Friday, 25 May 2018


Understanding more about migration

I was glad last week, when a former Swedish politician, Carl Bildt, said that Sweden had become a better country thanks to a large number of immigrants having come to the land since the 1960s. Today, about 20 percent Swedes were born outside the country. Most live in the big ...

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Can ASEAN rise to the next level


ASEAN will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year as a momentous milestone for the region after five decades of success and achievements. This remarkable year will be led by the Philippines as the new ASEAN chair country. Proclaiming this year’s theme, “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World,” Philippine President Rodrigo ...

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AfPak Problem


Pakistan’s military strikes against terrorists inside Afghanistan have drawn a limited response from the international community. Kabul has strongly protested the move, as it was expected it would, but only the United States has intervened in this matter – and that too in a cautious manner. Senior officials at the Ministry ...

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Spate Of Attacks

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There was barely time to take a breath from the attack in Lahore on February 13, when on Thursday, an explosion went off at the Sufi shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan in Sindh as a Sufi ritual was being performed. At least 75 people were killed in the blast ...

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Terror In Lahore

Pakistan had been enjoying a period of calm with a drop in terrorist attacks as well as optimistic outlooks for economic and social development. It was the turn of the worst yesterday when a bomb blast ripped right through the heart of Lahore, and hours later there was a blast ...

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The Changing Fields of Cricket

On par with the political world, cricketing circles are going through an upheaval of their own. In a recently concluded meeting in Dubai, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has agreed “in principle” to reverse the 2014 decision which effectively put India, England and Australia in control of the game’s finances ...

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Childhood faith

There is a beautiful Swedish hymn called ‘Barnatro’, Childhood Faith, by Einar Westling (1896-1971), which was popular in my childhood in Norway – and since Swedish, Norwegian and Danish are so similar languages, we have no problems understanding each others’ languages all over Scandinavia. The message in this hymn is ...

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Trump refugee ban is illegal


Trump’s move Friday to suspend refugee entry into the U.S. and restrict entry from Muslim states is flatly illegal, a top immigration policy analyst writes. David J. Bier, an immigration analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, said that Trump’s Friday executive order is illegal. “The ...

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Pakistan-India cultural ties

EVERYTHING has its place, the aphorism goes, and there can be found in this a fair bit of wisdom. For when knock-on effects start to accrue, unintended and adverse consequences can occur. Currently, nowhere is this more applicable than in the context of the cultural ties between Pakistan and India, ...

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How Social Media Is Making Us Anti-Social

Take a look around you. Most likely, the majority of people you see are bent forward towards the glow of their phones and tablets. Maybe they look up occasionally so they don’t stumble and fall on the sidewalk, or periodically to check the time, but whatever is streaming on their ...

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