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Friday the 13th… what happened

First step towards a massive clean-up? Glued to television sets, the frequent change of airports, airplanes and postal codes had the entire country cheering for a fate-known. My generation wasn’t young enough to witness or remember what had happened in the 1990’s — but stories surfacing each time a prominent political leader is convicted have become a part of politicisation …

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Israel: Neither secular nor democratic

Israel adopts divisive Jewish nation-state law Israel passed a law on Thursday to declare that only Jews have the right of self-determination in the country, something members of the Arab minority called racist and verging on apartheid. The ‘nation-state’ law, backed by the right-wing government, passed by a vote of 62-55 and two abstentions in the 120-member parliament after months …

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Economic chaos

Not much to write home about While everyone would be out to pin them on someone else, but the fact of the matter is that the next government is going to inherit precipitously plunging fiscal numbers. Among these are the following. $37.7 billion is the current trade deficit, which has reached an all-time high. 39,288 points is where the stock …

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Next Government to inherit IMF deal

The new government would have no other option than to approach International Monetary Fund (IMF) for bailout package amid deteriorating economic situation of the country that is going from bad to worse.  Pakistan’s economic situation is deteriorating with the passage of time as rupee is depreciating sharply, foreign exchange reserves are tumbling, current account and budget deficits are widening more than …

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Don’t present justice as selective accountability

This is not selective accountability, this is justice Despite claims by political opponents that the growing impetus for accountability of civilian politicians is yet another conspiracy to weaken the democratic dispensation in Pakistan, nearly all such known cases have already passed through the requisite judicial processes. Combating corruption in Pakistan is not an easy task. The issue has haunted our …

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Malaysia’s next PM will be Anwar Ibrahim

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad took the oath with other lawmakers in Parliament today, making the 93-year-old the world’s oldest leader – and one that has beaten the odds with a landslide win in the Malaysian elections and promises for a brighter future that simultaneously deals justice but leaves the past where it belongs. Al Jazeera spoke to Mahathir Mohamad about questionable …

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