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    Stop ignoring Yemen

    Earlier this year, I left my home in Yemen to try to tell the world the story of a collapsing and suffering country, a story that largely has been ign... Read More

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    Fifth column: The Bijbehara massacre

    Twenty-four years ago, on the 22nd of October, 1993, Bijbehara, my hometown, was struck by a vicious massacre that killed scores of peaceful protester... Read More

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    Positive signs

    It has been said more than once that the only ‘peace’ Israeli Prime Murderer Benjamin Netanyahu wants with the Palestinian people is a gre... Read More

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    Abuse of power

    Barely a month after President Donald Trump announced plans to deepen and extend the now 16-year-old U.S. war in Afghanistan, reports surfaced of plan... Read More

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    Poverty and economic policies: Part - I

    In 1992, the UN declared October 17 as the International Day to Eradicate Poverty. Since then, on this day governments around the world pledge to redu... Read More

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    Raising the ghosts of Ayodhya

    The more things change for the BJP and its Parivar, the more they remain the same. When in doubt or facing the slightest rough weather, it reverts to ... Read More

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    Genocide in Myanmar

    It is only in recent weeks that the word ‘Rohingya’ has begun to crop up in international headlines and to seep into the world’s col... Read More

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    Just an assault?

    “I am over the passivity of good men. Where the hell are you? You live with us, make love with us, father us, befriend us, brother us, get nurtu... Read More

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    The right to return

    Ze’ev Begin, the son of Menachem Begin, is a very nice human being. It is impossible not to like him. He is well brought up, polite and modest, ... Read More

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    A tale of two islands

    Hurricanes develop in the Atlantic Ocean and move across the cold water towards the warmer sea of the Caribbean. All that energy journeys, picking up ... Read More

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    The argument of autonomy

    What is the relationship between the understanding of autonomy and the democratic authority that is attributed to referendums?    ... Read More

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    The North Korea rhetoric

    A general sense of political uncertainty looms as US President Donald Trump continues his abusive and dangerous rhetoric over the ongoing nuclear cris... Read More

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    Why California is burning

    The recent fires in California offer lessons that every westerner should pay attention to. First forest reduction projects will not preclude large wil... Read More

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    Why California is burning

    The recent fires in California offer lessons that every westerner should pay attention to. First forest reduction projects will not preclude large wil... Read More

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    Guns and violence

    In the United States, you will hear madmen insist that: 59 dead and 500 injured in Las Vegas are the price of freedom. 49 dead and 58 wounded in Orlan... Read More

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    The revolt of the rich

    Conflict between the government of Spain and the leadership of the Catalan Autonomy became the main international news event in the beginning of Octob... Read More

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    The seeds of agroecology

    The increasingly globalised industrial food system that transnational agribusiness promotes is not feeding the world  and is responsible for some... Read More

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    The longest war

    The longest war in modern US history approaches its 16th anniversary Saturday, and so far there is no end in sight. The war in Afghanistan began in th... Read More

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    An appetite for destruction

    From the senseless slaughter in Las Vegas to the horrific impacts of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico, to Trump’s boisterous threats against Nort... Read More

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    A tale from Rumi?s Masnavi

    Random thoughts Who hasn’t heard of Maulana Rumi? He is equally well-known in the West as he is in the East. During the 14th century, Western s... Read More

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    Is the party over for Modi?

    Has the tide finally started turning against Narendra Modi and his BJP? Only months ago, the prime minister – whose meteoric rise in the face o... Read More

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    Gun control

    In the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, as in the wake of all the high-profile mass shootings that preceded it, the big question looms: Why? John White... Read More

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    Fifth column: Steeped in darkness

    Shafqat Nazir does not respond to my uninterrupted gaze while talking to me. Instead, he continues to stare into space. His father, Nazir Ahmed Najar,... Read More

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    Addicted to guns

    Fifty-eight dead and counting; 500 sent to hospitals. The deadliest mass shooting in modern American history took place Sunday in Las Vegas, as a lone... Read More

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    Repression is no solution

    The Spanish state and the capitalist ruling class are facing the most serious political and constitutional crisis since the restoration of capitalist ... Read More

