India-Pakistan Ties: Time to Reach Out Across the Border
Happymon Jacob

Islamabad’s decision to send High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood back to India just in time to host the Pakistan National Day reception in New Delhi, and New Delhi’s decision to send the Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, to attend the reception indicate that good sense may have prevailed on both sides. ....

 

Black Lives Do Not Matter In Israel

These stories teach us that while the greatest danger posed to African refugees in Israel is the plan to deport them back to statelessness and suffering, they also face other grave dangers, even if they are eventually allowed to remain in the country.  The disparity in anti-African sentiment between Israelis who live in relative proximity to the refugees, and the Israelis who don't, demonstrates the extent of the damage done by Netanyahu and other far-right officials....

 

Since every disciplined pursuit of intellectual life is a species of spiritual one which essentially consists in undistracted attention or sharp unwavering awareness– and morality itself is a fruit of proper attention to the other and thus not unrelated to intellectual life – we better respect Hawking’s  mode of worship that recalls partly Spinoza’s or Einstein’s and though admittedly is of a different order compared to that of sages, we better focus on what he has to teach us – that any dualistic concept of God that imagines absolute separation from the world  is passé...

 
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