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Editorial: February 2016

Privatisation blues Dr Niaz Murtaza The PML-N’s privatisation agenda is in trouble. Halfway through its tenure, it has not chalked any major achievements in this area, as true too in other economic areas like energy and exports. The PPP-controlled Senate has blocked PIA’s privatisation while PIA employees, whose union activities the government curtailed yesterday, are … Continue reading

Democratic System at Risk

Democratic system at risk I.A. Rehman ELECTED civilian governments in Pakistan have mostly owed their fall less to the opposition parties’ doings and more to their own death wish. Hopes that our politicians had learnt enough to avoid history being repeated have unfortunately begun to fade. The public complaint that the state’s writ in regard … Continue reading

Inayat Raza

PIA’s Inayet Raza lived by his words and died living up to them By Fatima Zaidi February 03, 2016 Karachi “No matter what the extent of callousness is that we see, we should speak up and make our voices heard regardless of what corner of the world we live in!” was the motto 58-year-old Inayet … Continue reading

Feudalism Damaged Democracy in Pakistan

‘Feudalism damaged democracy in Pakistan’ Tooba Masood KARACHI: At Partition, Pakistan inherited a medieval feudal system with tax-exempt jagirdars and inamdars acting as intermediaries between the state and zamindars, said Kaisar Bengali, former adviser to the chief minister of Sindh and founding member of the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (Piler), on Thursday. … Continue reading

The Davos Blind Eye

The Davos Blind Eye: How the Rich Eat the Poor and the World The Big Lies By Prof. John McMurtry Global Research, January 24, 2016 The just-released Oxfam Davos Report which the mass media have ignored arrestingly shows that 62 individuals – 388 in 2010 – now own more wealth than 50% of the world’s … Continue reading

Attacks on US Public Workers and Unions Increase

Attacks on US Public Workers and Unions Intensify By Jack Rasmus Global Research, January 30, 2016 JackRasmus.com 29 January 2016 The destruction of unions in the US has been going on for decades, steadily intensifying since the 1970s. But recent, and pending, U.S. Supreme Court decisions are now leading a new, intensive attack on unionization … Continue reading

Left Anti-communism

Left Anticommunism: The Unkindest Cut By Michael Parenti Global Research, January 21, 2016 The Greanville Post Vol. IX 23 May 2015 “Part opportunism, part careerism, part willful denial (or ignorance) of true capitalist and imperial dynamics, and part attachment to the comforts of being within the respectable fold of “permissible” criticism, Left Anticommunism continues to … Continue reading

What’s Really Going On With Oil ?

What’s Really Going on with Oil? By F. William Engdahl Global Research, January 24, 2016 New Eastern Outlook 24 January 2016 If there is any single price of any commodity that determines the growth or slowdown of our economy, it is the price of crude oil. Too many things don’t calculate today in regard to … Continue reading

Three Middle Class Killing Industries for 2016

Three Middle-Class-Killing Industries for 2016 Published on Monday, January 04, 2016 by Common Dreams Paul Buchheit People are seen waiting in line to meet with recruiters during a job fair in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo: AP/file) Capitalist enterprises have little incentive to work for ordinary people, and instead they do whatever is necessary to enrich the … Continue reading

To Recover Strategic Thought and Political Practice

To Recover Strategic Thought and Political Practice by Chris Gilbert It is common to understand the diverse “processes” in Latin America — in the period marked initially by Zapatismo in the mid-1990s and later by the emergence of left or popular governments in Venezuela, Bolivia, and Ecuador along with center-left governments in Brazil, Uruguay, and … Continue reading