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Global Radicalization to counter Islamic Radicalization?

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Michelle Obama said in her final speech as first lady: “Our glorious diversity is our faiths, our colours, our creeds. That is not a threat to who we are; it makes us who we are”

The world is undergoing difficulty digesting the reality, there is a large majority of Muslims readily becoming more conscious of their image, which is helping them shape a new world for their existence by questioning their own kin. However, on the other hand a large majority of thousands and millions of people lead by pre-dominantly radicalized leadership are leading NATIONS without division into reactive radicalization, against the Muslim population without assessing the differences among them, the rising rift between the handful of practically “disowned” Muslim terrorists and larger majority of unrecognized Muslim victims and sufferers. It is ironic that nations like Syria, Pakistan, Turkey, Iraq are fighting within their own national boundaries violent battle against the radicalization, which is both at the ideological and physical grounds.

Is this where world is moving towards? Suggesting to counter extremism, religious fanaticism by becoming a fanatic? – Assessing by the nature of the said analogy, the result of such strategy would be counterproductive, resulting in a world full of fanatics, running wild to kill one another. If the world has to judge Muslims by the acts of a few than it would be equivalent to: India is a country of rapists or America is the country of gun violence, ignoring the fact that nations cannot be branded over actions of the few.

When countries fight extremism at national level, it is witnessed that they are deliberate and conscious of dealing it with two contrasting strategies, while there is counter strategy to curb terrorism through military, on the other hand there is a softer, a diplomatic strategy to counter extremism that is the root-cause of terrorism.

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By the virtue of basic knowledge, which is expected of leadership, it is evident that proclamations aimed at causing polarization in the world is the formula for fanning and feeding the extremism. Nation-branding, religious and racial discrimination presented as a solution to counter the prevalent global problem is only the work of a closed-mind, work of someone who is ignorant, incapable of understanding the dynamics of political deliverance, in the nutshell, this is someone unfit for securing executive position, let alone member of an administrative staff.

If extremism is the solution to extremism, then the terrorists have won already. If they were in favour of Muslims of the world then they would not place them in a position of suffering, they wouldn’t cause them criticism victimization. It is the generic anatomy of the terrorists to produce a situation where the world becomes hostage to their presence, their activities. It is rather interesting and unfortunate, whenever a terrorist attack occurs, Muslims are taken over by the fear of being judged and questioned for their identity, and on the other hand non-Muslims are taken over by fear of Muslims for being the cause of the attack. The common factor here is indisputably the phenomenon of fear, which is THE objective of the terrorists. According to research conducted by various quarters, following are the average goals of terrorist groups:

  • To spread FEAR among the population
  • To become relevant in the global politics
  • To garner support from certain community who they proclaim to be fighting for
  • To make headlines by carrying significant actions, attacking monumental places

It is quite evident that the basic motives of terrorist groups around the world are quite similar; therefore, this homogeneity of purpose should be utilized as a platform for unity among the victims of terrorist in order to form a counter terrorism strategy.

How to deal with terrorism?

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Numerous studies relating to terrorism have suggested that there are direct psychological effects of terrorism on the individuals from all around the world. It is unfortunate that Donald Trump’s new immigration policy based on global polarization and radicalization would do little to improve the situation. Donald Trump’s aggressively rigid policy for countering terrorism is already producing negative impact, causing him criticism and protests inside United States and globally. On the contrary, to take a lead from where Obama presidency came to an end, he could initiate a more globally inclusive policy as far as countering terrorism in concerned.

  • Forming a global alliance for countering terrorism, including local Muslim population alongside the leadership.
  • One of the few Obama talents was his communication skills, Mr. Trump would have been appreciated more than the criticism coming his way for being vocal about his globally inclusive policy.
  • Taking advantage of Muslim population growing weary of their racial branding by bringing them in the fold of global counter terrorism policy
  • Focus on countering terrorism rather countering cultural beliefs. USA growing more accepting towards to non western cultures, which would help USA changing the perception of the country in larger Muslim population.

This is rather naïve to expect peace by holding “no entry” signs in your hands. Logic dies indeed, from where Trump leads.

 

 

What the inaugural speech of President Trump means for you

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Welcoming the 45th president of the United States of America

January 20th, Friday, 2017 will be remembered as the day that the United States of America inaugurated its 45th president.

It’ll also be remembered as the day when ethnic, linguistic, and ideological divides widened in the world.

It’ll also be remembered as the day when fanatical American gangs went around their own country and violated the very constitution they claim to uphold.

This is partly because of the fact that Pres. Donald Trump enabled some of them while others having hate for other groups went wild because they thought they could get away with it.

The sad reality is, that they don’t realize how fantastically idiotic they themselves are.

Pres. Trump is not entirely to blame here, but he did enable conspiracy nuts like Alex Jones, Breitbart, and others to boldly attack Muslims and threaten to enslave a group that’s already under the threat of being attacked because of their monotheistic beliefs.

