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04 Mar, 2009
Medicines that Kill

United Nations health and crime agencies say counterfeit drugs are killing people from China to Canada and they "promote the development of new strains of viruses, parasites and bacteria ... for example in the case of malaria or HIV." In many countries their manufacture and distribution is not even illegal.


04 Mar, 2009
Forsaken by the State

The article highlights the importance of protecting private property, and deplores the criminal negligence of the Pakistani state in providing protection to the private property and businesses which were the target of loot and arson that took place in the wake of Benazir Bhutto's assassination. The article advises those who suffered losses to file damages suits against responsible government functionaries and ransackers instead of demanding for compensation from the government which in turn will be addressed by levying more taxes.


04 Mar, 2009
The Future of PPP after Benazir Bhutto

This article weighs the impact of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto on the future politics of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and of Pakistan. It concludes that with her assassination, there is going to be no substantial change in the polity of Pakistan.


04 Mar, 2009
The Ozone Crisis that Wasn't

Governments and activists have been celebrated from 12-21 September the 20th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol that saved the ozone layer - or did it? This well-published author shows how other factors in real life up in the stratosphere had more effect than the CFC ban. He fears similar hype will lead to radical and expensive policies in the attempts to alter climate change - and the cost will hit the poorest hardest.


04 Mar, 2009
Adaptation not Emissions Cuts

Government officials from around the world have descended on the Indonesian resort island of Bali for two weeks of climate negotiations. The talk is of a new Kyoto-like treaty, with global caps on emissions of greenhouse gases. But such a treaty would harm the poor, hampering their adaptability to climate change, while doing little to prevent it.


04 Mar, 2009
How to Cause Hunger

Chronic hunger affects some 850 million people in the world, while hunger and poverty combined claim around 25,000 lives every day. To remind us of this unacceptable tragedy, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FOA) celebrated its annual World Food Day with the slogan "The right to food." But the FAO should have paid more attention to rights that matter most for "landless farmers, urban slum dwellers and the extremely poor" - the right to own and exchange property and the right to trade freely, both locally and internationally.


04 Mar, 2009
Chemicals are Good for You

Scary headlines recently announced that a study claims that a pesticide causes prostate cancer and birth defects. Predictably, the study on banana plantations in the Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe was seized on by the environmentalists, in vindication of their beliefs about the dangers of agricultural chemicals.


04 Mar, 2009
The Perils of Judicial Populism- Part II

There have been attempts at finding answers to the question of what transpired before the reference was filed against the Chief Justice (CJ). The focus is the judiciary’s past character. The boldest statement in this regard termed the judiciary as the B team of the Pakistan army and appealed to it to act instead as an A team.


04 Mar, 2009
The Last Temptation of Asif Ali Zardari

Self-interest runs supreme. It is natural and logical. However, it is market that discovers and maintains a beautiful balance between clashing self-interests. Voluntary exchanges in the market where all the parties involved seek their own interest ultimately benefit all the parties. Otherwise, if any one fears to incur harm or loss, the exchange does not take place. This is how self-interest of one individual takes care of other individuals’ interest. It is in this perspective that the science of economics has been defined as the study of how and how not we fulfill our mutual needs.


04 Mar, 2009
Free Water!

Every year, World Water Week gathers experts and UN officials in their thousands, uttering vitriolic statements, holding meetings and forming alliances - but ignoring the real problem that prevents a billion people getting decent water: bad management.


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