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Multi-billion dollar fine on Pakistan puts the spotlight on a secret court

SAAD HASAN The Reko Diq mine case shows the overreach of a secretive arbitration system. Last month, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), a global quasi-court, slapped more than a $5 billion fine on Pakistan in an arbitration case involving a gold and copper mine.  But the …

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Detained, tortured, and murdered in Pakistan: Balochistan’s lost generation

Since 2011, hundreds of Baloch people have been disappeared only to be killed by Pakistani security forces as part of a state policy known as kill and dump. Mehlab Baloch was nine-years-old when her father was taken. On June 28, 2009, Pakistani intelligence agents stormed Ornach Hospital and detained Deen …

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‘عمران خان اور جنرل باجوہ لازم و ملزوم ہیں’

لاہور —  پاکستان کے وزیرِ اعظم عمران خان کی جانب سے آرمی چیف جنرل قمر جاوید باجوہ کی مدتِ ملازمت میں تین سال کی توسیع کے معاملے پر پاکستان کے مختلف حلقوں میں بحث تاحال جاری ہے۔ بعض سیاسی مبصرین کے نزدیک موجودہ صورت حال میں جنرل باجوہ کو ملازمت …

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Hazaras in Balochistan Live in Fear of More Violence, Feel Ignored by the State

Leaders also argued that the community was being pushed to live secluded lives, away from others. Quetta, Balochistan: Pakistan’s minority Hazara community has frequently been targeted by extremist groups in southwestern Quetta, Balochistan. In April, the Hazara community faced an attack from a Sunni group, despite assurances from Pakistan’s army chief, General Qamar …

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Pakistan Struggles to Make Good on a Golden Opportunity in Balochistan

In a remote and arid corner of southwestern Pakistan, Islamabad has found itself embroiled in a difficult battle: a multibillion-dollar dispute with a global mining company over one of the world’s richest untapped deposits of copper and gold. In July, the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes …

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Takeover Trap: Why Imperialist China Is Invading Africa

China is in Africa not to advance Maoism, but to control its resources, people, and potential. by Akol Nyok Akol Dok Bradley A. Thayer Africa is on the cusp of a new period in its history, its renaissance. Freed from centuries of colonialism and neo-imperialism, Africa has the opportunity to become a …

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کیا حاصل بزنجو بھی نواب بگٹی بننے جا رہے ہیں؟

حاصل بزنجو کا بدلتا ہوا سیاسی رویہ دراصل بلوچستان کے اس سیاسی کلچر کا عکاس ہے جس میں بعض سیاست دان اپنی سیاسی زندگی کے ایک حصے میں اسٹیبلشمنٹ نواز ہوتے ہیں اور پھر وہ اقتدار کے اسی سرچشمے کے خلاف ہو جاتے ہیں۔ ملک سراج اکبر واشنگٹن MalikSirajAkbar@ سینیٹر میر حاصل …

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Chinese cash: enough to keep East Timor out of Asean?

Southeast Asia’s youngest nation faces a Catch-22 in ties with ChinaTo join Asean, it needs to improve its economy, but, in improving its economy with China’s help, it may jeopardise its chances of joining Asean Meaghan Tobin  When work began on East Timor’s US$490 million deep water port, things went with …

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The Baloch And Pashtun Nationalist Movements In Pakistan: Colonial Legacy And The Failure Of State Policy – Analysis

Observer Research Foundation By Kriti M. Shah Introduction The border lands between Afghanistan and Pakistan have been a hotbed for global terrorism and jihad for the last four decades. The causes are rooted in colonial legacy and the impact of British rule on the region. In the late 1800s, the …

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Iran’s invisible children

There are more than one million people undocumented people in Iran, and a significant number of them are children. One of the main reasons for this inhumane state of affairs is a decades-old law which deprived Iranian women in mixed marriages of the right to pass on their nationality on to their …

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