Saturday, 23 June 2018

Opinion

After six chaotic months, can Trump save his presidency

Donald Trump’s first six months in the White House have been a riot of scandal, chaos and outrage that — absent a major course correction — could spell doom for his entire administration. All US presidents face crises that seem to sweep the White House from its moorings. Abraham Lincoln ...

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Panama leaks to fontgate

The Microsoft font Calibri could be an unlikely smoking gun in a corruption scandal which has mired Pakistan’s ruling family and captivated the country. The scandal centers around allegations that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family owns properties in London through offshore companies. And while owning property in itself is not ...

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US Alone At The G20

The sociable and self-assured President of the United States (US) Donald Trump cut an isolated figure at the G20 summit in Hamburg. In recent meetings with European leaders Donald Trump has been the central character. Before the Paris Climate Change meetings, he was disruptive and forceful – pushing the United ...

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Trump’s mistake in his meeting with Putin

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The first day of the G20 summit in Hamburg was notable for the attention given to Donald Trump’s first face-to-face meeting with Vladimir Putin and the ferocity of the day’s protests. It would be nice to think that the protesters were particularly irked by the sight of two autocratic, media-hating ...

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How Pakistan became world-beaters

Weren’t Pakistan in meltdown only 2 weeks ago? Yes, they were. As the differences in places go, they were in hell and now they are residing in a sporting Jannah (heaven). It’s been well documented how this team struggled to qualify for the Champions Trophy, were ranked No 8 – ...

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A healthier planet

World Oceans Day and World Environment Day fall within a few days of each other on 5 and 8 June respectively. Designated as special days by the United Nations, the two are intrinsically linked. Addressing the importance of both should be at the forefront of all our minds if we ...

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The Bombing at a Manchester Concert

The pink balloons, floating above the maelstrom of panicked concertgoers, are what struck me first. Images of innocence, bumping along above hordes of shrieking children, many of whom refused to release their balloons even as they fled the arena. Do you remember your first pop concert? That first time you ...

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Macron’s triumph in France, focus turns to challenges ahead

Emmanuel Macron won a resounding victory in the French presidential election but the focus shifted immediately on Monday to whether he can govern the country without the support of a traditional party. At 39, the pro-European Union (EU) former investment banker will become France’s youngest-ever president when he is inaugurated ...

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International Labour Day 2017

Many people have today begun questioning if the left-right political axis really exists and is a useful political divide in practical politics, notably where ‘left’ means socialist, even communist, and ‘right’ means conservative and capitalist, even ultra-conservative with fascist resemblance. I believe it is useful to consider these issues in ...

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