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Creating a citizen-led market for welfare

Let citizens, not the state, decide the allocation of public money to civil society organizations Parth J. Shah As CSOs get more funding, they would become the dominant suppliers of welfare. iStock photo What is the best way to help others? Basically there are three options: 1. Help myself—directly help others with my time, energy and money 2. Help a charity—give my time and/or money to a charity 3. Help the State—give my money as taxes for the government to provide help When I ask which of the three ways is better for helping others, the overwhelming majority selects the options 1 and 2. Hardly anyone chooses the third option of government-run welfare. Between the first two options, usually a younger audience prefers the first one and a more mature one, the second option. In principle, private welfare is better than state welfare but hardly anyone wants to rely on it in practice. Could the sensible in principle be made feasible in practice? Is it possible to re-imagine the welfare system where there is assurance …

ARGUMENT It Was a Corruption Election. It’s Time We Realized It. American politics is profoundly corrupt. Until we come to grips with that fact, the populists will keep winning.

ARGUMENT I have an odd perspective on the election of Donald Trump: a warped kind of déjà vu. For the past decade, I’ve worked on the issue of corruption around the world. In particular, I’ve spent a lot of time explaining that people who live in structurally corrupt political and economic systems are sometimes driven to extremes. I have always understood that the analysis was relevant in the United States — just maybe not how relevant. In the past 10 years, populations have rejected “rigged systems” that had stood for decades. They have risen up in mass protests in Brazil, Guatemala, South Africa, and South Korea. They have overthrown their governments in open insurrections like the Arab Spring and Ukraine’s Maidan. Or they have fallen in behind self-proclaimed Robin Hoods such as Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez. Occasionally, they have joined violent religious movements like the Islamic State or Boko Haram. Trending Articles Gen. Flynn’s Rumor-Mongering Son Has Been Active in Trump… A source says Flynn Jr. is assisting in vetting personnel, scheduling and meetings.  http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/distroscale-public/vplayer-parallel/20160725c/ima_flash/index.html http://c5x8i7c7.ssl.hwcdn.net/videojs/5.1.0_20160613/show.html?controls=1&loop=30&autoplay=0&tracker=f32b03dc-d1a8-45bc-bdd5-0ddf952500ba&height=362&width=643&vurl=%2F%2Fc5x8i7c7.ssl.hwcdn.net%2Fvideos%2Fdgv%2F201612060710_584645d2cc344%2Fdgv_foreignpolicy_201612060710_new.mp4&poster=%2F%2Fc5x8i7c7.ssl.hwcdn.net%2Fvideos%2Fdgv%2F201612060710_584645d2cc344%2Fdgv_foreignpolicy_201612060710_new.jpg

Assessing India’s water threat FAHIM ZAMAN | SYED MUHAMMAD ABUBAKAR

Blood and water can’t flow together,” declared a belligerent Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 26, 2016 in the wake of 19 Indian soldiers dying in a militant attack on Uri military base, just inside Indian-administered Kashmir. Holding Pakistan responsible for the violence, Modi promised to unshackle India’s policy of “restraint” — implying that India was now going to hurt Pakistan by choking its water supply. For the people of Pakistan, a nation dependent upon agriculture for its survival, the Indus rivers are their lifeline. As it is, Pakistan is ranked second, after China, in the Water Shortage Index, highlighting the vulnerability of the Pakistani population to frequent water shortages. Modi’s proclamation generated lots of nationalistic hyperbole in the two nuclear-armed twins but also inflicted some damage: many on this side of the border are perturbed about Modi making good on his threat and stopping water supply to Pakistan. Can Modi turn the taps off immediately? Can Modi turn off the taps and choke Pakistan’s rivers? Not quite. The Indus Waters Treaty of 1960, …

سکول کا سفر

تحریر: یہ تحریر ایس ایل ایل پی کے شاگرد وقاص خان کی ہے جو تعلیم کے ساتھ ساتھ ٹیوٹا کمپنی میں  کام کررہے ہیں۔ سکول کس چیز کا نام ہے؟سکول کے نام کا مطلب کیا ہوتا ہے؟سکول کی بنیاد کس مقصد کے بنا پر رکھی جاتی ہے؟سکول میں کیا کیا ہوتا ہے؟اچھے سکول کی کیا پہچان ہوتی ہے؟اچھا سکول مکمل کیسے ہوتا ہے؟سکول بنتا کیسے ہے؟آج کے سکولوں میں اور پرانے سکولوں کیا فرق تھا؟ ہمیشہ ہمارے بڑے یہ کہتے رہتے ہیں  ہمارے سکولوں کی بات ہی کچھ الگ ہوا کرتی تھی لیکن اب کے سکولوں میں  وہ بات نہیں رہی ہے۔لیکن ابو جی میں بس اتنا  جاننا چاہتا ہوں وہ بات کیا تھی جو اب کے سکولوں میں نہیں ہے۔ پہلے زمانے میں جب کبھی کسی سکول یا گاؤں میں یہ پتہ لگ جائے کہ سکول بننے والا ہے تو وہاں کے مقامی لوگوں کی تو جیسے عید ہو جاتی تھی مرد  عورتیں بچے مارے خوشی کے بے حال ہو جاتے تھے۔لیکن آج کے زمانے میں سب کچھ ہونے کے باوجود گلی گلی محلے …

The new Arabian Nights

Even Scherezade who told the stories of the Arabian Nights to King Shahrayar couldn’t have thought of this tale which has come before the Supreme Court. A prince of the ruling family, a former foreign minister of Qatar and shining light of the ruling Al-Thani family not without his own share of international scandals has put his name to a letter which if presented for inclusion in the Arabian Nights, Alf Laila Wa Laila, would have been rejected as too fanciful. If the story in the letter which paints the Sharifs as purer than Snow White were carried atop the Himalayas it would flatten a peak or two, so heavy is the load it carries. When this masterpiece, for it is no less, was presented before their lordships they too could not contain their surprise and said that what the letter conveys is more hearsay than anything else. In this post-edition of the Arabian Nights the four London flats which lie at the centre of the hearings currently taking place before the Supreme Court are …

اب بلوچستان

  تحریر ساحرہ ظفر پاکستان پانچ صوبوں پر مشتمل  اسلامی سرزمین ہے۔بلوچستان پاکستان کا وہ واحد صوبہ ہےجو رقبے کے لحاظ سے سب سے بڑا صوبہ ہے۔ اس کا رقبہ 347190 مربع کلو میٹر ہے جو پاکستان کے کل رقبے کا43.6فیصد حصہ بنتا ہے جبکہ اس کی آبادی 1998ءکی مردم شماری کے مطابق 65لاکھ65ہزار885 پر مشتمل تھی ۔اس وقت صوبے کی آبادی ایک محتاط اندازے کے مطابق90لاکھ سے ایک کروڑ کے درمیان ہے ۔قدرتی وسائل سے مالا مال بلوچستان محل وقوع میں اہم ترین صوبہ ہے اس کے شمال میں افغانستان، صوبہ خيبر پختو خواہ، جنوب میں بحیرہ عرب، مشرق میں سندھ و پنجاب اور مغرب میں ایران واقع ہے ۔اس کا 832کلو میٹر سرحد ایران اور 1120کلو میٹر طویل سرحد افغانستان کے ساتھ ملا ہوا ہے ۔ 760کلو میٹر طویل ساحلی پٹی بھی بلوچستان میں ہے۔ ایران میں بلوچوں کا علاقہ جو ایرانی بلوچستان کہلاتا ہے اور جس کا دارالحکومت زاہدان ہے، ستر ہزار مربع میل کے لگ بھگ ہے-