Opinion



State of denial

I was surprised to note the calmness with which Sartaj Aziz, adviser to Pakistan’s premier on national security and foreign affairs, said in a televised interview on Nov.



Dumping wife

This is with reference to the report “WhatsApp blues …Saudi wife dumped for ignoring message” (Nov. 19). It is really shocking to read such reports.



A new oil chapter?

The usually cautious Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA), the club of the rich Western consumer countries, did not mince words when it stated in its monthly market report on Friday, "It is i



King Abdullah, architect of GCC pact

On Sunday in Riyadh, leaders of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) made a critical pact promising a new era of regional and global political and economic stability.



It is time to diversify our sources of income

Commenting on the volatility of oil prices, some energy experts say that it is the only consumable commodity that behaves like water in a swimming pool.



The dream team of Europe

When the International Monetary Fund lowered its global growth forecast for 2014 and 2015 from 3.7 percent and 3.9 percent, respectively, to 3.3 percent and 3.8 percent, it cited the euro zone’s incre



Obama may shift policy on Assad

For the past few weeks the Obama administration has been sending mixed messages on Syria, Iraq and how best to stave off the threat of the Islamic State (IS) in both countries.



The unflappable spook

Last week, a comment in the Pakistani press headlined “Robin Raphel: The female Philby?” gave the initial impression that the American diplomat now under investigation in the US was being compared wit



Challenge of affordable housing

Providing decent, affordable housing is a growing challenge in developing and developed economies alike.



Intifadas are not a call for violence

When a journalist tries to do a historian’s job, the outcome can be quite interesting. Using history as a side note in a brief news report or political analysis oftentimes does more harm than good.

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