This enabling has perhaps made the radical Christian fanatics think that they can do whatever they want to their neighbor.

Completely contrary to the teachings of Prophet Jesus (PBUH).

Not only do they say harsh words against Muslims and the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) but regularly breach the oath of allegiance to the bible.

One cannot say with confidence that the Christians that claim to represent the United States are the same ones who also uphold the bible.

What Pres. Trump’s inauguration means for the Muslim community

Racial and ideological attacks on you will increase, as is evident even before Trump took the oath of office.

He claims to work for the American people, but that means that he’ll also have to work for the American Muslims.

Those who are white, black, brown, yellow, and every shade in between.

After all, the Muslim group doesn’t only consist of brown looking people, it also contains white, black, and yellow Americans.

Pres. Trump said a strikingly dangerous thing and that is that he will racially profile Muslims based on the ideas they hold.

He also claimed that he will make every Muslim register in America as if every Muslim whether American or not holds fanatical values.

Which is fine, but it must be made out to be a warning sign for all.

If Pres. Trump will come after Muslims first, and the world remains silent, or if the Muslims themselves remain silent or enable this racist behavior…

Then Pres. Trump will come after Buddhists, Jews, Atheists/Agnostics, Zoroastrians, Hindus, and Confusionists next.

This may not be apparent now, but as time is allowed to pass, this reality will eventually reveal itself.

Most people are in denial but since Pres. Trump has already declared that since “we” have already known about his plan, we should act accordingly.

This is a most dangerous and destructive period for the entire world.

Not only has the racial bigotry made its way into the Presidential Office, but also threatens to treat its own citizens as lowly slaves.

So, in summation, the Muslim community won’t see any immediate threat to their lives based on what we’ve witnessed following the attacks on Muslims…

But Muslims can and should expect this behavior to become widespread in the near future.

Pres. Trump might claim that he’s not a racist by any standard, but a number of racial tensions which will ultimately engulf the Muslim community in America will speak volumes about his character in the coming months.

What Pres. Trump’s inauguration means for other groups

If you’re coming to America from overseas, then we highly encourage you to read the political statements made by Pres. Trump.

We encourage you to listen carefully to what he says and what he does start Monday.

It is also prudent to mention here that every group of people whether you’re a Trump supporter or not will experience some form of discrimination against yourself.

Regardless of whether you’re white, black, yellow, or brown. You can expect discrimination against yourself merely because of the fact that Pres. Trump has mentioned that he’ll work for “the” American people.

Translated in layman’s terms, this means that “white and Christian” Americans will take this to mean that only ‘they’ are the American people.

Whereas everyone else (even if they’re aborigines) will see a sleuth of attacks from these groups with no one to support or shield them.

This was claim staked by various racist groups in America quite openly and the fact that the Trump campaign did absolutely nothing to stop or check their behavior loudly speaks about the actions that the Trump Administration will take towards non-white groups.

If one group gets attacked, and everyone remains silent, then eventually a time will come when even the white people themselves will be enslaved and eradicated.

With no one else left to protect them from savage groups on the loose in America’s borders.

What this means for you as an individual

As an individual, business will be booming.

As long as you can stay clear of the government’s way and do what you came to do in America.

You can expect better business returns and an overall friendly atmosphere for you if you’re hard working and/or rich.

But don’t forget that your identity will be targeted and kept under close checks and balances.

America will become a complete surveillance state (it already is there, but now on a brutal frequency).

If you keep to your business and don’t break any laws then perhaps as an individual you can survive the State’s onslaught, but the moment you express your ideological beliefs, you’ll be targetted with brutal efficiency.

As an individual, you’ll also be taken off welfare, which means that jobs just might return to America.

But this means that you’ll have to go through a harsh period of isolation and uncertainty.

If you can pull through this situation, you’ll, by all means, come out on top.

But should you fail, the merciless and indifferent law will bring down the hammer on you even when your cause was legitimate or not.

The healthcare system may work against you, meaning that you’ll have to eat healthy foods and make sure that you don’t get sick ever again.

[In all honesty the last part is a huge positive]

Summing up the mess that is America

President Trump’s inauguration means that most groups in America will feel the sting of an ethnic and ideological divide.

But keeping this in checks and balance requires hard work from non-white and non-Christian Americans.

You’ll have to look out for each other, not because you’re forced to, but because you want to.

Justice and law might even work against you or discriminate against you because of your beliefs or skin of color, but you must remain steadfast and courageous at all times.

If you want to ask for help, you can ask the United States Navy SEALs to mentor you and discipline you.

If that’s not a way out for you, then you should start by helping your family members or neighbors out first and then build from there.

Providing support to the downtrodden in this difficult time is of paramount importance.

