Like the latest organic, sustainable nutritional supplements and shakes, the word populism is trendy. It is hip yet, no one knows exactly what it means. Populism is undoubtedly the most used word of the past year − apart perhaps from terrorism. We can rejoice at the prospect of the use of the word by journalists,…

以下請見中文版 Two days ago,  the constitutional court of Taiwan, the Judicial Yuan, ruled that the same-sex couples should have the right to get married – making Taiwan potentially the first country in Asia to legalise gay marriage. The court ruled that a stipulation in the civil code, stipulating that marriage could not be between two persons of the…

Citizens always expect the best from their leaders. They hope that their leaders will provide them with food, security, health and other basic necessities.  However, if they fail to deliver, public sentiment will gradually start to change, which could result in the downfall of that particular government. Under some conditions, public anger can grow so…

My route to the CYPA was a little different from most, both practically and ideologically. Firstly, coming from the UK meant a marathon journey, hopping from Newcastle to Amsterdam, onwards to Beijing and then finally to the destination, and as expected at an event hosted by the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats, coming from…

Numerous right wing groups and politicians have associated their country’s Muslim immigrant population with terrorism; according to them, terrorists usually originate from countries which are facing political or economic crisis. Countries such as Pakistan and Afghanistan have been plagued by terrorism, most of which is homegrown. But this does not mean that governments should ban…

I assume many of the world’s liberals originate from secular countries, where Blasphemy laws have become a thing of the past. However in countries like Pakistan, these laws still exist to date. People can give their judgement about these laws, but to truly understand the situation you have to hear from someone who’s living in…

Pakistan was formed as a democratic country, where every religion coexisted peacefully, however, after the demise of its founding fathers, things quickly went south.  In 1958, just one year after the adoption of the first constitution, the then President Iskander Mirza staged a military coup d’état which eventually lead to the rise of Pakistan’s first…

The Liberal Government in Canada has been praised for its policy on Syrian Refugees this past year. Canada is known as a country that is accepting of new migrants; a policy of acceptance that is woven into the fabric of the country. Although the government and a large majority of the country’s population have accepted refugees,…