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Paradigm Shift’s published articles, research papers, opinion pieces and book reviews can be found here. You can scroll down and navigate the various pages. Topics of focus broadly include global politics, current affairs, international relations, and Pakistan.

Pakistan: Search for Stability by Dr. Maleeha Lodhi

Written by Pareesa Memon 8:58 pm

Pareesa Memon outlines the accomplishments and publications of Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, a prominent figure in Pakistan’s diplomatic landscape. Her review of Dr. Lodhi’s book “Pakistan: Search for Stability,” focuses on Pakistan’s political, economic, and social challenges. The book highlights the issues such as the disengaged youth, current account deficit, climate change, and more. It concludes with recommendations and solutions for said issues, including governance reforms, economic revival, youth engagement, and the strengthening of local governments.
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Major Powers’ Interests in IOR And Implications For the Region

Written by Syed Kamran Hamid Hashmi, Babar Bilal Haider and Iram Zahid 10:59 pm

The Indian Ocean Region (IOR) is a critical area of focus for global powers due to its economic significance, strategic chokepoints, and natural resources. The US, China, and India are vying for dominance in the region, with new alliances and military bases being established to safeguard their interests. China and India are expected to be major engines of growth. The complex interdependence and potential threats in the IOR necessitate constructive dialogue and a balanced approach to regional security.
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Understanding Your WAPDA Electricity Bill

Written by Maidah Tariq 8:36 pm

Understanding consumer electricity bills is a fundamental necessity for most Pakistanis. Maidah Tariq delves into effectively reading and managing your WAPDA electricity bill amidst the rampant corruption in the institution. She also provides recommendations to help consumers lower their electricity bills.
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Terror Attacks in Pakistan: Role of Afghanistan in Promoting Instability  

Written by Muhammad Hamza Tanvir 11:01 pm

Since the American withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021, Pakistan has consistently voiced its concern regarding the neighboring country’s harboring of terrorists. The recent surge in terror attacks in Pakistan, Iran, and Russia has reignited this concern, prompting questions about American interests in fostering instability in the region.
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Kafala System: Violating the Rights of Migrant Labor in the Middle East

Written by Khizra Rashad 9:08 pm

Migrant labor plays a crucial role in the global workforce, contributing significantly to host countries’ economies. However, they encounter various obstacles such as low pay, discrimination, and infringements of their labor and human rights, notably through the kafala system in the Middle East. Khizra Rashad takes the example of Qatar’s FIFA World Cup controversy to illustrate the widespread mistreatment and exploitation experienced by migrant workers in many Middle Eastern countries.
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Zulfikar Ali Bhutto: An Autocrat Disguised As a Democrat

Written by Hadiqa Maryam Abbasi 8:59 pm

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, often celebrated as a great democrat, exhibited authoritarian tendencies during his time in power. After refusing to accept election results in 1971, he made threatening statements and demonstrated a power-hungry attitude. Hadiqa Maryam Abbasi is of the view that Bhutto and his government’s oppressive actions in Balochistan, including military operations and crackdowns on opposition parties, further showcased his autocratic leadership. Bhutto’s regime also saw the arrest and banning of prominent leaders, undermining the democratic values he purported to uphold.
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The Third Anglo-Afghan War (1919)

Written by Amina Iqbal 11:53 pm

The Third Anglo-Afghan War broke out after Amanullah Khan declared Afghanistan’s independence from Great Britain. Amanullah’s background, motivations for war, geo-strategic aspects, and religious and tribal relationships were significant factors leading to the outbreak of the war. Amina Iqbal notes that the war resulted in Afghanistan gaining full sovereignty over its national machinery and led to the signing of a peace treaty in 1919.
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[Video] Is Saudi Arabia Recognizing Israel?

