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The CAR is crashing

The Central African Republic remains dysfunctional.

An Afghan milestone

Afghanistan’s problems go beyond fraught geopolitics.

Back to the future?

Egypt has embarked on a journey of repression.

Crimea and punishment

Poor handling has exacerbated the Ukrainian crisis.

UK’s eternal dissident

Benn knew the value of extra-parliamentary initiatives.

War against coal

“THE history of all hitherto existing society,” Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels declared in The Communist...

Chavismo after Chavez

A YEAR after Hugo Chavez lost his battle against cancer, his legacy continues to be contested on the streets of...

The Maidan decides

THE sudden downfall and disappearance of Viktor Yanukovych late last week served as a kind of climax in the ...

Putin’s games

NOT long ago, the former world chess champion Garry Kasparov compared Sochi 2014 with Berlin 1936, declaring that...

The four musketeers

ALL these decades later, it is still a little hard to make sense of it: why, 50 years ago this month, did America...

A voice of America

MY first lesson in the American civil rights movement came courtesy of an album I picked out of my mother’s...

Road map to Damascus

IT is hard not to sympathise with Lakhdar Brahimi, the Algerian diplomat entrusted with the impossibly tricky task ...

Lenin’s imprint

IN a year marking the centenary of the outbreak of a landmark European conflict that profoundly shaped the 20th...

Back to Fallujah

ONE can only wonder whether there was an element of déjà vu involved in this week’s urgent despatch of armaments...

Ring in the new, old

THERE is a poignant moment in Shakespeare’s Scottish play where Macbeth, the blood on his hands still fresh,...

Making a meal of it

WHILE growing up in Lahore a long, long time ago, eating out with the family usually entailed a choice between ...

House of Kim

“DESPICABLE human scum” is not an altogether unusual turn of phrase in the context of official pronouncements...

Under the halo, a militant red?

BACK when the groundswell for Nelson Mandela’s freedom from incarceration began gathering momentum across the West...

Haunted still by the ghost of JFK

IT has lately been all but impossible to peruse more or less any American news website without encountering some ...

Chile geared for change

IT is not particularly surprising that Michelle Bachelet, who served as the president of Chile from 2006 to 2010, is...


A reign of fear

Auction mania

Two sides of one coin

New status for TTP?


Too much for too little

The name of the game

Roles reversed

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