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  • Thursday Jul 31

    Media and the truth behind wars

    As the current biased coverage of Israel’s war on Gaza shows, media is a tool to distort truth and suffers from the consequences it helps develop

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    Thursday Jul 31

    The price for change in Arab world

    Indeed, the Arab Spring seemed to have shaken the very foundations of the pro-stability school of thought

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    Thursday Jul 31

    The West seems to have left Libya to its fate

    Hampered by hypocritical ‘no boots on the grounds’ orders, military advisers could do little as Gaddafi’s vast arms stocks were pillaged by all comers and now the same powers seem to have turned a blind eye to a nation whose current sorry state is partly a result of their own faulty policies

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    Thursday Jul 31

    Scotland vote may send ripples through Nato

    Obama’s mention of America’s ‘deep interest’ in Britain remaining a ‘strong, robust, united and effective partner’ was an implicit rebuke to Scottish independence leaders in view of the impending referendum

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    Thursday Jul 31

    Canny Merkel plays the long game with Putin

    The MH17 tragedy has done much in Germany to dispel the popular notion that it should try to engineer a conciliation between US and Russia

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    Thursday Jul 31

    Abe’s Asian gambit

    With regional economic interests bound up as intensely with China as the security interests are with the US, rocking the boat carries serious risks

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    Wednesday Jul 30

    Boycotts can raise the price of Israel’s impunity

    The impunity granted to Israel is completely at odds with the democratic will of the people, as the current international outpouring of solidarity with Gaza shows

  • Wednesday Jul 30

    Democracy needs to fight back against autocrats

    Reform of the permanent membership of the UN Security Council will give it renewed legitimacy

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    Wednesday Jul 30

    CIA torture tactic is not a PR issue

    The question is not whether it reveals useful information. The question is whether the ends justify the means

  • Wednesday Jul 30

    There is no escaping racism in India

    A strange mix of prejudice, ignorance and centuries-old discriminatory practices make communities stick to regional taboos

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    Wednesday Jul 30

    Yearning for the Clinton days

    The real contrast between the Barack Obama and the Bill Clinton presidencies is not between personalities but between eras and sadly, another Clinton in the White House may not recreate that old charm

  • Wednesday Jul 30

    Why do we love Jon Stewart?

    We need to support those individuals who are the best conduits to influence their own societies and make people speak up

  • Wednesday Jul 30

    ‘People under siege, with nothing to lose’

    The ongoing Israeli violence and bloodshed in Gaza and armed clashes in Libya were the two main topics that dominated the headlines of newspapers across the 
Middle East and the Gulf

  • Wednesday Jul 30

    Taking collectors to task is not the answer

    Demonising older ivory objects to discourage possession of newer versions of similar items will not bring back the mammoths or save modern elephants from the economic forces that drive poachers

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    Wednesday Jul 30

    The mood in the US is changing

    With the death toll mounting in the Gaza Strip, a recent Gallup poll shows just 25 per cent of Americans aged between 18 and 29 support Israel

  • Wednesday Jul 30

    Why the Ebrahim ‘Caliphate’ is a dud

    Ironically, the self-appointed ‘Caliph’ said nothing about the carnage in Gaza, nor the fact that nearly 2,000 hapless individuals found refuge at the Greek Orthodox church in Zaytun

  • Tuesday Jul 29

    An energy-efficient way to punish Putin

    For once Europe’s greens and securocrats can join forces — by reducing the EU’s dependence on imports of Russian gas

  • Tuesday Jul 29

    Pelosi binds Democrats, with assist from Republicans

    Her performance in fundraising — when her power is diminished and her party is struggling — is what makes her particularly impressive

  • Tuesday Jul 29

    Widodo needs world’s backing

    Democracy prevailed in Indonesia last week. Now leaders there and around the world must quickly get behind the country’s president-elect

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    Tuesday Jul 29

    China’s perilous tangle of military and economic fortunes

    Social and economic stresses could reveal the limits of Beijing’s ability to keep increasing military spending and it is here that the debates on the South and East China seas and the economy intersect

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    Tuesday Jul 29

    Obama grapples with the effects of disengagement

    His determination to gear down in Europe and Mideast guaranteed that US would not respond strategically to new opportunities or dangers

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    Tuesday Jul 29

    Chummy telegrams that could have prevented First World War

    A century after messages were exchanged between Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany, they are vivid reminders of the perils of crisis management and the wisdom of preventive diplomacy to resolve challenges like today’s territorial dispute in eastern Ukraine before they great powers are sucked into conflict

  • Tuesday Jul 29

    A glance at Israel’s blood-soaked history in Gaza

    Successive Israeli governments have tried extreme measures for decades, but failed

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    Tuesday Jul 29

    An immigration system that puts Britain first

    Closing bogus colleges, cutting benefits to jobless arrivals and limiting job advertisements abroad are some key measures

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    Sunday Jul 27

    Stand with Ukraine in its hour of need

    The US must consider imposing even tougher and wider-reaching sectoral sanctions on Moscow and Europe needs to follow the its lead

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