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| Does the new Nepal constitution work for Nepali workers?

After five years, six months and 26 days of work as well as two elections, two major earthquakes and close to 500 aftershocks, a new dawn rises on Nepal: the new Constitution is proclaimed today. But ...
© John Vandaele

| Burundi 2005-2015: Autopsy of an embryonic democracy

Burundi went from a country heading towards peace in democracy to a country heading straight for the abyss. Kris Berwouts traces this unfortunate fall from grace in this well-informed analysis. 'T ...
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| Putin's media takeover

The Russian government does not only keep a close watch on television channels, radio broadcasters and printing press, it also tries to control the internet. This makes it even more difficult for Russ ...
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| Crisis situations are laboratories for human traffickers

July 30, 2015 is the second UN Day against Human Trafficking. William Lacy Swing, Director-general of IOM, emphasizes that the focus on human trafficking should be permanent. It is time, he says, that ...
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| 'The crisis is a conscious strategy for social demolition'

The world today is facing a deep crisis. Yet at the same time, the neo liberal growth model is still presented as the only possible option. The Portuguese sociologist Boaventura de Sousa Santos expose ...
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| Pakistan’s Internal Debate on Extremism

Pakistan is fast losing traditional space to emotional sloganeering, empty rhetoric and fake jubilations in its war against terrorism. Every act of terrorism against an individual or a group with part ...
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| Climate Opportunity

Next week, the G7 summit in quaint Schloss Elmau, Germany, will tackle the climate crisis, among many other looming disasters. Tom Kenis looks ahead at this 'climate opportunity'. 'For the ...
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| Sustainable cities: utopia or reality

As humans continue to evolve, so too do our cities. Today, with more than 50% of the world’s population living in cities, our success or failure in building sustainable cities will shape the fut ...
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| Roots of radicalisation in Pakistan

The political and intellectual consensus against terrorism in Pakistan is getting regular shocks by unabated terrorist attacks on civilians and communities. With 1520 people killed during 5 months of ...

| The job cult

A brand new cult has arisen; it’s called the job cult. It’s the new disease of the rational, thinking era. In recent years and without us noticing, it has taken over the lives of millions ...
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| The Widening Black Hole of Karachi

Pakistan might look like a puzzle with too many missing pieces. Then try solving Karachi. It has all the complexities and contradictions of Pakistan, plus the intensity of a megacity on steroids. If t ...
(c) Alifiyah Imani

| Who is killing dissent and diversity in Pakistan?

The spate of targeted attacks on high profile academics and a peace activist jolted Pakistan out of lofty dreams of $46 billions neatly spread in a colorful corridor. Ridiculing the claims by civil an ...





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