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Doyle McManus A month ago, it was difficult to tell whether US President Barack Obama’s heart was in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), the terrorist group that has seized a swath of territory in Iraq and Syria. His initial statements, as the militants roared across the flatlands...

Muhammad Waqas   Nawaz Sharif is finally smiling again and making regular appearances in Pakistan’s National Assembly. If all continues to go well for him, he will emerge as a survivor and still lead the national government in Pakistan. The massive sit-ins, that must have been giving sleepless nights to Sharif for the past three weeks, seem to be losing steam now...

Seema Sengupta   A chief political executive in a thriving democracy must possess — among other qualities — the knowledge and the ability to think outside the box apart from not being naïve or gullible enough to be molded by advisers at ease. Unfortunately, Narendra Modi has given up the game of attaining statesmanship at the very outset, thanks to some ludicrous...

Obama in search of allies

September 8, 2014

Hassan Barari   Implicit in speeches given at NATO summit held in Wales last Thursday was a western admission that their strategies in Ukraine and the Middle East have failed. Obviously, the West has failed in articulating a plan whatsoever to check Russia’s meddling in Ukraine. All western verbal threats fell on deaf ears. Additionally, Obama’s calling for a...

Sharif Nashashibi Although Israel had vowed to deal a decisive blow to Hamas, the Palestinian faction has gained huge domestic popularity, and is in some respects stronger than it was prior to the latest Gaza onslaught. Meanwhile, domestic approval ratings for Benjamin Netanyahu, who waged the conflict, have plummeted from 82 percent when the ground invasion began, to...

(By Kashif Manzoor) In an era where capitalism is dying quietly, in a region where end game of the great game is at his peak, in a country labeled as the failed state, in a polity where politicians are nothing more than liability, with an economy advancing only in reverse direction, in a state where only western and vested interest are pursued and rest are found as wasted...

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 5, 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...

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 scratch mine. So what, in this context, has Israel ever done to...

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