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Mahir Ali

Can Afghans be ever free of the Taliban? Don’t hold your breath

The latter condition could pose immediate problems, and not just because of the antipathy between the two sides.

27 Feb 2020 1:41 AM

China sneezes: How soon will the world catch a cold?

Economically, whatever happens in China reverberates across the world. It is the global manufacturing hub.

21 Feb 2020 2:40 AM

Why, for the Democrats, Bernie clearly is the best bet

The evaluation of Sanders still rings true 20 years later, unlike the author of those words, who has dived headlong into that cesspool.

13 Feb 2020 5:42 AM

Trump’s peace ‘deal of century’: But the outrage seems missing

The irrepressible Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy has a somewhat different take on the matter.

06 Feb 2020 1:56 AM

Jair’s repertoire: Racism, misogyny, climate change

Bolsonaro’s penchant for crudity is reminiscent of Rodrigo Duterte, but he wears with pride the tag ‘Trump of the Tropics’.

30 Jan 2020 4:21 AM

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World is drifting down a slippery slope that leads to ghosts of Hitler, Stalin

The sounds of war had by then resonated for weeks, reviving the optimism of inmates who had abandoned hope long ago.

24 Jan 2020 1:52 AM

Australia aflame: Doing nothing is consent for doom

The truth was leaked even before fellow Australian tourists in Hawaii had the chance to tweet selfies with a grinning prime minister.

17 Jan 2020 1:09 AM

Trump’s call for dance of death in Middle East should go unrewarded

The general is routinely described in the Western media as a shadowy figure, but in recent decades he had operated fairly openly.

09 Jan 2020 1:15 AM

As 2020 dawns, a better world is implausible, not impossible

The Occupy Wall Street movement inspired copycat protests in several countries.

03 Jan 2020 12:27 AM

Will impeachment of Trump aid Democrats in 2020 elections?

The impeachment proceedings were a long time coming, mainly because many Democrats believed that Mr Trump would welcome the challenge.

20 Dec 2019 1:34 AM

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‘Spectre of Corbynism’ was in essence a conspiracy

The fact that they are led by a mendacious monstrosity doesn’t seem to matter.

12 Dec 2019 1:16 AM

Season of revolts across the world is likely to continue

Iranian symbols have come under attack, and the myth of Tehran’s mystical hold over Iraqi Shias has demonstrably been shattered.

05 Dec 2019 7:35 AM

Heirs & spares: Time to retire lese-majesté, other privileges

Commendably, lese-majesté is not a crime in Britain.

29 Nov 2019 2:21 AM

Hong Kong’s authorities have dug themselves a hole and there’s no way out

The authorities declared that the protesters holed up on the campus, most of them students, had no option other than to surrender.

21 Nov 2019 2:30 AM

After the coup, future unclear: Will Bolivia head for polls?

The kind of bluster associated with Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez was seemingly alien to his nature.

15 Nov 2019 7:00 AM

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Thirty years after fall of Berlin Wall, democracy in Europe is in danger

Inevitably, this has consequences, both within nation states and in the wider European context.

07 Nov 2019 4:10 AM

Good riddance to ‘Caliph’, but no need to take Trump seriously

The US congressional Democratic leadership, meanwhile, is livid that it was even further out of the loop than Moscow.

31 Oct 2019 12:00 AM

Lessons from Lebanon, Chile: Hard to tell the last straw

The lingua franca of the neoliberal upper crust, however, ‘reform’ all too often implies measures that target the poor at the expense of the rich.

24 Oct 2019 7:32 AM

Better not trust capitalists, sign up for ‘green army’ instead

The Thunberg pater familias was correct in identifying such words as potentially problematic.

18 Oct 2019 1:19 AM

Trump’s tweet not out of line with US role in Middle East

Most of the critics tend to ignore the fact that historically America’s reputation as an unreliable ally is well established.

10 Oct 2019 12:00 AM

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