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    Independence for Catalonia

    For those of us used to looking at European democracy as a beacon that respects the rights of citizens, the actions of the Spanish police in the provi... Read More

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    Nightmare in Vegas

    The latest spasm of ‘record-breaking’ violence occurred on a warm Sunday evening when a lone gunman, holed up in a Las Vegas hotel room wi... Read More

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    Negative impact

    Donald Trump decided, despite promises made here and there, that he would renounce former President Barack Obama’s policy towards children who h... Read More

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    Holiday Notice

    The offices of The News remained closed on Sunday (October 1) on account of Ashura. Therefore, there is, no issue of the newspaper and internet e... Read More

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    Of goddesses and men

    Culture Pop S­he is three. A tiny little thing who for the next 10 years or so, until she reaches puberty, will literally be carried around from ... Read More

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    Unjust law

    The last time I attended Westminster Magistrates Court was in March 2013, when I was brought in a convoy of police cars with flashing lights and blari... Read More

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    The limits of tolerance

    Late in September, the admin of an academic list-serve sent a message to the list in which he requested a pdf copy of a recently published scholarly p... Read More

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    Toxic legacy

    Back in the early 1980s, a group of us were sitting around a restaurant table discussing current events and baseball when one of the men suddenly aske... Read More

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    The rise of the right

    The results of the September 24 federal elections in Germany sent a wave of shock across Europe. The partners of the Grand Coalition, the right-wing C... Read More

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    Iranians flood streets to mourn symbol of fight against IS

    TEHRAN: A huge crowd flooded central Tehran in a sea of red and black on Wednesday to mourn a soldier who has become a symbol of the fight against the... Read More

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    In their words

    The nature of the rhetoric in Donald Trump’s first speech at the United Nations General Assembly was largely predictable. Even his bizarre threa... Read More

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    The abuses of history

    Historians, like journalists, are in the business of manipulating facts. Some use facts to tell truths, however unpleasant. But many more omit, highl... Read More

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    Not enough

    Past couple of weeks have seen a flurry of statements and op-eds demanding that the international community do something to stop the ethnic cleansing ... Read More

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    Climate scares

    It was only five years ago that Scientific American published this article: ‘Climate Armageddon: How the World’s Weather Could Quickly Run... Read More

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    How do we avoid the IMF?

    In a previous article, ‘Can we avoid the IMF? (September 18, 2017), we had alerted about the impending crisis that may push the country back int... Read More

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    Racial politics

    As I watched coverage of Harvey’s flood damage in Houston, Irma’s wreckage in the Caribbean, the devastating record monsoons in South Asia... Read More

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    Man saves bus from plunging into ravine in Austrian Alps

    Part of the vehicle hanging over the road\'s guard rail The post Man saves bus from plunging into ravine in Austrian Alps appeared first on The Expres... Read More

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    Rohingya blood on our hands

    By announcing a token aid of $32 million to the Rohingya Muslims, the US has at last acknowledged the deepening humanitarian catastrophe in Myanmar. G... Read More

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    Post-Brexit

    Workers’ strength comes through united action. It’s a pretty simple rule of history. When the most marginalised and exploited workers stan... Read More

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    Abject failures

    Last year, an internal report commissioned by the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the agency that oversees Voice of America and other US government-s... Read More

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    What we owe

    Condemnation of the brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing being carried out against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar is growing around the world, with th... Read More

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    Save the trees

    A recent investigation by the anti-poverty advocacy organization Oxfam reveals how the world’s top ten food and beverage companies are failing t... Read More

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    The climate question

    Climate change-driven natural disasters around the world have taken more than half-a-million lives around the world and incurred financial losses wort... Read More

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    Post-Brexit

    On March 5th, 1946, Winston Churchill gave a speech in Fulton, Missouri. It was to be remembered as his famous ‘Iron Curtain’ speech - and... Read More

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    The road to extinction

    It is crystal clear – unlike the smoky skies where I live – to most of us who are willing to consider the facts: this summer’s &lsqu... Read More

