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03 Jan, 2010
Is Healthcare A "Human Right?"

January 02, 2010

Turning healthcare into an individual enforceable human right creates all kinds of legal complexities, undermines the rule of law and stifles political pluralism. Neither is there any evidence that “the right to health” has actually improved healthcare anywhere in the world – in some cases it has undermined it. 


21 Oct, 2009
FTAs - Do They Really Free The Trade?

Ausgust 25, 2009

In recent years free trade agreements have become fashionable. Thus, when two or more countries reach an agreement to allow free trade (because it is they which in the first instance imposed restrictions on free trade), it is publicized as a Free Trade Agreement. It is misleading and ridiculous! It’s not allowing free trade between the contracting countries, since there are more ‘strings’ here than the natural freedom allows!


22 May, 2009
Ideas for a Free and Responsible Society

Ideas for a Free and Responsible Society "Ideas for a Free and Responsible Society" is a collection of writings published on a CD. The CD contains a selection of contributions by some of the most important scholars and thinkers, both historical and contemporary, which explain the general intellectual concepts, some of the challenges, and some applications to public policy issues.


04 Mar, 2009
Civil Society Coalition on Climate Change to Challenge IPCC Report

In advance of the release of the latest alarmist report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a group of 26 civil society organizations has formed a new global coalition. Alternate Solutions Institute is part of this coalition which seeks to offer more rational approach to the issue based on independent evaluations of the evidence and assessments of the policy options.


04 Mar, 2009
Civil Society Report on Climate Change

Governments should reject calls for a post-Kyoto treaty “Kyoto 2”

Civil Society Report says climate policy should focus on removing barriers to adaptation


04 Mar, 2009
Tax-evasion and Money-laundering in Pakistan: An Overview

"There is no business in Pakistan today which can be run without paying bribes to the ministers and secretaries." Yusuf Haroon, a businessman [Quoted in Shahid-ur-Rehman] The economy of Pakistan is heavily regulated and controlled by the government. The ever-increasing burden of taxes and regulations has given rise to a parallel economy (usually termed as black economy) of which tax-evasion and money-laundering are two significant phenomena.


04 Mar, 2009
Economic Freedom Report 2007: Pakistan Climbs the Ladder of Economic Freedom

Pakistan climbs the ladder of Economic Freedom scoring 6 points ranking 101 out of 141 countries; leaps big in Legal Structure and Security of Property Rights area by improving from 2.5 to 4.4; loses big in Access in Sound Money by sliding down from 6.4 to 6.0.


04 Mar, 2009
Economic Freedom of the World 2005 Annual Report: Special Pakistan Edition

Economic Freedom of the World is the most comprehensive index of economic freedom in the world and the only that uses reproducible measures for peer-reviewed research. The 2005 Annual Report explores the evolution of economic freedom over the last quarter century and the impact of economic freedom on people's lives.


04 Mar, 2009
Economic Freedom of the World 2004 Annual Report: Special Pakistan Edition

Economic Freedom of the World is the most comprehensive index of economic freedom in the world and the only that uses reproducible measures for peer-reviewed research. The 2004 Annual Report explores the evolution of economic freedom over the last quarter century and the impact of economic freedom on people's lives.


04 Mar, 2009
Research: Let the Poor Have Water, not Ideology

This year's World Water Week will see activists gather in Stockholm to discuss ways of getting clean water to the 1 billion people around the world who are currently without it. The new research by Alex Nash argues that if water activists remain blinkered by ideology and continue to oppose private water provision, this goal will not be met.


04 Mar, 2009
New Report: Global "Over-population" a Myth

On World Population Day, July 11th, the UNFPA will call for men to be more involved in family planning and women’s reproductive healthcare. Underlying this fine-sounding campaign is the UN Population Fund's belief that we must stabilise and decrease world population in order to save the planet and promote economic growth.


04 Mar, 2009
Property Rights Index 2007: Pakistan ranks at 59th position with weakest property rights

A new international index reveals how laws on physical and intellectual property stimulate growth while the weakest economies have the weakest laws. Today’s first annual International Property Rights Index (IPRI) measures seventy countries’ performance in the protection of land titles and copyrights, assets and patents showing the direct effect on economic well-being.


09 Jan, 2009
Economic Freedom and Devopment - Applying the Lessons

When a citizen of South Asia looks eastward, to East and Southeast Asia, he will see the benefits of fast economic growth over the past half century. Many places, such as Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Shanghai, have followed Japan and left the third for the first world.


09 Jan, 2009
UN Climate Change Report Unfounded

Independent assessment of UN climate change report refutes alarmist claims made in official “Summary for Policymakers”


09 Jan, 2009
Property Rights Index 2008: Poor need property laws to create wealth

People in countries that protect their physical and intellectual property enjoy a GDP per capita up to nine times greater than those without legal protection, the 2008 edition of the International Property Rights Index (IPRI), reveals. Countries that protect property rights provide an essential foundation for peace, stability and prosperity, the Index shows: its calculations cover 115 countries, representing 96 per cent of the world’s GDP.


10 Dec, 2008
Economic Freedom Report 2008: Pakistan ranks 104 out of 141 countries

The 2008 edition of the Economic Freedom of the World report includes new research, examining the role of economic freedom in eliminating poverty with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Numerous studies have shown that countries with more economic freedom grow more rapidly and achieve higher per-capita income levels than those that are less free; therefore, it would seem that this growth should also help reduce poverty.


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