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Pussy Riot join long history of Russia’s strong female dissidents, The Foreign Desk

Pussy Riot join long history of Russia’s strong female dissidents

Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alyokhina join a long line of courageous women in Russia who, in recent years, have been imprisoned, threatened, intimidated and killed for speaking out against the authorities.

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 20 August 2012 at 2:46 pm

1998 redux: Romney channels spirit of Gingrich with Ryan but loses election, Opinion

1998 redux: Romney channels spirit of Gingrich with Ryan but loses election

Fictional White House Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lynam was fond of a poll that showed that 68% of Americans thought foreign aid spending was too high, while only 59% believed it should be cut.

By | Opinion, The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 16 August 2012 at 11:43 am

Assad’s aura in Lebanon is fading, Notebook

Assad’s aura in Lebanon is fading

The allegation that a former information minister was plotting a string of bomb attacks across the country at the behest of the Syrian regime has sent shockwaves across Lebanon – but not for the reasons one may think.

By | Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 15 August 2012 at 3:14 pm

Has India silenced economic debate?, The Foreign Desk

Has India silenced economic debate?

Has the domination of economic policy by Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, together with regional members of the governing coalition (notably Mamata Banerjee of West Bengal), become so established that there is now no room for reformers to be heard?

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 15 August 2012 at 11:02 am

Let’s talk about toilets – basic sanitation saves lives, Notebook

Let’s talk about toilets – basic sanitation saves lives

I am a mum of a three year old girl and a five year old boy. They are the two most precious things in the world to me. As soon as they came into my life, all I wanted to do was to protect them from harm and give them the best possible start in this world.

By | Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 15 August 2012 at 2:00 am

Romney and Ryan: Can money buy any office?, Notebook

Romney and Ryan: Can money buy any office?

Why Romney picked Ryan was the question observers of the American political scene have been asking ever since Willard Mitt Romney became the presumptive Republican nominee for President of the United States.

By | Notebook, Opinion, The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 14 August 2012 at 9:45 am

Syrian rebels claim responsibility for downed jet, The Foreign Desk

Syrian rebels claim responsibility for downed jet

A video posted online today by an activist claiming to be from the north-eastern town of Mohassen, in Syria’s Deir al-Zor province, appears to show the downing of a Syrian fighter jet.

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 13 August 2012 at 2:57 pm

NBC Fail: My Olympics nightmare, Olympics

NBC Fail: My Olympics nightmare

For the past two weeks, as a Brit living in Washington, DC, I’ve been living in a bubble called #nbcfail.

By | Olympics, The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 12 August 2012 at 4:15 pm

Their houses and livelihoods are buried – why do they stay?, Notebook

Their houses and livelihoods are buried – why do they stay?

I have been staying in Manila for just over a week now, having arrived in the middle of Typhoon Saola (locally known as Gener). Ever since we left the airport last week the weather has been a key feature here, raining heavily daily, but last night things changed.

By | Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 7 August 2012 at 5:54 pm

All aboard! Making a killing with India’s genuine “duplicate gold”, The Foreign Desk

All aboard! Making a killing with India’s genuine “duplicate gold”

The bus had barely reached the outskirts of the city when it pulled to the side of the road and a man clambered aboard. In an instant he had pulled a gold chain from his pocket and looped it around the hand-rail attached to the roof and he was pulling on it hard, as if to show off its strength.

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 7 August 2012 at 9:06 am

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