The sun may have set on the British Empire, but imperial traditions still reign as was evident from Prime Minister Cameron’s refusal to return the Koh-i-Noor to India and the Elgin Marbles to Greece.
Barring some sort of an ‘October surprise,’ the likelihood of Obama’s re-election is marginally greater than Mitt Romney’s, says Mahir Ali, as he evaluates the two presidential candidates.
Egypt is beseiged by imponderables as the newly elected President, Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, tries to manoeuvre his way in a set-up where the army still calls the shots.
Pakistan’s relationship with Uncle Sam has nose-dived post-Chicago, but the empire and its attendant arms have always used a usually obsequious Pakistan for their own vested interests.
The late Gaddafi’s eccentricities and brutalities are universally acknowledged. But how did the once idealistic reformer evolve into an iron-fisted megalomaniac?
Statehood for Palestine would have transformed the occupied territories into an occupied state that could have sought international assistance to liberate itself.
If Britain does not pay heed to the lessons of its periodic paroxysms of violence, the unrest that is deeply embedded in its political economy will reignite at some point.
More newspapers will likely be released from the mogul’s grip, while his television stations remain. Whatever goes, though, will be greeted with the slogan: “Good riddance!”
What makes men in positions of power resort to sexual indiscretions repeatedly, risking their careers and their reputations?
The ongoing transformation in the Arab world is being viewed with trepidation by the US and Israel as democratic governments could prove to be tougher opponents than their unrepresentative rulers.