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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

And So they Vote for Mitt Romney, The Foreign Desk

And So they Vote for Mitt Romney

Your guess is the same as mine: Mitt Romney will get the delegate counts he needs.

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 28 August 2012 at 10:14 pm

Voters are ready to discuss climate change, but are the candidates talking?, Notebook

Voters are ready to discuss climate change, but are the candidates talking?

You’d be forgiven for believing that American voters don’t care about climate change. After all, studies have suggested that reducing carbon emissions ranks at the bottom of the public’s priorities: who has time to deal with a future catastrophe when the Pentagon needs planes, ASAP?

By | Notebook, Opinion, The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 22 August 2012 at 2:00 am

Assam problems fester since Indira Gandhi had “no plan” in 1983, The Foreign Desk

Assam problems fester since Indira Gandhi had “no plan” in 1983

Indira Gandhi told me during a Financial Times interview in February 1983 that her government would wait until the situation in Assam cooled down before taking the next step to resolve a crisis in which some 3,000 people had just been killed. There had been controversial state assembly elections in the state and the government [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 21 August 2012 at 12:44 pm

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