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Ousted leader of Maldives says international community has let down democracy, The Foreign Desk

Ousted leader of Maldives says international community has let down democracy

Mohamed Nasheed, the former president of the Maldives who was forced out in what he says was a coup earlier this year, is trying to drum up support from the international community to pressure the new regime to hold early elections.
Currently in Delhi with a small delegation of MPs from his party, he said he [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 19 April 2012 at 3:47 pm

Manmohan Singh’s friends warn him your ‘legacy is at risk’, The Foreign Desk

Manmohan Singh’s friends warn him your ‘legacy is at risk’

Two events in the past few days underline the decline both in the popularity of  the Congress Party that leads India’s coalition government and the success of prime minister Manmohan Singh as an economic reformer. People ranging from the voters of New Delhi to loyal economists and other policy allies have in effect warned that, [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 19 April 2012 at 2:43 pm

Obama’s foreign policy woes, The Foreign Desk

Obama’s foreign policy woes

When you are the most powerful leader in the world, you want to be seen to be manipulating events, not the other way round.
   Unfortunately for President Barack Obama, he’s in trouble on the foreign policy front, seven months from a presidential election. At best the situation is unpredictable, at worst, it’s a disaster.
   The [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 15 April 2012 at 5:37 pm

Fried rat and palm toddy: a post-election rally snack in Burma., The Foreign Desk

Fried rat and palm toddy: a post-election rally snack in Burma.

It was hot and dusty and the motorcycle journey back from Aung San Suu Kyi’s campaign rally in the town of Kawmhu had already taken more than an hour. Would you like something to drink, asked my Burmese journalist colleague. Before I knew what was in store, I’d agreed.

By | The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 12 April 2012 at 2:19 pm

Unexpected troop movements near Delhi in January cause alarm, The Foreign Desk

Unexpected troop movements near Delhi in January cause alarm

 Army intrigue and graft hits India’s defences
Concern about worsening relations between India’s army and government is graphically illustrated by a story that takes up the entire front page of The The Indian Express this morning about two key mechanised military units moving unexpectedly towards Delhi at night in mid-January. The government did not have the usual [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 4 April 2012 at 9:01 am

BREAKING: PR professionals to strike; UK news drought expected, The Foreign Desk

BREAKING: PR professionals to strike; UK news drought expected

Now, I’m not one to just cut and paste a press release, you understand, but this is quite simply the most delicious spoof.
With props to Paul Maher and Positive Marketing, please see the attached press release:
Embargoed until Sunday 1 April 2012, UK (NATIONWIDE) – The UK’s two largest Public Relations unions, the Federation of Online [...]

By | The Foreign Desk, iPolitics | Saturday, 31 March 2012 at 8:15 pm

UK hedge fund challenges India public sector controls, Notebook

UK hedge fund challenges India public sector controls

MUMBAI: India’s coal problems are getting worse and are in the news for all the wrong reasons. The industry has been failing the country for years by not maximising the output of efficiently mined coal. As a result, power supplies have been crippled because of coal shortages, and the government has failed to act. 
Now the [...]

By | Notebook, Opinion, The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 27 March 2012 at 7:20 pm

Salman Rushdie rubbishes ‘dim’ Imran Khan and much else besides, The Foreign Desk

Salman Rushdie rubbishes ‘dim’ Imran Khan and much else besides

It’s been quite a weekend in New Delhi. India’s finance minister Pranab Mukherjee presented a desperately ineffectual and unimaginative Budget on Friday, and then failed to turn up at India Today magazine’s annual conclave yesterday (Saturday) morning, where he was billed to be the first speaker.
He withdrew not because he was too busy or had [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 18 March 2012 at 7:41 pm

Kony 2012 did something right for Americans, The Foreign Desk

Kony 2012 did something right for Americans

You might complain about how well-informed the Kony 2012 video is, or criticise it for being condescending. You might ask, as the Indy’s Archie Bland does, whether collective outrage is the best way to call for change. You might focus, as Fox News has, on how the charity that produced the video about the notorious leader of [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Saturday, 10 March 2012 at 1:18 am

Rahul Gandhi and Congress do badly in India’s state elections, The Foreign Desk

Rahul Gandhi and Congress do badly in India’s state elections

As India waited this morning for results of five state assembly elections, the most telling headlines in the day’s newspapers, along with Rahul Gandhi’s failure to galvanise votes in Uttar Pradesh (UP), were on share movements yesterday of leading companies – Jaiprakash (JP) group companies went down while Anil Ambani’s Reliance (ADAG) stocks went up, [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 6 March 2012 at 10:46 am

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