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Are Palestinians and Israelis ready to make concessions?

By Daoud Kuttab When representatives of the two major Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, signed a new reconciliation agreement in Cairo on October 12, the focus was not on those actually doing the signing, Fatah Central Committee member Azzam al-Ahmad and Deputy Head of the Hamas Politburo Saleh Al Arouri. …

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Is this a new chapter in the US-Pakistan saga?

By Waqar Mustafa For Islamabad’s rocky relationship with Washington, recovery of a US-Canadian family by the Pakistan army last week – some five years after their abduction in Afghanistan – proved a shot in the arm. Pakistan and the US have for years been uneasy allies in the war against …

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Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said (1920-1998)


A LEADING VOICE FOR HEALTH, EDUCATION AND NEW KNOWLEDGE By Rao Taufiq Ahmed Of late, well attended summit of Muslim heads of government, states, including Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain and reputed Muslim scientists, scholars and Muftian (religious scholars from Muslim world) organized by OIC at Astana, Kazakhstan have categorically declared …

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Europe emerging as new champion of free trade

By Jon Van Housen & Mariella Radaelli Feeling fit after years in the economic doldrums, the European Union has become the Western world’s champion of free trade. As the US continues to scrap international agreements, the world’s largest trading bloc is now holding talks with an expanded range of countries …

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Swiss lessons for post-referendum Spain

By Antonio Rodriguez It’s a shame that the parents of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy didn’t emigrate from Galicia to Switzerland, as my own parents did. We imagine that would help him better understand and manage the Catalan crisis. In the 1960s, when my parents’ generation moved to Switzerland, they …

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‘Dirty transport’ can kill, let’s switch to e-vehicles

By Monica Araya The efficient movement of people is crucial for any society. When transportation networks function well, they drive economic development and literally bring people together. But in many parts of the world, mobility is a matter of life and death; it is dirty, unsafe, and chaotic. Pollution and …

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US stuck in the past with coal as China goes green

By Fareed Zakaria This week, The New York Times front page described the Trump administration’s repeal of the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration’s attempt to slash carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. “The war on coal is over,” declared EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. Right under that article was a …

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A plea to the presidents of Russia and the United States

By Mikhail Gorbachev This December will mark the 30th anniversary of the signing of the treaty between the erstwhile Soviet Union and United States on the elimination of intermediate and shorter-range missiles. This was the start of the process of radically cutting back nuclear arsenals, which was continued with the …

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