Economy, Trade & Aid
Sunday 17 January 2021
January 12, 2021
Pakistani Government Employees Demand Raise In Line With Inflation
Hundreds of federal government employees rallied in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, to call for an increase in their salaries in line with the rate of inflation. Employees marched through the city on January 12, criticizing the government for not keeping inflation under control.
December 08, 2020
Illegal Hunting Of Rare Birds On The Rise In Badakhshan
Afghanistan's mountainous northeastern province of Badakhshan, home to a plethora of rare and nearly extinct animals, is seeing an increase in illegal bird hunting despite a ban on such practices to preserve the region’s rich biodiversity.
December 01, 2020
Even If It Achieves Peace, Can Afghanistan Ever Be Financially Independent?
As the Afghan government and the Taliban inch forward in a fledgling peace process, the country’s lack of financial independence is being touted as the main incentive for them to form a single political system that will still need to work hard to attract foreign aid.
November 11, 2020
Saudi Labor Reforms Still Leave Millions Exposed To Abuse, Exploitation
Hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis and Afghans are among millions of foreign workers likely to benefit from the easing of restrictions in Saudi Arabia's "kafala" visa sponsorship system. But 3.7 million domestic workers will be left in what critics have compared to a modern form of slavery.
October 26, 2020
Reports Of 'Brutal' Beatings At Bosnian Border Spark Concerns For Migrants Seeking EU Refuge
While EU leaders mull a controversial new system for migration, disturbing reports are emerging of migrants being beaten and abused by Croatian police as they seek to enter the European Union via Bosnia-Herzegovina.
October 18, 2020
Land Ownership Disputes Weigh On Pakistan’s Pashtun Heartland
Two years after Pakistan merged the former Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) into the administrative and political mainstream, disputes over land ownership have emerged as a dominant form of conflict in the western region.
October 15, 2020
G-20 Suspends Poor Nations' Debt Payments For Six More Months
The Group of 20 nations, representing the world’s biggest economies, agreed on October 14 to extend the suspension of debt payments by an additional six months to support the most vulnerable countries in their fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
October 12, 2020
Pakistanis Remember Military Coup Two Decades On As Opposition Still Struggles Against Its Dominance
Pakistanis are commemorating the 21st anniversary of a bloodless military coup that toppled an elected government and which is blamed for plunging the country into a political and security crisis from which its 220 million people are still reeling.