Najma Sadeque

  • TThere was a time just 50 years ago when it scarcely rained in Karachi, Pakistan’s industrial and commercial hub and seaport; just a shower every few years if residents were lucky. From the late 70s, however, rains are more frequent as are floods in the sprawling 1,400 square mile city of 21 ...

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  • TThe government is about to facilitate the handing over of our seed heritage to the foreign corporate world. In many agricultural countries, millions of farmers and peasants have been up in arms against their governments for allowing or considering seed-thieving by foreign investors. It was only ...

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  • TIn 1995 when a decisive UN Women’s Conference took place in Beijing, most women didn’t notice another major and worrying event that took place earlier the very same year – the formation of the World Trade Organization (WTO), an organization not created by the UN but dreamt up and ...

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  • TThroughout history, superpowers that outstayed their welcome eventually turned unscrupulous trying to hang on. The most recent one in the last century directly shaped and manipulated global institutions forcing most countries into submission. The instruments used were the World Bank/IMF, the World ...

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  • TAttention, Mr Imran Khan! There’s a fly in your soup. More like two. Trusting in your integrity, we took you for your word about ending corruption and bringing justice to even the poorest of the poor. But you really think that’s possible without land reforms? It now transpires those ...

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  • TA new, hopefully honest, government will find its hands full. Apart from dealing with feudalism, monopolies and cartels, unwarranted privatization, corruption, kickbacks, commissions, ‘bhatha’, they’ll also face widespread grinding poverty.Even if solutions are found, ...

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  • TCorruption does not merely involve kickbacks, bribes, commissions, embezzlement, unsanctioned perks and privileges, fictitious overheads and expenditures, skimming, misappropriation and outright theft. It also involves the corruption of products and production methods, falsely claimed as superior, ...

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  • TNow that PTI and PAT have harnessed the imagination of the urban majority, hopefully they’ll start thinking of the largest and most difficult to access segment of the population — the peasantry.But liberating the peasant is more easily said than done, no matter how good the intentions ...

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  • TRecently, a troubled viewer made a live call to a TV channel where a learned and popular mufti preaches a gentle and practical Islam in its true spirit. The caller was well-qualified, yet he failed to find a job despite years of trying. Obviously an honest and upright man, he pleaded: “I ...

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