Daily Archives: January 16, 2009


A double standard -By Cyril Almeida

WHEN the Americans or the British do it, it is interference; when the Arabs do it, it is friendly intervention. Get involved in domestic politics, that is. As political instability stalks this unfortunate land once again, every prince, sheikh and Arab tycoon who fancies himself to be a political dilettante […]


The weave of India-By Kuldip Nayar 1

IT is time that we looked at ourselves. India is entering the 60th year of its constitution’s initiation whereby the country became a sovereign democratic republic. All citizens were promised justice, liberty and fraternity. It is a long story of failure in many ways. True, India is a democracy in […]


Definition of terrorism-By Ayesha Siddiqa

THESE days terrorism is a fashionable topic. The entire world seems to be involved in the war on terror, whether it is those who claim to be fighting terrorism or those who are perpetrating it. Moreover, there are opposing claims about terrorism. As the popular, albeit somewhat modified, adage goes, […]


State of the Pakistan economy: SBP’s 1Q REPORT

By Aftab Ahmad Khan The recently released First Quarterly Report of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) presents an analytical and objective assessment of the performance of the economy during July-September 2008 and recommends continuance of policies focused on macro-economic discipline and good governance. According to the report the sense […]


Pakistan’s poor performance in textile exports 1

By Alauddin Masood Considered worldwide an important cash crop, cotton has played a significant role in the industrial growth of many countries. According to Australian economist J.A. Schumpeter, England owes its ascendance to a single industry – the textiles. The same can be said of China and the rest of […]


Depression is good for health

Don’t worry, be happy? Nonsense. Always look on the bright side of life? Dangerous twaddle. The preachers of positive thought have, it seems, got it all the wrong way round. According to scientists, depression is good for us. They suggest that medicating depression as if it is a disease stops […]