No matter how big the racial tensions get across the United States, you’ll know that you have yourselves to count on.

And with a little bit of luck and persistence you might even make life long friends along the way.

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Chinese hemorrhaging cash – recipe for global economic meltdown

How the Chinese are hemorrhaging cash

Here’s another “conspiracy theory” in your face

No, we’re kidding, this isn’t a conspiracy theory, this is real!!!

So we all know about the well-known conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones, Breitbart etc.

But do we know what are they really talking about?

Often 9/10 times they’re selling a news piece or an “information piece” that sounds a lot like fear mongering tactics – to make money of course!

But here’s the kicker, while all the conspiracy theorists talk long shaded information pieces, we often ignore the real ones…

Precisely because of the behavior of these conspiracy theorists.

They throw so much garbage in the mix with nuggets of truth and information that an average person like you and me becomes highly cynical of any information given to us at all!

But fear not dear reader! We’ll make sense of this mess yet!

So here’s what we mean when we say that Chinese hemorrhaging cash is a recipe for a disaster:

It’s not that the cash is being hemorrhaged because of some weird loop hole in the economy; it’s the government of China (namely the CCP) that concerns the Chinese people greatly!

Here’s how the phenomenon recycles itself via multiple channels:

  1. Communist regime takes over in China through brutal and nihilistic force
  2. People are then further subjugated and brainwashed into believing the communist propaganda
  3. The economy slowly becomes highly controlled and monitored by a select “few” people in the communist regime
  4. Some people realizing that their wealth is being taken over by an unjust force (such as the CCP) take their cash out whenever the possibility presents itself
  5. Rich Chinese who can afford to buy expensive homes in foreign lands either emigrate there with the entire family or send their children, pardon me, child, overseas so they can live a better life free from the clutches of a totalitarian regime that wants to control everything
  6. Since all the money is being invested in foreign countries, island nations, and private investments, nothing is left for the destitute Chinese people
  7. All the Chinese money is then hemorrhaged into foreign bank accounts owned by the wealthy Chinese people where ‘it’ disappears into the ether – forever!

And the cycle repeats itself, over and over again.

This is the same cycle that we’ve seen repeatedly in countries like Panama, Ecuador, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Venezuela, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Libya, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Congo, Mali, Chad, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Egypt and a lot more.

In the light of this, we now see the “first world” countries following the trend with countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, UK, USA, and Japan now frequently hemorrhaging cash because of their flawed policies and continuous exploitation of the little guy.

Well, guys, the little guy has responded – in a small yet very big way: voting with his/her money smartly and allocating their assets and wealth in varied portfolios.

How asset allocation has caused trillions of dollars of movement on the world market

In his book Money: Master the Game Anthony Robins explores the ideas of how a financial monetary portfolio should be divided so that even the little guy can make tons of money using the very system that’s rigged against him (fine, or her).

The side-effects of this book had come into play well before this book was even published.

But when looked at in a holistic view, a lot of the side-effects that are plaguing the world markets today finally make sense – when one starts to read.

The upper and middle classes aren’t disappearing at all! The smart are moving their money overseas…

Often in the case of tax havens and island nations that bolster such laws so anyone can manipulate the money market however they want.

However, this type of thinking has had an unintended consequence: the world governments have failed miserably in keeping a check and balance on the movements of such monies overseas.

Partly because they don’t want to, and partly because the ministers and leaders sitting in high positions in your country are also involved in this big time!

This racketeering will only stop if the little guy becomes smarter and starts reading more and more books to educate himself and his family.

And also because he (or she) will ostensibly manage their monies in a prudent and effective way.

We’re not giving out any more hints on this because we really want you to read your way out of your problem.

[Plus, giving away such critical information will diminish the fun of finding things out for yourself!]

Because gathering information is a sign of superior intelligence.

Regarding that “trillions of dollars of movement” part, well if you haven’t figured it out yet – it goes something like this:

  • The smart and rich figure out a way to protect their savings from very high and unjust taxes (since they read a lot!)
  • Then they figure out a way to allocate their funds to an offshore bank account
  • Other people such as ministers and other government officials follow suit
  • Trillions of funny-money or banker-made-money then is transferred overseas
  • Since the local populace don’t know about this and don’t really care, they start feeling the after effects such as destitution and lack of resources
  • The smart and rich live a life of luxury until they’re dead or are physically unable to

This vicious cycle repeats itself over and over again.

As long as the monetary policy of global governments is based on fiat currency, the world will keep seeing this exploitative cycle repeat itself into oblivion.

This isn’t some conspiracy theory! We’ve literally laid out the real information in front of you as it is.

What you do with it is really up to you…

But we’d like to provide some insight before you burn down your local bank in a fit of rage!

Don’t burn your local bank to the ground!

Alright, so the first and foremost step is to realize that there’s a real and distinct problem.

