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04 Mar, 2009
Global Warming: Why Skepticism is Sound (Updated)

In the global warming debate the big issues is whether what human beings do contributes significantly to global warming. That global warming is occurring is not much in dispute, although some scientists do make a good deal of the point that there have been warming periods in the past, some of them far greater than those being recorded in our time.


04 Mar, 2009
Protectionism Harms Environment

[P]oliticians in the European Union (EU) and the US have been peddling protectionism – threatening to impose restrictions on imports from countries that refuse to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This is no doubt music to the ears of the labour unions and environmentalists that have been calling for such tariffs, but it is bad news for everyone else – especially the poor.


04 Mar, 2009
Restore the Food Market

The article, Restore the food market, argues that the food crisis, i.e. food shortages and food price hikes, is a phenomena of nationally closed and protected markets.


04 Mar, 2009
From the Electoral to a Real Victory

The News International on March 09, 2008, published an article, From the Electoral to a Real Victory, by Dr. Khalil Ahmad. The article argues that only by restoring the pre-November 3 judiciary and making the fundamental rights ensured in the Constitution of 1973 inviolable the electoral victory of February 18 elections can be transformed into a real victory.


04 Mar, 2009
Echoing Lal Masjid

The article argues that it is not because of the Lal Masjid army operation that General Musharraf's party, Pakistan Muslim League (Q) lost in the February 18 elections as is being claimed by its leaders. It says that whatever the differences over the timing and methodology of the Lal Masjid army operation may have been, one can always put forward a number of alternate ways of dealing with such phenomena.


04 Mar, 2009
Rape at the Mausoleum

This article takes cue from the rape of a lonely girl at the Mausoleum of the Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi, by the security personnel posted at the Mausoleum, and discusses how the absence of rule of law helps ever present possibilities of crime transform into opportunities for crimes.


04 Mar, 2009
Mr. Zardari, Manu Bheels do not need Food, Clothing, and Shelter

The article argues that it was in 1968 that Pakistan Peoples Party snatched the slogan of Roti (Food), Kapra (Clothing) and Makaan (Shelter) from the Left. Even today it is harping the same tune, while the Left parties both in India and Pakistan are shifting from Poverty to Justice as the core demand.


04 Mar, 2009
Price of the PML (N) Compromise

The article, Price of the PML (N) compromise, argues that if Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz Sharif) agrees to the restoration of all the judges regardless of their actions and integrity, isn’t that what we call in Urdu mixing up horses with donkeys. This wipes out the boundaries between what is wrong and what is right, what is worth not a penny and what is worth everything precious. This is how PML (N) is going to compromise the constitutional values at the altar of dictatorial and personal values.


04 Mar, 2009
No Qualms Against America

The article, No qualms against America, argues that we the ordinary people are not able to see how it concerns the US that we should not reinstate our Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and his fellow judges to their due position. However, we have no qualms against the US and its officials who are behaving like international goons. We want to know what roles our leaders are playing in this game.


04 Mar, 2009
Political Sense of Direction

This article dwells on fundamental issues defining a constitution especially in the context of Pakistan. It argues that constitution is never like a political document. At best, it is a theory of conduct both for individuals and institutions. In this sense, it is a moral document.


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