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Don’t mention it – Mahir Ali

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AMID the intensifying sabre-rattling over Taiwan, the doyen of American whistleblowers, Daniel Ellsberg, deemed it important to publicise his nation’s nuclear war gaming during...

Killing field- Mahir Ali

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WELL before he plucked up the courage to timorously call for a ceasefire, Joe Biden has been echoing the mantra recited by a...

Israeli flashpoint – Mahir Ali

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RESISTANCE to the latest bout of attempted ethnic cleansing in the Old City has fed into spiralling violence in Jerusalem in the days leading...

So far so good? – Mahir Ali

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IT is somewhat disconcerting to find myself almost in agreement with US Senator Lindsey Graham, a particularly odious representative of the Republican leadership...

Wit and wisdom – Mahir Ali

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I WISH I did not have to write today’s column. Not because of its content but because of the circumstances. The fact that thousands of...

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...