The way we managed our money had become increasingly difficult prior to the introduction of the monetary system in Muslim Spain some 400 years ago.

This change to paper receipts made it infinitely easier to “carry our gold” with us, so to speak, wherever we went.

Some people – namely bankers – took advantage of the fact and pulled a disappearing act with our gold and silver.

This condition continues to this day – as people still believe that the fiat currency holds some sort of value over their lives.

Murder, mayhem, chaos, kidnappings, rapes, wars, genocides, and other forms of extremely violent crimes shot up several thousand percentages.

And people became disillusioned with their old way of living overall especially when they saw no benefit in saving their money in the banks – since inflation rates will render their cash useless anyway.

In order to combat this kind of usury, people started investing their monies smartly in indices, stock markets, forex, and other forms of monetary exchanges.

Monetary contracts became the widespread phenomena and by over usage of investing strategies and uneven playing grounds, the entire wealth level of the globe came under the possession of the very few people who are simply known as the “elite.”

We hope that our perceptive readers will see this as a kind of childish manipulation of wealth and extremely malicious intent.

Not as harmless or benign attempt to better control the world’s resources.

In order to understand what’s happening in China or to Chinese people…

We have to understand that this has happened before, many times in fact when a government failed to control their monetary policies effectively.

The Pre-Islamic era was rife with these problems, only it was less widespread as wireless communication hadn’t changed the world back then as it has now.

So, what’s the solution to such a gigantic, monstrous problem?

Simple, we re-introduce gold into the economy, albeit slowly and with a benign intent.

Since a malicious intent will again lead to the mess that we’re in today.

Introducing gold into the economy will help our addiction to consuming subside to a large degree.

And the Chinese smog factories will finally dismantle themselves and do business with other human beings in a social setting – just as it was meant to be.

Another way we can counter this malignant threat is by smartly investing our monies in the investing machines.

Namely, the trading markets, as more volume will ensure better regulation and less exploitation by way of strong computers that can help monopolize the resources in favor of a single organization or person.

The most effective way to make this work is to reclaim the government for the people.

As the government is made by the people, for the people.

It’s not meant to be a vehicle by which a few powerful people can control the entirety of the resources of a single land.

The concept of nation states is fairly new and dangerously destructive to humanity….

Taking charge of the economic cycle and how to stop the Chinese hemorrhaging of cash

The citizenry of Pakistan here has to take a frontal role and show some leadership on the behalf of future generations of humanity.

Since our borders will become irrelevant in a not too distant future, we must ensure that we can secure the future of our children and great-grandchildren as soon as possible.

In order to retake the economy from the clutches of big banks, we have to first arm ourselves with powerful knowledge and then use that knowledge to an effective degree as well.

Our government is our own, so we have to take some responsibility in how things are run and how laws are made and enforced.

The citizenry has to make sure that the government listens to its people.

If not by way of reason, then perhaps via economical sanctioning.

This can be done by citizens forming governing bodies within their municipalities and pouring money and effort into local projects which can catch the eye of the government.

When the government would demand subsidies for these projects, you simply demand that the government change a rule or law according to the wishes of the citizenry.

This project has to be eye-catching and so good that no one can do without – not even any foreign bodies/governments.

In doing so, the citizens can display their ingenuity and bring about a revolution in a peaceful, non-violent way.

That is of course if they really want to.

By simplifying the learning process and removing the schools from the education programs.

The elders and professionals have to take charge and teach their apprentices directly by hiring the ones who display remarkable ability and drive to join the profession.

Such as engineering, soldiering, farming, producing, and computing (computer sciences).

Only by way of educating themselves (and NOT by being educated) can the citizenry come out on top and show the world how its done!

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5 simple ways to be efficient and not waste resources

What Pakistanis can do more to conserve resources


We know this is a controversial topic, and hence we want to begin by saying that Pakistanis are wasting too many resources!

And that too without giving it much thought or weight to the fact that Pakistan is losing the regional war because of simple things like resource consumption.

Most Pakistanis like to believe that they are conserving energy and resources because they don’t have enough of it from the get-go.

Yes, this is true to some extent, but ‘you’ as a citizen of Pakistan must realize that you have to play your part in conserving as many resources as possible.

Even one person looking after the environment (in their backyard, as such) can make a huge difference.

Don’t ever discount yourself before you’ve tried or tested yourself to the limit.

Therefore, Citizen Awareness Program is outlining 5 simple ways that any citizen can be efficient with and not waste precious resources:

1) Water: how to conserve it smartly for longest possible duration

Everyone knows that water is a quintessential resource that no living being can go without.conservation of water resource

Yet we waste it on a daily basis on things that shouldn’t take more than 10 – 15 minutes to complete.

To put this into perspective, scientists have found out that at best estimate a human being can go without food for 1 whole month…

But cannot survive without water (despite best conservation techniques) for more than 3 days at best.

