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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

In praise of royalty rather than “fixed” presidents, Notebook

In praise of royalty rather than “fixed” presidents

IN LONDON FROM MY BASE IN INDIA………. Surely only the Brits could and would do it – turn out in their hundreds of thousands along the banks of a river in cold wet and windy weather, with the sun never fully breaking through the clouds, to honour their 86-year old monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, as [...]

By | Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Monday, 4 June 2012 at 12:52 pm

Do, do run, Ron. Run. Do, do run, Ron, The Foreign Desk

Do, do run, Ron. Run. Do, do run, Ron

Is Ron Paul betraying the movement he built?

By | The Foreign Desk, iPolitics | Wednesday, 30 May 2012 at 3:22 pm

Still no justice for murdered journalist Saleem Shahzad, The Foreign Desk

Still no justice for murdered journalist Saleem Shahzad

A year has somehow charged past since the abduction and murder of Pakistani journalist Saleem Shahzad, a full 12 months in which no suspect has been identified, no-one charged with his killing and nobody brought to justice.
The 40-year-old correspondent of Asia Times Online, disappeared on the evening of May 29, a Sunday, as he [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 30 May 2012 at 7:19 am

India’s parliament loses its sense of humour, The Foreign Desk

India’s parliament loses its sense of humour

India’s government and the presiding Nehru-Gandhi dynasty have a problem – not the policy vacuum, sliding economy, weak leadership and bullying by coalition partners that are only too well known, but a new one that has been entirely of its own making in the past week.

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 16 May 2012 at 2:01 pm

Refugees and scarce resources: A humanitarian crisis in West Africa, Notebook

Refugees and scarce resources: A humanitarian crisis in West Africa

Drought in the Sahel region of West Africa is fast becoming a humanitarian crisis; Henry Makiwa travels to Burkina Faso to see how the lack of rain and an influx of refugees have affected the country.

By | Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 15 May 2012 at 3:55 am

Hilary Clinton clashes with Indian government trouble-maker, The Foreign Desk

Hilary Clinton clashes with Indian government trouble-maker

Hilary Clinton has just had first-hand experience of the problems that the Indian government regularly faces with its unpredictably irascible – and it now appears maybe untruthful – coalition partner, Mamata Banerjee.

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 8 May 2012 at 12:30 pm

Is there a plan to bring the last Mughal Emperor back to India?, The Foreign Desk

Is there a plan to bring the last Mughal Emperor back to India?

At Mehrauli’s crumbling Summer Palace, a once opulent building established by India’s Moghul rulers on the southern edge of Delhi, lie four grave plots.
Three of the plots are occupied by the tombs of Mughul emperors – Akbar Shah II, Bahadur Shah I and Shah Alam II. But the fourth remains empty. On a recent walk around [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 7 May 2012 at 12:09 pm

Khalil Dale – His life was one of love, not hatred., The Foreign Desk

Khalil Dale – His life was one of love, not hatred.

Khalil ‘Ken’ Dale was a British aid worker kidnapped in Pakistan earlier this year and then subsequently killed by his captors. They attached a note to his body, discovered by police in Quetta on Sunday, saying he had been killed because no ransom had been paid.

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 1 May 2012 at 2:27 pm

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