Pakistan’s next-gen politicians

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Where are politics in Pakistan headed? Will the masses continue to listen to the rhetoric of the politicians well past their prime and believe in their promises? Do they have any choice?Until a few years back, there was no one else to turn to but the same old faces who would contest elections time after time and would be returned to the parliament in their traditional constituencies because they were the only people on the horizon. It appears things are changing now and a new generation of ...

Syed Jawaid Iqbal

Rebuilding civic society in Pakistan with ‘fresh ideas’

Friday, 26 January 2018

Pakistan has elections. But so have many other countries which we would not call democratic. The Soviet Union had elections. For a country to be a democracy it needs more than elections. It needs a strong civil society, an inclusive social and political dialogue, and a shared commitment by all to resolve political disagreements through shared democratic institutions. And while the integrity of elections in Pakistan has been increasing in the recent years since the ousting of President Musharaf, ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

Trump’s first year in office: State of the economy

Friday, 26 January 2018

During his election campaign, United States President Donald Trump portrayed himself as a savior of the abandoned and a beacon of hope for those left unemployed. He promised he would give these people their jobs back, which were stolen by China.Americans have become used to promises made by politicians and have also grown accustomed to the breaking of these promises. People have become increasingly frustrated and disappointed. Elections appear to throw up promising presidents, but by the end of ...

Pierre Ghanem

EXCLUSIVE: UN Chief Antonio Guterres affirms Saudi right to defend itself

Thursday, 21 December 2017

In an exclusive interview with Al Arabiya, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, addressed the pressing issues around the world and Middle East - especially Yemen and the recent Houthi missile attacks against Saudi Arabia. The UN chief also commented on the Jerusalem issue, the Syrian conflict, the Saudi Vision 2030 and the anticorruption campaign in the Kingdom. Guterres condemned the Houthi attacks against civilian targets: “…we consider first of all that providing missiles to ...

Germany: Merkel's last Play

Thursday, 21 December 2017

There is a saying that you cannot put a good man down. This has to be changed to you cannot put a good woman down, as Angela Merkel has returned to the international stage with a path to her fourth term opening up and her enemies in retreat. This has not been easy for Merkel, with weeks that began with the collapse of coalition talks, intrigue and finger-pointing but ended with the fighting chancellor telling her European Union partners that Germany is back to business as usual. The Social ...

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

Bangladesh agrees with Myanmar for UNHCR to assist Rohingya’s return

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to take assistance from the UN refugee agency for the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali said on Saturday. READ ALSO: Will the Rohingya ever return to Myanmar? The two governments signed a pact on Thursday settling terms for the repatriation process, and the return of Rohingya to Myanmar is expected to start in two months. Uncertainty over whether the United Nations High ...

Appointment of US Federal Reserve chief affects us all

Saturday, 4 November 2017

The appointment of Jerome Powell as Fed Chairman by President Trump is now superseded by what happens next with Fed monetary policy after Janet Yellen . The appointment of a new Federal Reserve Chair is something that is of importance not only to the USA but to countries like those in the Gulf whose currencies are pegged to the dollar. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's relatively brief 30-minute meeting with President Trump marked the last of the President's Apprentice-style parade of the ...

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

Facebook and rest of social media forced to mend ways

Thursday, 2 November 2017

A view worth considering: Representatives of three major corporations swearing in before then US congressional committee and surrendering to the state that made it clear to them that “Our interests are far more important than your gains”. The information technology trilogy: Facebook, Twitter, and Google were feeding information to over two billion people in the world and flaunted the fact that they broke down walls, bypassed censorship, and spread facts. They are now admitting that ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

On leaving the old guard and welcoming the new

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

In the past, we used to view China as being very far away from us geographically, but this has changed in the age of globalization and the birth of the “global village.” The development that took place in China last week therefore concerns us in our economy and security because it concerns global international and economic balances. The 19th national congress of the Chinese Communist Party not only extended the term of President Xi Jinping for five years, but it went much more beyond ...

Ghassan Charbel

China: Ten more years of Xi and no successors

Sunday, 29 October 2017

As broadly expected, the 19th Congress was a show of force for President Xi, with the CPC affirming his supreme authority, and likely to symbolically adopt “Xi Jinping Thought” or “Xi Jinping Thought on Governance of China” into the Chinese constitution and elevating him to the same level of former Chairman Mao . Furthermore, and perhaps most importantly, the Communist Party of China –CPC-affirmed Xi Jinping’s tenure for not one, but two more five-year terms, ...

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

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