Yet people run a waterfall in their shower on a regular basis and use water to wash their verandas and other house amenities without giving it much thought.

Yes, water is important in cooking and cleaning, but carefully conserving it and utilizing best resource-usage practices is what will pull Pakistan out of the severe shortfall that it’s currently facing.

Instead of cooking “dhabay vali chai” by making “doodh pati” in a pot or a pan you’ll need to wash rigorously later, consider boiling water in a kettle instead.

Pour this hot water (when it’s ready) into an empty, clean coffee mug and add the ‘chai’ (Tea) bag right into the hot water.

Stir with a silver spoon (preferred since this kills off bacteria) until the water takes on the color of tea leaves.

Add chilled (or room temperature) milk into the mix along with honey, stevia or brown sugar.

Try to avoid white or sugarcane sugar as this is processed sugar and can severely hurt your health!

Enjoy your chai time, hot, fresh, and ready to go!!!

This is but one (simple) example of how you can conserve water.

Another is to take a shower for no more than 10 minutes at a time.

We know it’s difficult to time this, so don’t worry about timing it…

Simply start with pouring water on yourself and then using the body wash and shampoo very early into the shower.

Don’t think about this too much, just do your business quickly and don’t let yourself be lost in thought.

Thinking in shower wastes a colossal amount of water. Leave your thinking for your writer’s desk or when you read a good article/book such as this one!

Another way you can save water is to filter it using sophisticated filtering systems.

Knowing that tap water in Pakistan can easily give you cholera or dengue fever, you will be more appreciative of the filter and use it (water) more wisely.

On average, if every household in Pakistan can cut down their usage of water by smart usage, they’ll save the federation many millions of gallons of water from the river Indus alone.

Allowing fish and other sea dwellers to live in their environment happily and without dying due to the toxic environment around them.

Remember: in the case of an emergency, having purified/filtered water available can save countless lives; including your family members’ such as grandma/grandpa etc.

2) Natural Gas (geothermal energy): how to conserve it for maximum heat/energy

Natural gas is used for cooking and heating your home.

It cannot, however, be used a good insulator of walls.

For that, you need an insulation barrier to trap the heat and keep your house warmer in winters for longer.

Natural gas can also be used to power your vehicles (read: CNG) but it’s not the most efficient way of travel.

For that, you need either petroleum or electric cars which can go the distance…

[Or build your city buildings close enough for you to walk across the whole city comfortably]

Natural gas should be limited to usage of 1 to 2.5-hour intervals at a time.

In winter time wear layered clothing in order to keep your body heat trapped to conserve this resource as much as possible.

Overusage only invites trouble in case of a real emergency or when the government declares that the country will be run on rations.

Of course, if you eat healthy food and reduce the amount of sugar you consume in one day you’ll fare much better and would have to burn through fewer resources.

This initiative has always been in your hands and your hands alone.

3) Electricity: how to conserve it for maximum effect in various devices

Electricity is perhaps the most precious resource to Pakistanis after water…

However, we’re using it without giving much thought to the fact that the rolling blackouts are frequent because companies like WAPDA and KESCO can’t provide you and me with enough megawatts to power us and our neighbors.

Bringing this kind of self-awareness will lead you and me to develop more efficient ways of generating electricity such as the ones seen here:

Gerrard Morin is but one scientist who has blown the lid off best electricity consumption practices.

You can’t go wrong with FREE ‘energy’ (created by nature!).

In the meantime, use electricity for night time lighting (where possible) while utilizing the sunlight as much as possible during the day.

Stay out of your house more so you don’t use as many resources as would staying indoors.

Meet up with your friends and come up ways for every citizen to contribute to your [future] project(s).

Use the computer for a limited time only. This device should be used to enhance algorithm-writing capabilities and machine learning only.

4) Internet: how to conserve it for maximum efficiency in business dealings

The internet can now be counted among the precious resources that human beings have in their arsenal towards progress and growth.the internet is a resource

In order to fully understand its depth and workings, one must be well versed in its language from the start.

That is, of course, a best practice in retrospect. Not that there’s any harm if you don’t know the language….

Use the internet for one purpose and one purpose only: to educate yourself and make money (period).

Don’t for a second think that there’s plenty of time to do whatever it is you think you can do with your time.

The time to do something about your current situation is now!

Change starts with you so be ready to sacrifice minor comforts like gaming and streaming television for a much larger purpose.

When the rolling blackout is less prevalent in your area and you need to use the internet, be prepared beforehand: make a list of all the things you need to do.

Read a good book or two before jumping in…every millisecond counts when using the internet.

Since it travels over electricity and that also requires a heap ton of energy.

5) Gasoline (Petroleum): how to conserve it to reduce pollution

I imagine you already know what I’m going to say, but it needs to be said anyway.resources of petroleum

Drive as less as possible and get to your destination via foot or public transit.

