Opinion | Columnists

  • story 1
    Wednesday Nov 12

    Netanyahu must reshuffle cabinet or quit

    He should realise that there is a need to allow new, reasonable elements to join the Israeli government

  • story 2
    Wednesday Nov 12

    Russia bigger problem than Daesh for Obama

    An angry, nuclear-armed Moscow, intent on challenging American power, poses risks that the world is only beginning to understand

  • Wednesday Nov 12

    A ‘glimmer of hope’ for devastated Aleppo

    The initiative to freeze fighting in Aleppo and growing concerns about the situation in Palestine were the main focus of the region’s papers

  • Wednesday Nov 12

    If only life paid attention to us

    In order to pass safely in her pathways and alleys, we have to really care about her

  • story 5
    Wednesday Nov 12

    The need to delegitimise intolerance in Libya

    The West’s interference and insistence on the benefits of talking to extremists is one of the reasons why Libya is now spiralling out of control

  • story 6
    Wednesday Nov 12

    Ebola and the issue of inequality

    Good health is a blessing, but how countries structure their health-care system — and their society — makes a huge difference in terms of outcomes

  • story 7
    Wednesday Nov 12

    Challenges galore for new Afghan order

    In a functional democracy, elections have to have clear winners and losers, but in Afghanistan, victory did not mean winner-takes-all

  • story 8
    Wednesday Nov 12

    Wars of convenience in Syria

    There is a full-fledged conflict in the country that requires attention and while extremists in Daesh must and can be confronted, US credibility is on the line

  • story 9
    Tuesday Nov 11

    We cannot hide from pandemics

    Investing several billion dollars a year, less than 0.01% of global GDP, could be decisive in preventing tragedy on the scale of a world war

  • story 10
    Tuesday Nov 11

    Does Obama even know how to negotiate?

    It is a little late in the president’s career to learn the fine art of making deals with people who fundamentally disagree with him

  • story 11
    Tuesday Nov 11

    Cameron ought to drop the quota idea

    The British PM should make it clear that he sees freedom of movement as a core EU principle and ought to renounce the term ‘benefit tourism’

  • Tuesday Nov 11

    France’s winter of discontent

    The Brezhnevian intricacies of the tight circles of power in France are imperfectly understood by the population at large, but there’s a certain tone, a way of telling the public that you know what they want better than they do, to which the French have increasingly grown allergic

  • story 13
    Tuesday Nov 11

    Remembering the Wall and the War

    It was only a whim of the diary that made the two dates converge, where Germany remembered the end of that deadly ‘short’ century and the UK commemorated its beginning

  • story 14
    Tuesday Nov 11

    Arafat ensured media spotlight on Palestinians

    The torch of freedom, justice and resistance that was lit by him illuminates and inspires an expanding new generation of global citizens

  • story 15
    Tuesday Nov 11

    Iran negotiations may be US polls’ casualty

    If the P5+1 and the Iranians do reach a deal it will surely require the Americans to ease sanctions

  • story 16
    Monday Nov 10

    Putin vs West: A new ‘Cold War’

    The moot point is whether West has made friction with Moscow inevitable or is Russian resentment to blame

  • Monday Nov 10

    Sham polls will only worsen Ukraine crisis

    The plight of Ukraine in light of the disputed elections on November 2, continues to concern the international media even as Russian President Vladimir Putin blatantly displays his strong-arm tactics

  • story 18
    Monday Nov 10

    Hillary should be ready for the attacks

    How she prepares in the next few months may well determine how she overcomes the ugly moments

  • Monday Nov 10

    A resurgent China has compounded the crisis for Obama

    It is a fair guess that Beijing will be more assertive irrespective of who is in the White House since its aim is to become a global power

  • Monday Nov 10

    New approach to fight sex trafficking

    UAE’s fight has focused on prevention, prosecution, punishment, protection 
and promotion of global cooperation

  • story 21
    Monday Nov 10

    Space setbacks should strengthen our resolve

    A review and delay of space tourism programmes is not a bad thing for these spacecraft will carry humans who will have paid huge fares and spent much time training for such trips. Safety first, as they say

  • Monday Nov 10

    Al Sissi unfazed by Egypt’s challenges

    At times, the president must surely be feeling that he is running an obstacle course, but he is standing strong and tackling each obstacle head-on

  • story 23
    Monday Nov 10

    Israel’s final war on occupied Jerusalem

    It may sound parochial and naive, but the only way Al Aqsa Mosque can be saved is by Arab and Muslim leaders banding together and adopting a united stand

  • Sunday Nov 9

    A passport to privilege

    The Oxford thing matters, of course. But what matters much more is that I was born in England rather than Bangladesh or Uganda

  • story 25
    Sunday Nov 9

    Japan’s PM on reconnecting with China, trusting Obama

    He has also expressed faith in Washington’s determination to pursue the Trans-Pacific Partnership and its resolve to stand by Japan in the face of Beijing’s maritime aggression