Shiraz Hasan

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Too late, Mr. Al-Maliki

The speed at which the fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have captured one town after another in Iraq since Tuesday has shaken not only the authorities in Baghdad but also decision makers elsewhere.

June 14, 2014

HotSpot: A blight on humanity

The recent horrific reports of rape and murder of women in India have exposed the ugly face of gender discrimination in the country. There were at least three cases of women sexually violated by gangs of men and then hanged. In another case, a girl was forced to drink acid after being raped.

June 07, 2014

HotSpot: Dangerous portent

The sudden appearance of Gen. Khalifa Hiftar on the Libyan political scene has only worsened an already chaotic situation in the North African country. The man, a one time ally of ousted leader Muammar Qaddafi, says his mission is to rid the country of Al-Qaeda and its associates.

May 31, 2014

HotSpot: Defenders of the Earth, unite!

In a rather unusual appeal to astronomers, NASA recently requested everyone to report any near-earth object with the potential to harm Planet Earth.

May 10, 2014

Limits of democracy

It’s election time in many countries that are in the news for different reasons.

May 03, 2014

Traffic jam at 29,029 feet

Last Friday’s tragedy up in the Himalayas was something that was waiting to happen.

April 26, 2014


The decision of India’s Election Commission to allow Amit Shah to canvass for votes for his party in the ongoing national election has surprised many.

April 19, 2014

Hotspot: The cost of surfing

A recent finding confirmed my longtime suspicion that the Internet is changing our reading habit, and, alarmingly, affecting the ability of comprehension.

April 12, 2014

Hotspot: Fall of an empire

What befell the boss of India’s Sahara conglomerate should be a lesson to a smart alec. Subrata Roy bit off more than he could chew.

April 05, 2014

Migration myth

Reports of boat people failing to make it to their perceived heaven have been so frequent in the last couple of years that they don’t make headline news even when the number of dead exceeds 100.

March 29, 2014