Opinion | Columnists

  • Monday Nov 17

    The tough neighbourhood is getting tougher

    Regional meddling and global intervention have never been benign. They are self-serving and bring in more misery to the people in the region

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    Monday Nov 17

    Cameron’s rhetoric is hardly convincing

    British PM’s threats are producing no tangible results apart from animosity from EU counterparts

  • Monday Nov 17

    Engagement rather than alienation

    The G20 summit that concluded in Brisbane made headlines for various reasons, including Russian President Vladimir Putin’s pugilistic stance, but the international media is more keen on knowing what the summit will achieve with its true agenda — economic reforms in a world that sorely needs them

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    Monday Nov 17

    GCC must manage smart cities of tomorrow

    It is very crucial for the Gulf states to manage this urban growth in a smart and sustainable manner to prevent unplanned, unsustainable and chaotic development

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    Monday Nov 17

    Ukraine has ignored the far right for too long

    The indifference of officials and mainstream opinion to the election of far-right MPs is hugely worrying

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    Sunday Nov 16

    Ankara tries to recast war on terror

    Turkey’s leaders view Daesh as a tool to bring down the government of Bashar Al Assad

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    Sunday Nov 16

    Germans prefer to change the subject

    But now Merkel and her Cabinet are caught in an odd trap in they have to take the bull by the horns

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    Sunday Nov 16

    Satyarthi won’t let award cramp his style

    Nobel laureate reiterates that there are 140 million working children in India, including 55 million 
trapped in child slavery — damning statistics for a nation demanding Security Council membership

  • Sunday Nov 16

    A population control policy stuck in the past

    India’s fertility rate has dropped sharply. But that is mainly a result of social and economic progress, rather than mass sterilisations

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    Sunday Nov 16

    One botched landing for a robot, one giant leap for mankind

    Though the mission is not going as planned, history tells us we will be back, and doing it better very soon

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    Saturday Nov 15

    So much for American isolationism

    Even though the public still yearns for fewer wars, there is at least one big exception: They want a robust response to terrorist attacks against the US

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    Saturday Nov 15

    BJP-Congress tension will hurt reforms

    Even in normal times, Indian politicians tend to oppose when sitting in the opposition benches what they supported when in power

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    Saturday Nov 15

    9 ways foreign policy will dominate the lame-duck Congress

    The offensive against Daesh, the nuclear deal with Iran, Ebola and the Ukraine conflict are among the top legislative issues retiring or defeated lawmakers have to deal with before Republicans take over in January. However, what’s not certain is whether these issues will be debated — let alone passed — before then

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    Saturday Nov 15

    Mutual distrust poisoning Pakistan-Afghan relationship

    Only Islamabad is well-positioned to assist Kabul navigate the post-war period and both nations need to press the reset button going forward

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    Saturday Nov 15

    GCC needs to present a united front

    The times and circumstances do not allow for differences to take centre-stage. The challenges are not far; they are here

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    Saturday Nov 15

    Extremism is a sullied philosophy

    The Saudi government and people of the country are partners in their determination to stamp out the evil of extremism from their midst

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    Saturday Nov 15

    The politics of UN leadership

    In 2016, the smart money will be on an East European candidate acceptable to the P-5, particularly Russia

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    Friday Nov 14

    Abe ‘2.0’: Man on a blind date

    Most voters remain wary of his ambition to revise Japan’s constitution, particularly when it comes to jettisoning the pacifist Article Nine

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    Friday Nov 14

    Iraq premier Abadi walks a tightrope

    Limited air support from the US-led coalition has not altered power equations on the ground and for Iraq, it is as much a fight against Daesh as it is against sectarianism and corruption

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    Friday Nov 14

    Hoodwinked again in Yangon?

    Impact of Obama’s latest visit to the country is as negligible as the one two years ago

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    Friday Nov 14

    Gorbachev is wrong about a new Cold War

    The facts of geopolitics demand that the West continue to do business with Putin not least in negotiating with Iran

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    Friday Nov 14

    Century’s most significant agreement

    The US-China agreement on climate change is the real deal and illustrates the real function of events like G20

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    Friday Nov 14

    New light on origins of life

    As the probe Philae successfully touched down on comet 67P, human kind completed one of its most significant journeys that has taken just over 10 years, covering a distance of four billion miles

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    Thursday Nov 13

    Misguided wars have hurt Britain

    Persistent unease about the legitimacy of military action in Iraq and Afghanistan has left a toxic political legacy

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    Thursday Nov 13

    Change in Tunisia can impact Libya

    Though Tunisian Islamists may be part of the government in a coalition, they will no longer have an upper hand in running the country