The Foreign Desk
The Bedouin of Israel and the occupied territories are easy to pick on. Self-identifying as neither Israeli nor Palestinian, not often considered as such by either community in return, their plight is less attention-grabbing, less politically-infused than that of other communities in the Holy Land. Accordingly, when their rights are apparently under assault, their suffering can easily disappear under the radar.
Mitt Romney’s position on the bailout of Detroit “boggles the mind”, says Steven Rattner, who was Barack Obama’s “car tsar”, in charge of refinancing and restructuring General Motors and Chrysler.
The two companies had been handed government loans to stave off bankruptcy and liquidation in the dying days of the Bush administration in 2008. Governor Romney, [...]
Why do Pakistani lawyers want to ban the country’s favourite soft drink? (A clue: it’s made by minorities)
Generations of Pakistanis have grown up reaching out for the sweet and easy pleasures of Shezan soft drinks. Over five decades the company has cemented its reputation as a supplier not just to high street shops, but to hotels, airlines and the country’s armed forces.
Leila is watching her baby intently, as his mouth moves trying to swallow the small blob of yellow peanut paste Dr Tayab has spooned gently into his mouth.
She sits on the floor of her one-room mud house and rocks his tiny, malnourished body on her lap. After a tense pause, the baby’s neck strains and [...]
I am used to endless lies and criticism from the BNP and its favourite blogster, as well as Islamist ideologues who hate my work on anti-semitism and the off-shore press obsessed about Europe. But this is the first time that a government, Bahrain, has sent a 17 page letter to the British Government telling William Hague to shut me up.
For decades India has survived, and sometimes thrived, by turning muddle and adversity into success. In the days of the licence Raj, this enabled the country to work, creakily, until systems and machinery broke down and were patched up again. Hindustan Motors’ Ambassador car is perhaps the longest surviving example of patchwork success, with its [...]
In Baan Gerda, a community for HIV infected or affected youngsters in Northern Thailand, a group of young people are finding themselves at the forefront of the battle to educate Thai youth about HIV.
Sri Lanka, much like Britain, has side-lined accountability long enough.
America’s top general has been talking to Egypt’s top military leader about the future of US military aid, or “choices and consequences,” as a Pentagon spokesman put it delicately.
I am no foreign policy expert, and so until now I have refrained from writing anything about Syria. Until now, I have instead confined myself to tweeting my simultaneous senses of frustration, helplessness and anguish about the situation, whilst faithfully following those on Twitter whom I have deemed better placed, either emotionally or intellectually, to comment on this crisis than I. (I have included here a list of Twitter accounts – some contentious, all compelling – that I have found indispensable to my embryonic understanding of what is going on.)
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