Analysis articles

Rohingya torture and the world headmen’s miraculous silence

As a human being and a Muslim I cannot help myself but to aggrieve for systemic persecution of Rohingyas’ in Burma. I saw my wife so moved by the news of Rohingyas persecution that she couldn’t resist her tears. We are undergoing terrible pain for such violence. I wish to be blind. Mind naturally becomes […]

Saudi woman with an obligatory mission

October 6, 2013 was a momentous day for female activists in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. That was the day when the Ministry of Justice, a male dominated bastion finally relented and granted four Saudi women the licence to practice law in the country. Previously female law graduates, some of whom had achieved a doctorate […]

The deep complexities of Suu Kyi’s fall from grace

It is not rare that politicians who are admired while in opposition are despised when in power. But Aung San Suu Kyi is probably the first to fall from international good graces so fast, so far. For decades, the leader of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD) was idolized around the world for her persistent […]

OPEC on its 57th birthday: Still alive

This year marks the 57th anniversary of the creation of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). The world’s best-known oil organization was born on Sept.14, 1960 in Baghdad with five founding members: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iran, Iraq, and Venezuela. Created to defend oil prices and safeguard their producers’ interest against the international oil companies, […]

Germany’s far-right party is about to be stronger than ever

Americans can be forgiven for thinking Germany has already successfully thwarted Alternative for Germany (AfD), the Deutsch version of the right-wing populist movements pounding on the gates of Europe. When the overtly racist AfD’s numbers sank in the polls in March, observers across the West felt relieved to know that the European Union’s backbone and […]

The Modi puzzle

THREE years into his tenure as prime minister, Narendra Modi is riding high. With the next election due in 2019 even Modi’s opponents expect him to win a second term quite possibly with an increased majority. Narendra Modi’s ability to turn enemies into political friends means the BJP and its allies now control 18 of […]

A Devious Threat to a Nuclear Deal

Nikki Haley laid the Trump administration’s cards on the table this week with a new proposal aimed at sabotaging one of the Obama administration’s most important diplomatic initiatives – the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. President Trump promised during his campaign to kill the deal, despite its clear benefits to American security. Ms. Haley, the […]

Rohingya Muslims : An international plea for humanity

Innumerable speeches have been given on the subject of humanitarianism and the need to care for refugees. These powerful addresses have underlined how the global population is one big family whose members share a common destiny, with humanity being unable to advance its culture and civilisation unless it truly believes in these values. Petition to […]

Monumental follies

NORTH Korea has lately stood out as a nation determined to keep pouring its meagre resources into nuclear weaponry and means of delivering it. A missile that flew over Japan last week was followed by a purported hydrogen bomb test, and the claim that the two technologies are now capable of being jointly deployed, with […]

The Ivanka Trump Guarantee

Ivanka Trump, first daughter, strode into Washington back in January with big promises: She was passionate about helping “working women,” she said, and she was going to close the gender wage gap even if it killed her. Well, not if it killed her, not literally, but even if it mildly inconvenienced her, she was on […]

Brics Declaration a tactical victory for India

What India failed to achieve on home turf, during the previous Brics summit in Goa last year, it realised that in far off Xiamen, China. On Monday, the second day of the ongoing Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit, the bloc came up with a joint declaration against terrorism, naming, for the […]

BRICS addresses terrorism, but China-India may differ

BRICS, the bloc of emerging economies Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, has finally named several terror groups, including those operating out of Pakistan, for posing a threat to the region at its summit in Xiamen, China on Monday. But it is doubtful whether the five countries will stand united in acting against these […]

Refugees dread a forced return to Syria

The verdict is out. Syrian President Bashar Al Assad has won the military war and consolidated control over the country’s opposition movement – thanks largely in part to Syria’s powerful allies, Russia and Iran. While the respite in heavy and brutal warfare against the Syrian civilian population is a welcoming development for a population that […]

The Russian Company That Is a Danger to Our Security

The Kremlin hacked our presidential election, is waging a cyberwar against our NATO allies and is probing opportunities to use similar tactics against democracies worldwide. Why then are federal agencies, local and state governments and millions of Americans unwittingly inviting this threat into their cyber networks and secure spaces? That threat is posed by antivirus […]

Partners constantly change in the dance of influence and power

With many visits to Russia recently by Turkish, Qatari and Iranian military officials to discuss purchasing Russian air defense systems, regional geopolitics are changing as this triangle grows closer to Moscow. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told members of his ruling Justice and Development Party last month that Turkey had signed an agreement with Moscow to […]

Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure fund opens bank/bond debate

US President Donald Trump’s plan to spend up to US$1 trillion upgrading the country’s infrastructure has triggered the first serious bipartisan debate in Congress on whether the United States should establish a National Infrastructure Bank and/or a national bond authority. The chairman of the House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Republican Bill Shuster, says […]

Rethinking urban and rural

The most confounding finding from the provisionally released statistics from the latest census is that Pakistan’s population is still only 36 per cent urban, with so-called rural areas having a share of 64pc. For social scientists and for people who are familiar with Pakistan’s economy and demography, and for even those who travel across much […]

A threat to us all from the rogue merchants of death

Illicit military cooperation between North Korea and rogue states such as Iran and Syria is perhaps one of the major untold stories of our time. In the 1990s, before Iran’s nuclear program was common knowledge, dozens of Korean technicians were working in Iranian nuclear and ballistic facilities and both states benefited from the AQ Khan […]

India’s key software services provider appears in crisis

Recent events indicate that a major crisis is under way at Infosys Ltd, an Indian multinational corporation that provides information-technology services on a large scale. After beginning as a modest middle-class enterprise, the company now has 200,000 staff members, comparable in size only to the giant Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS). But as it attempts […]

Democracy must not fall victim to a judicial regime

Few would challenge the necessity, in a well-functioning democracy, of having a respected, independent, incorruptible, diverse and high-quality judiciary. But do we really want to live in a world that is run by judges and lawyers? I ask the question rhetorically, for to the overwhelming bulk of citizens, including many lawyers I know, the answer […]

Netanyahu seeks Russian-US guarantees to counter Iran

While Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu carried to Russian President Vladimir Putin in their meeting in Sochi his opposition to Iran’s continued consolidation in Syria, to shore up its sphere of influence from the Gulf to the Mediterranean, the Associated Press revealed that thousands of pro-Iranian fighters continue to advance in the Syrian desert, establishing […]

When Geography is fun

Learning Geography has mostly been a pleasure. But I am glad that I finished school before the year 1991. That was when the erstwhile USSR collapsed, sending forth such mouthfuls as Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. Enough to make even the most seasoned scholars jittery. Each a fiercely independent entity in its own […]

The case of Nacta

Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had directed the National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta) to prepare an anti-extremism narrative. His successor Ahsan Iqbal, during his maiden visit to the authority’s headquarters recently, tasked the authority with developing a coordinated strategy in consultation with the provinces to implement the National Action Plan (NAP). These are […]

US has opportunity to solve Myanmar’s energy dilemma

Unable to meet soaring domestic demand for energy, Myanmar’s government is said to have entered preliminary discussions over a deal to buy electricity from China. At the beginning of this month, sources close to the talks told Reuters that three state-owned Chinese companies had submitted proposals outlining how they could help Myanmar fill its widening […]

Harmony intact after Spain attack

Unlike other European countries such as France and United Kingdom where deadly assaults on civilians claimed by Muslim extremists have triggered communal and racial tension, the Aug 17 Barcelona van attack appears to have brought different communities together in Spain. Friday saw thousands of Muslims demonstrating against the attack and condemning terrorism not far from […]