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Fallen stars – Mahir Ali

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THERE was at least one fellow star performer at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967 who was not in the least amused...

Baku and beyond – Mahir Ali

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THE British writer H.G Wells described it as “a quite wonderful accumulation of white, black, brown, and yellow people, Asiatic costumes and astonishing weapons...

On the brink – Mahir Ali

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FIFTY shades of grey: that just about sums up my abiding impression of Minsk. But that’s based on a wintry sojourn more than 40...

No big deal? – Mahir Ali

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THE foreign ministers of Israel and the UAE openly exchanged phone calls this week. It was more a case of ‘hear my ring’...

Pity the nation? – Mahir Ali

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JUST two days before the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, a mushroom cloud briefly reared its head on the shores of...

Apocalypse then – Mahir Ali

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IT may be an exaggeration to say the world lost its innocence on July 16, 1945. On the other hand, it would probably be...

American nightmare – Mahir Ali

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PORTLAND in Oregon was among the several American cities where the spontaneous protests sparked by the police murder of George Floyd just over two...

A different world – Mahir Ali

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WHEN foreign delegates to the second congress of the Communist International rea­­ched Petrograd 100 years ago this month, the atmosphere was somewhat different from...

Beyond the disease – Mahir Ali

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STOP the world — I want to get off’ was a mildly amusing meme some decades ago. In recent weeks, the world has indeed...

When China sneezes – Mahir Ali

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BEYOND the inevitably immediate concerns about the steadily rising death toll from the Wuhan coronavirus infection and the prospects of a worldwide pandemic, crucial...