Category Archives: Pakistan’s Economy

Seedy business

November 06, 2014 By  NAJMA SADEQUE   Throughout history, superpowers that outstayed their welcome eventually turned unscrupulous trying to hang on. The most recent one in the last century directly shaped and manipulated global institutions forcing most countries into submission. The … Continue reading

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Why the left was lost

“Shah Mehmood Qureshi epitomizes all forms of exploitation, including economic, social and spiritual ….. Qureshi may have inherited the land, but how can anyone inherit spirituality?” – Karamat Ali, PILER “The Left cannot join hands with PTI because of the basic difference … Continue reading

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Everyone’s share of the pie

October 16, 2014 By NAJMA SADEQUE A new, hopefully honest, government will find its hands full. Apart from dealing with feudalism, monopolies and cartels, unwarranted privatization, corruption, kickbacks, commissions, ‘bhatha’, they’ll also face widespread grinding poverty. Even if solutions are … Continue reading

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Death by GM contamination

March 11, 2014 NAJMA SADEQUE How did all this happen? Easily. By steady, unrelenting persuasion by a chemical-cum-GM seed multinational sitting around in Pakistan the past 15 years, seemingly twiddling its thumbs. Starting in America, nothing happened by accident but … Continue reading

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Terminating the peasants

February 26, 2014 NAJMA SADEQUE Imagine maize, or corn, having cellular structures resembling those of humans, making them easier for scientists to manipulate. Much more disconcerting to discover however, was why scientists were tinkering with maize. Non-reproducing seeds apart, they … Continue reading

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Mayhem by monoculture

February 19, 2014 NAJMA SADEQUE Crop failures are an inevitable part of agricultural life. Though blame is often attributed to drought, excess rains, and other weather discrepancies, the chosen method of farming itself is never called into question. Instead, massive … Continue reading

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They’re selling our country

–    Najma Sadeque   In 2011, thanks to advanced computers, three systems scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology drew on an existing global marketing database of over 30 million companies and investors worldwide. The study, called ‘The Network of Global Corporate Control’, traced their … Continue reading

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