If public transit is not an option then use either a rickshaw or a taxi to get there (where possible, we’re not trying to be impractical here, just efficient).

The less you have to drive, the less fuel you’ll use, the less fuel you’ll use the more money you’ll save in the long run.

Move closer to your workplace: settle in an area that’s very close to amenities such as healthcare, recreation, shopping malls etc.

Living in the suburbs has not done any good for anyone unless they’re trying to raise a family and have enough money to retire.

Segregation and isolation are what kills your efficiency and often makes people depressed.

In order to avoid wasting your time and energy in pumping gasoline every few days, try the more efficient routes unless the case is otherwise.

Bonus: 6) Build cities closer to each other rather than far apart!

This is not a revolutionary concept!

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Far from it…city building has to be done in a well-planned manner.

Currently, most urban planning happens to isolate people and segregate people into smaller communities.

This is a recipe for utter disaster as we’ve already seen:

  • Suicide rates have gone up
  • Birth rates have started to decline
  • Marriage is reduced to nothing more than a way to acquire someone’s money
  • Family structure has been broken down into enslaveable chunks
  • Schools and colleges are giving out useless diplomas and degrees at an alarming rate
  • Sugar has become prevalent as a result of promotion of bad eating habits
  • Consumerism and human monitoring has gone through the roof
  • Breakup of communities and culture has promoted widespread fear and disenfranchisement of Earth’s majority populace

These aren’t new phenomena. Tyrannical forces have time and again tried to get humanity to forget who it is and give up its freedoms and rights for next to nothing.

Building cities closer would prove to be a very fruitful exercise where people would be closer to one another again.

And being closer to a human society means that people would again start talking to each other and promote sophisticated dialogue in order to tackle the world’s problems one step at a time.

You won’t have to drive to get to your destination because cars won’t be needed in its narrow streets.

Electrical vehicles can still supply us with transportation and traded goods as long as the city is planned accordingly.

Planes, trucks, buses, and other vehicles exist so people can easily move around outside the city limits without having to sit through traffic jams or other tension-inducing activities like accidents or crashes.

Most important of all, since all of the resources will be used in controlled amounts in such cities, the whole country will save money and other resources which are direly needed.

Sum up and go

So far we’ve looked at various methods of increasing efficiency in our daily lives so we don’t waste our resources unnecessarily.

Doing so is directly according to the guidelines of the Koran, and teachings of the Prophet (PBUH).

We don’t have to be miserly, but we do have to invest our resources in smarter and better ways.

This may or may not bring world peace, but would certainly bring regional peace.

Pakistan is one of the most auspicious forefronts of what is achievable through human ingenuity and higher-tiered thinking.

And the world is asking Pakistanis for proof – and rightfully so!

How would anyone want to invest in a country unless they’re guaranteed social, impartial, and secure practices?

This is why Pakistanis MUST continue to educate (or re-educate) themselves in manners of good governance and efficient resource distribution.

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Panama Leaks and aftermath

Editorial

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As Anatol Lieven has rightly put in his book “Pakistan A Hard Country” – “…and indeed, some of the toughest creepers holding the rotten tree of the Pakistani system together are at one and the same time parasites on that tree, and sometimes smell bad even by their own standards”.

This is indeed an irony that the word “welfare” has been repeatedly manipulated by political bigots to acquire political validation among the public. However, the meaning of welfare is yet to be understood to its real sense. Not only in modern context, welfare has been a prime aspect involving governance, public policy and planning, going back historically to its imprints in state of Medina.

While with the advent of wiki leaks followed by the recent and highly infamous Panama leaks the unaccountability and absence of checks and balances is ultimately and explicitly exposed to the public of Pakistan. Although, releasing of these confidential leaks has only re approved an already prevalent notion, where a large number of population holds a deep distrustful relationship with the governing bodies. Interestingly enough, the Panama papers website states that offshore structures are completely legal, whereas the only disadvantage it carries is the persons facilitating it. There may be criminals, money launderers or fraudulent miscreants finding their monetary safe haven in offshore structures. Thus, not all those involved in Panama leaks case are criminals.

Pakistan Pinnacle:

In the words of Anatol Lieven “A fundamental political fact about Pakistan is that the state, whoever claims to lead it, is weak, and society in ts various forms is immensely strong. Anyone or any group with the slightest power in society uses it among other things to plunder the state for patronage and favors and to turn to their advantage the workings of the law and the bureaucracy. Hence the astonishing fact that barely 1 percent of the population pays income tax and the wealthiest landowners in the country pay no direct taxes at all” –  Why Panama Leaks is a crime for Pakistanis?

