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  • What happened to Colin Kaepernick's message?

    It never ceases to amaze me how quickly important news stories fade away from the media only to be replaced by new events and happenings. Just a month ago, the National Football League of the US, better known as the NFL, dominated the news all over

  • America's grim reality of gun violence

    On the night of October 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock, from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas, sprayed bullets at 22,000 concertgoers, killing at least 59 people and injuring more than 500 in the deadliest mass shooting in US history.

  • The Weinstein effect

    When the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) Goodwill Ambassador Ashley Judd, detailed an incident involving the Hollywood

  • China embraces possibilities as Trump looks inward

    It's a bit strange to see Chinese president Xi Jinping, of all people, defending globalisation and economic liberalisation in the face of resistance from Donald Trump, the leader of the capitalistic world. But here we are, getting accustomed to a scenario that would have seemed impossible only a few years ago.

  • Asean and the 4th Industrial Revolution

    High on the agenda will be regional security amid the rising tide of terrorism. This takes Asean back to its roots, having been born as a politico-security pact during the Vietnam War in 1967.

  • The Middle East: It will only get worse

    As Saudi Arabia reels from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's crackdown on the kingdom's elite, indications are that the Saudi-Iranian proxy war is heating up.

  • Lord Balfour's Burden

    This year, our nation marks one hundred years of the Balfour Declaration. Lord Arthur Balfour was a British foreign secretary who decided to change the identity and fate of Palestine, a land that he did not own, by promising it to the Zionist movement, and dramatically altering the history of the Palestinian people.

  • Looking back at the Balfour Declaration

    To the Jews the Balfour Declaration was a landmark event and to the Arabs it was a bone of contention, a black chapter in the history of the world because it led to the fulfilment of the former's aspiration for a state and deprived the later from their ancestral home, Palestine and forced them to become refugees.

  • Saudi women gain access to stadiums: More questions than answers

    Saudi Arabia's decision to allow women to attend sporting events in three of the country's stadiums raises as many questions as it provide answers that go to the core of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's reforms and the kingdom's sports policy.

  • Putting democracy at the heart of our common future

    The theme of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM)—“Towards a Common Future”—was announced recently by British Prime Minister Theresa May on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly Meeting in New York.

  • Mounting illicit financial outflows from South

    Although quite selective, targeted, edited and carefully managed, last year's Panama Papers highlighted some problems associated with illicit financial flows, such as tax evasion and avoidance.

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    Prolonging the Rohingya crisis will work to China's disadvantage

    The Rohingya crisis, if not resolved soon, may haunt the entire Southeast Asian region. And China is a critical player in all this.

  • Crown Prince Salman’s vow to moderate Saudi Islam - Easier said than done

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's recent disavowal of the kingdom's founding religious ideology had a master's voice quality to it.

  • Activists and Gulf crisis turn Qatar into potential model of social change

    Potential Qatari moves to become the first Gulf state to effectively abolish the region's onerous kafala or labour sponsorship system, denounced as a form of modern slavery, could produce a rare World Cup that leaves a true legacy of social and economic change.

  • Why lessons from the 1997 Asian crisis were lost

    Various different, and sometimes contradictory, lessons have been drawn from the 1997–1998 East Asian crises. Rapid or V-shaped recoveries and renewed growth in most developing countries in the new century also served to postpone the urgency of far-reaching reforms.

  • Gulf crisis broadens definitions of food security

    Food security has taken on a new dimension almost five months into the Gulf crisis that pits a UAE-Saudi alliance against Qatar and for which there is no resolution in sight.

  • US withdrawal from UNESCO: Abandonment of principles

    A woman shopkeeper is standing on a plastic chair to avoid knee high swirling rainwater mixed with sewage. “I work with a women's cooperative selling products made by Palestinian women in my shop.

  • Kurdish battle positions Kurds as US ally against Iran

    There may be a silver but risky lining for Kurdish nationalists in their devastating loss of Kirkuk and other cities on the periphery of their semi-autonomous region as they lick their wounds and vent anger over deep-seated internal divisions that facilitated the Iranian-backed Iraqi blitzkrieg.

  • What does Bangladesh want from her friends?

    The ongoing ethnic cleansing of Rohingyas in Rakhine State by the military and security forces of Myanmar has caused over half a million of them to flee and take refuge in Bangladesh.

  • Crisis averted for now as Spanish PM has upper hand

    The decision of Catalonia's separatist leaders to delay their unilateral declaration of independence from Spain may have averted an immediate showdown between the regional government in the Catalonian capital Barcelona, and Spain's central government in Madrid.

  • US-Turkish visa spat: A fight for basic freedoms

    Moves by the United States and Turkey that largely ban travel of their nationals between the two countries are about more than two long-standing NATO allies having a spat amid shifting alliances in a volatile part of the world.

  • Theresa May and the future of negotiations

    Theresa May, the British Prime Minister (PM), is a tough cookie. She took charge on July 13, 2016 following the Brexit vote, and has since then steered UK through some very choppy waters.

  • Governance as farce: The antics of the Trump administration

    It's too early to tell whether history will be kind to the Donald Trump administration, but no one can doubt its rich, if unintended, contribution to comedy.

  • The white privilege of the “lone wolf” shooter

    On October 3, the United States experienced the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. At least 58 people were killed and over 500 more were wounded. No, that's not a typo: More than 500 people were injured in one single incident.

  • Do North Korea's nuclear tests violate international law?

    Owing to current affairs, I feel compelled to opine on the issue of North Korea's testing of nuclear bombs, or hydrogen bombs. Since I am unconcerned with which category of weapons North Korea tested, let us operate under the assumption that it was the earlier.

  • Women's driving: Saudi Prince Mohammed's litmus test

    Saudi Arabia's long-awaited lifting of a ban on women's driving, widely viewed as a symbol of Saudi misogyny, will likely serve as a litmus test for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's ability to introduce economic and social reforms despite conservative opposition.

  • Guardians of heritage

    This month the famed Afghan historian, Nancy Dupree, died in Kabul at the age of 89, after having dedicated her life to the preservation of Afghan culture.

  • Shaping Eurasia's future

    US President Donald J Trump's targeting of a two-year-old agreement curtailing Iran's ability to produce nuclear weapons could not only spark a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, but also tilt European-Chinese competition for domination of Eurasia's future energy infrastructure in China's favour.

  • Why I find it hard to watch Vietnam War documentaries

    US documentary filmmaker Ken Burns' 10-part, 18-hour documentary on the Vietnam War (made in association with Lynn Novick) is making waves here, as well as it should. Give Burns credit.

  • Effectiveness of trade embargoes

    North Korea (DPRK) presents an enigma and a challenge for the US and its allies. While DPRK is determined to improve its nuclear strike capability, the US has been working for many years to stop DPRK from acquiring nuclear weapons, or at least to slow down its nuclear programme.