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This conflict in the Holy Land must end – for the children’s sake, Notebook

This conflict in the Holy Land must end – for the children’s sake

The enduring fact of the failure of peace in the so-called Holy Land is a royal spring of misery from which bitter tensions flow, with mournful consequences for the entire restive middle-east region, already strained by wars and rumours of wars.

By | Notebook, Opinion, The Foreign Desk | Monday, 9 July 2012 at 12:26 pm

Why did the Supreme Court deliver President Obama an unexpected favour?, Notebook

Why did the Supreme Court deliver President Obama an unexpected favour?

It is a little over a week since the US Supreme Court delivered its landmark judgment on President Obama’s signature policy achievement in office so far, the Affordable Care Act, which extends medical insurance coverage to additional tens of millions of Americans as well as covering those with pre-existing conditions.

By | Notebook, Opinion, The Foreign Desk | Friday, 6 July 2012 at 3:34 pm

Noncommital? Pakistan’s War on Terror, Notebook

Noncommital? Pakistan’s War on Terror

A year after the US attack that saw Osama bin Laden killed, efforts to crush the remnants of al-Qa’ida are at a pivotal stage.

By | Notebook, Opinion, The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 4 July 2012 at 2:00 am

Indian private sector gets first big defence industry opportunity, The Foreign Desk

Indian private sector gets first big defence industry opportunity

While most Indian media attention has been focussed on Pranab Mukherjee and what the end of his unproductive time as finance minister might mean for economic progress now that prime minister Manmohan Singh has taken over the job, a significant liberalisation move has been made by the usually moribund Defence Ministry.

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 2 July 2012 at 9:22 am

The EU can amplify our human rights pledge, Notebook

The EU can amplify our human rights pledge

“Human rights and democracy are inextricably connected. Only in a democracy can individuals fully realize their human rights; only when human rights are respected can democracy flourish.”

By | Notebook, Opinion, The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 28 June 2012 at 9:58 am

Can champagne + goats in London really help poor widows?, Notebook

Can champagne + goats in London really help poor widows?

It says something about the way that India and other countries  fail to look after those in need that it has taken an Indian businessman based in London to alert the world to the plight of widows who are cast aside in their thousands by families after their husbands die.
Yesterday Lord (Raj) Loomba was lauded [...]

By | Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 24 June 2012 at 7:15 pm

View from Athens: the Greek Crisis as Greek Tragedy, Notebook

View from Athens: the Greek Crisis as Greek Tragedy

Last week I saw a production of Sophocles’ Antigone at the National Theatre in London and it struck me that the play echoed dangerously in today’s Greece, especially if thought through Hegel’s reading of the play.

By | Notebook, Opinion, The Foreign Desk | Monday, 18 June 2012 at 10:12 am

Southern India political corruption hits Sonia Gandhi and Congress, The Foreign Desk

Southern India political corruption hits Sonia Gandhi and Congress

If Y.S.Jaganmohan Reddy, a young regional politician in southern India, had not tried to become chief minister of Andhra Pradesh state immediately after his father Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy (YSR), who held that job, was killed in a helicopter crash in September 2009, he almost certainly would not be in jail now accused of massive corruption.

By | The Foreign Desk | Friday, 15 June 2012 at 3:56 pm

Christie’s lifts Indian art market from Sotheby’s-led gloom, Arts

Christie’s lifts Indian art market from Sotheby’s-led gloom

Congratulations tinged with relief was the message being given by dealers and collectors at the end of Christie’s South Asian modern art auction here yesterday to the event’s main organizers, Hugo Weihe and Yamini Mehta.

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 12 June 2012 at 10:12 am

Obama’s legacy doesn’t live up to the terms of his Nobel Prize, Notebook

Obama’s legacy doesn’t live up to the terms of his Nobel Prize

As Obama nears the end of his first term as President, Chris Pleasance says he has done little to live up to the terms of the Nobel Peace Prize. Instead, his is a legacy of continued war, questionable drone strikes and pandering to hawkish neocons.

By | Notebook, Opinion, The Foreign Desk, iPolitics | Monday, 11 June 2012 at 4:03 am

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