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As the Mexican economy takes off, new president Enrique Pena-Nieto has a shot at redemption, Notebook

As the Mexican economy takes off, new president Enrique Pena-Nieto has a shot at redemption

Sleek and telegenic, Mexico’s Enrique Pena-Nieto was sworn in as president for a six-year term on Saturday. It’s been five long months since Mr Pena-Nieto won the presidential elections amid allegations of fraud and protests.

By | Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Monday, 3 December 2012 at 6:09 pm

Punished at the Polls, Catalonia’s Artur Mas is Heading for Grim Coalition, Notebook

Punished at the Polls, Catalonia’s Artur Mas is Heading for Grim Coalition

On Sunday night Catalonia’s Artur Mas was set to win a landslide political victory that soon tuned into a bitter disappointment. Yes, Mr Mas was re-elected but he emerged as the biggest loser of the night.

By | Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 28 November 2012 at 11:10 am

Artur Mas’ nationalist gamble is risky business for Catalonia, The Foreign Desk

Artur Mas’ nationalist gamble is risky business for Catalonia

On Sunday, Spain’s economic powerhouse is taking its quest for sovereign independence to the polls backed by unprecedented nationalist support- and the Spanish central government is watching closely.
The election will test the nature of the Catalan identity, the power struggle between Madrid and Barcelona at a time of economic uncertainty for Spain, but also Artur [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Friday, 23 November 2012 at 6:18 pm

John F Kennedy first memorial in Dallas, Notebook

John F Kennedy first memorial in Dallas

The 22nd November 2013 marks the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of John F Kennedy. The city of Dallas has announced that the day the 35th American President was killed in 1963 will be remembered with an official memorial. Kennedy was killed as his motorcade drove through Delaney Plaza in downtown Dallas, Texas.
“This is an event to [...]

By | Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 22 November 2012 at 11:24 am

Can journalists ever be trusted to keep a secret?

Unsettling news reaches me from Islamabad – news of the I’d-not-want-to-join-any-club-that-would-have-me nature.
It has emerged that a member of the British media has been told he is not allowed to attend events at the British social club, attached to the British High Commission and located inside the diplomatic compound, simply because he is a journalist.
Rob Crilly, [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 20 September 2012 at 10:12 am

Make Sonia Gandhi India’s Prime Minister, The Foreign Desk

Make Sonia Gandhi India’s Prime Minister

How about making Sonia Gandhi, currently leader of India’s Congress Party and of the governing coalition, the country’s Prime Minister? It is most unlikely to happen because it would be too much of a dynastic gamble for the Gandhi family, but Congress has a leadership crisis with the current dual role of Sonia and prime [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 3 September 2012 at 3:58 pm

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