Written by Paradigm Shift 5:09 pm

This video examines a potential historic shift in the Middle East—Saudi Arabia’s potential recognition of Israel. Driven by American efforts for regional stability, the normalization of Saudi-Israel relations will have both benefits and consequences for the region, particularly for Palestine.
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Russia’s War in Ukraine: Shrouded in Western Hypocrisy

Written by Lt Gen (R) Tariq Khan 9:03 pm

In his analysis, Lt Gen (R) Tariq Khan discusses the glaring hypocrisy of the West amid Russia’s war with Ukraine. He highlights the stark contrast in Western response, noting that despite its apathy towards conflicts in Iraq, Palestine, and Bosnia, the West has now decided to raise its voice for Ukraine simply because it’s considered “civilized,” unlike the others. The author critiques Western involvement and its portrayal of Ukraine as a victim, while predicting a grim future for the country. He emphasizes the need for a fairer global order based on equality and justice.
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Is China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Another Marshall Plan?

Written by Fahad Nasir 5:23 pm

Though they’re separated by more than half a century, the American Marshall Plan and China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) were both responses to global crises. Fahad Nasir provides a comparative analysis of the two financial initiatives, drawing upon the differences and similarities between the two in a comprehensive manner.
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[Video] The Red Heifer, Dajjal, and the End of the World

Written by Paradigm Shift 10:31 pm

This video explores the significance of a red heifer’s arrival in the occupied land of Palestine, connecting it to the construction of the Third Temple and the potential consequences, such as the destruction of the Al Aqsa mosque. Hamas believes that the arrival of these cows signifies the beginning of a Jewish prophecy. This very prophecy became a legitimate reason for the faction to attack Israel.
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Palestine: Nemesis of Islamic Character

Written by Lt Gen (R) Tariq Khan 9:00 pm

The conflict between Israel and Palestine is complex and has historical, military, and political dimensions. It is rooted in the illegal occupation of Palestinian land. The crisis has been analyzed extensively, but the suffering continues. Lt Gen (R) Tariq Khan states that it is crucial to take a stand, especially when innocent lives are at stake. The conflict is not about generalizations but specific incidents of legal, moral, communal, and societal violations. The historical backdrop of the conflict goes back over a century, with the concept of Zionism playing a significant role.
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National Fruit of Pakistan: Mango, the King of Fruits

Written by Abdul Basit Siddiq 8:45 pm

The national symbols of Pakistan represent the quintessence of the country’s identity, culture, and history, serving to unify its people and inspire a keen sense of pride and belonging. These symbols pay tribute to Pakistan’s vibrant history, diverse spectrum, and shared principles and are elevated during numerous national holidays, events, and ceremonies.
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Disappointment and Allegations: Assessing the 2024 Elections in Pakistan

Written by Aneeza Atif 8:00 pm

The 2024 elections in Pakistan were marred by disappointment and frustration, reflecting the country’s fractured democracy. The newly elected coalition government has been followed by allegations of electoral rigging, tarnishing Pakistan’s legitimacy internationally. In the midst of this, Aneeza Atif presents her view on what the future holds for Pakistan.
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[Video] The Future of Shipping | Egypt’s Suez Canal vs Israel’s Ben-Gurion Canal

Written by Paradigm Shift 9:01 pm

The Suez Canal blockage in 2021 had a significant impact on the global economy, which prompted a search for alternative trade routes. This video explores the Northern Sea Route (NSR) and Israel’s Ben-Gurion Canal as potential alternatives to the Suez Canal, analyzing their benefits, challenges, and geopolitical implications. It contemplates the role of major powers like Russia and China in shaping these trade routes and considers the future of global shipping and trade.
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Unraveling the Wisdom: The Prohibition of Riba in Islam

Written by Anas Sultan 12:08 am

Anas Sultan explains the concept of riba and how it is prohibited in the major global religions. He argues that riba is destabilizing because it can lead to variations in market dynamics, drive up prices, and degrade society and social morality. The global financial crisis of 2008 is a prime example of the societal downfall that riba can trigger.
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Capitalist Realism: A Theoretical Framework for Our Times

Written by Sameer Sohail 9:04 pm

Sameer Sohail explores Mark Fisher’s theoretical framework of capitalist realism. While providing an in-depth explanation of the theory, he addresses capitalism’s pervasive influence in our daily lives. From our culture to wars, everything has been commodified in the capitalist world, shaping our perceptions and interactions with even the smallest of things.
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