Breakthrough in Mumbai: India, Pakistan agree to trade concessions Print E-mail
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By Aditi Phadnis & Kashif Hussain

 

The commerce ministers of India and Pakistan appear to have made significant breakthroughs in easing restrictions on trade between the two countries, with New Delhi expected to withdraw its objections to European Union trade concessions to Pakistan and Islamabad expected to reduce tariffs on imports of Indian goods.

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New Documentary Forms: Tate Modern Print E-mail
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By Zehra Naqvi

 

'With photography, however we encounter something new and strange: in Hill's Newhaven fishwife, her eyes cast down in such indolent seductive modesty, there remains something that goes beyond testimony to the photographer's art, something that cannot be silenced, that fills you with an unruly desire to know what her name was, the woman who was alive there, who even now is still real and will never consent to be wholly absorbed in art.'  -Walter Benjamin.

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Wake up, Tories! Ed Miliband has redefined the future of politics Print E-mail
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By Peter Oborne

 

As the conference season draws to a close, we re-publish Peter Oborne's reflections on the Labour leader's ambition to forge a new politics for post-crash Britain. It is a plea for pluralism, in a terrifying time of great challenges: for the right to listen to the left. We run it alongside Gerry Hassan's call for the left to engage with Tory ideas

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A lesson from Delhi for Boris Print E-mail
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By Navin Shah AM

 

The Delhi Metro has become the first rail system in the world to earn ‘carbon credits’ under a United Nations scheme. The credits were given by the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which gives firms in developing countries an incentive to cut greenhouse gases.

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What the Conservatives need to achieve in Manchester this week Print E-mail
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ConservativeHome contributors look forward to the week in Manchester.

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In Heera Mandi, a school changes lives Print E-mail
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By Farahnaz Zahidi Moazzam

 

“I want to be a doctor. That is my ultimate dream and God willing I will be one day,” says Zainab (name changed), a resident of Lahore’s red light area, Heera Mandi.

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Will the Israelis listen to the clock ticking? Print E-mail
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By Rubin Dubin

 

In this eventful month of September, the Israeli (Arab) spring has to decide: where does it stand, first and foremost, in regard to Palestine, but also in regard to Turkey and Egypt.

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Exploring the realtionship between Pakistan and Britain Print E-mail
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The RSA, Samosa and City University London present a series of four events exploring the complex and intimate relationships between Pakistan, Britain and the Pakistani diaspora in the UK.  Pakistan is a young country with an old history. In the last year alone it has had to contend with floods, assassinations, attacks on minority communities, the revelation Osama Bin Laden had been living there, terrorist attacks and the conflict in neighbouring Afghanistan. What is the future for modern Pakistan, and what can the diaspora networks in the UK do to support it?

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Social media: Good, bad and the ugly Print E-mail
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By Raza Rumi

 

Despite the threats and risks, the Internet has provided a useful platform for people-to-people contacts. It has also facilitated issue-based engagement among South Asians and is likely to generate a more realistic understanding of the bitter rivals that are India and Pakistan.

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Haqqanis have no bases in Pakistan, say Taliban Print E-mail
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The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday attacked US allegations that Pakistan supported the Haqqani network as a plot to undermine the militant unity. After a spectacular assault on the US embassy and Nato headquarters in Kabul in mid-September, senior US officials openly accused Pakistan’s intelligence agency of ties to the Haqqani group.

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EDL exposed in damning academic report Print E-mail
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By Jai

As recently highlighted by The Guardian, the ugly reality of the English Defence League has been exposed in a newly-published report by Dr Matthew Feldman and Dr Paul Jackson at Northampton University’s Radicalism and New Media Research Group. The report was formally released during a major international conference recently hosted by the RNM; it is based on extensive independent research and is a truly brilliant analysis of all aspects of the EDL. The results are damning to say the least.

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Miliband’s speech: Press reaction Print E-mail
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By Alex Hern

 

Ed Miliband has just finished his second speech as Labour Party leader, and the reaction from the press is mixed.

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Pakistani diaspora is the world's 7th largest Print E-mail
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By Riaz Haq

 

Nearly 5 million Pakistani emigrants make up the world's 7th largest disapora, according to the World Bank Factbook 2011. Adding the foreign-born children of these Pakistani emigres to the tally pushes the total figure up to about 7 million.

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