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peace

Afghanistan: Peace talks & hiccups

Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal | Zalmay Khalilzad’s recent meetings in Doha and Beijing germinated optimism about reaching a peace deal among the Afghan factions and...
Qatar

Qatar & Pakistan building long term relationships

Dr. Moeed Pirzada | Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, was in Pakistan for a brief one-day visit in the third week...
ultra

Food system needs a revolution, not tinkering around edges by the ultra-processed producers

Norah Campbell | Eating ultra-processed food is definitely bad for you, a recent study has confirmed. In the experiment, people were fed either ultra-processed or unprocessed food,...
apps

How tech firms make us feel like we own their apps – and how...

Melody Zou | Possessions are going out of fashion. An endless stream of media reports claim millennials – that amorphous mass of people born in the...
Slavery Act

Modern Slavery Act is having unintended consequences for women’s freedom in Sri Lanka

Sandya Hewamanne | The Modern Slavery Act was seen as a big achievement for combating the issue of forced labour. But since it was passed...
Hong Kong

Hong Kong protests: why Chinese media reports focus on Britain’s colonial past

Qing Cao | Over recent weeks, mass protests against proposed changes to extradition law in Hong Kong have escalated into a major crisis. In the...
China

Salt: China’s deadly food habit

Monique Tan | People in China have used salt to prepare and preserve food for thousands of years. But consuming lots of salt raises blood...
lawfare

ICJ lawfare and likely outcomes in Kulbhushan Jadhav Case

Hassan Aslam Shad | On 17th July, the International Court of Justice or ICJ will be announcing its judgment in Kulbhushan Jadhav case – a...
Climate

The Implications of Climate Change

Dr. Zeeshan Khan | Climate Change and its Impacts on Earth’s Health Climate change has significant implications on health as rising temperatures will likely lead to...
Malik

Judge Arshad Malik: A hard pill to swallow for PML-N

Saad Rasool | The saga of Judge Arshad Malik has marked a new low in the already checkered politico-judicial history of Pakistan. It has struck...

Pakistan’s Political Scene: Troubled Government and Divided Opposition?

Rizwan Shehzad | Prime Minister Imran Khan's government is in trouble. It is stuck with a tough economic situation ever since it came into power....
monsters

From political mentors to monsters

Dr. Farid A Malik | Pakistan has been devoured by ‘political monsters’ of all kinds and sizes. There is an Urdu verse “Kaaba kis Munh...
Climate

Climate crisis: migration cannot be the only option for people living on ‘drowning’ islands

Becky Alexis-Martin | The evidence of the climate crisis is now undeniable. But state responses to climate change often have social and political motivations, rather than addressing the realities...
meat

So far cultured meat has been burgers – the next big challenge is animal-free...

Natalie R. Rubio | The meat you eat, if you’re a carnivore, comes from animal muscles. But animals are composed of a lot more than...
sports

The Decline of Sports in Pakistan and how to Revive it

Dr. Zeeshan Khan | Cricket is religiously observed in the Sub-continent, a common passion that runs through almost every Pakistani’s veins. But dropping out of...
Trump

Trump is finished with the Afghan war

M K Bhadrakumar | There could be several ways of interpreting the US State Department’s decision on Tuesday to designate the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) as a...
Pakistan

Pakistan and US: Partners in new economic geography?

Haroon Sharif | After successful engagements with the neighboring Arabian Gulf countries, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s expected meeting with President Donald Trump is a welcome...
cancer

Almost a third of Scots are now obese – and at risk of more...

Naveed Sattar | Once smoking was the killer health problem in Scotland. Now comes the news from Cancer Research that around 29% of adults in Scotland are obese whereas 18% of the population...
immigration

Anti-immigration attitudes are disappearing among younger generations in Britain

Anja Neundorf | Britain’s long-running drama of exiting the European Union has revealed stark generational differences. Among some of the explanations suggested for the 2016...
Gulf

Persian Gulf: Terrifying tension – Zafar Nawaz Jaspal

Zafar Nawaz Jaspal | The Persian Gulf region seems to be heading towards a volatile situation. The war clouds are looming despite President Donald Trump...
Honduras

How US policy in Honduras set the stage for today’s migration

Joseph Nevins | Hondurans fleeing poverty and violence – who make up most of the participants of a “caravan” estimated at between 7,000 and 8,000...
rebel

Why do rebel groups apologize?

Ronit Berger | Armed groups often rely on violence and instilling fear to show strength and resilience. And yet, every so often, they are willing...
Al-Qaida

Al-Qaida is stronger today than it was on 9/11

Christian Taylor | Al-Qaida has recruited an estimated 40,000 fighters since Sept. 11, 2001, when the Osama bin Laden-led extremist group attacked the United States, according to...
Nandipur

Nandipur debacle: A patriot who paid price for his love to country

Dr. Farid A Malik | WAPDA (Water and Power Development Authority) was formed by an act of the parliament on February 22, 1958. It was...
Sri Lanka

US eyes Sri Lanka as its military logistics hub

M K Bhadrakumar | The Easter Sunday terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka on 21st April in which 259 people were killed and over 500 injured...

Corruption & Pakistan: Only one thing can stay

Imran Jan | Leonardo Dicaprio, in his movie The Wolf of Wallstreet, says, “I’ve been a rich man, and I’ve been a poor man. And...
debt

Why PM Khan is investigating the Last 10 Years of National Debt?

Muhammad Sarfaraz Abbasi | The country went gaga over the announcement of Prime Minister Imran Khan when he promised the nation that, after putting the...
Pakistan's

Pakistan’s Chronic IMF Dependence, Trade Deficit & Loan Repayments

Hussain Haider | Mr. Hussain Haider, Head of Research at JS Global Capital, explains to GVS the financial challenges caused by external debts, loan repayments,...
China

Will Trump’s weaponized trade work against China

M K Bhadrakumar | The spotlight at the G20 summit in Osaka was undoubtedly on the meeting last Saturday between President Donald Trump and his...
Economic

Pakistan and IMF battling economic plight together?

Bilal Abdul Ghani | After taking control of the government, PTI is trying its best to control the economic conditions of the country. Starting from...

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