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Securing Education for All

The government is taking measures to improve the education situation in Pakistan, which has been termed an ‘Education Emergency’, and last week,...

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New Education for All

There is an ‘Education Emergency’ in Pakistan, according to top leaders, including the PM, chief ministers, and others. When they use such strong...

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The Dreams We Dream Together

I have borrowed the heading for my article today from the renowned Swedish writer Niklas Rådström’s latest book entitled ‘Drömmerna vi...

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Only Negotiations Can End Wars

Last week, I wrote about the problem of allowing one of the fighting partners to win a war - a problem for both the winning and the losing side. In...

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Let’s Stop the Wars

In our time, people have become disillusioned about the fact that ‘even’ the advanced European countries still have wars on their soil, and still...

26.04.2024 60

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Time to Plan for Peace

Just before Eid, Dr. Evelin Lindner held her annual public lecture at the University of Oslo, Norway, which is the main hub of the Humiliation and...

21.04.2024 20

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Traditions, and New Ways

As Eid ul Fitr is celebrated, it is a good time to reflect on old foundations, tradi­tions and new ways. Most things remain the same, but some...

13.04.2024 10

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New Palestine for All

I have read many articles, and written some, too, about the tragic Israel-Pal­estine War in Gaza following Hamas’ terrorist attack on Israel on 7...

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So Close We Were

Sondre Lerche (41) is a pop­ular and productive Norwe­gian songwriter and singer, who lives in USA and Norway and writes in the languages of both...

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We become what we do

I have borrowed the words in the ti­tle of today’s article from the ancient Greek philosopher and polymath Ar­istotle (384-322 BC). He said that...

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Change Through Praise

In earlier articles, I have discussed issues which I see as wrong in our world, and things we let drift un­resolved. But when we analyse issues and...

14.03.2024 30

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When Problems Drift Unresolved

The world has never had as much scientific knowledge, advanced technologies, administrative sys­tems and wealth as today. Yet, we still let many...

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Failure of the UN and NATO to Build Peace

We live in a time when there is reason to question the international, regional and national cooperation and defence organizations in preventing...

29.02.2024 100

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Research for Peace and Development

Sometimes, researchers in the social sciences, and also in other fields, play significant roles, not only in academia, for students and colleagues...

22.02.2024 60

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Everything is Politics – but Politics is ...

Last week, I wrote in my article entitled ‘Under the same Roof’ about the many things we human beings have in common, either we are royal or...

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Under the same Roof

We live in a time with high mi­gration, including voluntary, labour, and forced migration. Also, many people travel for vacation and business, and we...

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Unworthy Wars

We live in a competitive world, a time when inequality and fight for profit and power grow, when prices and inflation go up, and when the poor become...

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WEF and the Term of Rebuilding Trust

The World Economic Forum (WEF) just held its Annual Meet­ing in Davos, Switzerland, under the theme ‘Rebuilding Trust’. The theme implies that...

25.01.2024 40

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Rebuilding trust – is there still time?

The World Economic Forum (WEF) holds its 54th Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, this week. The theme this year, amidst political, institutional,...

18.01.2024 30

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New Year with new and old issues

When a new calendar begins, it is common to take stock of the year that is ending and set out some resolutions for the year, with thoughts and wonders...

11.01.2024 30

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It is in giving that we receive

It was Saint Francis of Assisi (1181/82-1226) who said: ‘It is giving that we receive’. He lived by his own words, having been born into a wealthy...

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Making 2024 an Annus Mirabilis

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Christmas is coming

Christmas is about change, hope and peace, and it is about family, friends, and food, as all big holidays are, in Islam, Christianity and other...

20.12.2023 10

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Nobel Prize at a high price

Last week was the Nobel Prize Week, culminating on 10 December, the International Human Rights Day, with the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony and Banquet in...

14.12.2023 50

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New ways for Israel-Palestine peace

06.12.2023 60

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The best and worst of times

We live in a time with small and big problems in the wide world and at community and individual levels. There are wars and conflicts, indeed the...

29.11.2023 30

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Importance of local languages

In a few recent articles, I have focused on the importance of local languages being used. That also means big languages, such as Urdu, and it means...

22.11.2023 20

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Literature in small languages must be ...

Last week I wrote about the 9th Islamabad Literature Festival (ILF) held from 3-5 November 2023, also drawing attention to the Nobel Prize in...

16.11.2023 20

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Literature, language, thinking

08.11.2023 20

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Historical background to the creation of ...

Knowledge of history will help us understand issues of the past and present. But knowledge alone will not solve today’s problems, but it will make...

01.11.2023 30

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Everlasting war or peace in the Middle East

There seems not to be any solution to the long Israel-Palestine conflict, currently it is a full war with hundreds of victims daily. Many thousands...

25.10.2023 30

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The Israel-Palestine War 2023

The war that has flared up between the Hamas political leaders in the Palestinian Gaza Strip and Israel has led to a terrible political, economic,...

18.10.2023 40

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Nobel Insight

11.10.2023 20

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Moral Compass

There is an age-old conflict between spirit and matter – between deep thoughts and high buildings. In recent generations and decades,we have become...

04.10.2023 20

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Important issues in the 21st century

It is easier to summarise history than to predict the future. In a couple of recent articles, I have tried to summarise the major developments of the...

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More about the century of change

Last week, I tried to summarise some of the major developments in last century, the 20 century, which was indeed a century of fast change, a golden...

13.09.2023 50

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