Friday, 18 January 2019

Opinion

Cutting Off Pakistan, U.S. Takes Gamble in Complex Afghan War

Afghan officials have pleaded with three American presidents to reconsider their support for Pakistan, which was both receiving billions of dollars in American aid and harboring the leaders of a Taliban insurgency that the United States has struggled to defeat. But when President Trump suspended nearly all American security aid ...

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Our drinking culture is a national disgrace

It may astound native Brits to know that most humans around the world do not get tanked up or legless on New Year’s Eve, or Thanksgiving, or Eid or Diwali or Baisakhi (the Sikh celebration) or Hanukkah, or weddings or baby-welcoming ceremonies, or indeed on any weekend night. It really ...

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A sense of perspective brings Christmas cheer

If you were to assess the happiness of the nation based on news headlines, you’d be in for a gloomy picture. Brexit scare stories, low productivity, terrorist attacks, and continuous political upheavals have dominated the front pages this year. Looking abroad, we’ve seen natural disasters, violence, and even the threat ...

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Trump’s siege of Jerusalem

Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem has raised eyebrows in the political circles of the world. Jerusalem has been the primary source of tension between Israel and the Muslim World. Israel occupied the Palestinian majority East Jerusalem after the 1967 war. United Nations does not recognise Jerusalem as the sole capital of ...

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Sadiq Khan’s Pakistan visit

The first Muslim mayor of London – Sadiq Khan – is visiting Pakistan. The visit of the London mayor is significant for several reasons. It is a part of his #LondonIsOpen tour which aims to promote the UK as a business, education and cultural hub following the Brexit decision. The ...

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Talk to your kids about online safety

In one week in October – nearly 200 suspected paedophiles were arrested – with a third of cases involving streaming, grooming and blackmail. To help parents protect their children against the threat, the NCA and National Police Chiefs’ Council are launching a new campaign today encouraging parents to talk to ...

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Time for web reforms

Social media platforms like facebook and twitter are heading for a fall. What they have effectively created is a virtual ‘Wild West’, in which anything goes and never mind about the morals. So, videos showing people getting their heads chopped off are easy to find, revenge porn is tolerated, extremist ...

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Mugabe’s Exit

The fall from power of Zimbabwe’s 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe would be well worth celebrating – were it not for the manner of his exit and the danger it presents for his woefully mismanaged country. Over the course of nearly four decades, Mugabe has brought what should have been one ...

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Trump Asia tour

When a president who boasted he could shoot someone in central New York and still get elected meets another president who boasts he has actually killed people, and remains popular and in office, you know not to expect much on human rights. And so it proved in the much-anticipated meeting ...

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Can India’s New Representative in Kashmir Defuse Tensions?

October is usually high tourist season in Indian Kashmir, but Imran Dar, who takes visitors for a boat ride in the famous Dal Lake, returned home empty handed on many days last month. That is no surprise. Wracked with renewed unrest in the past 18 months, the number of visitors ...

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