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May soon to become a victim of Tory civil war

  • UK Prime Minister Theresa May. (Getty Images) The most depressing aspect of the withdrawal agreement the British Cabinet in theory agreed last Wednesday is that the Brexit circus could continue until December 2020, and even beyond. The grand theme for the Brexiteers has been the ...
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Last act in the Brexit pantomime? Oh no it isn’t…

  • Protesters hold banners as they participate in anti-Brexit demonstration march in central London, Britain January 12, 2019. (Reuters) In one of the most important UK political moments of the postwar era, the House of Commons will vote on Tuesday on the Brexit withdrawal deal. Thus begin...
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How the Brexit ‘backstop’ may scotch May’s withdrawal deal 

  • Theresa May during a visit to Belfast after MPs voted for an amendment on the backstop in her Brexit plan. (Reuters) Albert Einstein is sometimes credited with having said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results....
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Far-right extremists exploiting division in Brexit Britain

  • Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage attends a March to Leave demonstration in London. (Reuters) Paradise or hell — for many in Brexitland, there is no in between. All the options are still in play in the never-ending story of Brexit. Yet, whatever transpires, whatever compromise or ...
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The homemaker’s inheritance: Property rights and gender disparity

  • When Pakistan ranked second from last in the world in the Global Gender Gap Index report of 2018, it captured the various manifestations of patriarchal and discriminatory gender relations in the country. Of course, gruesome cases of physical and sexual violence, honor killings and forced marria...
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In Pakistan, the government’s angry politics of defamation are hurting democracy

  • “Thieves! Dacoits! Plunderers!” These are often repeated words in and outside of Pakistan’s parliament, and are used in federal cabinet meetings by the Prime Minister himself. They carry an almost venomous tone and have spawned several variants with near-expletives bandied about by Khan’s close...
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Houthi purge a reflection of group’s true nature

  • Sheikh Ahmed Salem Al-Sakani, Sheikh Sultan Al-Warwari, Sheikh Khaled Ali Jumaan, and Sheikh Mujahed Qushairah — four individuals of whom most readers of this newspaper will never have heard. Four individuals who, as tribal leaders in Amran Governorate, were central to the Houthi advance in nor...
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Japan expanding naval capabilities as challenges increase

  • Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) destroyer Kurama. (Reuters) The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) is expanding its capabilities, allowing for Tokyo to increasingly police maritime waters. This growing proficiency has already been applied both near Japan and fu...
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Lebanon’s leaders under siege from people power

  • Demonstrators carry national flags during an anti-government protest in the port city of Sidon, Lebanon. (Reuters) Lebanon’s political mosaic is crumbling and the longstanding taboos are now fair game for millions of Lebanese of all sects, who have taken to the streets demanding ...
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Europe must act on Iran’s nuclear defiance

  • A ballistic missile is launched and tested at an undisclosed location, in Iran. (Reuters) The European powers appear to be changing their position toward the Islamic Republic, as they last week warnedthat Iran is developing nuclear-capable ballistic missiles. The UK, France ...
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