Author: Zareen Khan

Let’s Talk About Kashmir

  When was the last time you read about Kashmir in the newspaper, or heard about it on TV? Perhaps it was years ago. Sadly, the province broken with territorial dispute for more than 60 years is no longer on the radar of the media or world leaders. The issue of Kashmir looms as it has for years, worsening the relationship between India and Pakistan and providing the catalyst for three wars. Dialogue is an important component of diplomacy and the spirit of diplomacy should not be lost simply because a dispute is deemed irresolvable. After all, the Israel-Palestine dispute remains high on the international community’s agenda, despite the dialogues’ continued failure. Perhaps the reason why Kashmir has lost its attractiveness to the West, in particular, and the world, in general, is because the priorities of the two nations involved have shifted. India and Pakistan were once defined by their dispute over the rugged province of Kashmir. Currently, India is better known for its economic growth, human capital and democracy in the face of diversity. Pakistan, on the other hand, has been busy fighting the War on Terror since 9/11, and the West has concentrated on developing Pakistan’s capabilities to become its most-favored-non-NATO ally. Neither of the two countries nor the international community finds it worthwhile to reopen dialogue on Kashmir. Opening dialogue can pose a dilemma for U.S....

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Ever Considered Legalizing Sex Trade?

Sex trade is a flourishing industry that continues to thrive despite the current economic recession. As of 2006, the State Department believes as many as 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States each year. Most women are trafficked into the United States from developing countries and end up in prostitution traps because of abysmal poverty, poor law enforcement, lack of education and few alternative opportunities. In order to prevent the mistreatment of prostitutes and taxing the profits generated by this lucrative industry, policymakers have considered legalizing sex trade. They argue that if sex trade is legalized, then prostitutes would not be persuaded into one-sided contracts and would be provided full disclosure of their job description before they decide to work for a certain agent. In case the contract is not upheld, the prostitute can challenge the agent into court. Prostitutes can formally unionize if they are legal, and this way they can exert more pressure on the agent to uphold the contract. By legalizing prostitution it can be monitored and controlled. Prostitutes can come under the protection of law if their physical or emotional rights are abused. Clients would be careful about their treatment of the prostitutes. The number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases could be greatly reduced if the government provided incentive for protected sex and medical aid can be made available to prostitutes. Additionally, by...

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