BlackRock: Turkey, Pakistan Economies ‘Overheated, Currencies Overvalued’

May 31, 2018 (BE2C2) — BlackRock, the world’s largest fund management firm says three countries that they are either avoiding or in some examples have shorts in their portfolio are the Philippines, Turkey, and Pakistan. Reason: these countries’ economies are overheating, or they think the currencies are substantially overvalued or both – Pakistan Rupee has […]

Man Blinded by Father, Brothers for Falling in Love

May 31, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — A man has been blinded by his own father and siblings for allegedly wanting to marry a girl he fell in love with in Balochistan. Abdul Baqi, 22, thought his family would help him get married. Instead, his father and four brothers accused him of violating Islamic values and removed […]

Unions, Civil Society Hail Sindh Home Workers Protection Law

The Home Based Workers Act 2018 has been approved by the legislative assembly of Sindh. All home-based workers (5m) will now have the right to form their own CBAs (collective bargaining agent), pensions, minimum wages and other social security benefits. May 31, 2018 (BE2C2) — The labor rights activists, trade unions, civil society etc are […]

Denmark Becomes the Latest European Country to Ban Burqa, Niqab

May 31, 2018 — Denmark joined some other European countries in deciding Thursday to ban garments that cover the face, including Islamic veils such as the niqab or burqa. In a 75-30 vote with 74 absentees, Danish lawmakers approved the law presented by the center-right governing coalition. The government says that it is not aimed […]

Eight Things I learned About Palestine While Touring Eight Western Nations

RAMZY BAROUD — On February 20, 2018, I embarked on a global book tour that has, thus far, taken me to eight nations. The main theme of all my talks in various cultural, academic and media platforms was the pressing need to refocus the discussion on Palestine on the struggle, aspirations and history of the […]

UAE, Afghanistan Ink Deal For Supply of Afghan Workers

MAY 31, 2018 (BE2C2) — The UAE and Afghanistan have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to supply Afghan workers to the emirate. The labor agreement was signed on the sidelines of the 107th International Labor Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, the UAE’s state news agency WAM reported. A joint committee will be formed to monitor […]

‘Kite’ Unites MQM Leaders, Farooq Sattar Threatens Polls Boycott

May 31, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Chief of Karachi’s largest and strongest political party Muttahida Qaumi Movement Dr. Farooq Sattar on Wednesday said the party will boycott upcoming polls if it is not allowed to do politics within the ambit of country’s constitution. “If MQM reservations were not resolved we will boycott upcoming elections,” — July […]

US Supports Free, Fair, Transparent Polls in Pakistan: State Dept

U.S. ‘hopes the electoral reform law passed in 2017 will facilitate peaceful transfer of power to elected government after the polls’ May 30, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — The United States supports free, fair and transparent elections in Pakistan, a US State Department spokesperson said in Washington on Tuesday, expressing hope that the electoral reform law passed […]