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How the United States Should Deal With China in Pakistan

DANIEL MARKEY APRIL 08, 2020 Summary:   The Trump administration holds a decidedly critical view of China’s infrastructure initiatives in Pakistan. Although there is much to criticize in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the administration’s fixation on commercial and economic issues threatens to distract U.S. policymakers from deeper concerns. Related Media and Tools FULL TEXT (PDF) INTRODUCTION By the end of 2019, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), China’s high-profile development initiative in Pakistan, had shifted to a  new phase . Whereas the first CPEC projects were mainly devoted to building new physical infrastructure, like power plants and highways, the next iteration of CPEC will tackle a wider array of projects intended to spur economic development and job creation. Changes in CPEC were motivated by Pakistan’s political and institutional realities as well as by the broader evolution of China’s globe-spanning  Belt and Road Initiative  (BRI), of which CPEC has a

Miners, the Horsekeeper and Pneumoconiosis – a documentary by Jiang Nengjie (Dec. 2019)

Miners, the Horsekeeper and Pneumoconiosis – a documentary by Jiang Nengjie (Dec. 2019) ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ This is a side of China we don’t get to see too often,  a side of China that Chinese censors take great pains to scrub off our screens, the reverse side of President Xi’s “China Dream”— poverty, corruption and an illegal coal miner left to die at home from the terminal lung disease pneumoconiosis. “A decade ago, they had to bribe [local officials]. A decade later they can’t even get an ambulance to come,” comments one viewer. “We're not trying to say bad things, we're just trying to tell the truth”, writes another. Shot over a period of eight years, the film follows the fates of director Jiang Nengjie’s relatives in rural Hunan. From the mind-numbing working conditions of illegal mines, to the harsh realities of health care and schooling in rural China, Jiang takes us into the intimacy of these people’s lives. His film has no voice-over, no special effects and no clear political li

International boundaries will be redrawn in the post-Corona world – Vivek Sinha

sangar publication  - 24 Apr, 2020 at 1:19 pm 3 Shares     The Coronavirus pandemic is all set to change the world. Nope, I am not talking about the newly hyped “Work from Home (WFH)” culture or about the never ending trade wars among super powers. I am, in fact, pointing towards a much bigger change that takes place after decades of decadence in civilizations.   Yes, it’s the world order that’s changing. And the novel Coronavirus, aka the novel ChinaVirus, has only expedited this change. So in this post-Corona world the earlier economic models will give way to newer businesses, and, importantly, international boundaries will be redrawn. In the post-Cold War system, soft power rested within a bunch of haloed institutions such as the WHO (World Health Organisation), UNHRC (United Nations Human Rights Council) and others under the tutelage of UNO. These soft power centres are now wobbling. Even multilateral trade bodies such as the WTO (World Trade Organisation) that had been under sever

Central Banks and the Next Crisis: From Deflation to Stagflation

04/22/2020 Daniel Lacalle All over the world, governments and central banks are addressing the pandemic crisis with three main sets of measures: Massive liquidity injections and rate cuts to support markets and credit. Unprecedented fiscal programs aimed at providing loans and grants for the real economy. Large public spending programs, fundamentally in current spending and relief measures. However, they may cause deeper problems than those they aim to solve. When governments try to artificially boost debt and demand in a supply shock, the risk is the creation a massive deflationary spiral driven by debt saturation that is followed by stagflation when supply chains start to become insufficiently flexible. This is a health crisis and a supply shock added to the forced shutdown of the economy. As such, policies aimed at boosting demand have very little effect, because whatever demand is artificially created will not be followed by supply as long as the economy remains shut down. Consider

Coronavirus sends American universities over a cliff Erica Pandey Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios Hundreds of thousands of high school graduates from all over the country and the world are set to start college this August — and they have no idea what they're getting into. Why it matters:  The coronavirus pandemic is accelerating a troubling trend of falling enrollment at American universities. This could push many institutions over the edge. The big picture:  The pandemic is hitting universities amid an intensifying, nationwide debate over whether college is worth the cost. Rising tuition, coupled with fear of accruing mountains of student debt, have chipped away at enrollment. In 2019, 250,000 fewer students were enrolled compared with 2018,  per NPR . Now institutions are contending  with a crisis unlike anything they've navigated in recent history. While only  a few   universities  have finalized their plans for the fall, a normal semester seems increasingly like a pipe dream. And the financial punishment that colleges

New Baloch Political Party will be Announced 1st May . Professor Naela Quadri Baloch

New Baloch Political Party will be Announced 1st May . Professor Naela Quadri Baloch By Bolan Times  APR 22, 2020 Bolan Times ( CANADA)  : Professor Naela Quadri Baloch said that New Baloch Political Party will be Announced 1st May 2020. Talking to Bolan Times Professor Naela Quadri informed our correspondent that Committe for chalking out party draft Manifesto nominated. Party formation will be announced on 1st May 2020. ” Purpose ot Establishing New Baloch Political Party, Today via zoom we Baloch discussed again The Baloch elders, youth activists, professors, writers, philosphers, Human rights activists, and female political workers attended the conference. The attendees were from differenr parts of the globe” Professor Naela Said . I am very confident that this Party will bring a real change in Baloch Political struggle , in our today meeting Reresentatives from eastern and western Balochistan, Gulf, Europe, Canada, and Baloch Representatives from USA attended this meeting. ” After

How technology is protecting endangered species

February 24, 2020  |   By  Sharon Gaudin Artificial intelligence, the cloud, and smart cameras are being used to catch poachers and track wildlife populations. Cambodia is home to 16 globally endangered species, like the Asian elephant, tigers, and leopards. Conservationists there are working with a Harvard computer scientist to stop the poaching that is pushing so many species to the brink of extinction. It's just one of a growing number of collaborations bringing technologists and conservationists together to fight to protect wildlife from being wiped off the face of the planet. Environmentalists have long had a daunting challenge ahead of them when it comes to protecting animals from poachers, habitat loss, pollution, and climate change. They're now hoping, though, that technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), drones, GPS trackers, smart cameras, and the cloud could give them the upper hand they've been looking for. "It is horrifying to think about the possib