Pakistan 3rd biggest recipients of US aid Print E-mail
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By Anwar Iqbal

 

Despite serious differences over the Afghan conflict, Pakistan will continue to be among the top three recipients of American aid in the US fiscal year 2012 as well, which starts from Oct 1 of a calendar year.

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The barrier to trade Print E-mail
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By Mubarak Zeb Khan

 

Talks between Pakistan and India on trade liberalisation have certainly gained traction, with the former agreeing to further open its market to the latter by February 2012. Yet the willingness shown informally by the two neighbours is still dogged by old rivalries and self-interest that would restrict access to the market. What is holding back real liberalisation? Is it a matter of clashing national interests, as perceived by the ‘establishment’, or is it the vested interests of the business elites in each country?

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Mission impossible for Pakistani progressives? Print E-mail
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The small but enthusiastic group of “progressive” Muslims arrives at a hotel conference room in Pakistan’s capital with the tools they hope will help blunt extremism in the unstable US ally.

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A dangerous transition in the 'greater Middle East' Print E-mail
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By Hall Gardner

 

Revolutions have overthrown post-colonial regimes throughout the Middle East and north Africa, but the region is still in a delicate phase of transition. Rivalry between Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Turkey could destabilize the region further, with dire consequences.

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How to be Jeremy Clarkson Print E-mail
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By Alex Hearn

 

Left Foot Forward has previously brought you how to write a Richard Littlejohn column and a three step guide to writing a Simon Heffer column. Now, in our ongoing quest to ensure that no-one need read these people ever again, we present number three in an occasional series: How to be Jeremy Clarkson.

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Forced marriage in the UK: hidden from view Print E-mail
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By Sajda Mughal

 

Plans by the government to criminalise forced marriage in the UK will put women and girls at even greater risk of violence. Forced marriages can only be tackled from within and by the community, with sufficient resources to support this work, says Sajda Mughal.

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The age of the shisha Print E-mail
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By Faisal Hanif 

 

Smoking a shisha pipe has become a favourite past time for young people of South Asian and Arab origin and for many it is the defining social norm of our generation.

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For our economic health we need a one-off tax on the one per cent Print E-mail
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By Stewart Lansley

 

In their report, “Divided We Stand”, the OECD has called for tougher action by governments to reverse the increasingly common trend towards greater inequality. It is a timely call. Such action may be the only hope of preventing the economy from sliding into a prolonged era of slump.

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Immigration policy should support UK economic growth, not undermine it Print E-mail
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By Ruth Grove-White

 

This week the coalition government has new cause to regret strapping itself to a pledge of reducing net migration to the “tens of thousands” per year by 2015. The latest outlook report from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) shows that even the government’s expert advisors assume this target will not be met.

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Conducting foreign policy on martyrdom Print E-mail
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By Murtaza Razvi 

 

When patriotism rules the minds, thinking faculties take the backseat. Patriotism, like religion, is a conviction based on a belief system which cannot be reasoned with. It’s the biggest, all-pervasive cult that entire nation states are besotted with, some to the point of no redemption — and there is no distinction between democratic and undemocratic polities whilst succumbing to patriotism.

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Five ways to bring benefits from large dams to local communities Print E-mail
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By Mike

 

A study into how large dams in West Africa have affected local people has identified ways to share the benefits of future dams more equitably and create development opportunities for communities.

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Dawn Agri-Pak expo & conference Print E-mail
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By Dawn 

 

The Samuel Johnson quote ‘Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own,’ has special significance for Pakistan. Agriculture constitutes the single largest sector of Pakistan’s economy accounting for 22 percent of GDP. It’s a source of raw material for other industries (agro-based products contributing 75% of our total export earnings) and employs nearly half of the total labor force.

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24 soldiers killed in NATO attack on Pakistan check post Print E-mail
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By Iftikhar Firdous/Reuters

 

An early Saturday morning attack by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) helicopters killed at least 24 security personnel and injured 12 soldiers on a Pakistani check post in Salala, which is located in the Tehsil Bayzai area of Mohmand Agency on the Pak-Afghan border , sources said.

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