The Foreign Desk
Iran’s ransacking of the British embassy in Tehran, which prompted the recall of all British embassy staff and the expulsion of Iranian diplomats from London, means that the chances of miscalculation by both sides in this spiraling crisis have suddenly intensified.
Iran has deliberately set itself on a path of isolation, even though Britain, long considered [...]
Watch out Rahul Gandhi! Yesterday’s news that Noel Tata, a reticent low-key member of the Tata family, will not be the next head of India’s Tata group shows that reluctant dynastic heirs do not always win by default. Gandhi of course is showing less reluctance now that he is wading into Uttar Pradesh’s coming state [...]
You don’t have to study current affairs for all that long to wonder why a hugely-disproportionate number of perpetrators of police brutality, particularly in America, appear to choose to cover their top lip in fuzz.
This week, Rio de Janeiro’s most famous favela was occupied and pacified by authorities without a single gunshot. Rocinha, with a population of 120,000 people and a reputation of bloody gang violence, had been deserted by the government, like most grounds of its kind, since its birth in the 1920’s.
You can add David Beckham’s voice to the latest chorus of criticism coming the way of Fifa’s gaffe-prone President, Sepp Blatter.
The Andamans, a cluster of islands 700 miles east of the Indian mainland in the Bay of Bengal, are home to three highly endangered languages. One of them, Great Andamanese, has only five speakers.
Professor Anvita Abbi, a renowned linguist specialising in the minority languages of the Indian subcontinent, has spent many years researching the languages, [...]
Who remembers the siege of Sarajevo? Today’s world leaders might have forgotten the early 1990s and the four-year encirclement of the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina by Serbian forces.
It must have been a devastating shock for Vijay Mallya, India’s most flamboyant and image-conscious businessman, when the media and top business colleagues turned on him in the past few days over the plight of his loss-making debt-ridden Kingfisher Airlines. The Mail Today’s front page yesterday was the unkindest cut, referring tyo Mallya and saying [...]
Israel and Palestine. A topic of fiendish complexity, which takes up an extraordinary number of column inches the world over. A problem that seems intractable: and one which is set to grow more intricate still. As Iran seems to be pressing on with its plans to build an atomic bomb, Israel’s leadership considering a pre-emptive strike against its nuclear facilities, in the style of that against Iraq in 1981. The argument for such a strike is that Iran’s possession of a nuke represents an existential threat to the state of Israel.
The media were played for fools ahead of the publication of the UN watchdog’s report on Iran’s nuclear programme, which concluded there was “credible” evidence that Iran had been working on a nuclear weapon.
Step One involved the leak of Israeli cabinet discussions on possible preemptive military strikes last weekend. Then newsrooms across the world [...]
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