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Mahir Ali

Myanmar’s unpeople

Myanmar’s unpeople

Suu Kyi is not the only leader who can be accused of hypocrisy. Published Sep 13, 2017 04:39am
Monumental follies

Monumental follies

It is likely that Pyongyang’s statues will crumble one day. Published Sep 06, 2017 07:26am
Predatory gurus

Predatory gurus

The subcontinent holds its own in terms of gurus. Published Aug 30, 2017 01:02am
Going to extremes

Going to extremes

Enemies range from people of colour to ‘communists’. Published Aug 23, 2017 07:16am
Adios chavismo?

Adios chavismo?

Venezuela’s crisis isn’t exactly of Maduro’s making. Published Aug 16, 2017 07:07am
The 70-year itch

The 70-year itch

Pakistan’s trajectory was delineated long ago. Updated Aug 09, 2017 09:01am
West Wing nuts

West Wing nuts

Trump seems keen to follow in Nixon’s footsteps. Published Aug 02, 2017 02:08am
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