International

  • Jerusalem — Past and Present - i

    This is the first installment of the Nizam Endowment Lecture delivered by the author at the Visva Bharti University (Shantiniketan) on 15 February, 2011

  • Gaddafi’s murderous regime must be eradicated

    It is really lamentable that Arab states are still passively looking on while the Libyan tyrant Muammar Gaddafi is slaughtering his own people simply because they have dared demand an end to his 42-year autocracy. As many as six thousand Li...

  • Beyond Mandate: the UN Resolution on Libya

    The No-fly-zone resolution of the UN Security Council on March 18 is a most trying time for people who can see the total moral and political collapse of the UN as a world organisation expressing universalism. This resolution is slap on the face...

  • Beyond Mandate: The UNSC Resolution on No-Fly-Zone against Libya

    The No-fly-zone resolution of the UN Security Council on March 18 is a most trying time for people who can see the total moral and political collapse of the UN as a world organisation expressing universalism. This resolution is slap on the face of...

  • In Qaddafi the Worst of Arab Tyrants is Epitomized

    The Arab awakening that was begun by a non-descript Tunisian youth by immolating himself in a public square has, by now, within two months of his heroic sacrifice, set the Arab world ablaze, from Morocco to Oman. However, nowhere has it kindled...

  • The New Arab Reality has no room for icons

    The ignominious fall of Hosni Mubarak, the last pharaoh in Egypt’s long and eventful history, has all the element of foreboding for others like him in the Arab world.

  • The Future of the Arab World

    The developments in Tunisia and Egypt are indeed breathtaking. No one expected such explosive developments in these countries so all of a sudden. But those who keep an eye on the ground situation may not be surprised. There are scholars and ana...

  • Revolt of the Arab Masses Unnerves imperialists

    Egypt, by any stretch of definition is the biggest prize a people suppressed for so long, so brutally and so rampantly could aspire to attain. However, whereas the Tunisian despot, Ben Ali, didn’t drag his feet much once he could see the writing o...

  • Arab world on the threshold of change

    By Ekramur Rashid Doha (Qatar): There is a long history of popular movements in the Arab World. A popular movement arose to oppose the colonial domination as in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon during the late 1950s after Gamal Abdel Nass...

  • Chaos Under the Heavens? The Situation is Excellent!

    The world is transfixed by Egypt. From Aden to the cafes of Aleppo and from Algiers to the malls of Abu Dhabi, Arabs are seeing how popular movements can precipitate the fall of dictatorial regimes. Of course various potentates are also worried...

  • Asia to Gaza march will continue until Palestine is free: Mithiborwala

    I had a chance to interview the head of the Asia to Gaza convoy, Feroze Mithiborwala, who has been actively campaigning for Palestinian rights since the 1980′s. He, along with countless other activists, showed no restraint to resist oppression and...

  • No Respite in Crises for Pakistan

    Zardari saw in Taseer an ideal proxy of him to constantly harass the Sharif Brothers, Shehbaz, the Chief Minister, in particular. The open hostility between the Governor and the Chief Minister of Punjab made regular headlines in the Pakistani media

  • Revolt of the Arab Masses Unnerves Imperialists

    How does longevity in power affect the behaviour of rulers is a question that should best be asked in the context of Arab rulers. Almost all of those who have been ruling Arab countries, from one end of its spectrum to the other, for decades happe...

  • Will the departure of Holbrooke make an impact on Afghanistan?

    Richard Holbrooke’s sudden and unexpected demise in Washington, on December 13, following heart surgery, poses a host of questions to a number of countries in myriad ways.

  • Breaking the Siege of Gaza – Asian caravan to Palestine

    On 4th January, a meeting was scheduled with the PM of Palestine, Ismail Haniya, another unassuming man. He said that he had been following the Asia to Gaza caravan all through and such efforts lift the spirit of people of Palestine. Pooja Badekar...

  • Activists on Asia lifeline to Gaza under threat for life

    New Delhi (3 January 2011): The Asia Life line to Gaza ship carrying humanitarian supplies from Asia to the besieged residents of Gaza has been denied the permission to arrive in the Egyptian port of El-Arish. The ship which started from the port ...

  • Israel warships following Asian Aid Ship to Gaza

    New Delhi (2 January 2011): Two Israeli warships are following the Asian Aid Ship (Salam) to Gaza (Palestine) via Al-Arish (Egypt), according to Feroz Mithiborewala, organiser of the Indian contingent of the Asian Caravan now in Damascus. The aid ...

  • Humanitarian Aid Sails on Final Leg of its Journey to Gaza, Palestine

    It is interesting that the role of India which is appreciated by leaders of especially the third world countries is from the days of Gandhi and Nehru. People like to avoid mentioning the changing foreign policy of India under the recent regimes, a...

  • WikiLeaks Swamp the World of American Diplomacy

    The Zardari-Gilani duo doing the US bidding, to the last dot, on total freedom of operation for the much-dreaded American drones-unmanned aircraft raining death from the skies more often on the innocent civilians than the targeted Taliban-has been...

  • West’s Imperial Lust in Afghanistan

    The 48 armies making up the US-Nato-and like-minded countries’ military presence in Afghanistan believe that they are there not as a force of invasion or occupation but rather to prevent Afghanistan from ever again used as a launch-pad for terror ...