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A man’s world – Mahir Ali

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IT wasn’t a particularly sensitive choice of words when the Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, declared on Monday that his government would henceforth look...

Our parting blow – Mahir Ali

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IT would be tricky to designate the starting point of the subcontinent’s second partition. The seeds, it could be argued, were sown during the...

Fight or flight? – Mahir Ali

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IN recent years, as the negotiations phase in the 21st-century variant of the Great Game has gathered pace, every cliché in the diplomatic playbook...

Blood and oil – Mahir Ali

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THERE was nothing new in the US intelligence assessment about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi released last week. Anyone with even a few...

A joy forever. – Mahir Ali

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THE headstone above a final resting place dug in Rome’s non-Catholic cemetery 200 years ago today bears the indelible inscription: “This grave contains...

Putin’s nemesis… – Mahir Ali

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THE scale of the threat Alexei Navalny poses to the status quo in Russia is hard to estimate. After all, even the unusually widespread protests...

Biden: his time? – Mahir Ali

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NOT long after being sworn in at midday local time today in Washington D.C. as the 46th president of the world’s most powerful country,...

‘Ugly Americans’ – Mahir Ali

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THE Ugly American is the title of a 1958 novel by William Lederer and Eugene Burdick. It is a lightly fictionalised account of US...

Twilight zone – Mahir Ali

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IN less extraordinary times, the certification of electoral college votes on Capitol Hill is little more than a formality. Today, however, the usually...

Beyond the plague – Mahir Ali

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CAN anyone recall another year in recent decades that humanity collectively has been so keen to get past? The urge to leave 2020...