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Going nuclear | Mahir Ali

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HOW do you infuriate France and further antagonise China at one stroke? Such questions rarely, if ever, arise in international relations. Even in theory,...

Un-wonderful world | Mahir Ali

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AT the height of the Cold War in the 1950s-60s, US cultural initiatives seemed to be a relatively innocuous means of exerting soft power....

Wars of terror | Mahir Ali

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EARLY last month, a group representing family members of Americans killed on Sept 11, 2001, informed Joe Biden he wouldn’t be welcome at...

Gone at last – Mahir Ali

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THE final American military flight out of Hamid Karzai International Airport took off a day before the scheduled Aug 31 deadline, symbolically ending...

Apocalypse soon?- Mahir Ali

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IT’S hardly a coincidence that the sixth assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) arrives amid copious evidence of the catastrophes propelled...

Off the planet – Mahir Ali

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IN the pioneering phase of human space exploration, which can roughly be dated to the dozen years between the first Soviet Sputnik in 1957...

Et tu, Tunisia? – Mahir Ali

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IN the aftermath of what came to be known a decade ago as the Arab Spring, Tunisia stood out on two counts. It was...

Hushed exit – Mahir Ali

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IN one of his earliest published works, the World War I poet Wilfred Owen describes a trainload of young Englishmen unceremoniously being dispatched...

Yahya’s enablers – Mahir Ali

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THE hill station Nathiagali was abuzz with unusual activity in early July 50 years ago. There was a visible military and police presence, notably...

Peruvian paralysis – Mahir Ali

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IT’S not unusual for battle lines in the class war to be delineated more clearly in Latin America than elsewhere, and the fault lines...