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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

You don’t have to have visited Syria to be horrified by ‘Syria: Across the Lines’, The Foreign Desk

You don’t have to have visited Syria to be horrified by ‘Syria: Across the Lines’

Rarely has a piece of salad served as a symbol of friendship, especially not a limp and watery lettuce. As a gesture, however, the leafy homegrown green presented to my friend Richard by the family elder among a large family of Syrians during our holiday to their country a couple of years ago has stuck in our minds as one of the kindest and most generous of gifts.

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 17 April 2013 at 5:32 pm

The two sides in Syria’s civil war are talking, The Foreign Desk

The two sides in Syria’s civil war are talking

A new video uploaded by a group of rebel fighters in Darayya appears to show a dialogue of sorts between the Syrian regime and the opposition.

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 15 April 2013 at 12:48 pm

How we launched Thatcher’s ‘Privatisation’ word in the FT in 1979, Notebook

How we launched Thatcher’s ‘Privatisation’ word in the FT in 1979

One of Margaret Thatcher’s most significant legacies is privatisation – not only for introducing the policy itself, but also for adding the word into the world’s every-day vocabulary. Her death this week seems a good moment to recount how we launched the word on July 28 1979 in The Financial Times.
The day before, I [...]

By | Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 11 April 2013 at 7:34 am

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