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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.
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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

China turns friendly with India – but why?, The Foreign Desk

China turns friendly with India – but why?

When China’s former premier, Wen Jiabao, visited India in December 2010, he was full of talk about the two country’s joint aspirations, their friendship, their co-operation, and about how their two-way trade would almost double to $100bn a year by 2015.

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 21 May 2013 at 12:58 pm

Syria’s cannibal rebel defends himself, The Foreign Desk

Syria’s cannibal rebel defends himself

Much has been written this past week about a Syrian rebel named Khalid al-Hamad, who goes by the nom de guerre Abu Sakkar, and who gained notoriety after a video emerged of him appearing to eat part of a dead pro-government fighter’s lung.

By | The Foreign Desk | Friday, 17 May 2013 at 12:30 pm

India’s latest $2m corruption scandal is a very old scam, The Foreign Desk

India’s latest $2m corruption scandal is a very old scam

The latest corruption scandal to embroil India’s coalition government is scarcely a surprise. The nephew of Pawan Kumar Bansal (right), the railways minister, was to be paid Rs100m (about £1.2m) to fix a top Railways Board appointment. Such appointments have been fixed for decades, often financed with money from companies that later benefit, as was [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 6 May 2013 at 8:35 am

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