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    The climate catastrophe

    Imagine you’re driving your shiny new car too fast along a wet, curvy road. You turn a corner and realize you’re heading straight for a cr... Read More

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    Random thoughts: An ethical leader

    I would like to tell you about two exemplary events that occurred during the rule of Hazrat Umar (RA) as Aminul Momineen (caliph). Hazrat Umar (RA) su... Read More

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    Fifth column: Cast in faith

    L`ast week, Dr Medha Vinayak Khole, a senior scientist and a deputy director general at the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Pune in Maharashtra... Read More

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    Through the eyes of the people

    Last August, Palestinians commemorated the three-year anniversary of the end of Israel’s devastating war against the Gaza Strip. The war had kil... Read More

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    Myanmar on my mind

    If Makkah represents the majesty and glory of God, Madina is all about His love and mercy and that of His Last Prophet (pbuh). Madina embraces and wel... Read More

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    Segregation and Trump

    Let there be no doubt. US President Donald Trump is a mercurial, inept, me-first racist. In recent weeks, Trump has thrown in with Charlottesville&rsq... Read More

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    The great flood

    How many times will we rebuild Florida’s cities, Houston, coastal New Jersey, New Orleans and other population centers ravaged by storms lethall... Read More

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    Pawns on someone else?s chessboard

    At a time when governments and dictators alike are clamping down on freedom of speech and expression in print and on television, social media is seen ... Read More

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    Fire and rain

    So, summer, the frivolous season of our supposed repose, now brings dread, east and west, north and south. As summer peaks in the west, everything dri... Read More

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    The atomic bomb

    North Korea now has a hydrogen bomb. Maybe. Even if the bomb North Korea detonated on Sunday was not a hydrogen bomb, it was North Korea’s most ... Read More

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    The silence of Suu Kyi

    “There are no more villages left, none at all”. The accounts of the systematic ethnic cleansing of Muslims in Myanmar, now effectively rul... Read More

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    Harsh decision

    I fear that I may no longer look forward to a future in the         United States, my home and the only countr... Read More

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    The Kashmiri woman

    Twenty-eight years of armed insurgency and counter-insurgency in Kashmir; the devastation rendered by militaristic discourse; the consequent sequestra... Read More

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    A warming planet

    On July 9, New York magazine published “The Uninhabitable Earth,” a worst-case climate change scenario suggesting that our current human c... Read More

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    Among Abraham?s people

    Magnificent. Majestic. Magical. How do you even begin to voice what you feel as you lose yourself in the sea of humanity, perpetually swirling and sur... Read More

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    A debt crisis?

    Before we criticise a government – any government – for contracting national debt it is important to remember that governments are essenti... Read More

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    There will be no issues of the Internet edition and newspaper.

     There will be no issues of the Internet edition and newspaper on Sunday September 03 to Monday September 04 on account of Eid-ul-Adha. However, ... Read More

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    There will be no issues of the Internet edition and newspaper.

    There will be no issues of the Internet edition and newspaper on Sunday September 03 to Monday September 04 on account of Eid-ul-Adha. However, arrang... Read More

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    Fifth column: Politicising the pilgrimage

    More than two million devotees from all around the world – from Asia to the farthest corners of Africa, Europe to the Americas, Australia and th... Read More

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    Nuclear North Korea

    As a student of the politics of nuclear non-proliferation, the possibility of a nuclear apocalypse causing the collapse of human civilisation on this ... Read More

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    Not a hoax

    Hovering Hurricane Harvey, loaded and reloading with trillions of gallons of water raining down on the greater Houston region – ironically the h... Read More

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    The Rohingya

    Tens of thousands of Rohingya are fleeing for their lives as the Burmese military engages in a scorched earth policy against Rohingya civilians. My or... Read More

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    White supremacy

    As a history teacher, there are times when the past reasserts itself with such force that you have to put aside your plans and address the moment. Cha... Read More

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    Superstition and society

    The events triggered in India by the conviction of the maverick spiritual head of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect, Gurmeet Ram Raheem Singh, on rape charges... Read More

