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What A Joke!

By Syed M. Aslam Just how completely corruption has destroyed the moral fibre of our society is obvious from the VIP treatment accorded to the disgraced former chairman of Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan Zafar Hijazi by personnel of the premier criminal investigation of the country. In any civilized …

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For Putin, humbling Merkel would be sweet victory

By Anna Sauerbrey There are only nine weeks to go until Germany elects a new parliament on September 24, and with it, the next chancellor. Right now our eyes are on Angela Merkel, the incumbent, and Martin Schulz, her left-wing challenger. But we’re also watching another player in the campaign, …

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How to boost innovation in the Middle East

By Philippe Le Houérou Across the Middle East and North Africa (Mena), technology hubs are emerging. Whether it’s in the Beirut Digital District or the GrEEk campus in Cairo, some of the Middle East’s brightest minds are turning innovative ideas into marketable products. When I visited the Beirut Digital District …

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How US is stealthily carrying out the Muslim ban

By Farhana Khera and Johnathan J. Smith Lost amid the uproar over the United States administration’s travel restrictions on citizens from Muslim-majority countries and the impending showdown at the Supreme Court are the insidious ways that the government has already begun to impose a Muslim ban. It’s doing so through …

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Art of diplomacy gets a boost on social media

By Nirupama Rao Diplomacy is a fine art, heir to centuries of epochal deal making, system building, peacemaking and conflict avoidance and resolution – it is, in many ways, a profession for the ages. In the minds of men and women at large, however, it is also seen as a …

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Beg, borrow and steal!

By Syed M. Aslam I know that the title of this article is incorrect because the English original is “Beg, borrow, or steal” which could be defined through another easy-to-understand popular saying in English: “By hook or by crook”. I have taken the liberty to ‘corrupt’ the English original simply …

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Actually, footballers aren’t paid enough

By Duncan Hare My reaction too, when an arts personality, who admittedly had just received a dose of negative press coverage, told me during a dinner conversation that she believed footballers should be paid more than what they are. Paid more, she said, because footballers are as popular as musicians, …

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Awaiting Pope Francis’ next act

By Ross Douthat By the standards of the Francis papacy, things were rather quiet in Rome for much of 2017. The great controversy of the previous two years, the debate over communion for the divorced and remarried, had entered a kind of stalemate, with bishops the world over disagreeing and …

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