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Book review: A brief history of humankind

The march of history is long and mysterious in many ways. In the last 150,000 years, our species has evolved much from an ape-like tree-dwelling mammals of genus homo. There are a number of theories about what make us human, or superior to other animals in terms of our impact …

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Remembering happier times for Baloch women and children

As the Baloch across the world are crying foul over the ‘abduction’ of their women and children by security forces, it is consoling to reminisce about the not-so-distant past when our women and children enjoyed a happier life with some significant powers. Baloch women realized their power and freedom in …

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Baloch, Balochistan and their Struggle

Nations cannot be manufactured on basis of common religion, ideology or geography as has been the case in Pakistan, Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. Soviet Union and Yugoslavia are no more and in Pakistan fault lines appear daily; you cannot simply lump people together and tell them they are a nation …

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Self-determination and the Baloch national question

By Hassan Hamdam Introduced during First World War as a political principle in order to resolve the emerging and complex national questions in Europe, the right to self-determination or freedom of choice without outside influence has become a legitimate right of the subjugated people in a 21st century world. Intertwined with …

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The Baloch Conflict with Iran and Pakistan — book review

By Hassan Hamdam In his latest book, ‘The Baloch conflict with Iran and Pakistan: aspects of a national liberation struggle’, Dr. Naseer Dashti traces the history of Baloch national struggle in Iran and Pakistan. The book offers rich insight into the past and present political games played by various powers …

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CPEC: the Baloch Perspective

CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor) is one segment of the proposed ‘One Belt One Road’ program of the Chinese government aimed at expanding Chinese economic and strategic influence in Asia. It involves a road and rail link from the Baloch town of Gwadar to Western Chinese city of Kashgar. Several …

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Aristotle’s formula for normal living

  In corrida, the bull rider’s adrenaline runs high as he risks his life while mounted atop a bucking bull. An eagle’s eyes shine as it playfully chases its prey in the sky. A cheeta smiles as the target slips away from it. A person of intellect cherishes the company of …

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A slow motion Chernobyl disaster

Coal is an unforgiving servant as it exacts its proverbial ‘pound of flesh’ from its masters. To begin with, mined coal needs to be washed of impurities which produce a fantastic amount of coal sludge (slurry) that in turn needs a dam for storage. This sludge contains mercury, arsenic, beryllium, …

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Balochistan and March 27

The present situation in Balochistan is critical in the political context which is naturally overshadowed by an armed conflict that has ebbed and flowed in different periods but never seen a complete victory of either side. This situation has now become critical as both sides struggle hard for political and …

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