Stephen Lawrence: The legacy that lives on, the hope, the dreams of a better future Print E-mail
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By Shamik Das

 

Stephen Lawrence’s killers were today jailed for the racist murder of the 18-year-old 18 years ago. Gary Dobson has been jailed for a minimum 15 years and two months, David Norris has been jailed for a minimum 14 years and three months.

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Remembering Salmaan Taseer Print E-mail
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By Pervez Hoodbhoy

 

Governor Salmaan Taseer died at the hands of a religious fanatic on January 4 last year. Fearlessly championing a deeply unpopular cause, this brave man had sought to revisit the country’s blasphemy law which, as he saw it, was yet another means of intimidating Pakistan’s embattled religious minorities.

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No Union, please, we’re English Print E-mail
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By John Lloyd

 

 In France, it is les Anglais. In Germany, die Engländer. In Italy, gli Inglesi. In Russia, Anglichane. The peoples of the United Kingdom, for most other peoples, are habitually “English.”

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Where Labour should go in 2012 Print E-mail
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By Marcus Roberts

 

The problem with glass half full, glass half empty analyses is that its all too easy to sit on the fence agreeing with both. That’s how I felt reading Anthony Painter and Luke Akehurst on Labour’s year. I’m pretty happy with where the party is in terms of policy, organisation and Ed’s vision. But I worry about the politics (after all, I read the numbers like every other political geek) and I think we need to put it all together better. So here’s my thoughts on 2011 and some suggestions for where Labour should go in 2012.

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Pakistan faces flood threat, says study Print E-mail
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By Khaleeq Kiani

 

Pakistan has been warned of frequent floods of disastrous nature like the ones that battered the country in 2010 and 2011 in the Indus river owing to rapid glacier retreat and shifting of monsoonal zones by about 100 kilometres towards northwest regions.

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America, Israel, Iran: a shifting risk Print E-mail
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By Paul Rogers

 

A series of developments - in Iraq, the United States and Iran itself - nudges the balance of calculation towards an attack on Tehran. The additional danger is that this could happen by inadvertence.

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Sunday Times investigation unmasks EDL’s wealthy strategists Print E-mail
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By Jai

 

The Sunday Times have formally investigated the English Defence League’s backers and have confirmed that two key individuals in particular are involved. You can read the full article here. A few extracts:

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NGOs in Arab states Print E-mail
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By Brian Whitaker

 

Imagine you live in Saudi Arabia and want to start a discussion group with some friends. The only way to do it legally is to ask the king’s permission.

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Challenges ahead Print E-mail
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Having bid goodbye to a tumultuous 2011, Pakistanis will certainly be hoping for a less traumatic 2012. But that will depend on certain political, security and international factors which will shape the country`s future in the near-term. Start with domestic politics. From Senate elections to perhaps a general election, the year ahead offers real opportunities to nudge the transition to democracy ahead. Equally, the civil-military imbalance and fraught relations between the political government and the Supreme Court could stamp out the nascent democratic process yet again. Much will depend on how the PPP-led government responds to threats, real and perceived, and the strategy it adopts.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Print E-mail
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The Samosa will be taking a break over the Christmas period and will re commence early in the new year.  We would like to wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 
Out in the cold on Christmas day: The growing homelessness crisis Print E-mail
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By Rory Weal

 

Christmas is just three days away, but whilst most will be spending it in the warmth of their living room with their family, thousands of people, particularly young people, will be out on the street on Christmas Day, writes Rory Weal.

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Kim Jong-Il: leadership and legacy Print E-mail
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By Charles K Armstrong

 

The death of Kim Jong-Il, the 69-year-old leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), on 17 December 2011, invites assessment of his role in North Korea's modern history and the legacy he has bequeathed to his successor and to North Korea.

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Violence against women Print E-mail
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By Yaqoob Khan Bangash

 

November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, passed almost without a whimper in Pakistan. At a time when we are endlessly discussing the latest political gimmick, the absence of any airtime given to the large-scale lack of such a fundamental right — the protection of women against violence — is simply shameful. How can we discuss issues of national security and development, when we cannot even protect over half of our population?

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