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  • Friday Jul 25

    Propaganda machinery that would beat Goebbels

    Like Nazi officials, Israelis are master manipulators of language, adept at turning words upside down to establish innumerable falsehoods

  • Friday Jul 25

    Time for a Cold War lesson in deterrence

    Politicians, particularly in Europe, sedated by hopes of a world organised around global collaboration, will have to wake up to the dynamics of great-power rivalry

  • Friday Jul 25

    It’s all in the jeans

    Of course, those months of yearning and saving and then getting what we wanted told on our psyches

  • Friday Jul 25

    Europe must learn to deal with Moscow on its own

    Given America’s conspicuous absence at the sendoff of MH17 crash victims from Kharkiv, an uneasy truth has become apparent: In diplomatic and military terms, Europe has ceased to be special in Washington

  • Friday Jul 25

    I am from India’s northeast ... but I’m not Mowgli!

    While ‘mainstream India’ has little exposure to northeast, people from the ‘remote’ region also need to make adjustments to local realities

  • Friday Jul 25

    Xi steals a march over Modi

    India is excruciatingly aware that a Shanghai-based Brics Development Bank, mostly capitalised by China, is bound to give Beijing far greater leverage in choosing which projects to fund and which to keep on hold

  • Thursday Jul 24

    Every single Palestinian has become a target

    Recent Israeli attacks on sewage and electricity plants as well as water lines are further proof that it is not acting in self-defence

  • Thursday Jul 24

    Why all those children are immigrating alone

    Children of poor parents are making the perilious journey towards the US in search of the American Dream

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    Thursday Jul 24

    Shocking failure to rescue the girls

    Nigerians are furious at their government’s inability to bring back the abducted schoolgirls more than 100 days after the incident

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    Thursday Jul 24

    US spying is galling to Germany

    The sensible thing for Washington to do will be to impose voluntary limits on its intelligence activities against one of its most valuable allies in Europe, especially when they have proved so counterproductive once exposed

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    Thursday Jul 24

    Al Houthis look to change the discourse

    While it may be difficult not to accuse the group of wanting to gain ultimate control of Yemen, its leaders and members have stated clearly that they neither want separation from the rest of the nation nor do they seek independence but are keen on regional autonomy

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    Thursday Jul 24

    The Gallic heart of Europe

    France should not be afraid to exchange some of its sovereignty for political union in Europe

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    Wednesday Jul 23

    Political leaders in Iran and US want nuclear deal to work

    Both Ashton and Zarif say they are determined to reach agreement at the earliest possible moment

  • Wednesday Jul 23

    ‘Houston, we’ve got a leadership problem!’

    We now live in a very predictable world in which no earth-shattering geopolitical dangers exist. Yet, all of us pretend that we are fighting open-ended wars

  • Wednesday Jul 23

    World urgently needs an anti-corruption court

    An IACC would provide an effective forum for enforcement of laws criminalising grand corruption that exist in virtually every country

  • Wednesday Jul 23

    ‘This is no time to remain silent’

    Continued Israeli aggression in Gaza, possible EU sanctions on Russia over the downing of the Malaysia Airlines plane and the Isil’s ultimatum to Christians in Mosul dominated headlines in regional media

  • Wednesday Jul 23

    Is fastidiousness cousin to forgetfulness?

    While my approach had a sort of method to it, my pal Krishna went about things with haphazard instinct

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    Wednesday Jul 23

    My British identity is in Scotland’s hands

    The independence vote has rightly nothing to do with the English, but I hope the Scottish vote ‘no’ — Britishness is too important

  • Wednesday Jul 23

    Heartbreaking and deplorable

    Amid continued Israeli atrocities in Gaza and US inaction to punish the perpetrators, Palestinians are left battling an intolerable existence

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    Wednesday Jul 23

    Fighting the trauma of debt

    UAE needs to engage in more innovative solutions to managing personal debt and ensuring that murder-suicides are put to rest

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    Wednesday Jul 23

    How ‘health’ became an unhealthy obsession

    For some people, worrying about being well can actually lead to health problems. Health anxiety — the new term for hypochondria — is also on the increase

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    Wednesday Jul 23

    Putin’s chance to save face

    The Russian leader hates being lectured and a change of tack could perhaps persuade him to disown the rag-tag Ukraine rebels

  • Tuesday Jul 22

    Making a travesty of women’s security

    Callousness of the police and a couldn’t-care-less attitude of the administration in India’s most populous state have left everyone shocked

  • Tuesday Jul 22

    Chinese reform key to Brics’ success

    The financial crisis of 2008 was the first sign that the East’s own era of irrational exuberance could not last. The political and economic challenges before the bloc have multiplied since then

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    Tuesday Jul 22

    Who could be Hillary’s Democratic challenger?

    Some Democrats run to promote a cause or a set of beliefs. Others run because timing dictates they have to. Still others run in the hope of improving 
their chances of either winding up on the ticket alongside Clinton or with a prominent spot in her administration

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