The Foreign Desk
Power supplies to half of India’s 1.2bn population have been cut for several hours today in the third example since Sunday night of how the country’s under-invested and badly managed infrastructure is creaking its way to near-collapse.
Is it better for a tiger sometimes to feel harassed by hordes of noisy tourists, or be killed by poachers? That is the simple question raised by one of the most ill-advised edicts ever issued by India’s Supreme Court, which last week backed a misguided conservationist lobby and banned all tourism in the core areas of the country’s 40-plus tiger reserves.
What hope is there for the citizens of Syria? Every day brings news of new atrocities, with the lines of legitimacy increasingly blurred as the state and non-state hydras battle in a cycle of attacks, reprisals, counter-attacks and counter-reprisals.
Illyumzhinov’s rule of Kalmykia, a primarily Buddhist Republic on the shores of the Caspian Sea, was characterised by a string of bizarre escapades including an alien abduction in 1997 and the campaign slogan ‘a wealthy President is a safeguard against corruption’.
It seems apt then, that last week 4000 people in Bangkok convened to discuss ways towards bettering the Muslim community, not just individually but collectively.
The celebrated food writer Naomi Duguid rarely travels with either a translator or a fixed itinerary. Rather, she’d prefer to go where her eyes and taste-buds lead her and plunge into situations, hoping that with a little persistence and patience she will make herself understood and understand what people are saying to her.
It’s open season for criticising India’s leaders. Time too, you might say – why didn’t the attacks start much earlier in the current government which has been failing for most of the time since it was elected in 2009.
Pranab Mukherjee, publicly regarded until a few weeks ago as the veteran politician on whom the government [...]
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.
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.
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