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Do, do run, Ron. Run. Do, do run, Ron, The Foreign Desk

Do, do run, Ron. Run. Do, do run, Ron

Is Ron Paul betraying the movement he built?

By | The Foreign Desk, iPolitics | Wednesday, 30 May 2012 at 3:22 pm

Still no justice for murdered journalist Saleem Shahzad, The Foreign Desk

Still no justice for murdered journalist Saleem Shahzad

A year has somehow charged past since the abduction and murder of Pakistani journalist Saleem Shahzad, a full 12 months in which no suspect has been identified, no-one charged with his killing and nobody brought to justice.
The 40-year-old correspondent of Asia Times Online, disappeared on the evening of May 29, a Sunday, as he [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 30 May 2012 at 7:19 am

India’s parliament loses its sense of humour, The Foreign Desk

India’s parliament loses its sense of humour

India’s government and the presiding Nehru-Gandhi dynasty have a problem – not the policy vacuum, sliding economy, weak leadership and bullying by coalition partners that are only too well known, but a new one that has been entirely of its own making in the past week.

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 16 May 2012 at 2:01 pm

Refugees and scarce resources: A humanitarian crisis in West Africa, Notebook

Refugees and scarce resources: A humanitarian crisis in West Africa

Drought in the Sahel region of West Africa is fast becoming a humanitarian crisis; Henry Makiwa travels to Burkina Faso to see how the lack of rain and an influx of refugees have affected the country.

By | Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 15 May 2012 at 3:55 am

Hilary Clinton clashes with Indian government trouble-maker, The Foreign Desk

Hilary Clinton clashes with Indian government trouble-maker

Hilary Clinton has just had first-hand experience of the problems that the Indian government regularly faces with its unpredictably irascible – and it now appears maybe untruthful – coalition partner, Mamata Banerjee.

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 8 May 2012 at 12:30 pm

Is there a plan to bring the last Mughal Emperor back to India?, The Foreign Desk

Is there a plan to bring the last Mughal Emperor back to India?

At Mehrauli’s crumbling Summer Palace, a once opulent building established by India’s Moghul rulers on the southern edge of Delhi, lie four grave plots.
Three of the plots are occupied by the tombs of Mughul emperors – Akbar Shah II, Bahadur Shah I and Shah Alam II. But the fourth remains empty. On a recent walk around [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 7 May 2012 at 12:09 pm

Khalil Dale – His life was one of love, not hatred., The Foreign Desk

Khalil Dale – His life was one of love, not hatred.

Khalil ‘Ken’ Dale was a British aid worker kidnapped in Pakistan earlier this year and then subsequently killed by his captors. They attached a note to his body, discovered by police in Quetta on Sunday, saying he had been killed because no ransom had been paid.

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 1 May 2012 at 2:27 pm

Charles Taylor verdict: World leaders can no longer hide behind secret deals and handshakes, Notebook

Charles Taylor verdict: World leaders can no longer hide behind secret deals and handshakes

The conviction of former Liberian president Charles Taylor for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in neighboring Sierra Leone finds both West African countries and the region grappling with his terrible legacy.

By | Notebook, Opinion, The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 26 April 2012 at 6:00 pm

India’s slide leads to an international down-grade, The Foreign Desk

India’s slide leads to an international down-grade

It had to happen. India’s slide in the past two or three years from a self-perceived emerging economic super-power to its current crisis of appalling government performance, sliding economic statistics, and almost daily political crises has today led to a damning international verdict with ratings agency Standard & Poor’s deciding [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 25 April 2012 at 4:43 pm

With the Eurovision approaching, it’s time to draw attention to the lack of human rights in Azerbaijan, Notebook

With the Eurovision approaching, it’s time to draw attention to the lack of human rights in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani journalist Idrak Abbasov was brutally assaulted last week.

“Where I have come from, telling the truth can cost a journalist their life”, he said. “In countries such as Azerbaijan we journalists have to make a choice, and we choose the right to tell the truth.”

By | Notebook, Opinion, The Foreign Desk | Monday, 23 April 2012 at 11:45 am

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