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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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What kind of revolution? - Daily Times

The word “revolution” has been derived from the Latin word revolutio, meaning “a turnaround”, is a fundamental change in power or organisational structure that takes place in a relatively short period of time. The Greek philosopher Aristotle, in Politics Book V, explains that there are two types of political revolution: the first is a complete change from one constitution to another constitution and the second is modifications leading to reforms, which in plain words means reforming the existing constitution into a more precise political system. Early scholarly debates and analysis of events in European history from the psychological perceptive and more modern, advanced scholarly debates have considered political science, economic science and social science as well. Over a period of 300 years, scholarly debates have simplified the complexity related to revolution. 

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Playing democracy, democracy! - Pakistan Today

Playing democracy, democracy! - Pakistan Today | real utopias | Scoop.it

A government deluding itself that it is democratic just because it won an election to come to power. An opposition deluding itself that by importing a march dressed as revolution from abroad, democracy is on its way to make a nest in Pakistan.

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Inequality on the verge of social explosion - Daily Times

Inequality on the verge of social explosion - Daily Times | real utopias | Scoop.it
The real programme of the bourgeoisie is to abolish the welfare state altogether, forcing the unemployed to work for any wages the employers choose to offer. That is to say, to go back to the times of Marx and Dickens
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Revolution and the modern Islamist movement | Kung Fu Paindoos

Last week I parted on the statement that while a secular revolution is not possible in Pakistan, neither is a religious revolution since “this country is [also] devoid of a genuine Islamic intellectual tradition”. My editor, Najam Sethi, has decided to hold me to that. “The next article should explain why you think that an Islamic ‘revolution’ or ‘insurrection’ would also necessarily require an Islamic ‘intellectual’ tradition or input which is not available here,” he wrote me. So here goes.

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Does the left remember the class struggle? - Alternative Information Center (AIC)

Does the left remember the class struggle? - Alternative Information Center (AIC) | real utopias | Scoop.it

During a recent political seminar, a leader of the Palestinian Left, whom I respect, spoke about the political, social and economic challenges facing the Palestinian people. In concluding his presentation, he stressed the need to protect the Palestinian national rights, strengthen popular resistance, address poverty and unemployment, support marginalised groups and promote economic and social development - including, of course, freedom of women and support for the private sector.


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Pakistan: Strengthening the rich, devastating the poor - In Defense of Marxism

Pakistan: Strengthening the rich, devastating the poor - In Defense of Marxism | real utopias | Scoop.it

During the question hour in the National assembly, in a written reply to a question submitted by MNA Lal Chand, the finance minister Ishaq Dar told the house that “from July 2013 to February 2014 the government waived Rs. 320.8 billion to the business class in tax exemptions.” This was actioned in a country whose major social indicators – tax as percentage of GDP, education spending as a percentage of GDP and healthcare spending as a percentage of GDP – are the lowest in the world.

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The limits to Pakistan's democratization - The Nation

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In theory, democracy contains within the promise of more inclusive and participatory politics. In practice, however, this is rarely the case.

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Pakistani activists welcome home-based worker proposals - UPI.com

Pakistani activists welcome home-based worker proposals - UPI.com | real utopias | Scoop.it

Some human rights activists in Pakistan have welcomed proposed federal government policies and provincial legislation aimed at improving conditions for the country's home-based workers.



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3G in Pakistan: A social – not economic – revolution?

3G in Pakistan: A social – not economic – revolution? | real utopias | Scoop.it
LSE’s Emrys Schoemaker argues that the spread of mobile internet in Pakistan is likely to drive social change rather than economic growth.  Pakistan’s Supreme Court in September ordered the governm...
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Interpreting Pakistan, Changing the World - CounterPunch

Interpreting Pakistan, Changing the World - CounterPunch | real utopias | Scoop.it

December 1, marks the tenth death anniversary of the late Hamza Alavi. My reflections for this piece will chiefly consist of my memories of my lone meeting with him in the last years of his life, before reflecting a bit on how that meeting changed me both professionally and politically, and concluding with the relevance of his work for our own times, chiefly Pakistan.

 
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Taking action: Innovative solutions for a social revolution | Pakistan ...

Taking action: Innovative solutions for a social revolution | Pakistan ... | real utopias | Scoop.it
The conference aims to provide a platform for the youth to share innovative ideas for a political, economic and social revolution. Young entrepreneurs were invited to share their ideas and experiences.
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Malala and Nabila: worlds apart

Malala and Nabila: worlds apart | real utopias | Scoop.it
Unlike Malala Yousafzai, Nabila Rehman did not receive a welcoming greeting in Washington DC.
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation