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Jamal Doumani In biology, it is known as reciprocal altruism. In business, it is known by its Latin moniker as quid pro quo. In common idiom, we call it gift exchange. And by any lingo, it refers to a mutually beneficial relationship where I’ll scratch your back with the expectation that you will one day...

Luc Debieuvre Emigrants should never come back home. Whatever the reason for their leaving, history shows how they often lack minimum understanding of what happened after they left. French emigrants returning home in 1815 instigated some of the silliest decisions taken by the reinstated kings. More recently in Iraq, the vision of new ministers unable to find their way...

The political chaos in Pakistan has deepened, with the country’s embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif now vowing not to step down despite escalating protests against his rule. The demonstrations, which have taken place for more than two weeks, took a violent turn over the weekend, with opposition activists attacking the state television channel and taking it off air,...

100 days of Modi govt

September 4, 2014

Rajeev Sharma The first 30 days in office for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi were not rosy. He had gone on record sharing his disappointment that his government was not even being allowed honeymoon period. It was the same story when Modi completed two months in office July 25. The euphoria generated by his unprecedented electoral victory had started petering out....

Jamal Doumani Self-defeating policies of US In biology, it is known as reciprocal altruism. In business, it is known by its Latin moniker as quid pro quo. In common idiom, we call it gift exchange. And by any lingo, it refers to a mutually beneficial relationship where I’ll scratch your back with the expectation that you will one day scratch mine. So what, in this context,...

Daniel E Agbiboa September 2014 marks five months since Boko Haram, a militant armed group in northern Nigeria, abducted over two hundred schoolgirls from Chibok, in BornoState. The Chibok girls, kidnapped on April 14, have not been rescued yet. This is despite efforts by the US, the UK, France, China and Israel to support Nigeria’s efforts to turn the tide of the...

Helena Malikyar As Afghanistan approaches the September 2 deadline for the inauguration of its new president – though this could be pushed by a few days – talk of an uprising has resurfaced. It is said that tens of thousands of ethnic non-Pashtuns anticipating a loss at the end of a total vote recount and a less than full partnership in a political arrangement,...

Diana Buttu A tentative “truce” was announced this week between Israel and Palestinian resistance movements. Israel’s attacks for several weeks have claimed the lives of more than 2,000 Palestinians, including 490 children. More than one-quarter of the population remains displaced from their homes, unable to return due to the massive bombardment of entire neighbourhoods....

Seema Sengupta   Ever since the return of the deadly Ebola — a disease that snuffs out human life in the most gruesome manner — in parts of Africa...

Sohail Anjum Malik Britain’s prime minister Herbert Asquith, hundred years ago 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...

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