A few days ago, my Twitter feed went ablaze with news about a Saudi girl who won a mental arithmetic competition in Malaysia.
I write this week from Cairo, where the Egypt-Gulf Investment Forum was held to discuss investment opportunities in Egypt.
State election results have taken Tarun Tejpal off prime time shows and the front pages. This is something of a relief.
I had the privilege of meeting Nelson Mandela in an elevator in Cape Town when a Gulf daily sent me to South Africa to track the changeover from the apartheid era to a more equal one in racial terms.&
Referring to foreigners, a Saudi journalist recently wrote an article for a leading Arabic newspaper titled “Why do they hate us?,” in which she put the onus on the local population.
We have become so complacent about news of daily sectarian violence in Iraq that now instead of expressing shock we stifle a yawn.
So here comes John Kerry again, for the umpteenth time (but who is counting?) to make peace between Israelis and the Palestinians.
Had Tarun Tejpal not been the founder of Tehelka magazine, the sexual scandal involving him would not have hit the headlines.
Let us now observe another attitude that is possibly less detectable at a superficial level, but quite meaningful in its practical results.
Imagine you are training for February’s Sochi Winter Games when you sustain an injury. It is nothing serious — you will recover before the Games. But your training schedule is delayed.
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