Therefore, hullabaloo about Panama leaks centering the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family business empire has struck the nation like a storm, which is not as surprising as it may appear, especially while the opposition parties lead by the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf has emerged back from darkness with a whole new meaning to hold the government by its throat. Oblivious of the notion that offshore structures are legal, the prime focus behind nationwide anti-government sentiment is about the grave economic condition, sky rocketing inflation, and scarce energy resources expecting a symbolic, clean and humble contribution to country’s weak economic situation from the Prime Minister and his parliamentarians as an act of moral obligation.

Moreover, it is also evident by the Pakistani names appearing in Panama leaks that system of kinship and family patronage still rules the power circles. It may have been declared obsolete, irrelevant and even politically boasted to be removed and replaced by a system of merit-based hiring, it is indeed the reason why the democratic system in Pakistan have repeatedly disappointed the public after each successfully conducted election, where elected representatives hurriedly take up their charge to recruit as much of acquaintances as possible instead of focusing on “good” governance vis.a.vis. welfare of the people.

Hyped by the resignation of Iceland’s Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson in the wake of Panama Leaks, an anti-Cameron protests are stirring up in Britain following his family’s involvement in Panama leaks case. In Pakistan thus, it is equally been referred to as a morally-appreciated step to consider a ministerial level resignations from the parliamentarians involved in offshore monetary transfers.  Who can change?

As rightly stated by Anatol Lieven the society in Pakistan has remained stronger throughout the most of known history, hence giving a strong edge, yet a disadvantage for it to either route its power to success or destruction. It also clearly signifies that once the social attitudes and behaviors could be brought to complete overhaul political corruption and power exploitation can be fixed. An example from “British system” could be garnered in this aspect, where a system of unquestionable political, judicial equality prevails and norms based on rule of law, liberty and justice are ingrained in social fabric of the nation. Therefore, the change shall begin from the very core of the society, the common man.


Understanding the “Welfare State”

imagesIt can indeed be said about the current government “to have dug its own grave”. Prioritizing unnecessary development projects at behest of personal projection midst historical economic downfall cannot be termed nothing but outright shoddy, incompetence, and of course an open invitation to the opposition to weaken the government for all the right reasons.

In his book Introduction to Political Science, Professor. Dr. Muhammad Sarwar has stated several sayings from the writing of legendary academicians, philosophers and political scientists on the functioning of a welfare state. However, he has concluded the few indicators for assessing a claim of a government considering itself a welfare state or to be working towards becoming one.

Maintenance of Law & Order This is the basic function of the state to maintain law and order in order to protect life, liberty and property. This also includes defense against external aggression for which regular armies are maintained and foreign relation conducted.
Administration of Justice Provision of justice is a primary duty of a government so as to provide to conditions necessary for fair play and equity. It also employs that the state should provide equal conditions mental and material both to all alike.
Conduct of Foreign Affairs This is an age of internationalism in which almost all states have different types of mutual agreements. Contracts, pacts etc, foreign affairs of every states are conducted according to its foreign policy options.
Economic Planning In modern industrial age state regulates economic activities so as to ensure the protection of the interests of all classes. Within the framework of economic planning the interests of the working classes especially are given due consideration.
Social Security A welfare state aims at the betterment of the society as a whole and for the realization of this goal, It provides equal opportunities to all alike. The protection of the interests of down trodden classes and of disabled persons is considered as a special responsibility of the state.
Transportation & communication An efficient transportation system plays a pivotal role in economic development and in improving the tone of administration. Its strategic importance in respect of the defense of a country cannot be undermined. Frequent and easy contacts among the people made possible through the development of communication facilitates the promotion of fraternal feelings and integrative values in a society.
Promotion of Health & Education Importance of education for civilized life is universally recognized. State is bound to provide educational facilities so as to indoctrinate civic virtues and inculcate political consciousness in the people. Liberal education is also coupled with the promotion of science and technology. Modern societies give due consideration to national objectives while planning for education.
Regulation of Trade & Industry Two important function being performed by modern government under this category are noteworthy. Every state aims at the industrial development to improve the general economic conditions of its citizens. Home industry is given full protection through effective import policy. A modern state takes upon itself the responsibility of installation of such industrial public sector as fails to attract private investors while it is otherwise important from nation point of view.
Other Functions Last but not least important are the ethical function so the state. State tries to maintain a virtuous life in the absence of which a civilized way of life is not possible. State through its laws can bring revolutionary changes in the existing values and thinking of the people. Thus, every state makes an effective use of channels of political socialization and communication to foster values in the line with the national objectives, state and its laws can play an effective role in eradication of social ills and vices.


