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Mahir Ali

Curse of nationalism

Curse of nationalism

Most despots rely on nationalism to sustain themselves. Published Jul 26, 2017 01:43am
The rising son

The rising son

What will the rule of the next Saudi king mean for the region? Published Jul 19, 2017 06:43am
NON-FICTION: THE EAGER FUNDAMENTALIST

NON-FICTION: THE EAGER FUNDAMENTALIST

As incidents of violence in the name of religion grow in the West, an examination of what could be the root cause of it Updated Jul 17, 2017 04:30pm
Playground bullies

Playground bullies

One would hesitate to place Kim and Trump in the same room. Published Jul 12, 2017 07:23am
The general’s ghost

The general’s ghost

Bhutto’s biggest mistake was to induct Zia as army chief. Published Jul 05, 2017 06:58am
Electoral rebels

Electoral rebels

The sceptical media has lately taken to praising Corbyn. Published Jun 21, 2017 07:05am
Naughty Qatar

Naughty Qatar

The fact that it challenges Saudi hegemony may be seen as a positive. Published Jun 14, 2017 05:01am
Britain’s vote

Britain’s vote

What Corbyn lacks in charisma he makes up for in conviction. Published Jun 07, 2017 01:31am
Saluting Sgt Pepper

Saluting Sgt Pepper

This extraordinary album was released 50 years ago. Updated May 31, 2017 07:08am
Kingdom of woe

Kingdom of woe

There are few parallels to the kingdom’s distaste for human rights. Updated May 24, 2017 06:58am
Trump’s world

Trump’s world

The adjective ‘Nixonian’ has given Trump cause for concern. Published May 17, 2017 01:09am
The Irish model

The Irish model

The Irish law, however odd it may seem from a Western angle, would appear lame to many Muslim states. Updated May 10, 2017 03:33am
Baby steps

Baby steps

Trump described Kim Jong-un as a ‘smart cookie’. Published May 03, 2017 01:08am
French indecision

French indecision

The electoral map shows a divided France. Updated Apr 27, 2017 11:36am
A bit bolshie

A bit bolshie

‘Land, peace and bread’ were what the Russians aspired to. Published Apr 19, 2017 06:56am
Road to Damascus

Road to Damascus

Is it acceptable to slay civilians, including ‘beautiful children’? Published Apr 12, 2017 06:00am
A poet’s conscience

A poet’s conscience

Like Dylan, Yevtushenko was a voice of his generation. Published Apr 05, 2017 06:22am
Terror tactics

Terror tactics

The patent absurdity of IS contrasts with the IRA’s motivations. Published Mar 29, 2017 03:38am
Rock of ages

Rock of ages

Almost every rock guitarist owes a debt to Berry. Published Mar 22, 2017 07:18am
Turkish fright

Turkish fright

The Dutch elections and the Turkish referendum are the latest battlegrounds for far-right politics. Published Mar 15, 2017 07:03am