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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

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

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