The Tahrir eruption
Tahrir Square is back in spotlight. Thousands of protesters pouring in for an indefinite sit-in have come as a challenge for the military junta in Cairo.
Hope in sight in Libya?
What could constitute good news and be seen as a positive development (if it comes about) is the news from Paris that Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi is finally prepared to relinquish power.
September’s tryst with destiny
Come September is a phrase that always has a touch of hope and renewal about it. This year it also has an extra significance as the power of franchise gives a huge chunk of young Emiratis a positive and tangible role in selecting their leadership and having a democratic base for expressing their convictions.
Building pressure on Damascus
Reacting to the Syrian regime loyalists attack on the US and French embassies in Damascus yesterday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has strongly criticised President Bashar Al Assad, renouncing his legitimacy.
The Quartet’s cup of woes
In the midst of the Libyan crisis, the stalemate in Yemen and the European economic woes, the Mideast issue has assumed the status of a silent spectator.
The debt dilemma
The industrialised world is in a serious debt trap. If budget crises talks going on in Washington and Rome are any criterion, some out of box solution is instantly required.
Juba’s tough task
It’s too early for the merrymakers in Juba and elsewhere in South Sudan to talk about nation building. But that is earnestly a task they have to pick up sooner than later. The divorce from Khartoum is in need of being choreographed into an opportunity to make the difference felt.
Dialogue in Damascus
Bashar Al Assad is still experimenting with ideas. The Syrian president’s initiative to hold a ‘national dialogue’ seems to have fizzled out even before it could take off. The reason being the apparent inconsistent approach on the part of governmental authorities, who one way or the other failed to bring on board people across the political divide, and assure them of a real change in the making.
Karachi’s killing fields
Karachi again had a brush with mayhem. Four days of violence, which paralysed the port city, has left more than 100 killed and dozens maimed and crippled for life.
The Somali conundrum
The horn of Africa is back in news. Somalia’s human tragedy tale has taken a new turn as millions sit on the brink of malnutrition.