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EDITORIAL— THE EYE OF THE STORM

Nearly three years down the road after assuming office, the Coalition government, lead by Peoples Party  is in the grip of a multifaceted crisis of mind boggling proportions. The most important aspect of the present crisis is in the economy. Soon after assuming office, the government decided to sign an agreement with the I.M.F. (Feb.2009), despite … Continue reading

AGRICULTURAL INCOME-TAX IN PAKISTAN

 AGRICULTURAL INCOME TAX in PAKISTAN — A BRIEF SURVEY Rasheed Hassan Khan In 1860 the British Imperialists levied income tax in India. Agricultural Income was also taxable. In 1882 Agricultural Income was exempted from taxation. In 1922 Income Tax Act was promulgated and Agricultural Income was exempted from taxation. In 1925 Indian Taxation Enquiry Committee … Continue reading

PIPELINE GEOPOLITICS

PIPELINE GEOPOLITICS,  BETTING AND BLUFFING IN THE NEW GREAT GAME  by Pepe Escobar   Future historians may well agree that the 21st century Silk Road first opened for business on December 14, 2009. That was the day a crucial stretch of pipeline officially went into operation, linking the fabulously energy-rich state of Turkmenistan (via Kazakhstan … Continue reading

U.S. EXPANDING BASES IN AFGHANISTAN

U.S. EXPANDING BASES IN AFGHANISTAN FOR PERMANENT PRESENCE by Fu Xiaoqiang Why are U.S. forces bent on expanding military bases in Afghanistan? Of late, the United States planned to expand the Bagram, Kandahar and Mazar-e-Shairf air bases in Afghanistan with an allocation of 300 million US dollars. The expansion of U.S. military bases in Afghanistan is obviously … Continue reading

WIKILEAKS AND THE INFORMATION WAR

WIKILEAKS AND THE WORLDWIDE INFORMATION WAR Andrew Gavin Marshall   Introduction The recent release of the 250,000 Wikileaks documents has provoked unparalleled global interest, both positive, negative, and everywhere in between. One thing that can be said with certainty: Wikileaks is changing things. There are those who accept what the Wikileaks releases say at face … Continue reading

FOOD SOVEREIGNTY AND LAND REFORM

Fixing our Global Food System Food Sovereignty and Redistributive Land Reform Peter Rosset Notes from the Editors Peter Rosset resides in Chiapas, Mexico, where he is a researcher for the Center for the Study of Rural Change in Mexico (CECCAM), and co-coordinates the Land Research Action Network. He is also part of the technical support … Continue reading