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People, not technology, matter in smart cities

By Christine Auclair & Mahmoud Al Burai Cities, the American-Canadian author Jane Jacobs once observed, are engines for national prosperity and economic growth. But in their current form, modern cities are also catalysts of inequality and environmental degradation. Today, the share of city dwellers in poverty is growing; 33 per …

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Child Marriage Restraint Bill, a welcome legislation

By Aneel Ahmed Usmani It is good to see that the Senate Standing Committee on Interior Monday approved Child Marriage Restraint Bill after thorough discussion on the matter. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Senator Rehman Malik at the Parliament House. The chairman observed that in Islam, age …

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Judgment Day for Trump may come sooner than you think

By Colbert I. King Since taking the oath of office in January, Donald Trump has provided evidence, almost daily, that he is ill-suited to be president of the United States. For months, much of the country has watched in despair as he and his administration have meat-axed the Affordable Care …

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China’s new commitment to the world

By Liu Xiaoming I have just attended the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), an epoch-making milestone that will have a far-reaching impact on China and the world. The message is that socialism with Chinese features is entering a new era, which is marked by four …

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How many dead Somalis does it take for us to care?

By Nadifa Mohamed For more than a week now, since the shocking attack that killed hundreds of people in Mogadishu, I’ve been seeking to raise money for the only free ambulance service in the Somali capital. But as the days have gone, I’ve noticed just how muted the public and …

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Why we need to do more to arrest climate change

By Loren Legarda The Earth today is more than 1°C hotter than it was in pre-industrial times, and the terrible symptoms of its fever are already showing. This year alone, back-to-back hurricanes have devastated Caribbean islands, monsoon flooding has displaced tens of millions in South Asia, and fires have raged …

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America’s new Iran policy is fraught with risk

By Shahir ShahidSaless United States President Donald Trump’s speech on October 13, decertifying Iran’s compliance with the landmark nuclear deal agreed to by Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers (US, Britain, France, Russia, China plus Germany) unveiled the beginning of a broad and confrontational US strategy towards Iran. …

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Abe gets mandate to deal with North Korea

By Michael Holtz In hours after North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Japan early on the morning of August 29, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe started calming a frightened nation. Speaking on national television, the prime minister told viewers that he “was prepared to take all measures to protect …

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Why Jordan’s peace treaty with Israel is now in peril

By Osama Al Sharif If for the last 23 years, peace between Jordan and Israel was described as “cold”, it is now definitely in the freezer! Relations have been tested since both countries signed a historic peace treaty in 1994; the killing by a Jordanian soldier of seven Israeli schoolgirls …

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