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Chris Ryecart US President Barack Obama sounded convincing enough when discussing issues of the US economy at the beginning of his press conference on Wednesday, but sadly when it came to the Middle East he might have been living on another planet. After his speech in Cairo, he has done little to turn his...

Aijaz Zaka Syed We live in interesting times. Like the poet who wondered, “sochta hoon duniya kya se kya ho jayegi,” one is perpetually intrigued and amazed by the contrasts and contradictions of the world. If the never-ending hypocrisies, and petty, selfishness of some wear you down, there are still people out there whose humanity and sheer generosity and nobility...

Rajeev Sharma   A six-year-old boy curiously named Curious asks his father the meaning of politics. The wise man comes up with a teaser. “Let me put the whole thing called ‘politics’ in proper context, my boy. I am the sole breadwinner of the family. So, call me Capitalism. Your mom is the sole administrator of the money I bring in. Call her the Government....

Neil Berry It seems a strange fatality that the latest horrors perpetrated by Israel in Gaza have coincided with the commemoration in the UK of the beginning of the First World War on Aug. 4, 1914. For the unresolved Israel-Palestine conflict is the poison fruit of what was hailed as the ‘war to end all wars.’ It is understandable that the centenary of the 1914-18...

Lest we forget

August 8, 2014

A hundred years ago today, Britain’s prime minister Herbert Asquith stood before the House of Commons to make his government’s case for hostilities against Germany — two days after war had been declared. Several of the debates that raged in the run-up to that horrific conflict remain unresolved a century later, and one particular cause for wonderment is that more...

George S. Hishmeh The Obama administration appears to be in a state of quandary regarding what to do next as far as the unrest in the Middle East, primarily the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. His administration has virtually remained handcuffed and powerless. Valerie Jarrett, the White House senior adviser, says Israeli strikes near civilian havens in Gaza were indefensible....

Priyamvada Gopal In the face of troublingly muted international criticism of Israel’s relentless recent assaults on the corralled civilian populace of Gaza, the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) managed to pass a resolution to launch a probe into possible Israeli human rights violations. The move flags up growing disquiet even in quarters which otherwise...

Ben Sheppard Afghanistan’s election audit needs to be fast and decisive to avert the threat of spiraling instability as US troops pull out, but attempts to speed up the process are bogged down in squabbles and confusion. Election officials are sorting through more than 8 million votes in front of domestic observers, international monitors and representatives from the...

Abdulateef Al-Mulhim Are the Arabs divided over the war in Gaza? If so, then why are they divided? And if not, then why we don’t see the unity in the official statements and media talks the way we used to see and hear during past confrontations with Israel? Since the establishment of Israel, the Arabs have maintained unity regardless of their differences or at least...

Andrew Smith The UK government has finally said it will review arms sales to Israel. Unfortunately we have been here before. In 2009 the then foreign secretary, David Miliband, told parliament that it was “almost certain” UK weapons had been used in Gaza. “We are looking at all extant licences to see whether any of these need to be reconsidered in light of recent...

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