Shocked, dismayed, but not surprised Print E-mail
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By Anwar Akhtar

 

I was, like everyone, shocked by the attacks on the Twin Towers on 9/11 - the sheer barbarity, awful scenes of destruction and of so many people dying violent and horrific deaths.  I knew immediately this would have huge consequences, such a destructive act against American citizens on American soil.  I recall the many instant comparisons made with Pearl Harbor and fearing who would be cast in the role of Japan.

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The state in South Asia Print E-mail
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By Shahid Javed Burki
 

There are many political forces in the West — mostly in the Anglo-Saxon world — that are posing serious questions about the role of the state. How big should it be; what should be its functions; how much space should it surrender to the private sector? Should some of the functions the federal government in the United States has acquired be the responsibility of the state governments? 

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9/11: the memory of violence Print E-mail
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By Madawi Al-Rasheed

 

The atrocity of 11 September 2001 entrenched an imaginary polarisation between “the west and the rest” - and buried a deeper reality that is only now emerging to light, says Madawi al-Rasheed.

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A New Kid Emerges on the Anti Muslim Blogger Block Print E-mail
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By Anwar Akhtar

 

I confess, I’ve enjoyed reading some Telegraph Blogs recently. There’s the ever enjoyable histrionics of James Delingpole, determined to take the crown from Melanie Philips as most frothing media shock jock. Melanie will not relinquish her title without a fight, but the best of British, James. With arguments that Wind farms, Guardian readers and multi culturalism led to the global economic meltdown you’re making a sterling effort!

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With every passing day the Liberal Democrats are dragging the Coalition further away from the Conservative manifesto Print E-mail
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By Tim Montgomerie

Who's right about the Coalition? Has David 'Vinnie Jones' Cameron got Nick 'Paul Gascoigne' Clegg by the balls, as Banksy suggests? Or, as The Spectator argues this morning, is it the Liberal Democrat leader who is pouring paint over the Conservative leader?

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Democracy, middle class and ‘momentary’ movements Print E-mail
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By Arifa Noor

 

Street power is the new political black. But in this era, it is not the unwashed masses that have taken to the streets but the well educated and much showered. It’s not just the Middle East that is witnessing this. Across the border in India, society has been overwhelmed by the anti-corruption drive led by a seventy four year old, Anna Hazare.

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Top Ten Myths about the Libya War Print E-mail
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By Juan Cole

 

The Libyan Revolution has largely succeeded, and this is a moment of celebration, not only for Libyans but for a youth generation in the Arab world that has pursued a political opening across the region. The secret of the uprising’s final days of success lay in a popular revolt in the working-class districts of the capital, which did most of the hard work of throwing off the rule of secret police and military cliques.

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EDL: They shall not pass Print E-mail
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By Rachael Saunders

 

Writing last night in the wake of the EDL demonstration in Tower Hamlets, local councillor Rachael Saunders says that politicians have to be able to keep people safe.

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Airing dirty lingerie, Pakistani style Print E-mail
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By Themrise Khan

 

An item on the agenda of a 3-day annual celebration of South Asian culture in downtown Toronto, Canada, instinctively caught my eye. With a title like ‘Dirty Pakistani Lingerie’, how could it not?

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New report justifies aid to India and other Middle income countries Print E-mail
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By Gareth Thomas MP

 

A recent report (pdf) has highlighted the need for aid to be maintained to Middle Income Countries (MICs), in spite of economic difficulties in the United Kingdom and other donor nations. The report, authored by the Overseas Development Institute, argues that aid to Middle Income Countries plays a vital role in assisting the world’s poorest people.

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The difference between Karachi and the Tribal Areas Print E-mail
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By Ahsan Butt

 

Without being too presumptuous, it’s fair to say that most readers of this blog share my belief that sending the Army into Karachi to quell the violence there would be absolutely disastrous. Furthermore, it’s also perhaps fair to say that most readers of this blog believe, as I do, that the military’s heavy-handedness in Balochistan is pernicious, counter-productive and dumb. And going back in history, it’s also perhaps fair to say that most readers of this blog look upon our military’s actions in Bengal in 1971 with a mixture of shame, disgust and embarrassment, as I do.

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Macbeth: review Print E-mail
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By Shiroma Silva

 

“Fair is foul and foul is fair: hover through the fog and filthy air” – ominous utterances usually spat out through the mouths of evil women instead emerge from the lips of babes. Because in Michael Boyd’s new production of the doomed play, the vile trio is not played by the conventional witches, but by angelic looking Victorian chimney sweep children who descend onto stage on harnesses to deliver their eerie message. It’s all part of Boyd’s brave staging in the first production on the RST’s newly transformed stage in Stratford, where an original use of set and 3 dimensional space breathes life into a well-worn play, adding an intrigue to this sombre affair that keeps the audience onside.

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The Shattered Window Print E-mail
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By Emanuelle Degli Esposti

 

For almost the entire month of July, the city of London held host to its first ever festival of Arab culture – aptly named “Shubbak”, or “window” – a rare and timely opportunity to gain an insight into the people and places of the Arab world. Over the course of three weeks, this global city was transformed into a cultural melting pot as it gave voice to everything and anything Arab.

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