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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...

Bitter spring – Mahir Ali

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EVEN in his hometown of Sidi Bouzid, many people don’t look back kindly on Mohamed Bouazizi, the 26-year-old Tunisian fruit vendor who set...

Ode to excellence – Mahir Ali

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“IF music be the food of love, play on; Give me excess of it…” The opening lines of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night might have entered...

Democracy’s limits- Mahir Ali

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Twitter Share 0 NOWADAYS, the notion of ‘foreign electoral interference’ conjures up images of so-called troll farms in Eastern Europe or elsewhere...

Chinese muzzle – Mahir Ali

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LATE last week, China’s President Xi Jinping was quoted by Xinhua news agency as saying at a two-day conference: “Viewed overall, Xinjiang is enjoying...

Supremely Ruth-less – Mahir Ali

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AMERICAN politics, with its panoply of acrobats, jugglers and clowns, often resembles a circus, particularly in election years. This year’s performance, already unprecedented in...

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...