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    Human tragedy

    When Donald Trump heads to Texas for his photo ops this week it is a completely selfish act. It is the same after every disaster and it reflects a rea... Read More

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    The invention of the white people

    The gross spectacle of racist terrorists in August in Charlottesville, US, and President Trump’s unabashed siding with the proto-Fascist white s... Read More

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    According to Fidel

    “I do not believe that it is an example for the world, that it is a good example, in my opinion, that a wall be built between Latin America and ... Read More

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    Reflections on US racism

    The United States, where median Black household wealth is less than 7 cents on the white household dollar and where the mild slogan ‘Black lives... Read More

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    Trump and history

    US President Donald Trump has issued his new strategy for Afghanistan, the longest war in US history. Some of his speech sounds like recycled excerpt... Read More

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    Fifth column: The Rohingya tragedy

    The Indian government recently declared that it will deport all “illegal foreign nationals, including [the] Rohingya [people]” and claimed... Read More

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    Will Gitmo exist forever?

    One is often reminded that the US president is the most powerful man on the planet. Yet, former US president Barack Obama dismally failed to close dow... Read More

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    Dangerous times

    This week, the United States and its ally South Korea began large-scale military exercises, and North Korea responded by threatening ‘merciless ... Read More

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    Troubled borders

    The decades-long ‘cold peace’ between India and China is actually under severe strain. For the last two months, hundreds of Indian and Chi... Read More

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    Charlottesville and beyond

    Unequivocally opposing white supremacists in all their manifestations: Ku Klux Klan, Nazis and militias should be a moral reflex. Terms like ‘wh... Read More

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    Hate and denial

    “When I see someone walk towards me on the street with a bottle of water or something, I just freak out”. Those were the words of Gina Mil... Read More

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    A plea for nonviolence

    The violence that accompanied recent white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia is merely the opening salvo in a larger conflict between t... Read More

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    A new approach

    Man-made climate change, and the interconnected environmental catastrophe more broadly constitute the most urgent crisis facing humanity. It has come ... Read More

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    A target of missiles

    Guam doesn’t feel like a target. When I have visited the island over the course of the past several decades, it has struck me as one of the most... Read More

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    A continued attack

    The arrest: Talal Samara fingered his prayer beads throughout the interview as he sat in his living room chair, bluish smoke curling upwards from his ... Read More

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    To see or to Nazi

    We’ve have entered the time of mock outrage. The press was shocked that armed neo-Nazis were marching through the streets of Charlottesville sho... Read More

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    A crime of expression

    Talal Samara fingered his prayer beads throughout the interview as he sat in his living room chair, bluish smoke curling upwards from his cigarette. H... Read More

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    ?Go home?

    On July 28, a Syrian refugee was assaulted in Rio de Janerio’s picturesque Copacabana neighbourhood as he was trying to make a living by selling... Read More

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    A stark warning

    Many people who care about climate change often complain that although the issue may get discussed in the inside pages of serious news publications it... Read More

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    Politics of the reserved

    After the 18th Amendment, administrative powers were decentralised and shifted from the federal government to the provinces. Through the insertion of ... Read More

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    Charlottesville is America

    On Friday evening in Charlottesville, a coordinated group of white supremacists marched through the University of Virginia campus holding torches, sho... Read More

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    Trump and Venezuela

    Trump’s threats against Venezuela escalated recently from the economic to the military: after announcing sanctions he threatened that all milita... Read More

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    Terrorism for profit

    Donald Trump stands cluelessly at the edge of history, exemplifying everything wrong with the past, oh, 10,000 years or so. The necessity for fundamen... Read More

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    Random thoughts: Edicts for humanity?s betterment

    There are many edicts in the Holy Quran whereby humanity would benefit if they were applied conscientiously. Here are just a few:  Deal gently wi... Read More

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    Supervised justice

    The Panama verdict brought with it a new dimension in the justice delivery system wherein the judgement has required that an honourable judge of the S... Read More

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    Middle class: the new punching bag

    Mr Zaigham Khan’s column titled ‘A family of thieves’ (published on these pages on August 7, 2017) discusses the issue of ‘mid... Read More

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