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Odisha’s cyclone shows India can handle disasters but longer-term action is needed, The Foreign Desk

Odisha’s cyclone shows India can handle disasters but longer-term action is needed

When a massive cyclone hit the eastern Indian state of Odisha (Orissa) at the end of October 1999, at least four district officials abandoned their posts in panic or rushed to their homes, and the chief secretary flew on a private visit to the US a few days later. Some 10,000 people were killed as [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 14 October 2013 at 11:29 am

Rahul Gandhi lands Lalu Yadav in jail, but can he be a national leader?

The past week will be seen as a milestone in Indian history. Lalu Prasad Yadav, one of the most famously corrupt and once-powerful regional politicians, is losing his Lok Sabha parliamentary seat after today being sentenced to jail for massive embezzlement. This followed an astonishing public outburst last Friday by Rahul Gandhi, heir apparent to [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 3 October 2013 at 7:22 pm

In UN report on chemical weapons attack, evidence points to the Syrian government, The Foreign Desk

In UN report on chemical weapons attack, evidence points to the Syrian government

Much has been written about the findings of the United Nations report into the chemical weapons attack on the Ghouta area outside of Damascus on August 21, but there is one key piece of evidence contained in the report that stands out.

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 18 September 2013 at 5:54 pm

For Pakistan’s Ahmadis, a depressing tale of two gatherings

A fortnight ago, tens of thousands of members of the Ahmadi Muslim community gathered in the historic English market town of Alton. They were there for an annual conference. This year, the community was also marking the centenary of its presence in Britain. As far back as 1926, the Ahmadis established London’s first mosque.
In countries [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 16 September 2013 at 2:21 am

Hindu nationalist Modi is official candidate for India’s PM, The Foreign Desk

Hindu nationalist Modi is official candidate for India’s PM

If Narendra Modi, the controversial Bharatiya Janata Party chief minister of Gujarat becomes India’s next prime minister, it will be because Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, together with their prime minister, Manmohan Singh, have left such a leadership vacuum at the end of nine years of increasingly ineffectual government that India is willing to take a gamble on a feared politician.

By | The Foreign Desk | Saturday, 14 September 2013 at 9:13 am

Sonia Gandhi’s $20bn bid for Political Security, The Foreign Desk

Sonia Gandhi’s $20bn bid for Political Security

Politicians in India usually give bangles, saris, electrical goods and even lap tops away at election time in order to woo voters. Sonia Gandhi has raised the bar this week with a $20bn-plus total food handout that has taken several percentage points off the value of the rupee and the stock [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 28 August 2013 at 9:30 am

Attacks on Pakistan’s Minorities: Jan 2012 – Jun 2013, The Foreign Desk

Attacks on Pakistan’s Minorities: Jan 2012 – Jun 2013

Last Friday, hundreds of shoppers were gathered in Parachinar’s main bazaar. In this main town of Pakistan’s Kurram tribal agency, located along the Afghan border, the local residents were buying food items for the looming evening Ramadan meal, when death and carnage visited them again.

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 30 July 2013 at 11:00 am

Lost in translation – Why sensationalist journalism over referee beheading does Brazil a disservice, Football

Lost in translation – Why sensationalist journalism over referee beheading does Brazil a disservice

Reporting of events in the run-up to the World Cup have not helped the situation in Brazil.

By | Football, Sport, The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 11 July 2013 at 1:37 pm

Love and Panic on the streets of Sao Paulo, Rio, Fortaleza, Belo Horizonte…., Football

Love and Panic on the streets of Sao Paulo, Rio, Fortaleza, Belo Horizonte….

If you scratch beneath the surface, the Bus Pass Revolution, the Tropical Spring (though it’s winter in these parts), call it what you will, might be better monikered A Rebelião do Amor. The Love Uprising.

By | Football, Sport, The Foreign Desk | Friday, 21 June 2013 at 1:22 pm

The Syrian opposition is in crisis, and it’s all on video, The Foreign Desk

The Syrian opposition is in crisis, and it’s all on video

A video has emerged from a crucial meeting of the main opposition group, the Syrian National Council, that gives an insight into just how divided the movement is.

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 28 May 2013 at 12:45 pm

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