The Foreign Desk
You don't know me; we've never met. But how would you feel if I told you I had taken out a life insurance policy on your life? Would you feel a little nervous? Don't worry, I haven't actually done it. (I wouldn't know where to hire an assassin either, by the way.) In fact, taking [...]
The wretched cluster of shacks squeezed tightly together is known both locally and officially as the Coolie Camp. For more than 20 years, hundreds of people have lived in this makeshift slum at the junction of a road located between Delhi's progressive and politically-astute Jawaharlal Nehru University and the upmarket Vasant Vihar neighbourhood where apartments [...]
Alaska’s most famous daughter has been in Los Angeles since Tuesday, when with typical chutzpah, she chose Jay Leno’s sofa, at the studios of NBC, one of the world’s biggest broadcasting conglomerates, to rail against the “mainstream media.”
Today, she and her entourage descended on Hollywood, where they trawled through pre-Oscar celebrity “gifting” suites with the [...]
Last year when there was a mounting row about the backlog of visas being processed at the British High Commission in Islamabad, I spoke with several Pakistani students about a situation the Home Secretary Alan Johnson would later admit was unacceptable. Many of them told me how their plans had been derailed by the agonising [...]
The chairman of the Federal Reserve's twice-yearly testimony is usually the main event of the day on Capitol Hill, but not today. Members of the House financial services committee seemed perturbed by the modest audience.
Brad Sherman, member of the House financial services committee, had a thought, halfway through questioning Ben Bernanke on his extraordinarily accommodative [...]
Is Google creating the world's biggest library, or the world's biggest bookstore?
Its plan to make digital copies of all the world's books, and to make them available to search online, has been characterised as both in a Manhattan courtroom. The trouble is, Google Books is a [...]
Pattani Razeek is the head of an organisation called the Community Trust Fund, a non-profit organisastion in Sri Lanka that works to promote equality and protect human rights in a country where, to say the least, such niceties have been often overlooked as a result of a vicious civil war. Important work, you probably agree. [...]
Last night I was in the audience for the filming of the of the latest of the Doha Debates, the series of discussions headed by Tim Sebastian and broadcast by BBC World News. Held within the quite solace of St Stephen's College, one of the most prestigious colleges within Delhi University, the debates were breaking [...]
Are we entering the endgame for Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway?
It might seem a strange thing to ask, since the Oracle of Omaha has never seemed so wise, or so desperately important for our times. The core of his homespun investment strategy – don't invest in anything you don't understand – is just the anti-venom needed [...]
It looks like the pharmaceutical industry has been tempted back on to a war footing, but it should tread cautiously. With plans for US healthcare reform becoming unstitched before our very eyes, the industry’s main lobby group appears to have decided that $100m it spent on ads in favour of Barack Obama’s shake-up was money [...]
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