Conclusion:

The above mentioned information has evidently spoofed irony of the current government’s welfare genie. Assessing position of Pakistan with the barometer stated above, it is shameful even to consider for a moment that this country could be termed welfare state where the concerned needs of the people are not being planned prioritizing them with the need and availability of each requirement. “Transportation &communication” roads and radios are one of the leading welfare objectives in states like Turkey, Europe and west, yet that cannot be said about Pakistan where the basic objectives like “Maintenance of law & order” are still a far-fetched aim. Unavailability of electricity harming “Regulation of Trade & Industry” has not been fixed despite pre-election claims and promises. “Health and Education”  are ignored as does the “Administration of Justice” also recognized as one of the major faults in Pakistan’s system by Anatol Lieven does fits the last nail in the coffin of this nonexistent welfare boogeyman, let alone ethical and moral training of the people.

Citizen Awareness Program:

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Is China the world’s next superpower?

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China’s not the world’s next superpower

What’s that you say?

Yeah, I know right?

So much for the big surprising/heart wrenching/time stopping conclusion….

But you know what?

It’s true!

China is not the world’s next superpower.

No matter how much you may wanna believe in such ramblings, it simply isn’t true.

China doesn’t hold the quality of being a superpower to begin with, let alone economic and political effort that’s needed for it to legitimately take over the world’s every affair in the future.

There are many reasons for this, but the main ones are primarily economic in nature.

The secondary are militaristic.

China’s economic failure is now on the horizon

Look…

It’s not a mystery, neither is it some kind of spiritual enlightenment that needs to be discovered in order for everyone reading this article to understand what’s going on in China.

Just look at the reports coming out from the Chinese Stock Market at the very beginning of 2016!

Their indices dropped more than 7% twice almost within the same week!!!

Sensing this, China has already hemorrhaged money and devalued Yuan at the fastest possible rate.

Yet, this frantic hole-patching isn’t working in their favor.

Factory workers in China are much more likely to commit suicide now than ever before.

The reason is that as the paper currency fiasco dies down, the entire system will crash upon itself.

As we all know, paper currency doesn’t hold the same value as gold and won’t ever anyway.

It’s easy to destroy paper no matter how much plastic you add to it.

The logical and rational investors are now investing in currencies that have high yields and lower loses in the stock exchange.

And by golly, these types of currencies are very hard to come by indeed!

Take for instance the Jamaican Stock Exchange which was the exception to the rule in 2015.

In fact, JSE was the star of the show for many reasons I can’t discuss in this short article.

More intelligent investors are now moving towards commodities like gold, silver, and copper.

These are the future economies of the globe – as we settle in for observing the systematic destruction of Capitalism.

Why can’t China accept its losses and cut them as soon as possible

As far as the “feelings” of the Chinese people are concerned, the government has a vice grip on the society.

Whenever the Chinese govt. is talking about the “feelings” of the Chinese people, it’s really referring to itself.

The communist regime has already depreciated its ability to take losses by overwhelmingly investing in paper currency.

Not only have they infinitely invested in such a frivolous adventure, they’re now seeing the error of their ways – so to speak.

Their economy is lurching towards a quagmire that can only result in World War 3.

This World War won’t be fought with conventional weapons: as we all have become aware of now.

But there’s another aspect to this that many people seemingly miss to analyze properly – propaganda warfare.

Aptly known as the 5th Generation Warfare.

In this type of warfare, countries don’t declare an all out war right away.

They first try their best to outmaneuver the enemy by destroying its economy, taking over its media houses, and buying out its corporations/industries while having them become dependent on the country that’s doing all this in the first place.

China’s dangerous lust for more economic ‘power’ and a tendency to “ship over” other countries’ labor force to its own has proved to be a fatal mistake for them.

They can’t go back, neither can they attempt to dump the system and adopt a new one.

The factor of their potential loss has grown into quadrillions of dollars.

A term that can’t be used lightly.

One small mistake like the one that China saw in the beginning days of 2016, and it would have to go to war.

This mistake has to be a prolonged session that threatens to destroy the US economic engine at the roots.

The Chinese war stratagem and the wisdom of Sun Tzu

Sun Tzu is very well known as a master war strategist in ancient China – some time after the Ming Dynasty period.

His war stratagem relies on focusing the effort on the enemy’s Achilles heel, in other words: weakness(es).

The Chinese military boasts an impressive show of military might, and an arsenal that’s now putting Russian Federation to shame.

However, the Chinese Armed Forces aren’t as big of a threat as many perceive it to be.

China has never been in any major conflict since the conclusion of World War II.

And now, with the advent of a fresh, young generation of the Red Army, they’ll have to simply take a lot of losses in case an all out war breaks out.

Here’s a video explaining in a satirical way, why the Chinese military isn’t the stuff of nightmare for the world:

Not only is China oblivious to Sun Tzu’s tactics, but they’re not bothered by such “trivialities” either.

Which is a good sign for many of it’s adversaries (avoiding the term enemy here).

There’s an old saying that goes something like this:

When your enemy is making a mistake, it’s not polite to interfere.

– Anonymous

So go ahead, invest in the CSE all you want.

The end result will be the same.

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