Kazakhstan’s key role in Central Asia

2015-11-28 12:55
The current media spotlight on Kazakhstan highlights the strategic role that it is playing not only in Central Asia but also at the international level. But what is striking — and at times frustrating...

Putin’s Syrian roulette

2015-11-28 03:00
Two recent tragedies — the downing of a Russian civilian airliner over the Sinai Peninsula and the terrorist massacre in Paris two weeks later — seemed to give Russia and the West something to agree u...

The big lie

2015-11-28 03:00
Not since Joe McCarthy, the demagogue and bully who rose to political prominence in the early 1950s by blatantly distorting the truth, has there been a public figure like Donald Trump, the Republican...

Europe’s new challenges

2015-11-28 03:00
The terrorist attacks on Paris earlier this month have given rise to an explosion of nasty prejudice. According to one survey, anti-Muslim hate crimes quickly spiked 300 percent in Britain — the vast...

In the face of media firestorm

2015-11-28 03:00
Recently, I received a message on my mobile phone. It reads: “The Bihar results came out on the 8th of November. Since then not one award has been returned, there has been no controversy over any reli...

Eyeing the unbanked

2015-11-28 03:00
Financial regulators are generally known for taking a measured and cautious approach to change. But in the developed world, that reputation is being turned upside down. In some of the world’s poorest...

Historic foes facing jittery future

2015-11-27 03:00
Turkey's downing of a Russian war plane on the Syrian border risks inflicting significant damage on relations between Moscow and Ankara, even if they both have an interest in avoiding a permanent rupt...

Shooting the messenger in India

2015-11-27 03:00
In Bertolt Brecht’s poem Die Lösung (“The Solution”), written after the 1953 uprising in East Germany, a government functionary hands out bulletins informing the people that they have cost themselves...

Violence begets violence

2015-11-27 03:00
In the aftermath of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, there were frenzied calls for “an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.” French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle has sailed to the Medit...

Stirring anti-Saudi hysteria

2015-11-26 03:00
Over the past year and particularly since the Paris attacks nearly two weeks ago criticism of Saudi Arabia has increased in volume for its alleged connections to Daesh. These are serious allegations a...

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