When Obama talks, Putin acts

Like many, I listened the other day to Barack Obama talking about the Russian military intervention in Syria.

Leader without glory

I first met Mahmoud Abbas in Tunis at the beginning of 1983.

Hidden debt burden of emerging markets

As central bankers and finance ministers from around the globe gather for the International Monetary Fund’s annual meetings here in Peru, the emerging world is rife with symptoms of increasing economi

Mom, there is a snoop at the door

Anyone who has read a recent spy novel or watched Enemy of the State is well aware that having a mobile phone in your pocket is as good a tracer of your whereabouts as having an ankle bracelet put the

Reaching $100bn in climate funds

The movers and shakers of the world economy are trying to close in on the magic number of $100 billion a year to fight climate change as they meet this week in Peru.

The unmaking of India

Amid all this song and dance about Hindutva’s love for the Holy Cow and promising death and damnation to all those who dare to see it as just another animal, few seem to notice the fact that under Pri

Shaking off the grime of occupation

Around the end of July 2012, the clueless Mitt Romney, then running for president, visited the Israeli entity in Palestine to pledge obeisance to its leaders, as most American presidential candidates

Greece without illusions

“The costliest minor government reshuffle in Greece’s history.” That is at least one way to describe the result of the Greek general election on Sept. 20.

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