Opinion | Columnists

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    Saturday Nov 1

    Only a temporary reprieve for Sharif

    Qadri or Imran may or may not succeed in bringing down the ruling structure, but it is more important to recognise where the discontent is stemming from

  • story 2
    Saturday Nov 1

    Pakistan PM’s recent US trip comes under question

    There are many Pakistanis who reject the current set of leadership as being corrupt and self-serving

  • story 3
    Saturday Nov 1

    Recognising UAE’s energy leadership

    We stand prepared to share the knowledge and experience that has enabled us to establish and enhance our expertise in the field

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    Saturday Nov 1

    To predict the future, look to the past

    It should not be taken for granted that what we are witnessing today in the Arab world will continue as it is

  • Friday Oct 31

    Resurrecting the Sardar Patel legacy

    While the resurrection of India’s ‘Iron Man’ is commendable and a certain degree of political jostling is inevitable, it will be misleading to reduce the legacy of the Sardar to an insular, right-wing Hindu template

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    Friday Oct 31

    The Republicans: Over-reaching and underscoring

    Thanks in no small part to their policies, with each election cycle the Republican party needs to get more votes from fewer voters

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    Friday Oct 31

    The Daesh phenomenon, East or West

    In the end, the geography of our shared human soul is imbued with the same bent for wanton violence

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    Friday Oct 31

    Democrats will be wise not to shun Obama

    The idea that the US president has become an albatross around the necks of his party candidates is true only so far as midterm elections go

  • Friday Oct 31

    Too early to celebrate a Republican win

    Democrats still believe history is on their side. It is part of being progressive and being backed up by demographic trends

  • Friday Oct 31

    When ignorance is bliss

    I relied solely on hazy memory, vague general knowledge and a few snippets here and there from others who had visited the places we were going to

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    Friday Oct 31

    France needs a true statesman

    For 2017, Hollande looks like he has been ambushed and Le Pen is in fine fettle, but the field is still unimpressive

  • story 12
    Friday Oct 31

    Gujarat riots will continue to haunt Modi

    It will be interesting to probe whether the 2002 pogrom against Muslims in Gujarat forced a radical like Asim Umar into the Al Qaida fold

  • story 13
    Thursday Oct 30

    Putin can’t head any anti-US world order

    While stating that Russia doesn’t want to be a superpower, the president has tried to claim moral leadership. The only problem is that he is too bankrupt on that score to offer any meaningful alternative

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    Thursday Oct 30

    Afghanistan: British Army’s last hurrah?

    As combat operations in Helmand province are brought quietly to a close, one can’t seem to escape that undeniable feeling that the mission marks the end of military interventions for the former empire

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    Thursday Oct 30

    Indonesia’s Jokowi can outdo Obama

    He is the first directly elected president to take the keys of power from a democratically chosen predecessor since the fall of dictator Suharto

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    Thursday Oct 30

    The ultimate fate of Iran nuclear talks

    Once a deal is reached, the US and Iran still must sell the agreement to their respective centres of power as a victory. Washington must convince Congress that the deal will not allow the Islamic Republic to be a threshold nuclear state while Iran’s conservatives must be satisfied that their nation has not made concessions on the nuclear issue

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    Thursday Oct 30

    Al Abadi has a tough task of saving Iraq

    Premier’s efforts to override sectarian governance are sure to face fierce resistance from extremists on both sides

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    Thursday Oct 30

    Northeast Asia’s home fires burning

    With Abe, Park and Xi facing daunting domestic challenges, a rare convergence of self and national interests may create an opportunity for improved relations

  • story 19
    Thursday Oct 30

    A new era of politics dawns in Tunisia

    It is expected that Al Sebsi and his Nida Tunis party will soon set about forming a stable coalition government

  • story 20
    Wednesday Oct 29

    Tunisians voted for reforms, not revolution

    While a lot still needs to be done, the world ought to applaud Tunisians for articulating a clear alternative and openly rejecting bloodshed

  • story 21
    Wednesday Oct 29

    Confessions of a white Oxbridge male

    Given the podium, many from the breed feel a responsibility to lament their own power, but it is hard to feel this viscerally

  • story 22
    Wednesday Oct 29

    Dubai uses its position as a global hub to promote Islamic economy

    Common standards for Islamic finance would greatly increase cross-border liquidity and boost stability

  • story 23
    Wednesday Oct 29

    Tunisia establishing first true Arab democracy

    Nation votes in historic democratic elections to set up parliament whose main task is to write a new constitution within one year

  • story 24
    Wednesday Oct 29

    America’s epidemic of fear over Ebola

    In the United States, the only patient to die so far didn’t receive treatment initially when he reported symptoms of the disease

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    Wednesday Oct 29

    Daesh narrative one of feeding the beast

    It appears to be an old story of double-cross and inventing monsters that follows the golden rule in conflicts which states that if you want to eliminate an enemy, create another one more extreme than him


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